Reflecting on the Meaning of Unique

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Unique, one-of-a-kind, rare, irreplaceable are all frequently used terms in the world of vintage and antiques.  A client and I had an object lesson last week about the real meaning of unique last week.

After a 20+ month search for a specific item, I finally located and successfully purchased what the client had been looking for.  It wasn’t that my client was being uber-choosy, it’s just that not many examples of what they were looking for exist in the first place.  Oh, the satisfaction that day after succeeding on such a prolonged hunt.

But counting your chickens before they are hatched is not a good idea.  With bated breath we waited for the package to arrive.  Unfortunately instead of a joyous phone call to say it was in, I had to break the news that the item had been damaged beyond repair in transit.  Think obliterated and you’ll get a good idea of the scale of the damage.

An antique, hand-made, one-of-a-kind beauty gone forever.  No calling customer service to get a replacement sent via next day express on this one.  Fin, Finis, The End.


Wish me luck as I now get to sort out the insurance tangle.


Sorry no photos due to client wishes…they are too sad anyway…The Antiques Roadshow meets CSI.

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6 thoughts on “Reflecting on the Meaning of Unique

  1. ElizabethNo Gravatar

    oh that is tragic! I would have thought that silver would be less prone that than say fine china or crystal, but of course there are more delicate pieces. My mother in law and I have been hunting for a replacement top to a rare Haviland chocolate pot for a decade now. Good luck in both the insurance battle and the hunt for the item.

    Do you mind sharing what it was? You have my brain going with what it could be.

  2. Melonie DodaroNo Gravatar

    It’s a shame to have something that you can no longer have. And knowing that you almost have had it makes it even more heart-breaking. I wish you luck in the future.

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