Sunday, July 22, 2012

I Heart Macro- My Cup Runneth Over

Believe it or not, I tried to do this post 2 weeks ago for I heart Macro Sunday over at Studio Waterstone and due to a whole lot of technical difficulties, am just getting it done today!

Don't you just love the architectural details on this handle?

The handle  belongs to this beautiful, well loved , silverplated cup that was gifted to me 2 weeks ago.

Cindy Wimmer and her wonderful family, (hello boys!) stopped by to visit with us at our restaurant and near the end of dinner, she reached into her purse and handed me this gift, wrapped in bright pink paper.

While on their trip to Adamstown PA a few weeks prior, she spotted this and thought of me and picked it up. 
Just writing those words fills me with such gratitude for such a sweet, thoughtful friend, my cup runneth over!

As if it's even possible to be more special than that, it is engraved with my name!
The workmanship is amazing, the details of the chased flowers, all so different, you can see lily of the valley, daisies, roses, sunflowers and what I believe are forget me nots.

The hallmark on the bottom even has a set of scales, another coincidence, I am a Libra!

Thank you Cindy for such a meaningful gift but most of all for your friendship, I will treasure them both!

PS, as a result of the above macro shot, which helped me to be able to read the hallmark, I did a little investigating to find the history of this piece. I just love history and find the history of a particular piece sentimental and romantic.
Anyway, it seems Meridan B Company was the Meridan Britannia company from Meridan Ct. of 1852 which bought Rogers Bros in 1878 and later joined other firms to create the International Silver co. in 1898.
This particular piece is a child's presentation cup, in the Aesthetic style, quadruple plate which they say is the best and not done after 1900.  188 is the pattern number for the leaves and flowers and dated to mid 1800's. How very cool is that??


  1. This cup has so MANY amazing details. It's the perfect subject for Macro Sunday and a wonderful example of a generous friend. What a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing it with us! :)

  2. What a beautiful cup, love the details and your macro is great ;O)

  3. Beautiful - and how thoughtful. I love your pictures!

  4. What a gorgeous old cup, and what a beautiful gift to receive~!

  5. I love history along with photo's so this is one beautiful post of both...
    Enjoy your week..

  6. What a beautiful gift! There are so many wonderful details which make this special in many ways.

  7. What a beautiful cup! The detail work is stunning as are the sentiments that go along with it.

  8. That is quite beautiful, and tells a wonderful story.

  9. Amazing pictures - and the light is perfect to show all the details. You can tell easily how tricky this was!

  10. I'm loving your images and am drooling for that lovely cup! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Wow....that is truly a treasure!!!!

  12. Laura, I am so happy that you love the cup as much as I did when I found it. I just think it was so perfect, finding it in Adamstown. You are the one who introduced me to the antiquing world of Adamstown and all the outdoor markets like Shupp's and the kid-friendly pit stop, Oregon Dairy. All places we have been to so many times now that we've made family traditions. It is one of my most favorite places ever to go. And to find an old cup engraved with your name, complete with flowers like those of your beautiful garden, well it couldn't have been more perfect. Thank YOU for your friendship and all of the words of kindness and support you've given to me over the last couple of years. :-)
    And btw, I think it is fantastic that you were able to find out some history about this cup - that's amazing!

  13. The detail on this mug is just beautiful and the history you discovered is quite fascinating. What a lovely piece of history you have there:)

  14. Lovely detail, a beautiful mug and great history! A nice find.

  15. Lucky girl that cup is fantastic - and what better then to have your name on it!


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