You never know what you will find at an estate sale. I went to one this weekend in search of some Seattle World’s Fair Bolo tie items. n the pictures they were still on the display cards – three of them looking like new old stock. So nice I even wondered if they were knock offs and not authentic 1962.
I got to the sale right at 9am on the opening day and only 10 people in line. I was excited, cause that meant I had a chance.
WRONG!! They only let 5 people at a time in. I was in the second group and the lady running the sale told me those Worlds Fair items were first to go. She did point me to some glasses she still had up on the shelf. I scored a US Science Center frosted tumbler that I was missing in my set of glasses.
Then I saw the spoons. There was a pile of about 10 on the lower shelf and another guy was pawing through them. I think he was grabbing them for the silver but my hand was steady when I saw the one with engraving in the bowl of the spoon. That is often an older worlds fair item.
Rejoice!! It was and not any fair but the 1893 Columbian Chicago Worlds Fair. The legend of my oldest fair rose up and tapped me. Better yet, it was only 2 bucks.
This little spoon is part of a set that has Columbus’ head on the top with 1492 to 1893 around him. The shank of the spoon has on it Worlds Fair City. The bowl has a view of the Arts Palace. On the back it states Standard. It has been loved so much the brass/copper core is shining though on the raised areas. No wonder the other buyer passed it up. Not pure sterling.
For me it was like finding gold.