Thanksgiving is already tomorrow! I have decided to get out some of my favorite Antique Serving Pieces to use.
The Victorians had a serving piece for every type of food - so I try to use unusual pieces - not necessarily for their originally intended uses.
This is a Victorian carving set.
They have an ornate design with Gothic Faces on the handles.
A tiny condiment ladle, gravy ladle, sugar spoon and pastry server.
A vegetable serving fork, tomato/cranberry round server, and a nut cracker.
A bonbon server, large waffle server and cocktail fork.
Variety of tongs - pickle tongs, pastry tongs and sugar tongs.
The pickle tongs have hands for grabbers.
A toast rack and butter knife.
And my favorite monogrammed flatware.
I love going to estate sales, and last weekend I went to one at the above mansion. It belonged to the granddaughter of James J. Hill (built a railroad empire in the 1800's). It was not a house you would expect to find in Minnesota - it reminded me of something straight out of The Great Gatsby.
These pictures are from a cell phone, so they don't really represent how amazing this house was. Complete with servants quarters, multiple porches, and sitting on a lake, it was really cool to see. Unfortunately, by the time I got there, the merchandise was picked over (not to mention expensive), so I did not buy anything. They had tables and tables of monogrammed linens, maids outfits from the 1930's, lots of sterling silver - the kind of things you would expect to find in a mansion.
At another estate sale, I found this cat and mouse weathervane.
It sits in the garden along with the witch weathervane - I already had this one.
A few antique books with great covers.
And an old Halloween box.
A set of pretty coin silver spoons, they have a sunflower pattern.