25 May 2011

Fabulous ANTIQUE Giveaway With Two Winners!!

                                                

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A vintage postcard from the Shamrock in Houston

Every city has a hotel that was once the center of the glittering social set.  In Houston, that hotel would have to be the Shamrock, later called the Shamrock Hilton.  It opened on St. Patrick’s Day, 1949 to a packed crowd of Hollywood celebrities and Houston elite.  Life Magazine put the event on its cover.  For decades, Houstonians flocked to its Cork Club for entertainment and the Emerald Room for lavish weddings.    Built by a famous oil wildcatter, Glenn McCarthy, the hotel’s theme was green, from the bellhop’s uniforms to the rooms décor. 

 

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The Corkettes – The Shamrock’s synchronized swimming team

While Houston adults played inside the hotel, the baby boomers played outdoors in the vast swimming pool – said to be the largest pool in the world, though never proved, of course.  Prized summertime memberships were available for use of the pool.   The Corkettes were a nationally famous synchronized swimming team that were sponsored by the Shamrock.   For some unknown reason,  I was a Corkette one memorable summer, mostly coming in last place during competition  - though once I came in next to last!   My team did win a third place medal one time, though there were only 3 teams competing, a fact I was too humiliated to tell my parents.  The recession that Houston suffered during the 80s was the death knell for the hotel, though, it was on the decline for quite a while.  The doors were finally closed and the building was demolished in 1987 – a huge symbol to Houstonians of time marching by.  There was an auction selling all the goods, including the hotel silver and plates.   You can still find Shamrock hotel silver for sale on the internet:

 

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Two shelled butter pat holders with the Shamrock emblem were sold recently.

 

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A bowl from the Shamrock that was recently on the market.

 

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And this early room key attachment – remember if you accidently took the key home, free postage back to the hotel was guaranteed? 

 

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While the Shamrock was the most famous hotel in Houston, if you lived in Honolulu, you might have memories of the Alexander Young Hotel, built in 1901 by Alexander Young a Scottish born Honolulu businessman who make a fortune in sugar mills and iron.   The Young had 300 rooms – but surprisingly it was built down town and not on the beach, something that wouldn’t be done today.   After purchasing other hotels, Andrew Young became known as the father of the hotel industry in Hawaii.  The United States army used the building during war times and its death knell came when the hotel was turned into offices.   It was finally demolished in 1981.   Here is how the hotel was advertised shortly after its opening:

It has a roof garden one-third of an acre in extent where refreshments are served and concerts given at intervals, and from which a fine view of the city may be had. At either end of this roof garden is a dance pavilion. The hotel, built in 1900, is fireproof and thoroughly modern, modelled after mainland city hotels. It accommodates 300 guests, and is conducted on the European plan: $2 per day upward.” —The Aloha Guide, 1915.

Wow.  $2.00 a day!  Amazing!  And notice the “fine view” is of the city, not the beach!!

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An original architectural drawing of the lobby.

 

The famous roof garden.


A photograph of the roof garden.

 

 

So, I know you are anxious to know, but what is the giveaway?????????

Remember this beautiful antique mirror that was a giveaway last year?

 

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The mirror was a gift from Paris Hotel Boutique, an online shop filled with the most interesting antique and vintage items!  Paris Hotel Boutique is owned by Lynn Goldfinger who loves to collect hotel silver from famous places like The Shamrock and the Alexander Young.   Lynn has a personal collection of hotel silver rivaled by none:

 

 

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Lynn’s breakfast room, shown here, has a portion of her large collection of hotel silver.  Amazing!!!!  Read all about my story on Lynn and the Paris Hotel Boutique HERE.

 

THE GIVEAWAYS:

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For today’s giveaway – we will have TWO winners!   One will win the hotel silver tray from the Alexander Young Hotel and another will win the set of forks from the Alexander Young Hotel!   Here are the descriptions of the two prizes:

 

 

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Rare Early 1900's Alexander Young Hotel, Hawaii Serving Tray

Stunning early 1900's serving dish from the Alexander Young Hotel, which was located in Honolulu, Hawaii.  This tray comes from a collection of pieces Lynn purchased from the hotel. This tray is quite ornate with  a double raised  logo on both sides, and a very fancy rim. It measures 12-1/2"  long,  5-1/2" wide and sits 1-1/2" tall. The condition is amazing, with a   bright, shiny patina. It is manufactured by Reed & Barton, with  the  hotel's name on the underside. There is no date mark, but  presumably from the  earlier part of the 20th century. This could be  used for serving small dishes  such as asparagus, celery, sweets and  more. A stunning piece!

