Do you love the glimmer of the holiday season? November is the perfect time to take stock of your pieces and start shining the silver. Now, I should preface by saying, as much as I love antiques in general, and silver in particular, I’m not a stickler for collectors’ quality or impeccable provenance. All I need is a great looking piece that will make the statement I want to make and I’m good to go. So what if it has a big gash in the back or is missing a hinge? Save perfection for the collectors; I’m all about the visual concept.With that in mind, there’s nothing quite like unearthing a piece from the wreckage of an antique market, buried in a banished location and tarnished beyond recognition. These are the treasures that call out to me as I prowl the aisles, with an eye for such discoveries like a patrolman with night vision goggles. Such was the case when I found this teapot in a back room curio on the third floor of one market. The lines were so lovely but the tarnish so heavy, I really wondered whether it would ever shine. But the price was right, so I took a chance. Once at home, I couldn’t wait to get to work on it. I spent the better part of a day smothering it in silver polish and buffing like my life depended on it. Above you can see it at various stages in the process. I kept walking away feeling I needed a break, but it kept luring me back until the job was done. I was delighted with the results!As the holidays approach, I like to refresh all the silver objects around my home. I love repousse and I’m careful to leave the dark bits in the recesses untouched for a lovely aged patina. Much of it isn’t silver at all but some combination of silver plate and other metals, yet they shine up quite nicely nonetheless.I like to buy small pieces when I travel, because they remind me of my trips, but are simple to transport when compared to shipping large furniture. This little piece I found in a market in London. I keep cotton balls in it in a guest bath.I’m sure a collector would be horrified by the scratches on this piece, but the peonies look delightful in it.Yes, I really do keep tea in this box and of course, it’s Earl Grey! This one needs to be shined more often than most, as I keep it near the sink.This pitcher is one of those mystery combination of metals, but I thought it was so pretty it didn’t matter to me at all.These candlesticks are among my favorites and they make an appearance in many of my tablescapes. The origin is said to be Czech but I found them in London. They’re a bit bent and wobbly, but I love them all the same.I keep this little grouping in a powder room and they always put a smile on my face. I have two favorite markets in London – Alfie’s and Camden Passage in Islington – and these came home with me one trip.This ice bucket is another one of my rescued pieces. The little knob handle on top has been glued back on so many times but we continue to use it.I enjoy grouping some pieces together to give the feeling of a lady’s dressing table. I also love when they are functional, here holding soaps, Q-tips and other grooming products.This pretty little piece holds spare change from our pockets. I hate having things lying loose on the counters and always find pretty containers for keys and the like.My wine caddy has been featured in several recent posts. You can see it here in my WEEKNIGHT TABLE SETTING and again in an upcoming Fall Home Tour post. I’ve used it to hold everything from napkins and flowers to potpourri and sometimes even wine!I love glimmer all year, but especially for the holidays. When done tastefully, it doesn’t have to be garish and it doesn’t have to be expensive, but it sure gives an air of pedigree to a home.
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