Sweet Hubby’s Gift + More

by Sherry

Hello friends.  If you are a regular reader of my blog you know I have a love for sterling, especially Victorian vanity pieces.  For Christmas my sweetie bought me the perfect little addition to my collection.  Take a look and see if you can spot it.

Look a little closer


I am in love with my new sterling Victorian clothes brush. It has a beautiful repousse handle and horse hair bristles. I think these pieces appeal so much to me because I like to imagine where they came from, were they a gift from her sweetie, and what was the lady like that owned them.
These are also new additions to my collection of serving pieces.  I recently purchased these three pieces at a thrift store for fifty cents each!  They were so badly tarnished I could not read the markings but I assumed they were silver plate.  Imagine my surprise when I cleaned them and found monograms on two of the pieces and that all three were marked Sterling!!
Here is a close-up of the handles.  See the beautiful transferware plate they are on….
My sweet friend Lynn at The Vintage Nest  knows I love transferware and she gave me this plate filled with goodies she had made. The sweets were delicious and they didn’t last long around here. Yum!
My newest blogging friend is Betsy from  A Perfect Setting  and we met for the first time a few weeks ago at the lunch I held for several local bloggers. Betsy brought me this gorgeous napkin holder. She knew I was a recent transplant to Virginia and she included these wonderful napkins.
Thank you ladies for these wonderful gifts!  It is so true that bloggers have the biggest hearts.
I wish each one of you a Happy and Healthy 2011

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[email protected] December 30, 2010 - 10:45 pm

I love the plate that your friend put the goodies on, and I don't know of any blogger sweeter or more deserving than you to receive the plate or the brush. Happy New Year!

Miss Char December 30, 2010 - 10:25 pm

Sherry, you collection is beautiful and I did guess the brush. I've never seen on like that, its a treasure.

Happy New Year.

[email protected] December 30, 2010 - 10:56 pm

He did such a good job! I just found your blog and am your newest follower!!! I absolutely love antiques as well. And, just wanted to say howdy neighbor…. I graduated from William and Mary and am living in Richmond now. :))))

Susan December 30, 2010 - 11:17 pm

Sherry your silver clothes brush is just the right addition to the rest of your beautiful pieces!! What a sweetie you have!

Kathysue December 30, 2010 - 11:33 pm

Sherry I love your gift, I agree, when i look at something like that i think about who could have used it and when. The first large spoon you got is very much like the one I found at a Thrift store for 25cents and I too was surprised to find that it was sterling. I think that is why we keep treasure hunting, happy New Year Sherry,Kathysue

Amy @MaisonDecor December 30, 2010 - 11:45 pm

Wonderful silver! I love repousse. so elegant, I always wonder who used these lovely items long ago…

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) December 31, 2010 - 12:07 am

Oh I just love your beautiful silver dressing set and your new clothes brush is fabulous. What a wonderful gift. Love your pretty new serving pieces and the plate and napkin holder are such wonderful gifts from blogging buddies. It is so fun to meet fellow bloggers.

I hope you have the most Blessed New Year ever. Hugs, Marty

Nancy December 31, 2010 - 1:29 am

What a lovely and thoughtful Christmas gift. Some years ago my husband asked that someday he would like his mother's dresser set which had belonged to her mother. It is silver and consists of a hairbrush, mirror and a horse hair clothes brush. This clothes brush is about 1"wide, 6" long and the bristles are about 1 1/2"long. My dh's mother sent the brush to a man back east who at that time was one of the few people in the US that could restore a horsehair brush. Yours is indeed a treasure and you are lucky to have one in such fine condition.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style December 31, 2010 - 12:37 am

Sherry, what a sweet husband to buy you that a what a deal on the silver. Happy New Year!!

Jenny Harris December 31, 2010 - 1:16 am

What a beautiful collection of lovely things! I like to imagine the past lives of things like this too. It's almost like each object has a soul that's been infused with that of previous owners.


Custom Comforts December 31, 2010 - 1:21 am

As pretty as your sterling silver is, I was eyeing your red transfer ware plate. It's a beauty! What a special gift. You're a lucky lady.

Amanda December 31, 2010 - 2:50 am

Hi Sherry! I am a new follower! Your silver collection is so elegant and romantic! I love imagining the history behind sweet victorian pieces too! Thank you for sharing and Happy New Year to you! Best Wishes, Amanda http://www.onegirlinpink.blogspot.com
p.s. I think it's great that you are meeting up with the bloggers in your area! You've got me thinking about having a luncheon for some of my local blog friends too!

