What: Graniteware coffee pot trimmed in pewter
Where: True Treasures, 3926 Northlake Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; 561-694-2812 or truetreasuresinc.com
How much: $19.95
Why it’s special: This coffee pot would be special even if it were not in fairly miraculous condition, simply because it is a workaday object that survived.
This piece has a body of graniteware, or enameled iron, set in pewter mountings.
It bears no markings, but research suggests it may have been made in the second half of the 19th century by Manning Bowman & Co., a Meriden, Conn., company that was one of the first in the United States to manufacture consumer goods.
The company called its graniteware pearl agateware. In a day of iron and tin pots, this line of serveware actually would have been pleasing to see. Its autumn-leaf design consists of a decal that has been hand-painted.
A near identical pot is listed online at nearly $600. I suspect the real value is about $200 based on similar examples.
Either way, it looks like I brewed up a bargain.
The West Palm Beach Antique & Flea Market: Be sure to visit this little market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays on Narcissus Avenue, north of Banyan Boulevard. West Palm Beach greenmarket vendors also will be there. For information, search Facebook or call 561-670-7473.
Write to Scott at Scott@ScottSimmonsAntiques.com.