Saturday, March 3, 2012

Under the Table

About a week ago,
we went to an antique show
in a Chicago suburb.

It is a show that has been held for over 50
years in a large suburban church. We got there early
and patiently stood in line 
with all the other hopefuls.

As we were standing there,
this very sweet dealer who we have
purchased equestrian things
from in the past said, 
 "be sure to stop by my booth this evening, 
I saved something special
for you and it is 
under the table in my booth."

What could it be?

Well, once they opened the flood gates 
so to speak, you can imagine, 
I made a bee line to this booth.

She pulled out this silver-plated polo
pony and rider figurine.
I have not ever seen
anything like it before, have you?

No markings. Heavy and very intricate details
to include the harness and the polo mallet, all in tact.
The silver is in nearly perfect condition, 
not worn at all. Stands about 12" tall. 

As you can imagine, it was love at first site.

Then I found this old
leather trimmed
top hat box. Great patina
with the old velvet faded interior.

Top of the box has a little brass plate.

Sweet little inlaid wooden box with a horse and rider.

Old ironstone cheese crock stamped Stilton Blue on the bottom.

Vintage ormolu box with gold velvet lining.

Antique French-style brass desk clock... the arm is missing so the feathers fill the missing appendage.

Heavy metal little girl figurine... maybe a bookend at one time?

Found a pair of these hunt scene prints in square frames.

Close-up on a vintage neo-classic lamp.

Black lab relief panel in a gold frame... not old!

Will share with you 
more things we found...
rustic, country, primitive
farm style vintage collectibles... 
on another post soon.

What do you think?
Anything here that you might have
brought home too?


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh what fabulous finds. Your silver horse and rider is exquisite. What a special piece. I havn't seen anything like it ever. All of your finds are real treasures. Hugs, Marty

Rebecca said...

You fared quite well, my friend! Your silver polo player & horse is really fine!

Sarah said...

Alison, what terrific finds. Hope a few of these are going to stay at Polohouse. The silver horse w/ polo player is stunning. Nice to have dealers that look out for you! ~ Sarah

Anonymous said...

That black Lab relief in the gold frame would need to come home with me. We just lost our 14 year old Lab and are so sad.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Oh Alison I LOVE all your finds, the hunt scenes, the old hat box, that little dog in the pretty frame and then that first piece WOW! You did GOOD!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said... had fun didn't you!! Great finds!

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

LOVE the old hat box! Hat boxes are my weakness, and this one is GORGEOUS!!

NanaDiana said...

OMGOSH- I can't believe I was not following you before. Where have I been? You are just beautiful~as is your blog. MyHero's grandmother was a great horsewoman and was a founding member of the Onieda Golf and Riding Club in this area. We have a wonderful painting of her on her Tennessee Walker. Well, my son has it in his house. I am going to see if I can get a picture of it for you.
Her whole den was decorated much like your home.

Your silver horse and rider are just marvelous. I have never seen anything like them....they are very unusual. How great it is to have a dealer that watches out for stuff like that for you?

Well, this is my first visit but certainly won't be my are stuck with me now, kiddo! Hugs-Diana

Design is... All in the Detail said...

Oh, I would LOVE to go shopping with you - what fun! Thanks for sharing! - Jalon

Shelia said...

Hi Alison! You struck it rich. I love all of your finds and the horse and rider is just gorgeous! Wasn't that nice of your friend to put this aside, well, under the table for you! ;)
Hope you're doing well.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Connie (aka LOU) said...

Oh Alison - jackpot for you! I love everything you got but especially the horse and rider. It is perfect for you. Great story too of how he held it for you. Seeing your trophies there, I have to tell you that I was at an auction last summer and I bid on this engraved trophey. It went cheap. My husband asked "why are you bidding on that?" "Well, Alison has a few and I like how they look." Of course, I couldn't read the engraving until after I purchased it. I would have liked it to be some horse or cow trophey but it was a first place 440 yd dash trophey won by Richard W. Cavanaugh July 4, 1921 given by the City of Providence. Joke was on me ~ but I still like it. HA!

