Hi all, I'm Amy and this is my first post for I Op Therefore I Am. I thought you might like to see the art deco tea set I picked up at my local op shop (the Blackburn Epilepsy Op Shop) today.
This was displayed in the window (they put the good stuff in the window!) and I walked past it three times before I went in to inspect more closely. It's in good condition, just some of the silver has worn off the milk jug. It was $25 which seemed like a good price but I'm no expert on silver so I don't know if it was a bargain or not.
The bottom is marked "Empire Plate E.P. N.S." which this page www.silvercollection.it/AMERICANSILVERPLATEMARKSE.html tells me is from the Brooklyn based Empire Silver Plate Co. I found a very similar tea pot (no milk jug or sugar bowl) on eBay for $45, so maybe it was a bargain?
I've had my eye out for a sugar bowl for a while as, at the moment, we just have a big canister (holds at least 2kg of sugar) on the bench and it's a bit unwieldy. I didn't really need the teapot, I have three others already but I think it's quite beautiful. Perhaps I'll start collecting them :)