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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Meet The Guildhall Guys

I meant to have a sparkling tablescape today, using my new Imari-style dishes that I picked up for a song in Pennsylvania on Saturday.

But -- some things interfered and there was, again, no time. In fact I am cooking dinner as I write this post; it's nearly 6:30.

I'm joining in two Thursday blog parties -- Vintage Thingies Thursday and Thrifty Thursday.
There are links to these at the end of the post; you and I should both visit!

So . . . let me introduce you to The Guildhall Guys:

There are 6 of them; all brothers.

They arrived at our house as homeless paupers, but they'll be leaving as princes!

A couple of weeks ago, as I was cruising Ebay, I found a listing for 6 silverplate knives with stainless blades, in the Guildhall pattern by Reed & Barton. Now, I am pretty familiar with silverplate patterns, and this was a new one for me. So, I Googled it and discovered that . . .

. . .Guildhall was indeed a Reed & Barton pattern, but was only made in . . .

. . . Sterling!

So, what to do? The auction began at $15.00 for all 6 knives. I bid.
And I won, as I was the only bidder.
Six vintage sterling Reed & Barton knives for $15.00. And $5.00 shipping.

There's a lesson here. If you sell on Ebay, research what you are selling. Take that extra minute and Google or otherwise find out what you are putting up for auction, or someone else will do it for you! I know that as I begin to sell on Ebay now and again, I'm going to check carefully for any teeny-tiny marks!

Aren't they pretty, the Guildhall guys? They play well together, these old dudes.
They need a careful polishing, so as to leave the patina intact.

I don't think you will see them in a tablescape. I'm listing them on Ebay.
They are lovely knives, it's a lovely pattern, but I can't afford the forks and spoons that match!

And visit Leigh at her Tales from Bloggeritaville Blog for Thrifty Thursday, and Suzanne at Coloradolady blog for her Vintage Thingies Thursday. Just click on the logos, left!

See you tomorrow; it's Friday! -- Cass


  1. Hi Cass...

    Oooh...absolutely gorgeous! That pattern of silver is sooo pretty, my friend! got such a great deal on them!!!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  2. Sssh! Don't tell those sellers our secret. Those knives are very pretty. So, how much are you going to list for?

  3. Oh, Cass. They are GORGEOUS! I have no problem mixing patterns with something that beautiful. Just stunning
    xoxo Pattie

  4. These are so pretty...and I have found in the past, some sellers don't pay attention to what they are true! Have a great VTT!

  5. Wow! What a find. I wish you luck on re-selling them.
    Have a great weekend. Please give Dion a hug for me. :)

  6. What GORGEOUS knives. Such a pretty pattern. What a wonderful find ;)


  7. Those are really very lovely. Happy VTT

  8. I love those! Hey I have silk dupioni drapes on ebay, 6 panels checked and beautiful, you might want to stop by and take a look would be beautiful in your dining room.

  9. The Guildhall guys are a handsome lot!

  10. They are wonderful! I don't know how you can part with them, but good luck on finding them a new home.

  11. Those are beautiful! Hope you make lotsa dough!

  12. What beautiful knives! And what a bargain!

  13. Good for you!!
    I've neither bought nor sold on ebay, but it sounds like I've missed something here.

  14. Those are absolutely beautiful, Cass! Congratulations on snagging such a great find (at a fraction of the price only ONE of them should have cost!). I hope they find a good home and aren't bought for scrap value (I know the seller has no control over that of course). I just hate the thought of beautiful old estate pieces being melted down for the silver content ... I'm told it happens every day.

    Hope your weekend goes well!

  15. Too bad you can't keep them, they are very pretty.

  16. Oh, Surely, (I know...Don't call you Shirley.) you can find some other forks and spoons, of lesser value, to go with them!!!


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