 

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Set of 6 Palace Hotel,  S.F. Forks 

Set of 6 dinner  forks from the legendary Palace Hotel in downtown San Francisco. Each fork is engraved, "Palace Hotel" on the handle. They measure 7-1/4" long. Lovely  condition with little use. Manufactured by Oneida. This pattern was used for  several years. These pieces aren't of early vintage, but most likely date to  the 1960's or 70's.

 

HOW DO YOU ENTER THE CONTEST?????

 

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All you have to do is go visit the Paris Hotel Boutique at www.parishotelboutique.com and look around.  Pick out one item you would buy, if money was no object.   Come back here and leave a comment telling me which item you picked.   That’s all!!!!

You have until Saturday night at 11:59 to enter.  I will pick the two winners then by using the random integer number on the internet. 

If you post anonymously – be SURE you leave your email address!!!!  Otherwise you can’t win!!!!!!!  Very important!

 

A huge thank you to Lynn Goldfinger for hosting such a wonderful giveaway.   Thank you, Lynn, for everything!!!!!

 

299 comments:

  1. I love the hotel silver.

    I would definitely choose the 1927 Beverly Wilshire Hotel teapot. I wonder what movie stars were served with that piece over the years!!

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  2. The 1912 Hotel Lynnhaven Baby Parade Trophy Cup

    Beautiful and unique with its inscription
    I would use in my daughters room-she does english riding and would look great with her ribbons hanging out! Sold already!

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  3. Vintage French "Cauterets" Souvenir Horn Cup is FABULOUS!!

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  4. The pair of mid century opaline lamps would light up my life!
    pve

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  5. The trophy cup for flowers!!

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  6. What a difficult decision! Love the trays and the hotel teapots.

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  7. The Wilshire teapot or the Louis chairs.
    Great giveaway, Joni!
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  8. Love the vintage star dresser mirror. Thanks for such a fun giveaway.

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  9. If money was no object, I would love to buy either the mid-century studded leather trunk or the mid-century metal bamboo chairs. My living room would love either of those wonderful additions.

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  10. If money was no object, I would love to buy either the mid-century studded leather trunk or the mid-century metal bamboo chairs. My living room would love either of those wonderful additions.

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  11. If money was no object, I would love to buy either the mid-century studded leather trunk or the mid-century metal bamboo chairs. My living room would love either of those wonderful additions.

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  12. If money was no object, I would love to buy either the mid-century studded leather trunk or the mid-century metal bamboo chairs. My living room would love either of those wonderful additions.

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  13. If money was no object, I would love to buy either the mid-century studded leather trunk or the mid-century metal bamboo chairs. My living room would love either of those wonderful additions.

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  14. If money was no object, I would love to buy either the mid-century studded leather trunk or the mid-century metal bamboo chairs. My living room would love either of those wonderful additions.

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  15. If money was no object, I would love to buy either the mid-century studded leather trunk or the mid-century metal bamboo chairs. My living room would love either of those wonderful additions.

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  16. If money was no object, I would love to buy either the mid-century studded leather trunk or the mid-century metal bamboo chairs. My living room would love either of those wonderful additions.

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  17. Definitely the trunk for me! Beauty and storage all in one! Perfection.

    gsmlgentry@gmail.com

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  18. The vintage settee. The description doesn't say so, but I think the cushion is down filled. Such a charming piece! I'll dream of it tonight!

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  19. Antique Hotel Sherman, Chicago Chafing Dish... would be perfect for my infamous crab dip!

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  20. I love the vintage silver Palmer House Chicago tea pot.

    I love your site but in loads very, very slowly. Has anyone else mentioned that?

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  21. Ahhh, those were the days...

    I'd love those 1930's armchairs!

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  22. So hard to choose, but that little glass carafe from the Arrowhead Springs Resort really makes me happy.

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  23. Definitely the 19th century French globe! To add to my collection of 1! Some day soon, I'm going to do a post of the things in my house that look like the things in your house... Some are intentional, but a few were just surprises I've noticed recently! We both love French, that's for sure!

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  25. The pair of Opaline Lamps - Gorgeous!

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  26. Ornate Vintage Hotel Majestic, France Teapot, Love this one!!

    Joni, I remember swimming at the Shamrock when I was a kiddo. That hotel seemed like a palace to me! I love hotel silver and wish I had a piece from the Shamrock. Beth
    groovieb@aim.com

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  27. Such a generous give away! So many things I would choose - the vintage coral brooch, the crystal perfume travel set, the laurel wreath crowns...I love everything that Lynn shoes.

    I LOVED the Shamrock and am tickled that you were on the team there! What a great Houston icon that is no more. Look at how new the neighborhood looks behind the hotel in that picture!

