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Crushing on the Gilt!
When I look around my home and examine my life/lifestyle these days, I am often taken aback by the degree and breadth of change the last few years have brought. There were so many things that I have thought and accepted about “myself” over the years that just no longer apply. I think, having embarked on a Path of Spiritual Exploration and Adventure many years ago, that I should not be surprised that who “I Am” and who “I was” are not much alike. Not only have preconceptions, rigid beliefs and stubborn thought-forms been released though. My outward tastes and inclinations have altered rather radically also. While this is not particularly Earth-Shaking, it is of at least passing interest to me.
The Moon and the Sun (Silver and Gold)
For as long as I can remember, I preferred silver to gold. I liked the cool sheen of silver— the subtle glow and reflective properties. I never cared for gold. It was too brassy and ostentatious for my taste. My jewelry was all silver, and anything metallic around my home tended to be chromed or silvery. As recently as our last home, the kitchen faucet and hardware was gold and I disliked it.
Something has crept up on me this past year though. It began innocently enough with a gilt and glass bar cart that was calling out to me in a second-hand furniture store. I actually passed it by once, telling myself this was not what I was looking for. We had just recently moved into the new house and there were furniture items I actually needed. This one definitely just fell into the want column. And the metal frame was gold in color—how could I justify something that surely wouldn’t go with anything else I owned?
Another trip to the used furniture store a few weeks later and it was still there.
A Sign? Surely, it must be.
The bar cart was delivered with some other pieces that weekend. It just fit into the space in front of the window. Hmmm! It looks pretty good with the cream color trim in there. Fast forward a few weeks and it has been joined by gold polka dot decals on the wall, and throw pillows with a glitzy (yet tasteful) gold pattern. I nearly swooned when I found the vintage gold George Briard ice bucket at a thrift shop for $3. They aren’t hung yet, but my french door curtains for that room have metallic gold dots and lines.
What has happened to me?
It didn’t stop in the living room. The insidious insinuation of Gold into my life and home has found its way into my office/workroom. Just a touch here and there to be sure, but I am pretty certain by now that it is here for the long haul.
I was once more surprised at how drawn I was to this gold patterned planner cover, and this year’s file folders for O Deer Mercantile all proudly wear golden flourishes. There is a gold sequined sign and arrow on my shelves, and the paper I picked out to make a banner for the room has a gold design.
There is no use over-analyzing this mystery, any more than I can explain to myself how this formerly farmhouse style country girl ended up in a vintage Dutch Colonial home on a golf course with mid-century modern remodeling dreams. I could fight it, try to crawl back into an old and comfortable pigeonhole, or…
Go With the Golden Flow
In recognition of my new gold crush, I am featuring Etsy Shop items that are gold or have gold trim this week♥
This pretty little bowl could be for nuts, candy, relish- or for holding keys or change on a vanity or dresser. Pattern Glass with a gilded sawtooth edge in an unusual oval shape with rolled edges. The gold trim is somewhat worn, but for an item probably made in the 1930s or 40s, it is in very good condition. No chips, cracks or other noticeable blemishes. This bowl measures about 5 1/2 inches on long side of oval, 3 1/4 inches across, and is 2 1/4 inches deep at most.
Federal Glass Company Golden Glory Pattern Platter: Mid Century Milk Glass 12 Inch Platter with Golden Leaf and Branch Design ~ $12.00
Beautiful vintage platter by Federal Glass Company. The Golden Glory Pattern was manufactured from 1959 through 1966. Translucent milk glass with a gorgeous leaf and branch pattern. Platter measure 12 inches x 9 inches. Lovely condition- no chips or cracks. Maybe a couple of shallow scratches- only visible under bright light. The gold pattern shows little or no wear.
Anchor Hocking Fire King Divided Relish/Snack Tray: Mid Century Milk Glass Serving Dish with Gold Trim~ $15.00
Serve snacks, hors d’oeuvres or tapas in style in this mid century beauty. Translucent Fire King milk glass divided relish tray with gold trim by Anchor Hocking. This 10 inch diameter- 1 1/4 inch high serving dish is in lovely condition. No cracks or chips. Some wear and slight scratching on the gold trim.
New Martinsville EAPG (Early American Pattern Glass) Horseshoe Medallion No. 707 Pressed Glass Bowl with Ruffled Edge Gold Trim ~ $16.00
Two pretty candy or snack pressed glass bowls made in the early 1900s at New Martinsville Glass Company in West Virginia. The Pattern is Horseshoe Medallion #707. These two antique bowls are in very good condition except that the gold is faded and has been rubbed off in places. See the photos above for more detail. Top diameter of these bowls are 5 3/4 inches.Height is about 2 1/2 inches. Lovely for Victorian, Shabby or Boho decor.
Jeanette Glass Company Pressed Glass Sugar and Creamer With Gold Trim: National Pattern Ribbed Glass From the 1950~ $12.00
Distinctive National Pattern cream pitcher and sugar bowl manufactured by iconic Jeanette Glass Company in the 1950s. The clear glass is heavy, ribbed with hobnail bottoms and distinctive oriental look handles. These are trimmed in gold. Though in overall good condition, with no chips or cracks, the gold trim has not weathered as well. It is worn off in places and scratched in others. See photos for more information. Height is 2 3/4 inches to 3 1/4 inches, and 3 1/4 inch diameter (at widest point on cream pitcher).
That’s going to do it for this week. Check out our O Deer Mercantile Shop for lots more vintage items, gold or otherwise. Hope yours has been a great week, and that the weekend coming up is Golden!
Till next time…