Here is the child's toy table from England that cast a spell over me.
The table is 9 inches long, 7 and 1/2 inches wide, and 6 and 1/2 inches tall. I think it is made of mahogany wood . Note the detail, including the skirt around the table top. In my mind, I picture a father or a loving grandfather with vast knowlege of carpentry building this for a loved little girl. I have no idea of the age of the "find" but I have owned it 38 years and it was considered an antique (by the price) when I purchased it.
Every lovely table deserves a nice tablecloth for special parties. This vintage ecru cloth was found in a flea market "as is" and I have always wondered its original use.
The table is set for a tea party using the best that I have in miniature form.
The white charger with the gold rim is by Reutter from Germany. Also, Reuter made the cream soup bowl and plate. The flatware is not sterling but rather a pewter type metal with simple pattern.
The centerpiece is a collection of time pieces that I have collected. I chose them to reflect the theme of the tea party, "As Time Goes By". The china clock in the center is an Occupied Japan piece. The aniversary clock and the French clock are estate finds but I don't believe them to be very old.
Note the times on the clock faces....each different.
The mahogany tea cart belonged to my daughter as a child, and it actually lives in her doll house which will be another story someday. The china candlelabra by Reutter from Germany. The cake was made for her doll house years ago, and although it appears yummy, it is probably a little stale. The brass candlestick is one of a pair . The chocolate cake is of the same vintage as the other dessert.
The little pewter compote, in the upper right of photo, is truly an antique from the 1930's. I would imagine not many tiny objects like this survive time, as they are so easily lost. The cutwork detail in the compote is very delicate. The condiment set is also made of pewter but not very old. The two vase like bottles are Limoges porcelain, and the yellow rose is hand formed. I know you are wondering about the tomato soup cans........LOL....remember the soup bowls have a design of a tomato on them, also. Tomato soup has always played an important role in my life. When I was a little girl, my mom made me homemade tomato soup each time that I was sick. And it became my favorite soup of all times. My 91 year old mom makes the most delicious tomato soup in the universe! While traveling on a river cruise in Europe with them four years ago, our ship docked in this quaint little German town, and we strolled to the downtown shops. I found, to my delight, a store that was dedicated to miniatures and particularly Ruetter. When I spotted the tomato china in a display case, I saw "my name" written all over it. My mom teased me about buying it, but I am so happy that I did..........funny how memories are preserved !!!
The vinegar and oil cruets are from Germany and so are the tea pot, creamer and sugar, all made by Reutter.
If you look closely, you can see M. I. Hummel ( Maria Innocentia Hummel) etched in gold around the top of the teacup.
I wanted you to see where my tablescape "lives".
While taking photos of the tablescape, Mr. B. walks by and says, "That is cute, where do you keep it?" I looked at him in disbelief..........duh.....in the living room where it has been for 38 years. MEN
I hope you enjoyed the "As Time Goes By" tea party and will visit again. There is always a touch of fantasy in my world. Thanks for reading.