Tuesday, May 24, 2016

A Sweet Little Desk Set


A few weeks ago, I was at an Estate Sale and spotted this darling little desk set.  I ask about it and the young man said it was his grandmother's and he knew nothing about it.

As I stood there looking it over, he went inside and got his grandmother and she came out.  She was delighted that I was so intrigued with the set.


She said it was German but had no idea how old it was.  It had been in her family for over 50 years tho.

It is made of heavy metal and painted.  The set consists of a small stand up calendar.  The pages are kind of like a perpetual calendar.  You switch out the days and the month title.

The other piece was for "calling cards" - probably what we would call business cards.


This is the ink well and also holds the ink pen.


It even has the little heavy glass ink well in it still.


This was the piece I could not identify.  It is curved on the bottom with a felt like fabric on it and a handle on top.


This is the bottom of it.  She informed me it was a blotter.  After you used the ink to write, you blotted it with this piece so as not to blur your writing.  The felt is rather worn.  But, I will leave it as is.

Interesting set, eh?

Enjoy!

Judy








47 comments:

  1. This set is so precious! I'm so glad grandma was on hand to fill you in on its history.

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    1. Thanks Betsy. Isn't it sweet? And the little grandmother that owned it was so excited that I was excited about getting it.

      Judy

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  2. What a lovely surprise. I wouldn't have guessed metal although that makes such good sense because the desk set has retained its beauty. Love the teal colour and how very nice that you could meet the woman who had it all this 50 years.
    Joy

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    1. It is really heavy. I was surprised when I picked it up. A treasure for sure.

      Judy

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  3. I've never seen anything like it! How neat to get the whole set! Hugs!

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    1. I couldn't believe someone hadn't snatched it up before me.

      Judy

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  4. OK.. I'm jealous. I collect inkwells. How much did you have to pay for it? Sure you don't want to sell it to me? :-) I think the one part is for holding letters. The front of the inkwell is for holding the dip pen for writing, I bet there was a matching pen at one time. The blotter held absorbent material, possibly felt, for blotting up with the ink would flow out too much from the pen when writing. You're so lucky! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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    1. You'll really be jealous when I tell you I only paid $10 for the set! I love it and think I'll keep it. I thought the same thing about there was probably a pen with it at one time. The blotter does have felt on the bottom. It's a little worn but that makes it more precious to me.

      Thanks for visiting.

      Judy

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  5. Such a sweet set!! Love the color and the uniqueness of it all.

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    1. Thanks Linda. I thought it was such a sweet set also.

      Judy

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  6. What a find! I've never seen a set like that. Plus it must have been nice to talk to the lady.

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    1. Thanks. I had never seen a set like that either especially the blotter. The little lady was so thrilled that I fell in love with it and wanted it.

      Judy

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  7. I was hoping you bought this set and glad you did, now it has a good home.

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    1. I saw it and did buy it. Without any hesitation! LOL

      Thanks for dropping by.

      Judy

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  8. What a sweet bit of history! It is lovely and I love the colors.

    FlowerLady

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    1. It was so neat talking to the lady it belonged to. She was excited that I was excited. LOL

      Judy

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  9. What an amazing find. Great set and a joy to find out the history of it.
    Brenda

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    1. Thanks Brenda. I was certainly intrigued by it.

      Judy

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  10. I've never seen anything like this and to find the complete set. It is such a pretty shade of blue. So glad you found out the history of the set. Lucky, lucky find!

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    1. I'm sure that at one time, there was probably a pen that went with it. But, I'm lucky there were as many pieces as there were.

      Judy

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  11. I LOVE that set! So wonderfully folky and charming. I have an ink blotter that I got years and years ago.
    So nice talking to you yesterday, my friend!

    xo
    Claudia

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    1. Thanks Claudia! I just love the set. Good talking to you. I always enjoy hearing your sweet voice.

      Judy

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  12. How sweet! The little painting on it is so pretty. That's a great find. :)

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    1. Thanks Stacey. I think it is a treasure for sure.

      Judy

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  13. How precious. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. Thanks Cindy!! I was very lucky to find it.

      Have a good weekend.

      Judy

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  14. Love it:) enjoy your day dear friend, HUGS!

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    1. Thanks Theresa! Have a great weekend.

      Judy

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  15. It's a magnificent set. I love everything about it, the color, the style. How lucky to find such rare pieces.

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    1. Thanks Dayle. I think at one time, it probably had a pen to fit in the curved out section of the inkwell but I feel fortunate to get as many pieces as I did.

      Thanks for dropping by.

      Judy

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  16. Judy, what a precious set. Good find and so sweet that you got to talk to the woman who owned it. I was going to say it was a blotter, but you beat me to it..I answered you to thank you for your kind words to me, but in case you don't get it, I am telling you again..Happy Weekend..Judy

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    1. Thanks Judy! Love that I got to talk to the lady and she was so delighted that I was so thrilled with the purchase. Hope you are doing well.

      Judy

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  17. Judy, It's definitely a one of a kind piece! Great find! I know you will put it in a very special place!
    Hugs, Jody ♥

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    1. Thanks Jody!! I'm in love with it.

      Judy

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  18. This set is gorgeous! Will you display it on a desk in your house?

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    1. Thanks Mel. I have a small room off of my bedroom that is going to be a little office. I have a 50+ year old Ethan Allen drop front secretary that I will be using and I'm sure it will go there. I haven't gotten to that room yet. LOL

      Judy

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  19. This little desk set is interesting, and I love the turquoise color. That was nice of the grandmother to come out and tell you about it, and how special that it has been in her family for over 50 years! Just the fact that it's German and from another country makes it so interesting. I always enjoy your finds, Judy.

    love, ~Sheri

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    1. Thanks Sheri - I was amazed someone else hadn't snatched it up.

      Have a good weekend.

      Judy

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  20. It is a beautiful set, imagine all the letters it has seen.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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    1. Thanks Meredith. I can only imagine it's history.

      Judy

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  21. Judy what a wonderful find and oh the History!
    Such a pretty color too:)

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    1. Thanks Jemma. I feel very fortunate to have found it.

      Judy

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  22. That is a sweet little desk set, in a beautiful color! It looks well cared for; I bet someone treasured it even before the grandmother. Nice find!

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    1. I'm sure it was well loved for a long time!!

      Thanks for visiting,

      Judy

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  23. You have a wonderful eye for finding beautiful and unusual things. I think it is a gift. Can't wait to see your new home as you near finishing it. Big job I'm sure but it will be very special and beautiful.

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  24. Hi ,, i love your blog ,, you have a new follower
    Angelica

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    1. Hi Angelica - Thank you and I'm excited you are following.

      Have a great weekend.

      Judy

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