Debi said...

All I can is - you are a lucky girl!

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

Great stuff! The polo player is such a prize!

Wild Oak Designs said...

Just found your delightful...
wonderful images of great the horse and rider....
hope to see you soon
and my store

Rooms by Ann said...

I love your finds The print of the hunt Is my favorite, I am doing my youngest son's room in the fox hunt theme.I so glad I found your blog I am your newest follower. Please stop by and visit. Thanks for sharing.

Gail Peterson said...

Beautiful finds, what was the name of the sale?
I think I read about it many years ago! What fun!

Tardevil said...

Wow! That silver horse is awesome. It looks copper to me in the photos, but I would have bought that if I could have afforded only that. I have never seen one like it. I hope you were able to get everything pictured, though! ;o)

laney said...

...loved your new treasures...and loved too seeing extra peeks of your beautiful home over on cottage of the month...blessings laney

laney said...

...loved your new treasures...and loved too seeing extra peeks of your beautiful home over on cottage of the month...blessings laney

The enchanted home said...

Oh yes! I would have snatched up that silver plated rider and horse in a heartbeat, ditto the magnificent neo classic lamp and beautiful desk clock! Hope you got a few goodies to take home? Really beautiful things Alison!

savvycityfarmer said...


I've had my eye on that little clock with no arm ... forever!!
too late

hope to see at Romancing the Home

The Old Farm Bell said...

Oh my, Alison,

All those sweet "tresors". My face is glued to my laptop screen right a Garfield cat lol

Those are all amazing finds. I love them all! The pony & rider figurine is precious. A great piece. Sometimes the makers place their hallmark in the most unusual areas. So, take a close look for a tiny mark. A piece like this one usually has a makers hallmark.

The ormolu box is lovely with the intaglios & keys. Very nice!

Your home featured in cottage of the month is just beautiful! You have great taste!

Thank you for sharing all those fab! finds. Now, I want to go

Have a sunny day!


Kelly said...

Love all of your new finds! I have one of those top hat boxes, but never knew that was what is was. I learned something new today. Mine doesn't appear to be old like yours, so it is probably a reproduction.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Merry Christmas!!!..Santa either came late or he is very scored on that auction!!...You acquired so many beautiful things...Good for you!!

Karen said...

You mean besides the lamp, silver polo player, clock, hat box and little metal girl?! :-)
Great finds, lucky you.

andrea said...

MMMmmmmm.... that rider on horseback is an especially exquisite piece- very gracefully sculpted legs. I also loved the top hat box! We have a top hat... but have yet to find a box. Love the leather trim on that. It looks like it would go perfectly with your decor. andrea@townandprairie

Bliss said...

Looks like a big time SCORE for you, however I can't believe there was not any plaid!


Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

I think you had a great day! The polo pony and rider, the lab picture and the crock are my favorites.

Bonnie Schulte said...

Oh my goodness, I can't believe you were so lucky to find so many wonderful treasures at one show. I love everything that you bought. Your horse and rider really tops it all. Stunning!

designchic said...

So many great much more perfect than the horse and rider...fabulous!!

Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} said...

Perfect finds for a Polo House! I love the little girl! Lots of pretties!

lvroftiques said...

I love them all! What wonderful finds Alison! And no I can't say I've seen a horse and rider quite like that one...It's really fab! And that seller obviously knows what you like *winks* That hat box is in amazing shape. I have one also but not nearly as nice as yours....craigslist find *winks* So what will you be keeping? (besides the horse and rider of course. That one NEEDS to live with you!) Vanna

Designs By Pinky said...

OMGoodness, the silver rider is beautiful, and I have never seen anything like it at all! The other things you showed are great too. Can't wait to see what all came home with you. What a great show and so nice to have a dealer that will save things for you! XO, Pinky

Upscale Downhome said...

Your finds are absolutely fantastic!

Babs said...

OMGosh!! I'm drooling over all your fabuous finds! The silver polo player is stunning...the absolute perfect piece. I'm headed back to look again at your great finds.