December 23, 2010

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas

As a child, we always anticipated the arrival of parcels from the UK. My Auntie Margaret and then my cousins would post a package sometime in November, and with the surface mail, usually on a slow boat, it would arrive just before, or just after Christmas. brown paper packageIt had been bounced around and handled so much, that the brown paper packaging was soft from wear. My father would open the parcel and there would be a half dozen or so small packages, all wrapped in the lovely English paper. 

That wonderful experience was repeated yesterday when a massive parcel arrived for me from Andy in Wales. When I picked it up from reception, I was gobsmacked at how heavy it was – somewhere upwards of 15 lbs. I started opening it, but then decided to wait until I had someone to share the fun with… and I knew just who to call.12-21 011I rang my pal, David Wiesand, owner of the fabulous McLain-Wiesand, and told him what had arrived. Once I arrived at the shop with my parcel, he and I got to work like two greedy children, opening all of the little packages.

Here’s just a peek of what was in the box.  Detail from a fork. 12-22 043 12-22 041 On another set, the knife blade features a fishing creel, a rod and two salmon, amongst other decorative elements. 12-22 023 The handle of this piece is carved like a piece of twig.12-22 028 Detail from the end of a spoon.12-22 057 And of a knife.12-22 025 I am undecided as to whether this is a phoenix or a griffon. Ideas?12-21 030 How about this tulip-shaped pattern on the ends of a set of knives and forks?12-21 031 This set of knives and forks were just stunning. 12-21 025 12-21 029 The handles of this set of knives and forks just stopped both David and me in our tracks. 12-22 004 This set of knives and forks was more elaborately decorated than any other I’ve seen. The knife blade has a little fantastical dolphin on it, and the forks are incised on both sides, as is the knife.12-22 061 Even some of the boxes the silverware came in had wonderful details, like this little clasp on a faux shagreen box.12-22 050 Whew! This was just about the most incredible brown paper package I’ve ever received. If you’re interested in any of these pieces, check my Etsy shop in the next week or so and it will be for sale.


  1. Wicked cool - can't imagine how you could sell it.

    I'm saying definite gryphon.

  2. Can't wait - I will be stalking your etsy shop! - from HAWAII!

  3. I, too, remember such packages arriving from English relatives, and this post brought those memories rushing back. What a wonderful package to receive and unwrap! And thank you for the egg-nog recipe of several posts back, I plan on serving it on Boxing Day when friends stop over. Reggie

  4. How fascinating! I just love that sort of thing.
    My guess is a pheonix, because it looks like flames at the bottom of the image.

  5. I am dumb-struck by the detailing on these pieces. What an amazing surprise--Christmas did come a little early. I'm sending Christmas blessings and a huge thank you for all of your inspiring posts of the last year.

  6. Love these detail shots!Beautiful.

  7. save those pieces with the fish markings on them for me...perfect for our friends who just purchased a second home in MOntana. I will check Etsy each day...

  8. Wow, I can imagine how you feel! Such gorgeous pieces!
    Merry Christmas, dear Meg!

    And a happy New Year!

    xoxo Victoria

  9. Wow, what fab finds! I am excited about your shop - you do find the most interesting things!

    xo Terri

  10. Gobsmacked. I've never used that word but I'm gonna be all over it today! Merry Christmas MegTown. All of my cards were late out the door but yours is en route.

    ADGobsmacker, IV

  11. *** Gosh, would I sound TOOOOO GREEDY if I said "I WANT IT ALL!!!" (but of COURSE with a "PLEASE" at the end!!!)...

    Waiting n' watching & THANKING YOU, too!
    Linda iN AZ

  12. WHAT? Brown paper packages tied up with string? Nothing better than that. I will certainly check out your shop, as a tabletop prop stylist I am always looking for new props!
    happy New Year.


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