It's an antique silver stamp holder, hallmarked Birmingham 1906. What with postage being sky-high these days, even a second-class stamp deserves better than being jammed into your purse next to some old receipts and train tickets, don't you think?
I think we'd been discussing my auntie's silver wine labels collection, and that led me to mention an article I'd seen earlier in the year in Homes & Antiques, where they had stamp holders as 'antique of the month'. I said how pretty I thought they were. Obviously she remembered.
Look - there's mine!
[BBC Homes & Antiques - February 2012]
I've put a chain on mine and have been wearing it as a necklace. Spoilt aren't I?
My only achievement this week has been getting the Christmas swap partners sorted, so if you're playing, please do take a look and see who you're with.
Also linking up late with Magpie Monday, as it's so pretty
It really is lovely - great idea to wear it as a necklace!ReplyDelete
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger
Never heard of such a thing, but it's so lovely. And brilliant of you to wear it as a necklace! Otherwise who gets to see the poor thing if it's sitting on a desk or stuffed in your purse?ReplyDelete
I've never seen anything like the stamp holder--it is really cool and what a stunning pendant it makes!!ReplyDelete
What a gorgeous, thoughtful gift! How lovely they remembered the chat you'd had xReplyDelete
Never knew such a thing existed. It's absolutely beautiful, so stylish and small - I wonder how many have been misplaced over the years. It's far better off round your neck where it can be seen than sat in a drawer. What lovely relatives you have!ReplyDelete
it IS lovely! i want one, can aunty and uncle get one for me?ReplyDelete
Love the stamp holder! Wow! What a thoughtful gift from your uncle and aunt.ReplyDelete
I am loving all those gorgeous stamps as well!
That is simply gorgeous! How lovely of them to find that and give it to you. I'm trying to imagine stuffing a stamp sheet in there :)ReplyDelete
Such a cute necklace!ReplyDelete
OOh, loving the stamp holder. Speaking of stamps I was lucky enough to find a packet of first class stamps in the street this week, yay!ReplyDelete
I can't get that linky thing to work on my computer, I've tried other weeks too. :( Is it OK if I just link here to my blog post about the story of Guy Fawkes? http://creativeflourishes.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/why-we-celebrate-bonfire-night.html
Ohh Happy Belated Birthday Lakota!!! so lucky to get a precious gift from your aunt and uncle, it's stunning and i love it! i think i might start have an eye for a stamp holder, god knows i keep rummaging my purse to find one when in a hurry! gorgeous!ReplyDelete
I want one!ReplyDelete
What a lovely gift, for a lovely lady. Just make sure you don't become the go-to stamp lady come December when everyone is posting cards!ReplyDelete
As gifts go, this is a far cry from a bottle of Matey bubble bath, box of Malteasers or pound coin sellotaped to the card.
Your gift is absolutely lovely,well done you are a lucky girl!Happy Birthday even though a little late.ReplyDelete
Whata lovely gift - now you'll always know where your stamps are!ReplyDelete
Such a brilliant idea to make it into a necklace. Clever you! xxReplyDelete
One of these is on my list of "ooooh! i need to have!" :) Lucky you!ReplyDelete
I love that little stamp envelope, all the better for being worn as a necklace and being hallmarked in Brum! xReplyDelete
Everything about that is fab. I've never seen one before. Lucky you!ReplyDelete
What a gorgeous gift. I would want to wear it around my neck too.ReplyDelete
Happy Birthday! That necklace is absolutely gorgeous.ReplyDelete
Oh my goodness, that is absolutely gorgeous, I'd love such a holder for my stamps. And Happy Birthday! xxReplyDelete
I really adore Stamp cases, they're just so gorgeous. Yours is perfect, love that art nouveau writing and turning it into a necklace is a great idea! Lucky thing xxxxReplyDelete
It's such a pretty pretty necklace!!!! Love the fact that it is a functional (unusual) item that you gave a new lease of life by wearing it!xReplyDelete
So sweet, however you choose to use it!ReplyDelete
What a gorgeous gift, and perfect as a necklace. Lovely! xxxReplyDelete
Absolutley stunning and what a fantastic idea wearing it as a necklace!ReplyDelete
Happy Belated Birthday! That is such a cool gift - your Aunt and Uncle do have excellent taste. I would wear it as a necklace too; it's much too pretty to hide away in your purse.ReplyDelete
Well apart from anything else, this obviously means (maybe) that you had/will have a birthday recently/soon - so belated/anticipated good wishes! And I love the stamp holder - never knew the things existed so I learnt something today.ReplyDelete
ps. still trying to figure out how to take part in this ta-dah Tuesday thingie. You can tell I have been away from blogging for a spell 'cos I need a quick-catch-up-updating-course methinks.ReplyDelete
Happy belated birthday Lakota, I've never heard of such a thing but it's gorgeous, I would put it on a chain too and show it off. What a good idea as well, I always have stamps in notebooks then can't find them when I need them, or in my purse then they get all tatty. xxReplyDelete
Wow thats beautiful i have never seen one before how ladylike to have one of those in your handbag ;-) dee xxReplyDelete
That is so lovely - and such a thoughtful gift! I didn't know these even existed. I shall have to keep my eye out for them.ReplyDelete
Happy birthday again xx
Awwww it's so freaking cute! The Victorians and Edwardians were pure geniuses, they had something for everything! It's such a pretty little thing! ~♥~ReplyDelete
If you don´t find anybody, I could double swap, after all I put you through all of this, lolReplyDelete
Much love, my dear lakota.
What a great gift! That stamp holder is brilliant. I used to be a heavy collector of stamps growing up. Smart to wear it as we necklace. -xx Happy weekend.ReplyDelete
Wow that is so beautiful and useful too! I'm going to look out for one of these for me :)ReplyDelete
Sorry for the late return visit.ReplyDelete
LOVE your stamp holder. Why can't I have thoughtful rellies like that?
What do you do with the sticky stamps though? Cut them out?
Wow, thats an amazing present! So tiny, so well made. Great idea to wear as a necklace. Happy belated birthday by the way! xReplyDelete
A *very* belated Happy Birthday! Sorry, been crazy and just catching up! XXXReplyDelete
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