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The Silver Pitcher & Moving Toward Fall

We went to an Estate Sale a few weeks ago where I found some treasures. While we were in the basement of the barn, I spotted this pitcher through the back window.  It was sitting outdoors on a rickety table, surrounded by weeds, all by it's lonesome.  

It was humble, but I was ready to climb out the window after it, until my husband looked at me and firmly said, "No, not with your knee!" as he promptly climbed out the window to grab it for me.  Isn't he just the BEST???
When I got it home, I took a closer look and found this mark on the bottom.  It was time for a little research.
 I learned that the Derby Silver Company was founded in Derby, CT in 1872.  In 1898 they merged with the International Silver Company.  At that time the Derby Silver Company was known as 'Company B'.  My research said that items with this logo most likely date from the nineteenth century. The company closed in 1933,  a victim of the Depression.  I couldn't find this particular design, but there were several similar styles. I was just excited to learn that I had a nineteenth century silver-plated pitcher!
It was time to get out the silver polish and see what was hiding under all that grime.  
A good bit of the silver-plate was worn off. I'm guessing it was from sitting out in the weather for a long time, but it still had plenty of character and curves:


I promptly added some hydrangeas, and put it on the table:

I loved it in all it's worn-off silver glory!  It was also the deal of the day at $2.  

That was August, but since it is now September, I am slowly getting out my fall decorations.  It's so sad to say goodbye to Summer...it took so long to get here!
So I went with sunflowers.  They're still kinda summery, right?  
I'm so glad you stopped by the Cottage, have you started your Fall decorating or are you hanging on to Summer as long as you can?  Let me know in the comments!  Have a wonderful weekend and stop back again soon...

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  1. It is gorgeous! It was just waiting for someone like you to discover it & give it a loving home. thanks

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    1. Thank you, Mary. I just loved that it was sitting in such an 'out of the way' spot!

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  2. so elegant and when filled with beautiful fall flowers helps bring the season inside thanks or sharing come see us at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Angie. As soon as I saw it I knew I had to have it!
      Glad you stopped by!

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  3. What a treasure. The fall flowers really make the silver pop. I scored a silver dish from a Goodwill. What kind of polish did you use? Thanks for sharing on Sunday's Best.

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    1. Thank you, Rhonda, it certainly is a treasure to me. I used Weiman Metal Polish. It's for copper, brass, and silver. Good luck with that dish from Goodwill!

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  4. It's beautiful now! Thanks for sharing at the To Grandma's House We Go DIY, Crafts, Recipes and More link party. I pinned this. Hope to see you again next week.

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    1. Thank you, Sheri! I appreciate the pin.

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  5. What a fabulous find, you couldn't leave it behind.
    Your husband really does sound like a keeper!

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    1. Thanks, Julie...and, yes, he sure is!

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  6. Two bucks? Oh my goodness! Now that's a deal and what a beautiful piece.

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    1. Believe me when I tell you I'm all about the deal! And my hubby climbed out the window for me...Winning! LOL

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  7. Gorgeous find! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm--pinned!

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