A few months back my friend Susan and I attended an Estate sale. It was a great one and I found more things than I should have. I actually went back on the last day of the three day sale when prices had been cut in half. There were still many items left that were worthy of bringing home.
Since I have a black and white kitty who is so dear to my heart, it seemed I should take this little porcelain piece home with me.
Don’t we all flip things over to see what markings we might recognize? This name didn’t mean much to me but I did like the fact that it was from Germany. The owner of the home had great taste and I felt sure this was a found treasure.
Here’s what I found on an antique collectibles sight:
The Erphila trademark was used by Ebeling & Ruess Co. of Philadelphia between 1886 and the 1950s. The company imported quality porcelain and pottery from Germany, Czechoslovakia, Italy and France. In general, Erphila pieces are scarce, not easily found.
I do think Maggie and Estate sale kitty could be related! You don’t know how many times I have walked by my dresser thinking Maggie was sitting there when it’s really just the estate sale kitty.
Okay now for the mystery. Here’s where one of you might come in to help. This little thing has a cork plug in the bottom and appears to be filled with sand. Why is that? I can’t find anything online when I search for information about Erphila pieces that indicates anything about the cork or the sand.
I mentioned it to my daughter Jamie one day and she said maybe it was really an urn…an urn the original owner had used to store the ashes of her beloved cat!!! YIKES! I never thought of that!! Could it be?
For some reason, I don’t think so. It is quite heavy. Do any of you have any knowledge of this? I’d love to hear if you do.
I’m joining Marty’s blog ~~ A Stroll Thru Life and Tabletop Tuesday with a little vignette today.
I hope you have lots of good things planned for your week. I am looking at upcoming Estate sales looking for a secretary for my living room!