Monday, July 23, 2012

Waldorf-Astoria Amnesty Program... agree or disagree?

Are you a hotel silver or china collector? 

The legendary Waldorf-Astoria has launched an amnesty program to recover some of its history.

The hotel is specifically seeking silverware, ashtrays and other items that guests "checked out" with their luggage from the years before 1960.

This is what the hotel is asking, "Returned items should include a brief description, date when the item was taken and the guest's associated memories. The Amnesty Program has been developed as an expansion of the famed hotel's efforts to expand its archives and existing historical gallery, "Host to the World," located beside the main lobby. Valuable items hoping to be retrieved include silver, such as demitasse spoons used during the hotel's supper club years, ashtrays, linens, etc."

Now here's where I disagree. What if it wasn't your Aunt Hazel that lifted that sugar bowl? How would you even know if that teapot you're looking at was once part of a theft from 60 years ago? I can't imagine guests leaving the Waldorf with big serving trays and food domes stashed under their arms. 

Many times hotels hotel auctions to dispense of old and used pieces of hotelware to replace them with new ones. I've acquired many pieces from auction houses in this manner. Furthermore, I have no idea where most of my old pieces of hotel silver are from. I have found them along the way. 

What do you think about this amnesty program?

Friday, July 20, 2012

Happy Weekend!

Hope you're doing something fun!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Happy Bastille Day!

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

New Arrivals at Paris Hotel Boutique!

Don't let the Dog Days of Summer get you down. Come into the lobby of Paris Hotel Boutique and enjoy perusing our new finds in air-conditioned comfort.

Speaking of lobbies, we're really excited to share with you our recent acquisition of unique dog and cat accessories, from paintings to bookends. Some highlights include:

  •  Ram's Head Lamp (As Seen in Romantic Homes)
  •  Bronze Elevator Dial 
  •  French Dog Collars Antique
  •  Dog & Cat Oil Paintings 
  •  Vintage First Edition Books 
  •  Servant Wall Box & much more! 

 Please click here to see our latest additions...

images: Kassie Borreson, Haus Frau Fotografie

Monday, July 09, 2012

Happy Monday + Head's Up!

Hope you had a lovely weekend. Tomorrow is the day! Over 60 new arrivals at Paris Hotel Boutique! 

 Have a great week ahead and see you tomorrow!

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Thursday, July 05, 2012

Victorian Souvenir Bangle for Sale...

This is a photo of my collection of Victorian souvenir bangle bracelets. I just adore them. Most come from the U.K. and France. I imagine they could have been used for mourning, but still don't have too much information.

They are rare and hard-t0-find. I've come across lockets and brooches as well.

Since my wrists are only so large, I've decided to part with the center bracelet. It has beautiful detail and fits a small to medium size wrist. You can purchase it on my website, here.

 images: Kassie Borreson, Haus Frau Fotografie

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Happy 4th!

Have a wonderful Fourth of July wherever you're celebrating!

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