Atelier de Charo December 31, 2010 - 2:15 am

So beautiful pieces!!!

Happy New Year!!!


Betsy December 31, 2010 - 3:14 am

Your silver pieces are just gorgeous. What a nice surprise to find such a treasure at a next to nothing price. It's amazing what we can find when we're always on the hunt.
Thanks so much for sharing. Happy New Year to you.

Linda December 31, 2010 - 3:38 am

I absolutely love your charming little clothes brush…and your sterling pieces are a real find!!

Vanessa December 31, 2010 - 3:44 am

Hi Sherry! There is just something about knowing that a person in our life knows us so well that they would pick out the absolute perfect gift full of meaning and love. Your hubby did great! When we were dating my husband got me an antique silver brush set with mirror and comb and hairbrush and I treasure them and look forward to passing them onto my daughter someday. Thanks for highlighting these treasures and for linking it up to Inspiration Friday this week! You have been such a blessing to me on this blogging journey and I hope you have a very Happy New Year!

Linda @ A La Carte December 31, 2010 - 4:02 am

That little clothes brush is amazing. Great addition to your collection. Wonderful sterling pieces you found also!

The Polka Dot Closet December 31, 2010 - 4:03 am

Sherry, I love dresser sets. It looks like you are making the rounds, meeting bloggers. I can't wait to meet you!. Did I tell you my Mom lives in Baldwin park, I will be there tomorrow night for New Years eve.

Happy New Years

Tricia - A Rosy Note December 31, 2010 - 4:19 am

What a pretty brush. I can't believe those other pieces were fifty cents…wow! Very pretty transferware plate too.

Hope you have a Happy New Year ♥ Tricia

Yvonne @ StoneGable December 31, 2010 - 5:04 am

Gorgeous gift. Wonderful hubby!
And what a great eye you have for finding treasures. I love the monogram on the serving piece!
Happy New Year, my friend!

High Street Cottage December 31, 2010 - 8:24 am

Really beautiful pieces Sherry. Love the little clothing brush, and the red and white transfer well you know it's my weakness, hugs tami

time worn interiors December 31, 2010 - 12:40 pm

What a lovely collection!

Judy December 31, 2010 - 1:50 pm

I recently bought some serving spoons at a flea market, also very tarnished, but I can tell they are going to be gorgeous after I polish them. I'll try and remember to post pictures.

Happy New Year!

Ricki Jill Treleaven December 31, 2010 - 3:59 pm

Your husband rocks! I hope Santa was good to him, too!
Happy New Year!
Ricki Jill

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage December 31, 2010 - 4:06 pm

Hi Sherry~
Your silver pieces are absolutely beautiful!! I love the pieces you picked up at the thrift store and that gift from your hubby is just gorgeous! What a sweetie to find the perfect little addition to your collection! Thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday~ So glad to have met you out in here blogland this year Sherry 🙂 Happy New Year to you and yours!

Maria Wheeler, Simply Cool Stuff December 31, 2010 - 4:09 pm

Sherry I adore your collection of silver! That clothes brush is so sweet, and to find those lovely sterling spoons so cheaply – well – that is the best part of all. I posted about some neat Tiffany pieces a few weeks ago and learned a little about their preciousness. Enjoy your treasures and wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year! m

fitty's pinky rose cottage December 31, 2010 - 4:13 pm

awww lucky you! love love love the silver gifts you received!.. the brush is so unique and rare! precious treasure! Happy New Year!

[email protected] Ground December 31, 2010 - 4:27 pm

Hi Sherry, these are so gorgeous, what an incredible find for 50 cents each! I am sooo in love with silver.
Have a Happy Happy New Year!!
big hugs,

andrew1860 December 31, 2010 - 8:39 pm

The Victorian clothes brush is beautiful piece. I also have bought Sterling at thrift stores for fifty cents. I go to a few thrift stores every day looking for fine antiques.

CareyAnn December 31, 2010 - 9:26 pm

I love the gift from your hubby. What a find in the thrift store – real silver. I hope you have a very Happy New Year!

[email protected] The Vintage Nest December 31, 2010 - 9:43 pm

Now wait a minute…something's not right here. You get gorgeous vintage silver for Christmas and I got a chicken! LOL……Looking forward to our first outing of the new year. Hope I find some 50 cent sterling silver pieces while we're out. xoxo

FairfieldHouse January 1, 2011 - 12:46 am


I too am drawn to silver pieces — especially all the details in the older pieces. Your husband found a very unique piece to compliment your collection. Blogging friends are so sweet and generous.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy 2011!