    Also, I could use a Trader Vic's Rum Barrel right now.

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  28. If money were no object, well, the Pair of 1930's French Hotel Silver Leaf Armchairs, please. They would be exquisite placed on either side of the console in my foyer.

    And that lovely silver tray that's to be given away... yummy! The forks are nice but the tray--oh my!

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  29. Ah, early 1900 circus theme menu caught my eye. Enjoying cooking and foods, it has a perfect spot awaiting it. And the silver, gorgeous.

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  30. Alas, it's "sold", but I just adore the RARE 1914 St. Francis Hotel, S.F. Water Pitcher. It's so elegant AND useful!

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  31. oohh la la....the hotel silver every single piece of it I would love to take home, those coffee pots are AMAZING, also the sette is beautiful and the little powder blue ottoman...love this site!

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  32. Great giveaway! I'm really loving those silver trays. If money were no object, I would choose the Vintage Chef Oil Portrait. BTW, I have purchased items from Lynn. Her things are very beautiful, she is quite nice, and she ships very promptly.

    Karen T.
    jkg4121@att.net

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  33. I would choose the Vintage Etched Star Dresser Mirror - lovely!

    ~g
    gitte_girl at hotmail dot com

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  34. Hi Joni!
    How kind of Lynn.
    Wow so many wonderful things to choose from!
    I fell in love with the HUGE Antique ~French~ Society of Engineers Cast Metal Award Plaque
    I might just have to snap it up! *winks* Vanna

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  35. Wow! Love the hotel silver. But, if money were no object, I'd pick the 1930's French silver leaf chairs - so fun and fresh! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  36. I love old silver and wreaths so if money was no object I would pick the teapot. Thanks

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  37. If I must choose.......I like the garnet love knot!

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  38. I would pick the pair of petite gilt cane side chairs. They are so delicate and pretty...like two little cherubs sitting together in my imaginary boudoir. Love them!Lola

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  39. Easy peezy, lemon squeezy, I would chose a crown...either the French trembler or one of the laurel award crowns.

    Smiles...

    Judy

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  40. The Beverley Wilshire teapot looks so good.

    If this is open for overseas readers please count me in, otherwise delete this entry.


    mystica123athotmaildotcom

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  41. Mid Century Italian Terracotta Seated Whippet statue if money was no object... love silver pieces, fingers crossed I would love to win either...

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  42. The vintage marble clock is stunning.

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  43. The hand painted sideboard would be my pick !

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  44. 19th Century Adjustable Medical Table!

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  45. As much as I love the hotel silver, I am really drawn to the set of 4 Mid Century Metal Bamboo Chairs. They're timeless and just perfect! I love the gold!

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  46. What great pieces. I would probably get one of the silver trophies that I saw.

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  47. I'll have the Statler Wine bowl, please. Thank you.

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  48. The Hob Nob Coffee House forks make my heart flutter!

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  49. Another great giveaway!! Love the Large Vintage St. Francis Hotel Coffee Pot/Pitcher!! Actually I loved everything - saw some vintage jewelry that would make me very happy!!

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  50. Mid Century Studded Leather Trunk combines vintage with a modern sense of style. Love it!

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  51. The silver leaf chairs! Most definitely!

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  52. So many beautiful pieces - I would have to say the 1903 St. Regis New York Silver Teapot - but how can you just pick one ?? !!

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  53. The bamboo chairs are fantastic but at the end of the day I'd take the adjustable medical table. I had a similar one years ago as a bedside table and I let a very smart young designer talk me out of it.Mistake!

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  54. Fantastic giveaway! I would *love* the vintage European setee (actually I'd like to furnish my home from this site - so hard to choose!) Thanks for the opportunity.

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  55. If $$ were no object I would definately choose the European Setee!!! fantastic!!

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  56. I would choose the Italian handpainted sideboard - since money is no object!

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  57. Vintage Hotel Knickerbocker Handled Coffee Pot!

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  58. I am loving the Vintage European Settee!

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  59. Lovely, Vintage St. James Hotel Open Sugar Bowl~
    kbtimbie@gmail.com

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  60. If money were no object I would choose the Vintage European Settee!! Thanks for the chance to win this lovely hotel silver.

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  61. A most gracious giveaway and thanks for hosting.. Those are fabulous pieces! I went I looked I am now drooling.. but I think my favorite is the italian sideboard, or the Early Christofle Restaurant Francais Sugar Bowl

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  62. Early Christofle Restaurant Francais Sugar Bowl

    YUM YUM!

