Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Tale of the Dresser and the Tray

Once upon a time there was a Victorian dresser




that stood proud and tall with her beautiful crown.


But oh how that dresser longed for a lovely tray to hold all of the pretties that were scattered about on her marble top.


Well, lo and behold, one day a tray just magically appeared! It did look a little naked though so now the dresser wished for something to make it look a little more "romantic".


Well out of the linen closet came this lovely lace piece...


and it just so happened to fit that tray just right!


So now the tray was ready for all of those scattered pretties to be placed upon it. But there was a problem.

                                              
Not everything would fit on that tray. So now the dresser needed to decide which pieces would receive a spot on the lovely tray.
If they were to be placed on the tray like this...                                


Then the hair receiver, which holds a lock of her owners hair from childhood, would not have a spot.



UNLESS it took the place of the poor little shell box, like this...

So the Victorian dresser wants to know which way you like the tray. Do you like it better with the hair receiver or with the shell box?

Now not to be worried, all the other pieces that didn't receive a spot on the tray got their own little spot on the dresser's glove boxes like this...



With all the excitement of being placed on "the glove box" the mirror and brush wanted to show off their fancy cherub handles. The dresser tells them that they should not be quite so conceited about their beauty because after all, look at her! AND her mirror is bigger then that hand held mirror's little round mirror would ever be.



The lovely tray told them to stop bickering for goodness sake, for she had some showing off to do herself.
Starting with these stickpins...


These are her favorites, especially the one of that handsome young man, she likes to believe that it is Gilbert Blythe from the Anne of Green Gables movie. Ooh! La! La!


Now, to open up that jewelry casket and see what is concealed in there. Oh there's a human hair watch fob.


And taking a closer look, there's a ladies watch fob and pin that you would hang the chain and or the watch on. If I had one that is. (if you know more about that then I do please let me know, I'm a little confused about how to use it). On that pin, do you see the little cherub up at the top and what's left of the little pearls on the sides? And a monogrammed "G" for Gina. And for the bar pin below that, I just noticed it is upside down, it has "Hattie" engraved on it. And the lockets, the one with the smaller engraving has my exact initials on it. I was excited to find that! I have my kid's pictures in that one. The larger cameo pin is a family piece. All of the pins have the old clasp on them. 


And to make the dresser happy, the tray showed off some pretties from the dresser's drawers. Including a purse and fan and some sweet smelling sachets. (The pink heart that reads "You are special" was given to me by my mom when I was in grade school)


And lastly, the lovely tray has a few antique trade cards to show off. She felt they were quite fitting for this post. There's a  fan shaped calling card, a card with a lock of hair, scrap art of a Victorian lady and above her is a corset and then an invitation to the "Fourteenth Annual Ball of the Neptune on Saturday Eve, February 27, 1880. I'm sure the lady went and had a glorious time...

As for the dresser and the tray, they learned to get along splendidly and they lived happily ever after.
Thanks for joining me and I hope you enjoyed "The Tale of the Dresser and the Tray".

7 comments:

  1. Hi Gina. I certainly did. You have some beautiful and exquisite pieces. It's a wonderful collection and such a beautiful dresser to hold it all..Happy Wednesday..Judy

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  2. Hi Gina!
    Oohhh what a beautiful Victorian dresser! And I vote hair keeper for the honored spot on the tray *winks* What are the chances that your lovely doily would fit your tray so perfectly?! I LOVE seeing all your pretties too! Vanna

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  3. Hi Gina, what lovely treasures. The tray is beautiful...I love those trays. Thanks for sharing your story of the dresser and tray.

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  4. Gina, the pops of blue are lovely on the tray so I would keep the arrangement that includes the hair receiver. The dresser's mirror is grand and has a right to be proud but the hand held looking glass has captured my heart!

    Debra

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  5. Gina, the pops of blue are lovely on the tray so I would keep the arrangement that includes the hair receiver. The dresser's mirror is grand and has a right to be proud but the hand held looking glass has captured my heart!

    Debra

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  6. I enjoy reading your blog it is so interesting

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  7. This was a happy little tale. That is a truly wonderful dresser you have there. It makes me want to rework my own.

    Cassandra

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