The Pennington Point January 1, 2011 - 6:45 pm

Oh my…just gorgeous! Besides being beautiful, I know you look at these things and think of the ones that gave you them as gifts and love them all the more! Happy New Year my friend! Lisa~

Honey at 2805 January 1, 2011 - 8:41 pm

Your silver dressing set is fabulous! Hubby was a sweetie, wasn't he?

Thanks for your sweet comments on the post about my great-grandparents. Your thoughtfulness and friendship are so appreciated! I wish you a most wonderful and rewarding 2011!

From another silver lover,
Hugs, Honey

freckled laundry January 2, 2011 - 1:32 am

50 cents a piece?! Boy, did you ever get a surprise steal on those serving pieces. I love the clothes brush too. Like you, I always invent/imagine a little story behind them and what a treasure or luxury certain things must have been to the original recipient.

Thank you so much for your friendship throughout the past year, Sherry. (I appreciate your thoughtful comment on my Top 10 too.)

Happy 2011!

Green Door Girl January 2, 2011 - 4:33 am

50 cents – OMIGOSH that is awesome! Congrats on the find…. I love your silver pieces and the new one from the hubby – very cool! I found you through Southern in My Heart's link party

French-Kissed January 2, 2011 - 6:59 pm

Beautiful gifts…I also have a little silver handled brush that I adore but never knew what it was for…thanks for the info as I thought it might be for brushing crumbs from the table.


A Perfect Setting January 4, 2011 - 3:00 am

Hi Sherry! Your husband was very thoughtful, what a cool piece! You have a good eye for detail, the silver pieces were great finds! That was nice of you to post pics of your gifts. Sorry about your furnace and car battery. Hope things are toasty now. I had tire problems, switched cars with my husband, and only made it to Otterdale rd. before some pipe or something burst, and smoke poured out! Hope you had a good New Year's Eve, I'm still in the process of taking down and organizing decorations! See you soon!

Shel January 4, 2011 - 10:23 am

Your silver is exquisite..just love your transfer plate too.
It is so special to be in touch with a gracious blogger…thank you for visiting me. Happy New Year.
Shel ♥

podso January 4, 2011 - 7:34 pm

I love the little clothes brush decked out in silver. It reminds me of a whisk broom which my dad always used, and I recently found in cleaning out their house. I also enjoyed your sterling silver find. I recently was given a bunch of blackened sliver serving pieces and odd bits and am having fun restoring them and finding out what I actually have. Happy New Year!


Jacqueline January 7, 2011 - 1:20 am

What a fabulous find! I can't believe these were sterling and sold for that little. I would say this means you are going to have a fantastic year! Wait, you already have. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous.

Sarah January 7, 2011 - 1:21 am

Sherry, your husband is a sweetheart! The clothes brush is both beautiful and I would think unusual. It makes the perfect addition to your grouping. And the three thrift finds ~ well, 50 cents a piece. Really?
Glad they found their way to your home where they will be honored and appreciated. Thanks for sharing the beauty. Your photos are gorgeous as well! ~ Sarah

sissie January 7, 2011 - 2:04 am

Hi Sherry,
I guessed it right away! I knew it was the brush because I studied your photos over and over again because I too, love silver vanity pieces.

I love it.

Love all your gifts.


Vanessa January 7, 2011 - 3:53 am

Hi Sherry! Just coming back over to say thanks for linking this up to the party this week! 🙂

[email protected] Ground January 7, 2011 - 5:38 am

Hi Sherry, thanks so much for linking up this great post!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage January 7, 2011 - 8:49 pm

Hi Sherry~ Love this silver- absolutely gorgeous~ thanks for sharing this at my party this week! 🙂

[email protected] January 8, 2011 - 9:27 am

Oh my GOSH!!! What a sweet gift and thoughtful hubby. Absolutely gorgeous set. Thanks for sharing. New follower

Mid-Atlantic Martha January 8, 2011 - 11:27 pm

Oh what a beautiful collection — what a find with the spoons! I think it would be great fun to meet with some of the Richmond area bloggers!

CAS January 9, 2011 - 5:06 am

You have some wonderful pieces of sterling. The transferware plate is beautiful.

laurie @ bargain hunting January 10, 2011 - 3:59 am

Sherry, what a beautiful gift from your husband, and what beautiful bargains you got on those beautiful serving pieces. (you photograps of all of it are wonderful too). Thank you for linking all of this beauty to Favorite Things. laurie

Candylei January 21, 2011 - 11:24 pm

They are so pretty. You have a nice collection. Love all of the details on the silver!
Have a great weekend,


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