Sunday, December 30, 2012

Charter Oak, From Trash to Treasure


Beneath the dense, black grease lies the pattern I know so well. The detail is buried and will not be seen by most; but it's one of my favorites and I know it's embellishment of leaves and acorns by heart -- if not by hand. This silverware is both strong and graceful, heavy and feminine. It is a wonderful representation of its name: Charter Oak.  It is not necessarily rare, but it is hard to find at a reasonable price.  These are priced right, but there is always a risk that beneath the grime, a once-beautiful piece will be tarnished, pitted and scarred beyond repair. I decide to take the risk! 



The chemical cleaners do a great job, but nothing beats an old toothbrush and some toothpicks. Then it's time for buffing with old socks. This trio used up five old socks -- luckily, with three boys, I have an endless supply of buffing materials!!


The transformation is amazing! These pieces are in pristine condition- full of lustre and shine -- and the gorgeous leaves and acorns are revealed! Just beautiful!


Charter Oak
Manufactured by International-1847 Rogers Bros. c. 1906

*These pieces are available for purchase at my Etsy shop https://www.ogdenarthaus.etsy.com

Charter Oak Spoon Keychain

3 comments:

  1. Barbara......

    WOW... LOVE THESE! I could buy your WHOLE SHOP OUT. I truly love your Key Rings.

    People are always looking at mine. Maybe I need ONE OF THESE TOO~ I mean the name is CHARTER OAK... I'm WHITE **OAK** ROOM.. Seems only fitting to me!!

    SENSATIONAL AS ALWAYS! ( TOTALLY LOVE MY BEVELED GLASS STAR ORNAMENTS..DID I MENTION THAT BEFORE??? LOL LOL LOL ~)

    Jayne

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  2. Jayne,
    You make me smile!! Thanks for your uplifting words and your constant support!
    Barbara

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  3. i sincerely hope you are not cutting up treasured flatware that is undamaged. cutting these up forever create missing pieces to these precious sets. it is really sad to see so many getting cut up by these jewelry artists.

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