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Monday, November 7, 2011

New Found Brass Tea Cart

I had the best time this weekend going from garage sale to garage sale with my friend, Annette.  She drives, I navigate.  We usually sleep in a bit and start hitting the sales around 8:30 or so.  We figure, if it's meant for us, it will still be there when we get arrive.  Look at my first buy of the day!
This brass and glass antique tea cart!  When I first asked how much, the wife said it was $25.  We took a better look at it and asked what the best price would be, and the husband said $15!  She was getting a bit angry so I offered $20 and off we went! 
Both the top and bottom shelves have this beautiful edging and the glass is not chipped or cracked.  Of course it needs a good cleaning!
I love the larger wheels in the back of the cart!

It appears to be in pretty good condition.  In addition to a good polishing, it needs to be carefully tightened up.

The seller told me her mother purchased it in an antique store for over $100 several years ago, and that she was sure it was truly an antique.  I'm not sure if mom had recently passed away, or there was an upcoming move, but they were selling a lot of very old items, "cleaning out the basement."

I am not a good judge of this type of antique - brass - any opinions from some of you I know are much more knowledgeable in this area than I am?  I've been looking for a nice cart since we moved here five years ago. If it's not, it won't break my heart, as I love it anyway.  But, I'm curious.  $20 and a little elbow grease will make me happy either way!

Thank you for taking a peak at my newest treasure!
Many blessings,


  1. Treasure, indeed! What a great find. I can't wait to see it once you have it all cleaned up.

  2. I think that is a gorgeous piece. I am thinking it might be from the 1950's? Not sure..but what I AM sure of is that it is really cute! I can't wait to see it cleaned up and put to use! xo Diaan

  3. Argh! I am looking for one like this and everything is literally THOUSANDS of dollars! Good thing you don't live in my neighborhood or I would be climbing in your window ;) Good job, CG!!