HARLINGEN — The spoon with the scalloped edge lay silent in the glass case.
However, it had a story to tell like all the other utensils made of old coins.
What was that story? No one knows for sure. It was a sort of tease, this mystery tale, conjuring imagined remembrances of lives once lived without electricity, when people rode horses and carriages and read by lamplight.
Such stories abounded yesterday at the 48th Antique Show and Sale at Casa de Amistad, where the Women of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church had about 35 vendors. Proceeds will be donated to numerous causes such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of Harlingen and the Family Crisis Center.
“It’s been good,” said Lee Ann Henderson, one of the organizers. “We had a steady flow all day yesterday. I think all the vendors are happy.”
Jane and Keith Pickering of Minnesota brought wooden utensils to tell the story of Scandinavian immigrants.
“This is a burl bowl,” said Jane, picking up a large bowl with frilled edges and a distinctive burl pattern.
She picked up one of several boxes with curves at both ends and distinctive locks for the lids.
“This is a tina box,” she said. “They put cheese and butter in them.”
Bryan and Roberta Bullinger had plenty of stories about their coin silver, which dated from before 1870.
“All the money in America was either Spanish, English pounds, French,” Bryan said. “They just boiled it down into silver utensils.”