What's It Wednesday #109
One thing that I look for in any piece is history. I want it to tell a story of the people whose lives it touched. That's why I love pieces that have initials or names engraved on them.
It gives the piece, “that personal touch”, and says that it was cherished, and important to someone. Even if it was not of great value monetarily.
Silver, even silver plate was a big deal in the 1800's and early 1900's, too. So many gifts, like these calling card cases and dance card would have the ladies initials proudly displayed.
One of my favorite collectibles is silver for my dressing set. This powder jar and nail file are engraved as well.
Letter writing was a part of a lady's pastime and responsibility in Victorian times.
After a carefully placed drop of wax on the envelope, they used a seal much like this one, engraved with scrolled initials, to seal it.
Any little shiny bit, like these pill boxes or this delicate lady's watch would bare the engraver's mark.
Silverware, table linens and bedding all bore the mark of their once proud owners. Sometimes when I’m out antiquing a dealer will proudly show me a piece without engraving as a huge selling point.
I just smile, say “no thank you”, and walk away. I'll wait for the one's that have been pre-owned and pre-loved. Because that will only make them all the more valuable to me.
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