We celebrate old friends and timeless traditions every Christmas, but somehow we always end up putting new things under the tree. I’m of the opinion (and not just because they are one of my passions) that antiques make more thoughtful, better made, and more lasting gifts than whatever this season’s gewgaw happens to be. If you’re at a loss for a great present, look to the past.
Butter Pat Dishes
Having antiques to display on your table dresses it up, and an unusual piece makes it a whole lot more interesting. These sterling silver butter pats are a great addition to your stash of silver, and are certainly more elegant than passing around a stick butter before the rolls get cold.
Sometimes men are hard to shop for — especially when they’re the frustrating type who buys himself everything he wants. The trick is to find him something he didn’t know he needed! I was shopping at Marymont Plantation Antiques & Interiors recently and spotted these interesting horn-handled brushes. They were particularly lovely and would be a great conversation piece on a man’s desk or on top of a book on your coffee table.
Ivory-handled magnifying glasses are both beautiful and useful — especially as we get older. I’ve got a few in my collection, and I love displaying them on coffee tables and in my library. I’ll admit that they occasionally appear on my bedside table, for those times I’m trying to read the fine print.
The world is full of great corkscrews, probably because the world is blessedly full of so much wine. In the centuries since we started sealing bottles with corks, there have been thousands of interesting creations for the celebratory job of removing those corks. I’m particular to versions with horn handles or silver mounts, which are the perfect items to display on a bar.
What new old things are you giving this holiday season?
Mary Spalding is a Nashville based interior designer with over 30 years of experience. She has overseen countless home revitalizations, renovations, and restorations. She can be reached with your projects and ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org.