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Monday, August 29, 2016

Trophy-Urn-Lamp.Did I find a hidden Treasure ???

I am a seasoned treasure hunter !!!
I love "thrifting" ... "junking" ... "treasure hunting" ... "finds" 
or whatever you want to call it. 

I have had many people tell me they have found treasures in the "junk" they buy ... 
rare money in old couches ...
buried treasures in old house ...
gold, silver and diamonds ... 
(you get the picture)
 SO ...
I am always looking for a "for-real" treasure
hidden in the things I buy.

(once I found $20.00 hidden in a book) ... lol

and, oh yes, the cigar box full of "diamonds" ...
will tell you about that later. 

I had been on the hunt for a long time to find a large metal loving cup trophy and for sure they are very hard to find. 

  Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques    Lets Talk Vintage.

 Thanks to:
Well, when I saw this lamp ... 

I saw a TROPHY !!!
No engraving ... but the handles were really interesting. 

Patina is wonderful ...
aged thin silver plating over copper on the urn/trophy. 
15" tall including the handles. 
I knew it was hollow, so I knew it was weighted with something.  

It was easy to tell that it was an urn or vase, turned lamp, 
so I did not feel bad about taking it apart. 

It indeed, had something packed inside !!!

Inside, I found several balls of something heavy wrapped in old, brittle newspaper ...   did I finally find my "treasure"?

                                                                        dated April 1951 ... so, this had been packed away for  sixty-five years!

getting a little more excited now ... 
a treasure ???
NOT  !!!     
  ... just balls of  S A N D !!!

well ... it will make a nice vase if I patch the lamp cord hole in the base and I can still pretend that it is a trophy or I can make it a lamp again.    

What would you do?

What treasure have you found? 

Linking to:
Make it pretty Monday at the Dedicated House  
Let's talk Vintage #98. Bella Rosa Antiques

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  1. Are you sure, Audrey, the sand is not remains of some sort? It may be special sand - sprinkle some and make a wish. Love the trophy though especially the handles.

    1. I saved a little of that sand, so not too late the sprinkle some and make a wish. Thanks Donna.

  2. Just like "Antiques Roadshow"! Enjoy your cool find!

    1. As you are a no-reply blogger, I will reply here and hope you see it.
      Thanks for the visit and nice comment. Audrey Z.

  3. LOL remains were the first thing I thought of too! I like the vase/trophy base part. Too bad you didn't find your windfall!

  4. Well, I would still call it a treasure, Audrey. I mean that is not only sand balls and newspaper inside but REALLY OLD sand balls wrapped in REALLY OLD newspaper with no doubt REALLY OLD information on the pages! I think that's pretty cool! And I really do like it. I might get me some J.B. Weld and try to plug the holes and use it as a vase...OR you could put fake one in it...OR you could turn let it be a lamp again!! Great find!

  5. I love old newspapers seeing the old prices of common grocery items, fashion styles n news stories etc. I would keep it a lamp n use selections of the paper to decopage on a shade it would be interesting n so unique! Kari

  6. haha, oh good one! I don't think I know anyone who's found a real treasure inside something. :o) It's a cool piece. You could just stick a glass vase down inside it if you wanted to use it for a vase. Love the patina on it. I'm wondering about your box of "diamonds" though. Do tell!

  7. Love it! It is indeed a treasure. I see it filled with wonderful flowers. And my hidden treasure was a gold tooth inside a sewing tin, among the buttons and doodads! LOL. Thank you for stopping by and for linking with "Let's Talk Vintage!"

  8. Oh, Audrey that is so funny! I wonder where the sand was from and why they saved it!! You will always have an interesting story to tell your guests! Nancy

  9. hahhaa...what a cute post, Audrey...I LUV your trophy...guess the owner needed something to weight the base of the lamp with...actually, I think the TREASURE here is the beautiful olden trophy...xoxo

  10. Hi Audrey! Giving your trophy cup a feature this morning! Thanks so much for linking up!

  11. Audrey, I love it! I'm curious if that was a Finds score ;)

  12. I love it Audrey! Whatever you decide to do it's got gorgeous patina. When you unwrapped the paper and saw what was inside I was worried that it was maybe someone's ashes. :)

  13. Audrey, what a pretty find! Thanks for sharing. You are one of the fan favorites at the Sunday Showcase from the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House! The Showcase will be live tonight at 8:00pm. Pop on over to check out your feature! Happy week to you! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  14. Hi Audrey, How are you? I love this. It's adorable.


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