Monday, October 15, 2012

~My Thrift Find of the Year!~

What do you do when hubby calls home, before returning from a business trip; and says he's in a thrift store?  (He sees some things that you might be interested in.)

You have him take cell phone pictures and say, "yay or nay"!

One of the things that I absolutely loved was this gorgeous soup tureen...I think this must be my year for soup tureens!


I thought the pattern was just lovely; and even though it was floral, the colors work beautifully in my fall dining room.

Please excuse the dirt smudges ...I was so excited to share it, I hadn't cleaned it up, yet...lol!

It even came complete with the underplate and ladle!! It is so delicate that it's a wonder he got it home, on the plane, in one piece!!



Upon further inspection, we noticed a stamp on the bottom and did a little research; and this is what we discovered via reference.com:


John Maddock and Sons royal vitreous pottery is a well-known and highly sought after category of antique pottery. Produced by the John Maddock and Sons company, this pottery is known for its ornate designs and superior craftsmanship. Founded in 1842, it was known only as J. Maddock until 1855, when it became known as J. Maddock and Son. Then, in  1870, it became known as J. Maddock and Sons. 

Many of the manufacturer's seals on the pottery give the full name of the company, and it is accordingly possible to date early J. Maddock pieces by the name used on the official seal. Production of original J. Maddock and Sons royal pottery continued until the mid-1960s. John Maddock began producing fine china under his family name in the town of Burselm in 1842. He had previously produced graniteware for export to the United States with other partners. The fine china produced by this firm quickly became noted for its intricate floral designs and its delicate appearance. Well-known production lines and styles include the "Majestic" and "Bombay" patterns that some consider the most exemplary of the this firm's pottery. All of the pottery produced by this firm has distinct markings that make it possible to date and identify each piece. There are several markers which make it possible to narrow the time period down. It was not until 1906 that the firm began placing the words "& CO" beside J. Maddock and Sons. If any piece has "& CO" following the name of the company, it is possible to deduce that the piece was made after 1906. However, there are several seals used after 1906 that have neither "& CO" or "& SONS," which means that the lack of the word "& CO" can not be used to identify the piece as predating 1906.


 We also found a website that shows all of the markers and the

years that they were in use. It appears that this one was used

 between 1880-1896! We're not sure what the value is; but Dear 

Hubby found this one in the thrift store for $15.00!

Can you believe it???!!!





61 comments:

  1. WOW! How lucky you are to have a husband who visits thrift stores, even without you!!! I don't think the Headmaster knows where any are. Your tureen is truly beautiful and truly a bargain!
    Nancy

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  2. What a man!! Beautiful tureen!

    Judy

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  3. Wow! I don't think Mr. B has ever gone to a thrift store unless it was with mr! And if he did he'd never spy something as beautiful as that tureen! You hooked a good man there!

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  4. Wow that is quite the find! My husband would never notice that-though he is good at finding other things. Now you have given me the bug to want to go thrifting today! I wonder if anyone knows the value of this? It would be interesting to know:)

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  5. Whoa! That is a genuine antique piece!!!!!!! Amazing! Wonderful! Yes, I can see why you love him! I'm thinkin' he should be up for the Husband of the Year award for that find! Good thing you did your research on it so that you can recount the story whenever you use it for guests. It's fun to hear the history!

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  6. Wow! Gorgeous finds, your husband is hired!

    Cynthia

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  7. Shenita what an amazing find! Wowzer...yes gotta love that man of yours! The fact that he thought of going into a thrift store on his own and found this piece makes it even more special. Every time you look at you will be reminded of the love your husband has for you! Love this story...also curious to know what it's true value of the tureen is...maybe enough for another trip to Destin!
    Have a fabulous weekend!
    Barbara

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  8. Shenita, what a darling, sweet husband you have. What a beautiful soup tureen and platter. I bet you were so excited. He always finds the sweetest treasures, doesn't he?
    Thanks for sharing! XO ~Liz

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  9. Lucky you! My husband and son does things like this for me as well, aren't we both so blessed? I just love the tureen and to have the platter with it and for only $15?!? Wow!

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  10. That is amazing! What a find and it really is a treasure.

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  11. Hubby gets a high-five. Nice find, and price. It's beautiful.

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  12. Hubby is a stellar bargain hunter! That's a beautiful piece and the price is unbelievable. Well done hubby! ~ Maureen

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  13. What a great husband! I love the tureen. Happy weekend, Shenita!

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  14. G A S P!!!!! Wow you are one lucky lady. That is a great find! Your hubby rocks!! :)

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  15. Hi lovely lady.
    Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my Tablescape for Autumn. Your Husband did a great job on this find just Gorgeous!! I also love Tureen!!! I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your family.
    XXOO Diane

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  16. What a man! Lucky you, the soup tureen is beautiful and a great price. You are finding some awesome treasures

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  17. Such a sweet and thoughtful husband he is. I love your tureen. Perfect for fall soups.

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  18. Your soup tureen is beautiful but the sweetness of your husband is what I really like. :)

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  19. What a great find! Your hubs sounds so sweet! Mine usually takes pictures in the grocery store because he can't find what I have put on the list! LOL I love that you have found out the history too. I always do that when I come home from thrifting. I find out the most interesting information! Have a wonderful Sunday Shenita!

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  20. Beautiful! He can shop for me Too!Thanks for sharing you lucky lady! Joann

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  21. That is just too cool to find something that old! Awesome!! Its so pretty!

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  22. Oh Shenita,
    what a great find and attractive price! gotta love that man - mine would never step into a thrift store to begin with! keeps telling me i've turned into a hoarder... maybe he is right.
    love the pattern of your tureeen and what's more she is even antique.
    rita

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  23. That soup tureen is gorgeous! How sweet your hubbie is to think about you!

