When I took HGTV.com’s new What’s my Style quiz, the results said my design style is Eclectic. That’s a fair assessment. My home is a mix of old and new against a palette that spans the color wheel. Over the years, my husband and I have collected a myriad of accessories that are – in a word – different. My mother knows I see beauty in things many others discard. On her most recent trip to the Judson home, mom arrived carrying gifts. One in particular stood out. When I first saw it, I thought, “What in the world is it? And where in the world am I going to put it?” She placed it on the kitchen countertop where it remained until this weekend when I decided to inspect it, play with it and find a way to integrate this unusual object into our home.
First of all, the color – opalescent baby blue – is the opposite of our aesthetic. The texture is knobby with a lovely ripple around the edges. The weighty object has four parts: a bowl and three fluted horn-shaped pieces that protude up and out from the bottom of the bowl. Upon further inspection, I learned that the horns are removable. Curious. It is in perfect condition. The object came from my stepfather’s brother’s wife’s grandmother, Marie Squibb. I imagine it gracing the top of Mrs. Squibb’s table or sideboard, but I want to know more. I’m hoping someone out there can identify this antique and tell me a little about it.
I’m told it might have been manufactured by the Fenton Glass Company, but I could not find a stamp of any kind on the piece. What was at first an oddity that I didn’t think would find a spot in our home has become my new favorite antique. Sometimes all it takes is a little creativity and an open mind.
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If anyone can shed any light on my new baby blue accessory, I would appreciate it!