I’m on the second shelf now. Finally. One to go. That’s a bone china Spode pot called “Lancaster Cobalt” there in the middle. It’s from what I call my “Teapot” period. I ordered it from some dealer in California when I first discovered eBay. I do not recommend buying antiques or old china pieces there unless you really know what you’re looking at. In this case, the pot was fine. If you’re a devotee of cobalt and gold applied to china, this pot is for you. I fell in love with cobalt the first time I laid eyes on it. The really old museum-quality cobalt pieces are almost too lovely to use. The rest are just expensive. 🙂 China with applied cobalt and gold is far too fragile to use and store except by eccentric old ladies or people with very well-trained household help. If you have china decorated in this manner, look up how to clean and store it.
Mr. Camel caught my eye at an after-Christmas sale at a Dillard department store one year. No romantic story there. He was the only one of Waterford’s crystal Nativity pieces that I liked. I never bought the others. I kept him on my desk for years until there was a child in the house again. A child who grew tall enough to investigate Mr. Camel. I could never quite figure out what it was about him that made me like to look at him. I am not much taken with colorless things, not even diamonds. Maybe it is his simplicity, the smooth weightiness of him in my hand, his saddle, his resting pose…I still don’t know, but I like him. Something about him saved him from the box.
I assume the old photograph is of my husband’s grandfather. I found it in a box in a closet when we went back to NC to dispose of my husband’s mother’s estate. As they say in the trade. It has what I think is a tin frame. Tin or some other metal alloy was widely used to make small photograph frames during that period. I wish I had known about it before the grandmother died and the mother lost her memory. I suppose he will remain an anonymous ancestor until the paper disintegrates or the sale is held…whichever comes first.
I mention this last bit because I want you to notice the grain of the wood cupboard in the background. The cupboard is made of longleaf pine. The story of longleaf pine is a real American tragedy that we’ll get to in the end.
Thank you for coming along with me.