December 16, 2011
OUR RETURN TRIP TO THE PRUDENCE SHOP
Good Evening My Prim Friends,
Sweet ever dependable Mr. Glen Oaks drove us back to
Rutland late this afternoon to pick up my loot that I bought
from Miss Prudence. Her charming 1790's barn was lit with
candlelight and was charming at night, the windows aglow
with her handmade laurel wreaths and red ribbons
adorning each of them and the large door.
It's a shame that I don't have a camera yet but I'll tell you
what we brought home:
I had first caught sight of a fabulous REALLY prim arm
chair with the original red paint that hang on to yourselves,
holds a chamberpot. I actually have several beautiful
chamberpots and I never thought I'd have a chair for them.
It's going in our "new" prim bedroom master bath with a
vintage clawfoot tub that we had re-glazed.
Next is a bronze powder stenciled black chair with a rush
seat, again very old. A vintage dough box, be still my heart. A lidded vintage school desk complete with ink well hole.
I'm going to use it as a top to a cute antique table and it
hopefully will look like an old schoolmaster's desk.
A Toby mug, a half gallon milk bottle with beautiful adver-
tising and a cow's head from her family's farm in Connec-
ticut. A washboard with advertising on one side that says
'convenient size for airplane travel in your suitcase'.
A silverplate teapot with lovely swirly engravings (Mr. Glen Oaks really wanted this). Some really pretty antique maple picture frames just the right size for samplers. Now this is gonna get you, a first edition Gone With The Wind by
Margaret Mitchell. Prudence said that if I brought Clark
Gable back I could have it for free (the darling packed in
the school desk and said "Enjoy my love".
A hog scraper with beautiful wooden handle (another gem
from the farm). Some beautiful turned spindles that I'd like
to use for make do's. A merchant's display box for cream
bonbons with a beautiful paper label that says London Creams. The label is in perfect condition, I'm a nut for ad-
vertising boxes. A child's bonnet in vintage tiny calico (I
think it was Prudence's!) and a wrought iron candle snuffer that has a swinging snuffer cup. A 1930's flour sifter with
a crank you turn to move the little blades that move the flour through the sieve. It's got a light green wooden knob.
A donut cutter with a light green wooden knob. And a pair
of the metal roller skates that you clamped to your shoes.
I had them in the 60's.
Prudence is a treasure and I plan on visiting her any week-
end that we can down there. We have made a friend for
life. Sometimes you meet someone that just touches your
heart, and Prudence is one of them.
I'm going to give Mr. Glen Oaks a hug and a kiss.
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