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  24. That was a great find! I can't get over your husband actually thrifting for you. My husband wouldn't have the first clue about that. You're one lucky girl! So glad that you received something that will go with your collection. It's very pretty.

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  25. What a gorgeous tureen! This is the find of the year!!! Your husband has amazing taste! I think it is wonderful that he stopped by a thrift store and noticed this. It's a treasure and I know you must be pinching yourself! It has found a gorgeous home to live in now!

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  26. Wow! That is a very WELL TRAINED husband!! Lucky you! And the tureen is teriffic too!

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  27. You gotta a keeper there Shenita! Great piece for sure. Thanks for sharing.

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  28. Lucky girl. On the new find, and that hubby!!!! What a sweetheart.

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  29. Wow! I have tureen envy! Does your husband by any chance give lessons?? Lol! Love it lucky girl!

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  30. Whoa! that soup tureen and your hubby deserve 3 snaps up, a Hallelu--yer AND a hug! what a great deal and what a blessing to have such a thoughtful husband! ;-)

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  31. I would say that he and the tureen are both KEEPERS!

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  32. Wow Cool Beans, Shenita! My husband would NEVER go into a thrift store looking for embellishments or anything else for our house. Your hubs is a keeper! (he also has a good eye) P.S. Mine's a keeper too even if he wouldn't go into a thrift store

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  33. Beautiful tureen, Shenita! I always think it's amazing to find one in great condition at GW. I got lucky enough to find two with the ladles intact and one had the underplate, too. Such a sweet hubby to call you from the thrift store and then to get it home to you in one piece!

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  34. I have no idea what happened, but the comment box hopped all over the screen, then disappeared as I was typing. Hopefully, it will let me post this time.

    Your husband got a steal to get the whole set for $15. I always say I don't know where everyone else shops to get these deals. In the thrift stores where I live, they would have the tureen without the lid, ladle, or plate for $15....and even then it would be chipped or something.

    Your husband was very kind to think to bring it home!

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  35. Hi Shenita! Oh, you keep that man! :) What a beautiful tureen and it is so delicate. You're blessed to have such a thoughtful hubby! I love this and will be looking forward to seeing how you use it in your most beautiful home.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  36. This is gorgeous, Shenita. Your guy has a great eye!:-)

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  37. Yes Shenita, this one is a gorgeous tureen! I specially love tureens and I just saw a white English, with a light blue rim and I just didn't buy it..next time. Yours of course, I wouldn't have pass it on, EVER!! Thanks for your sweet visit.
    FABBY

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  38. It's great that the hubs takes such an interest in what you love, Shenita! This was truly a wonderful find and I'm sure that it will grace your tablescapes quite often. What a lucky girl you are! Hugs, Sue

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  39. Shenita, that is such a gorgeous piece,and what an added bonus that it has the platter with it! Your husband did well! :)

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  40. Your new tureen is such a stunning piece.....just beautiful !!!! What a sweet hubby you have too :o)
    ~Des

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  41. All I can say is that you husband has a great eye for tureens! It's gorgeous!..and perfect for Fall. Enjoy!
    Babs

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  42. Shenita, that is fabulous. There is no telling how much it is worth. Seriously, $15 would not cover the platter or any of the other pieces. You might try looking it up on replacements.com to get an estimate of the value. Could the platter be used w/o the tureen as a serving platter? Did your Florida trip convince him that the thrift shops are the deals? :)

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  43. wow.. what a beauty she is...
    did you name her? you should and it ought to be a super special name too.

    beautiful piece and an extra special hubby to get it for you.

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  44. I love it! Your husband is one wonderful man!

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  45. Shenita those are sooo pretty! Your hubby wins hubby of the year!:) Thanx for coming to party at THT!

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  46. Wow, wow, wow, Shenita! That piece is stunning! I've never seen a tureen with such beautiful detail! Your hubby has quite the eye and yes, deserves an award!

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  47. He can shop for me any time. Great find! Cherry Kay

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  48. Amazing! What a great find - I mean the husband who finds soup tureens at the thrift store! Congratulations.

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  49. I love soup tureens--they convey home and warmth and soup to me, and this one is absolutely beautiful! And what a fun story about it...he stops at thrift stores when he's out of town! Fabulous!!! :) ~Zuni

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  50. Your hubby has a great eye for beauty as well as a bargain!

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  51. Just beautiful!!! Your husband did good! :) Hopped over from Potpourri Friday and I'm happy to be your newest follower. Would love to have you stop by for a visit! Blessings ~ Judy

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  52. I am just beyond shocked that your hubby would shop a thrift store! And by himself! And find such a great find! I can barely get mine in the door and that's only if I'm with him and begging. You've definitely got a keeper there! The Hubby and the soup tureen!

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  53. Shenita...he is a keeper that hubby of yours!!!....love the tureen!!...gorgeous...

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  54. Shenita...congrats on being one of the top links viewed from last week's party over at the blog From My Front Porch to Yours! This tureen is gorgeous...again that hubby of yours is a real keeper! XO Barbara

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  55. What a beautiful tureen--and WOW! What a great deal! How sweet of him to visit a thrift store and bring home such a great treat for you! :)

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  56. What a beautiful tureen! I am fortunate to have one of those husbands too.....it is fun to thrift but it is REALLY fun when Wonder Hubby brings home goodies he finds thrift. You are blessed to have a super hubby :)

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  57. Wow! What a stunning find! And your husband was the finder! You've been twice blessed!
    Have a wonderful week!
    sandy ;)

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