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  63. I love Hotel Silver. I would choose the Large Vintage Los Angeles-Biltmore Coffee Pot/Water Pitcher. It is just beautiful. Thanks for such a nice giveaway.
    Jen Borba
    bb2339@aol.com

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  64. Cool Site! Thanks for sharing it with us and the opportunity to win something fabulous and historic!
    I would choose the Vintage Settee if money were no object - it would be gorgeous in the sitting room off my master. Thanks again :)

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  65. I would buy 19th Century Fancy Merit Badge. My son collects all sorts of pins and badges and this would be the "star" of his collection.

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  66. Thank you, Joni and Lyn! Love the vintage neoclassic settee, as well as the rams head bookends, the murano lighting, too!

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  67. AHHH! If money was no object, then the 1930's silver leaf armchairs would be coming home with me. If not the pair of those lovelies, then the vintage european settee would find it's way into my bedroom and the mid century studded leather trunk would find a home in my house as well! Ahhh... decisions. Thanks for the inspiration!
    ~Katie
    catneal(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  68. Pair of 1930's French Hotel Silver Leaf Armchairs

    Hands down, so beautiful and I have the perfect spot for them!

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  69. Oh my! Such a nice giveaway! I would buy the Hotel Touraine Boston Tureen! It is lovely! Very interesting post today, Joni!
    Thank you for hosting!

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  70. Hard to choose! I have a perfect place for the French settee - love the black frame with the white. Burlap back - perfect. Have always loved Paris Hotel Boutique.

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  71. I love it all!! But the pale blue ceramic lamp caught my eye :) thanks so much for a fantastic give away!

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  72. I love the Roosevelt Hotel vintage tea set!

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  73. I'll take the large vintage St. Francis coffee pot/pitcher. It will look great with a big bouquet of flowers spilling out of it! thanks :)

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  74. What a fun contest! I would love to give a party and use the PHB Pavillon Ledoyen, Champs-Elysées Menu Decoupage Tray as the first course plates for a lovely French dinner for 12. I would hang the painting, Large 1940's Ship Oil ~ U.S. Army ~ Artist signed, above my fireplace, since I recently moved into a lake home. I would use the 19th C. Hotel Touraine, Boston Tureen, the Rare Early 1900's Alexander Young Hotel, Hawaii Serving Tray, the Set of 13 Forks ~ Hob Nob Coffee House ~ Alexander Young Hotel, Hawaii and the 19th C. Porcelain de Paris Monogrammed Footed Compote, Mansard for the dinner. I would research menus from the 20's and 30's for the courses. I also would work in the Antique French Silver Laurel Leaf Award Crown into the floral arrangement! This web site gives you an opportunity for creativity!

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  75. The pink Murano lamp ... love it!!
    Terrimichael@me.com

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  76. I love the hotel silver, especially the Navy Fruit bowl. I also loved the oil of dogs on canvas! Thanks for this lovely giveaway!
    donlisamorin1@earthlink.net

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  77. I love the mid century lotus lamp!!
    lar90tcc at yahoo dot com

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  78. I'm crazy over the set of silver leaf French Hotel armchairs. The silver pieces in the giveaway are just beautiful. So much history and good memories for a lot of people. Also Joni, could you give us a little video demonstration of your Corkette routine? It WILL go viral. :)

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  79. So many beautiful pieces that it is difficult to choose just one, but if I couldn't have everything, I would love to use the large vintage Los Angeles Biltmore coffee pot or water pitcher. We live at the beach near LA so our "beach" house attracts many friends and family...what a special treat to serve coffee to our guests in the morning using our Biltmore pot. Thanks for your wonderful blog!

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  80. I love old silver so I would choose the Early Hotel Lasalle, Chicago creamer. That is the region I am from. Thanks, Janice (jkempf1@hotmail.com)

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  81. Although I don't smoke, I would buy the silver cigarette case. I would use it for an evening clutch or business card case. Lovely.

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  82. So many wonderful pieces but have to say I would love to have the Mid Century Studded Leather Trunk.
    Tish (drab24@aol.com)

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  83. If money were no object, this is what I would like: Vintage Palmer House, Chicago, Teapot.

    My late Parents honeymooned at the Palmer House in June,1943. My Dad had enough money for one night, although he had booked for three. When they arrived, they opened all their wedding envelopes in the hopes they would have enough money to stay that long...and they did. Evey year after that, unless they were out of town, My Parents celebrated their Anniversary, all 55 of them, there, privately, at the Palmer House... They were so much in love with each other, all those years.

    aoibhinngrainne{at}mac dot com.

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  84. It would be a tough choice between the 19th century french globe and the hotel gibson match holder/striker. I love everything though!!!!

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  85. I did not have to look any further than the two silver leaf chairs -- my heart leapt at the sight!

