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iconnumber posted 04-18-2006 08:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The last thread just got me thinking about another phenomenon. Far more often than one would expect, when I go out hunting antiques I end up going somewhere I wasn't planning to go and find something I would not expect to find. It is as if there is some magnetism that pulls me where I need to go. For example, there is a shop near my son's school that I visit about once a week, usually on Wednesday. However, last week I felt the need to go in on Tuesday, even though I din't really have time. Sure enough, there were two coin silver tablespoons, just put out, priced very low, that matched two others I had purchased about 6 months ago from a completely different source.

That is just one example that has happened to me. Does anyone else have a story of a similar fateful shopping experience?


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iconnumber posted 04-18-2006 09:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FredZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My story involves hand wrought candlesticks that were separated several years ago at an estated sale and bought by seperate dealers. I am in the process of bringing them back together. One I saw over 4 years ago at a shop and the mate was found just over a year ago. My desire to bring them back together did no occur until I saw the second and realized that they were a matched pair and from the same estate. My luck was that the first candlestick was still available to purchase so many years later.


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iconnumber posted 04-18-2006 10:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FWG     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've had it happen repeatedly over the years, too many times to remember! And I'm not even especially blessed with 'the knack' -- some of my friends have this ability to an absolutely uncanny level, so that if they stop somewhere you just know there's going to be something.

Of course, as one of them who is more philosophical says, one tends to forget the times you stop and don't find anything, and remember the times it works. But I have sometimes heard them comment after leaving empty-handed, "I know there was something in there; what did we miss?"

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iconnumber posted 04-18-2006 10:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe that the Lovejoy series of antique related mystery novels mentions the phenomenon repeatedly. As he describes it, real antiques will "sing" to someone who is tuned in.

I once went miles out of my way to a town where I had never found anything; I just had an urge to go. Sure enough, a hand-chased Gorham sterling water pitcher, on the back of a bottom shelf in a display cabinet, practically invisible, but singing loudly nonetheless!


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iconnumber posted 04-18-2006 05:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hello     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As a relatively new person to silver, many times I buy on instinct, and later find that I purchased at a price lower than I should have. Conversely when I think I know what I'm buying, I sometimes pay too much! The best deal I've seen in a shop was a 9 piece cast dresser set by Gorham with matching date marks for 1893 with two signs by it; 'Art Deco- $250' and 'Sold' -I guess so!!

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iconnumber posted 04-18-2006 05:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for doc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had a recent experience of a similar nature. An area antique shop had sold off part of their building, and was having a sale in order to be able to fit in their smaller quarters. I had gone in one day to sort through their two cases of silver, including boxes and boxes of coin spoons. In amongst the pile, I found a Southern coin salt spoon, so I decided to go back the next day and spend some more time with the boxes. While sitting on the floor with boxes piled around me, the owner came up and asked if I wanted to look at some silver water pitchers he had just gotten in that morning. Other than the coin spoons, the place did not have a good selection of early silver, so I wasn't terribly excited, but that changed quickly when he handed me a very heavy and beautiful Hayden & Gregg water pitcher. Needless to say, I snapped it up!

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