Friday, July 18, 2008
The Silver Overlay Tea Pitcher
I have acquired a new tea pitcher that is currently the one I'm using to "cold brew" iced tea in the refrigerator. But this isn't just any tea pitcher; it's a silver overlay tea pitcher, and I am thrilled to have found it for just $10 at What's in Store, the wonderful little thrift/antique store just a few doors down from the office.
What's in Store is a real favorite with the folks I work with. As I checked out with my pitcher, the owner told me this had actually come out of her overflowing kitchen and is Cambridge glass. Well of course I ran with that piece of information and happily explored Cambridge pieces on the Internet. I also found a great web article on silver overlay that some of you may find interesting as well.
I fell in love with silver overlay pieces years ago. An antique store back home had a sugar and creamer I really liked but which I thought were too expensive at the time. My mother kept an eye on them for me, and one day a friendly salesgirl asked my mother if there was anything in the store she would like to see marked down. Guess what I got as a result? I really love to polish these pieces and bring the silver back to life. In the photos below, you can see detail of the silver design on the front and then the interior of the piece showing the white backing of the overlay. I love it because it looks just like a paper lace doily to me! Anyone else a fan of silver overlay?