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  86. Vintage French Handwritten Menu

    I love the background history of your posts...I am hooked :)

    Lauren
    (Laurenamalone at gmail dot com)

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  87. It was a toss up between the Pair of Vintage Louis XVI Style Style Side Chairs and the Settee! If money was no object I guess I would just have to buy both :) But I would go with the chairs if I could only buy one item!

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  88. I'm a California girl so the Hotel St. Francis in San Francisco Silver items suit my fancy, in particular, the pitcher.

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  89. All great stuff, but I love the bound New York Times and the 19th Century French Adjustable Magnifying Glass. - Alyssa

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  90. So many pretty and reasonable things. I feel like jewelry today and found the Victorian 9k Gold/Turquoise Swallow Brooch very sweet. Thank you for the great giveaway.

    Pam
    p195g@aol.com

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  91. I would love the vintage European settee for my bedroom!

    l_leonard@att.net

    Lucy

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  92. I love the pair of vintage gilt marble top tables!! :)

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  93. Loooooove the Pair of 1930's French Hotel Silver Leaf Armchairs, and love the hotel silver!

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  94. Wow! Love her store :) I would definitely choose the
    Pair of 1930's French Hotel Silver Leaf Armchairs, if money were no object!

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  95. I just started collecting silver so I know I should say something from that category but I LOVE the terracotta whippet. What a statement piece!

    Thanks Joni!

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  96. Love the French Hotel Silver Leaf Chair. They are beautiful and would look great with any decor.

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  97. Ah! I love the furniture and silver pieces! I would love to have any of them, but if I were to choose, it would be either the Pair of Vintage Louis XVI Style Style Side Chairs (their color and velvet seats make me salivate) or the pair of 1930's French Hotel Silver Leaf Armchairs. I am in desperate need of chairs, and with the cream colors of my home, these would be perfect. I would sit in them all day reading a book. What a dream!

    Indy indyroma@gmail.com

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  98. if money is no object, i would have to go with the Vintage European Settee!

    brenda

    wendyday88@gmail.com

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  99. Oh, I would love the 13 forks from the Hob Nob Cafe from the Alexander Hotel. I am so grateful for this post. Now I know where to find a great selection of antique silver. Thank you.

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  100. I would definately get the settee. It is amazing!!!

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  101. Hi Joni,
    Where do I begin? First of all, I know Lynn from my days of selling antiques in a local antique mall! Her space was so beautiful and I always found unique items. When the mall closed, I always wondered where everyone went. Online! I am so glad to know she has an online shop and a blog! Her site is amazing--love how it is styled like a hotel elevator. I would pick the antique arithmetic award fob because I suck at math! Or one of the hotel silver pieces from The St. Francis since my inlaws had a flower shop for over 20 years in the lobby!
    Second, love your post on hotels. I met my husband in the lobby of the Eugene Hotel. You're right, every city has a hotel that was the center of the social set and the Eugene Hotel was it! ~Delores

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  102. I love hotel silver! I would have to get the Hotel Majestic French Teapot. It would make any occasion special.

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  103. You have THE BEST giveaways in blogland! I would buy the two silver hotel chairs!

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  104. While someone has already had the good sense to buy it, I would choose the Vintage Brass Store Display Mirror for its classic elegance.

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  105. I would love the Large Regency Hotel NYC Coffee Pot for $245. It is beautiful. Thanks for such a wonderful giveaway.

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  106. I would pick the 1900 Hotel Gibson OH match holder/striker

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  107. I would pick the 1900 Hotel Gibson OH match holder/striker
    maggieandme52@yahoo.com

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  108. Vintage Silverplate Cigarette Case

    I want it so bad it brings tears to my eyes.

    Love it!
    Lisa

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  109. I would love the "Large Vintage Navy Fruit bowl". I could do so much with that bowl!

    Kelley Cornelsen
    kcornelsen5@gmail.com

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  110. The set of four mid-century bamboo chairs are beautiful. I would adore having them around my table. I just discovered you a few months ago and you are an inspiration.
    Liz

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  111. I went straight to the jewelry and on page 3 there is a 1920's white gold ring that completely stole my heart~ I love that style of ring- it reminds me of my grandmother, Little Mama. What beautiful things in her store! Thanks!

