On this trip, I will be hunting for spoons. I have two sets of flatware, one the French Ivory-handled knives and forks that I've collected for years, and the other, a recent gift of some Mappin & Webb silver from the late 1800s. Neither set has spoons, so that's my quest.
Here are some of the places I will check:
- Alfie's Antiques Market - This art deco-fronted former department store houses about 100 dealers of all sorts. The last time I was there, I watched a posh couple dickering with a dealer over two beautiful eiderdowns. I seem to remember a lot of mid-century modern, something I am not shopping for at all.
- LASSCO is always a must do. The salvage at LASSCO is very different from what we have in Baltimore, mainly due to the age difference in the buildings. A few years ago, a friend and I set up an architectural salvage company, and I've always been fascinated by it. I am not likely to lug home a radiator or some flooring, but there are always little bits and pieces that are great finds!
- Appley Hoare has a new location on Pimlico Road, just down from their old place, which I knew. She specializes in French country furniture and accessories. Click here to see some photos of her work. There are a lot of great stores along Pimlico Road, and they are all expensive!
- One of the places I might have some luck with my spoons is at the London Silver Vaults, which is actually a collection of 30+ dealers, most of whom specialize in English silver. I may take piece or two of my M&W silver to see if they can match it, or as M suggests, just photocopy one for perfect scale!
- I fell in love with Josephine Ryan's work ages ago and even wrote a post about it almost exactly a year ago. It looks like such a fun shop, full of lots of interesting goodies!
Of course, there are a zillion other antiques stores in London, in addition to the famous Portobello Road and the other open markets, but this is just a hint.