These candlesticks have been sitting in the back of a closet for about 50 years because I really don't like them very much. I inherited them from my grandparents. However, I recently received some old family photographs from my sister and lo and behold there they are...
...from 50 years ago at least, sitting on what looks like a bureau, behind Grandma and Granddad.
I've often wondered if they are worth anything because they are solid brass, quite heavy and about 12 inches tall. Knowing the letter C was coming up, I decided to get them out and take another look. My grandfather brought them back from India where he served in the British Army. I checked on the web and did a couple of tests and yes, they are solid brass. So I had a go at cleaning them up. I tried regular products for shining them. Not much progress there. I soaked them in baking soda and vinegar. A little better. But what they really need is a tooth brush, baking soda and plenty of elbow grease! I can see where my grandmother obviously cleaned them regularly. Adding to their interest is the fact that they are hand tooled. They would have been made in the early 1900's but I suspect there are plenty of others about so I doubt if they are valuable. But I'll keep them around and when the Del Mar Fair Antiques Show comes around I might take them down to be valued.
C is also for...CAT SHOW!
Well you didn't think I'd let you get away with the letter C without some reference to cats, did you?
I haven't been able to go for quite a few years because I can't walk long enough to be able to take in all the exhibits. But this year I had my scooter! What a blessing it was! We got there about 2:00 p.m. and I tootled around until 5:00 p.m. Saw everything I wanted and more. Poor Barry was wishing he'd brought a book. Here's a couple of highlights...
Cute and funny, but not really my style of decoration.
This little fellow was all tuckered out! It was a long day for the cats and they had another day to go.
There was even a cat agility ring. This cat went round twice successfully. All the same obstacles as in a dog agility ring. Fun to watch.
Just to prove that I really was there, that's my head in the left hand corner watching some of the judging .
Smiles at the cat show. Can't you just see from the look on their faces how much they are enjoying the show? Oh I just love that photo! That's how I came home. A smile on my face.
This is my contribution to Mrs. Nesbitt's ABC Wednesday for the letter C, now in its tenth round and still going strong. Click on this LINK and see all the other entertaining and educational entries.