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  112. The tray is beautiful. My wish list includes:
    Large Vintage Black Lacquer Arm Chair
    Vintage Etched Star Dresser Mirror
    Mid Century Studded Leather Trunk
    Pair of Victorian Intaglio Portrait Earrings
    Antique Silver & Agate Intaglio Seal Ring, Thomas Mott
    19th Century English Music or Book Stand
    Set of 3 Napoleon III French Wax Seals
    Pair of Antique French Opaline Glass Perfume Bottles
    c. 1900 Perfume Travel Set ~ Crystal
    Early 20th Century Italian Tooled Notebook & Book Cover/Journal
    RARE 1914 St. Francis Hotel, S.F. Water Pitcher

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  113. The mid-century opaline lamps ... just one of MANY items I would pick. Such a beautiful site with so many treasures!!! Thanks! - Allison (allisong@velaagency.com)

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  114. what a fabulous giveaway!

    i love that dresser mirror too!

    jeannachoe@yahoo.com

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  115. Wow, there is so much to choose from-my favorites are the Boxer Dog Oil on Canvas and the St. Francis Hotel Water Pitcher(although it's sold).
    I'm definitely bookmarking the site to enjoy in the future.
    Lisa (lrfamily@verizon.net)

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  116. Great giveaway!!!! What a neat website too....wow I love those bamboo chairs, the gold ones who wouldn't love to have those on hand for extra seating, they would look great in just about anyones home! Fingers crossed.....thank you!

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  117. I would have these immediately!

    http://www.parishotelboutique.com/store/product2478.html

    ...a pair of small cane chairs...

    BEAUTIFUL!!!
    Kathryn
    cherrylippedroses

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  118. Love the gorgeous vintage European settee! My bedroom would love it too!
    Laurie
    l.altig@comcast.net

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  119. As long as money wasn't a consideration, that vintage european settee-to die for! Thanks to you and Lynn for this fabulous opportunity to win such gorgeousness!

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  120. If price were no object, I'd choose the pair of 1930's French Hotel Silver Leaf Armchairs. I love her site!

    shamroc17@aol.com

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  121. Oh my heavens...I would choose the mid-century studded leather trunk! That is such a treasure!

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  122. All to die for but I would love those French Hotel Silver Leaf Armchairs. They are so yummy!!!

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  123. If money weren't an object, I would love to have the Royal Cookbook!

    vandango33 at gmail dot com

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  124. I love the Vintage 1930's French Silver Leaf Chairs. Especially the burlap on the backs.

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  125. The 1927 Beverly Hills Wilshire teapot . . . perfect.


    bostonatheart@cox.net

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  126. If I could have any item from the site I would pick the Vintage European Settee, it's amazing and would match my house perfectly.

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  127. I would either get one of the open silver sugar bowls to add to my collection in the bathroom for cottons and q-tips etc, OR the italian painted sideboard to put in my entry.
    amoreena@aluisi.com

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  128. I love the Vintage French Silver Leaf chairs and the 1900 Antique French Schoolhouse Clock!
    kkstine@hotmail.com

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  129. Money is no object OK I love the French Silver Leaf Armchairs from 1930 + Vintage Italian Sideboard.Good luck to everyone. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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  130. If money were no object? The French Silver Leaf Chairs from 1930, the Vintage Italian Sideboard, the Mid-Century tufted stool AND the Vintage European Settee! *pant* Thanks! Christy

    armyscrapwife (at) gmail (dot) com

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  131. The vintage oil portrait of the chef woud be a favorite take home for me. As an artist, I love vintage portraits. This one almost looks like a baker...something else that is close to my heart.

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  132. We'll say: the white leather trunk with studs is pretty dreamy...

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  133. Vintage Sherwood Manor Hotel, New Zealand, Oyster Plate - Oysters Rockefeller ( our recipe ) are the family favorite! esbhouse@comcast.net

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  134. Love the silver leafed French chairs. Very unique. (gail.kugel@gmail.com)
    Thanks.

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  135. The Victorian Scarab & Sterling Brooch would be stunning on the pretty Ivory jacket my ginger-haired daughter wears.

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  136. If $$$ was on object, I'd choose the Vintage Neoclassical Style Settee. It would be perfect in our living room.

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  137. I love the pair of 1930's French Hotel Silver Leaf Chairs.

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  138. Let's hear it for the "vintage pale blue ceramic lamp!" What an ethereal shade of blue...luv it! The silver give away is wonderful. Thanks for hosting! franki (fmparde@gmail.com)

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  139. OMG joni -another amazing giveaway!!! If money was no option I would get the neoclassical style settee (and have it reupholstered). I just love it!

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  140. tcarter@comcast.netMay 26, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Great site. I would choose the 19th Century English Music or Bookstand.

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  141. The c.1900 Antique French Schoolhouse Clock would be a timely acquisition as our clock in the kitchen has stopped working. How lovely it would be to look up and know that countless children and their teachers used this clock to tell the time.

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  142. So many choices....but I will choose the two gilt marble top tables....one for my cosmo and one for his....

