I Didn’t Shop the House

I didn’t shop the house,

but I shopped someone else’s house!!! ….. My friend Martha’s house to be exact.

I presented a beautiful red transferware pitcher to you the other day

which was also a purchase from Martha who is moving

and downsizing her beautiful collections and antiques.

Antique Scottish Scale - Housepitality Designs

When Martha told me the sad and yet happy news of her and hubby moving to be

closer to their son in Texas, she said that she will be selling some of her antiques

and collectibles. One thing came to mind for me and yes, it was for sale!

Antique Scottish Scale - Housepitality Designs

I have always admired this item every time I was in Martha’s home.

A very special piece and it is an item of part of my heritage.

My dad was Scotch/Irish and this piece is from Scotland.

Antique Scottish Scale - Housepitality Designs

Antique Scottish Scale - Housepitality Designs

I believe this piece is circa 1800’s made by

Scottish Cooperative Wholesale Society, LTD.

Antique Scottish Scale - Housepitality Designs

I knew exactly where I wanted to place this beauty.

Antique Scottish Scale - Housepitality Designs

Antique Scottish Scale - Housepitality Designs

 You may have already guessed what this is.

Antique Scottish Scale - Housepitality Designs

A magnificent antique scale of iron, brass, and ceramic.

Antique Scottish Scale - Housepitality Designs

Antique French Buffet/Antique Scottish Scale/Antique Stained Glass - Housepitality Designs

I am drawn to special unique pieces and this is certainly on of those.

Antique Scottish Scale/Antique French Buffet/Antique Stained Glass - Housepitality Designs

I knew it would be perfect on the French Buffet.

It is surrounded by special things with special meaning and this scale will

always be very special and near and dear to my heart.

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I hope you too are surrounded with things that are near and dear to your heart

and most of all surrounded by the people who make your heart sing.


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  1. Wow that is a wonderful treasure! I’m sure she’s delighted to know it’s gone to a good home and will be cared for and appreciated so much. Wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day too!
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  2. It’s beautiful Shirley and looks stunning placed in front of the stained glass. You have great taste!
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  3. Oh, yes, Shirley, you chose well. It’s beautiful in its space of beautiful surroundings.
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  4. Just beautiful.. Enjoy❤️

  5. Oh, it is magnificent!!! The fact that it was made in Scotland is fabulous!!! A real work of art and perfect there! Hope Tom is feeling better!!!! Have a beautiful day with your hubby. Hope it is warmer there…..8 degrees here. We are headed to brunch in awhile. Will be bundling up for sure!!!!!!!!!!!! XO
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  6. A real treasure Shirley! Happy Valentines Day!!

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  7. Nice build up! That is very cool and beautiful! I can’t stop staring at the stained glass as well. Such a lovely home. Happy Valentine’s to you as well!
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  8. That scale is amazing! My heritage is Scottish/Irish as well, so I’m also drawn to such. I have a confession: I’d been trying to show a little restraint and not buy the pitcher that called to me at the antique store. I visited it a couple times. And then I open your last blog post, and there she is, the little beauty. I took it as a sign and off I went to make her mine. Happy day.

  9. Lucky you to get such a treasure! Mh hubby is of Scottish heritage too. Me, English & Irish. It’s the feelings and emotions that become the provenance of our things. You’re table vignettes are always beautiful sheila
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  10. Oh it just gorgeous, and it looks so pretty on your French chest….

    Wishing you a great Valentine’s Day ?

  11. I love your vignette, I’m so glad you were able to get such a treasure. Especially since it has double meaning for you. But, I just can’t take my eyes off the stain glass, you have it showcased just perfectly.

  12. I know you have always loved scales and this one is so unique and special! So nice to have a piece of your heritage. Happy Valentines Day to you and your family! ?

  13. What a beautiful piece. Love the stained glass window so much. Gorgeous area!!
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  14. Oh what a beautiful scale, Shirley. Yes, I also have some items that are very special to me. Which would be very hard for me to let go of. It looks very good where you have placed it. I know your friend feels good that someone she likes a piece that she was very fond of.

    Hope hubby is feeling better. Not fun having the flu – you take care that you don’t get it.
    Have a terrific week.

  15. This truly is a magnificent scale, Shirley, and I’m so glad your friend was willing to sell it! Your French buffet is the perfect spot to showcase this beauty.
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  16. It’s incredible!!! I can see why you admired it in your friend’s home for so many years….it is truly a work of art!!!! I’m so glad you were able to buy it from your friend, I know it will always hold a special place in your heart :o)
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  17. How beautiful, Shirley, and it looks great on your buffet. I like that you don’t have a lot on there so that the scale really catches your eye.
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  18. Your scale is a beauty Shirley and deserves a special place of honor! Happy Valentine’s Day! ♥
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  19. What an awesome piece! I love where you placed it, and I’m sure that Martha is thrilled that it went to a great friend and beautiful new home!

  20. What a beautiful scale!

  21. Such a stunner! It’s perfect in its new place of honor.

  22. Stunning piece! It looks perfect in your foyer! You know I adore your beautiful piece of stained glass! What a lovely and welcoming area of your home.

  23. Wow! That’s gorgeous and it looks perfect on the buffet!!! Good thinkin’ when you bought that one:)
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  24. Shirley, these are the pieces that start conversations! Your friend had collected beautiful pieces and lucky you, to now own some of her things! The antique scale has a lovely home on your French buffet and you styled it perfectly!
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  25. What great treasures… The combination of the plate and the scale looks marvelous…

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