This time I wanted to share a beautiful collection of glassware that I purchased at a recent estate sale.
They caught my attention the minute I walked in the door.
My first thought was, WOW, someone probably spent years collecting these and how fortunate I was to be able to acquire them all at one time!
I carefully gathered them up and placed them underneath a table hoping they would remain safely hidden until it was my turn to pay.
Fortunately they did and I was able to get them home safe and sound.
Some estate sales can be utter mayhem and this one definitely was!
I just adore them but don't really know too much about them.
A friend told me they were German which would make sense since one of them has something written on it in German.
My first instinct though was that they might be French.
I found the following information while doing some research...
"Antique Glass Carafe & Tumbler Sets, hand painted with beautiful gilt decorations and enameled accenting were originally used by French innkeepers for guests. The carafes, filled with red wine, would be placed on the bed stand, with the glass acting as a lid to protect the contents of the decanter from dust. Such sets eventually evolved and became the Bonne Nuit, or "good night", as they were called, a requisite for any well-appointed 19th century home."
I've already used them once and look forward to using them often.
They are like little jewels on the table.
Seeing so many at one time made quite an impression!
I don't know if I would have been quite so excited if there had been only one.
I'm curious... do you ever buy collections?