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  143. I would choose the Early Christofle Restaurant Francais Sugar Bowl - the shape is amazing! I love it, & ti me, Christofle is the most gorgeous silver. Lizmulligan@gmail.com

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  144. Definitely the Vintage European Settee. All of the silver i loved (especially the baby trophy!) were sold. fabulous!!

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  145. I love the side crested Biltmore teapot.

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  146. I LOVE her shop, and that collection of hotel silver is to die for! if money were no object I would love to have this pair of chairs for my bedroom - http://www.parishotelboutique.com/store/product2366.html

    Courtney
    courtneycell@gmail.com

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  147. Came from PHBoutique to try my hand at the giveaway.
    Love Lynn's taste, it's difficult to select just one thing. But with delightful disclaimer (that money is no object - ah if only!) I choose this chandelier - what a fantastic architectural shape and finish.

    Tat

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  148. I love her things so it's hard to choose one but the monogrammed tureen would be nice!
    mary.run@verizon.net

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  149. I say "oui, oui" to the Antique French Menu Decoupage Tray ~ large. Love the colors and the font! I definitely signed up for the newsletter!

    barbaraghale@yahoo.com

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  150. Thank you for hosting this wonderful giveaway! My great grandfather was an electrician at the Palace Hotel in SF way back when electricity was a luxury and a wonder to many. I hadn't thought of collecting Palace Hotel silver before; I think this just may spur a collection!
    If money where no object; I am surprising myself that I would love to have the Edwardian Gentleman Portrait. The oval frame is amazing as is the crackle to the old paint and his subtly joyful smirk.
    Thank you! ~Cece VanDoren (from the SF bay area)
    christinavandoren@gmail.com

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  151. I am a sucker for antique furniture. I woul get the Antique French Gilt Double Cane Settee. it is GORGEOUS! And can go anywhere!

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  152. Cyndia MontgomeryMay 26, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    What an incredible opportunity to win such lovely things! As hard as it was to choose, today I pick the early 1900s 9ct gold Buckle Ring. It is so unusual and interesting.

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  153. love this:
    Vintage St. Francis Hotel, S.F. Serving Pitcher

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  154. I would choose the Antique French Brass Jeweler's Scale.

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  155. I would pick the monogrammed V creamer or the Hand painted sideboard. Love the giveaway.
    Thanks.

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  156. So many things to swoon over, that don't really have a place in my real life. I would choose the enameled sewing kit - so beautiful and a small treasure.

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  157. Shamrock Hotel?

    Wow. That's a trip down memory lane.

    Sad to see it demolished. I grew up in Dallas, but was on Dallas Swim Club and swam many swim meets in the Shamrock pool, in the late 60s.

    We staid there as well. Wish they had renovate it.

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  158. Egads.

    We stayed there.

    Oh yeah, I would pick the double caned french settee.

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  159. Great giveaway! I would love to have those white opaline lamps. Beautiful!

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  160. I always love Lynn's treasures, but I think, if pressed, I'd have to pick either of the lovely laurel leaf award crowns...so beautiful. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway.

    Also loved reminiscing about the Shamrock...what a special place and time in Houston's past.

    pambo52@hotmail.com

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  161. I would choose the vintage chef oil portrait on canvas. What a wonderful opportunity to win. The spirit of the invividual is very calming. I would love to have him hanging in my breakfast room.

    joshuabrenton@yahoo.com

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  162. First let me say Joni, yo really did your homework on this post. All the pictures from the Shamrock Hotel and the research.....It is a fabulous post and they Lynn who I love has some fabulous offerings.. Just to let you know I did my homework and I love the Restaurant Francais Sugarbowl, and those silver hotel chairs...... WOW. Great price for them......Congratulations to you both! Maryanne xo

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  163. Adore Lynn's site and so many items. The lucite mirror is incredible and the Lotus Leaf lamp!

    Thanks Joni and Lynn for a great giveaway!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  164. I LOVE the vintage european settee. I thought that I bought a similar one on Craigslist but the women called me the next morning before I came to pick it up and told me her husband sold it while she was out shopping !!! I was soooo upset!!

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  165. oh my....so hard to choose! Love the vintage Palmer House 1966 teapot...the white settee was pretty amazing too. Such beautiful pieces! thanks for a great giveaway. Loved the history on those fabulous hotels. I wish they were like that today :)

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  166. I would definitely choose the 1930's silver arm chairs. They are soooo gorgeous and would look just wonderful in my living room.

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  167. Oh, these two lovelies: Pair of 1930's French Hotel Silver Leaf Armchairs--in a heartbeat. What a fun website. Thanks, Miss Joni and Miss Lynn.

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  168. I LOVE silver...particularly antique! Of course the silver leaf chairs caught my eye, but the french Jane Eyre did also ~
    Fantastic giveaway, thanks for hosting it!
    Nathalie

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  169. I would love to have the 19th C. French Adjustable Magnifying Glass. It would look stunning on my desk.

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  170. Hi Joni! I love this giveaway of hotel silver. If money was no object I would choose the European Settee.

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  171. I love the early Christofle Resaurant Francais Sugar Bowl. It reminds me of Paris!

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  172. It has to be the Victorian Mother of Pearl Cufflinks!

    A fantastic blog and shop!

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  173. omg you must be kidding....pick just one item....that would take me a week to make a decision...thanks for the give-a-way...if i could pick between the forks and tray i would pick the tray

    C
    cfpohl@comcas.net

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  174. If money were no object - and I had gotten there begfore it was sold - I would have bought the 19th century paste and Ivory pendant for $675. What a beautiful piece!!!!
    Arlene


    ajanssen@optonline.net

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  175. Always wanted a cane bench, so if money was no object I would definitely choose the Antique French double cane settee. So french, so beautiful.

    Joni thanks for a chance to win one of the beautiful giveaways.

    Janice
    jmcguire@midcoast.com

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  176. The Vintage European settee would be my choice. It was a formal look while appearing comfortable enough to snuggle with your True Love!

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  177. I would love the Vintage Neoclassical Style Settee or the Mid Century Metal Bamboo Chairs. Joni, thanks for the great giveaways!
    CassandraLKey@yahoo.com

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  178. I would get the Early Hotel Monroe Monogrammed Teapot because my youngest son's name is Monroe! It would be a wonderful keepsake for him.

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  179. I wouldn't say "if money were no object", because I actually think a lot of the prices were quite good.y favorite piece was the 1920s art deco white gold diamond ring. Fabulous.

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  180. What a great unique site. I would choose the French Glass Top Candy Box. Thanks.

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  181. I love the pair of 1930's silver -leaf French chairs!

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  182. I love all the hotel silver! If money were no object I would love to find a place in my home for the pair of Vintage Gilt Marble Top Tables.

    Laurie
    Lauriesorsby@yahoo.com

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  183. I would choose the Pair of Vintage French Style Arm Chairs if money were no object

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  184. Antique Palace Hotel, S.F. Match Holder

    I adore this match holder. My mother used to take my sisters and me to the Palace Hotel for brunch. Now my sisters come and I meet there to share the tradition with our children.

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  185. mmm the pair of Vintage Style Arm Chairs!

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  186. I love the hotel silver, the vintage Stanford Hotel Coffee Pot. It's all so pretty though!
    -Amber
    avsmith13@gmail.com

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  187. I would choose the 19th Century Fancy Merit Badge. I think it is whimsical and lovely. Highpointcircle.blogspot.com

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  188. 1924 biltmore hotel side crested teapot! its all great! love your blog too!
    sheamk4@cox.net

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  189. THIS WAS HARD but i guess the cookbook or the pair of french chairs or the settee or any of the hotel silver or no wait ALL OF THAT ENTIRE BOTIQUE sorry i know i broke the rules but there r somethings you just can't help

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  190. Lovely giveaway.
    I had selected this item if money where no object Pair of Vintage Louis XVI Style Style Side Chairs then I happened upon this item and swooned. French~ Society of Engineers Cast Metal Award Plaque (if you have not notice it yet, you owe it to your self to take a peak)
    I adore the Palace Hotel Forks.
    Thank you,
    Chris Ann
    treehouse.queen18(at yahoo dot com)

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  191. Ooooo! I want the 19th Century globe. :) And the tray! :) LOL! Keeping my fingers crossed.

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  192. Great post on hotel history and on your own! What beautiful things -thanks, Lynn, for treating us! I would buy the "Vintage Chef Oil Painting on Canvas". It has great light and the chef really appeals to me.

    Sandy

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  193. I'd buy the pair of Louis XVI side chairs!

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  194. I would buy the Silverplate and Glass Carafe from the Arrowhead Spring Resort.I don't live far from that location.

    Traci.inspiredhomeinc@gmail.com

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  195. I love the old medal - it is so lovely: http://www.parishotelboutique.com/store/product1969.html
    Although I must say I would be thrilled with anything from Paris Hotel Boutique - the collection is so beautifully curated.

    sfurse@mac.com

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  196. I love the mid-century bamboo chairs

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  197. Vintage Italian Art Glass Pendant Lamp
    This is so beautiful!!!!! I would love to have one of those.
    Love
    Ana

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