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September 28, 2008

I bought the oddest thing…

Filed under: Of Interest,Uncategorized — Stephen Shepherd @ 6:08 pm

at the swap meet this morning, I purchased this for $2.00 from that hot nice lady that I think I have mentioned before.  Well I couldn’t beat her up on the price, because when I picked it up she asked me what it was?

At that point, I knew it wasn’t going to be expensive as for a cheap price, I would tell them.  I told her it was a casting of an actual milk weed seed pod.  Well I gave her the two bucks and walked away with this:

Milk Weed Pod

It is lined with purple fuzz (fake velvet stuff) and has some nice natural lines.

Milk Weed Pod 2

This was sitting in the bottom of a cardboard box and I knew immediately what it was.  After some conversation with the nice lady, I told her that this was fairly common practice to make castings of organic objects and mentioned that I had seen insects and other natural objects cast into silver.  I have a Sequoia cone cast in silver, little thing smaller than a hickory nut.  She got all concerned about the bugs being cast in plaster, then burned out and replaced with precious metal.  At that point I had to leave.

I hope it is not a Mead’s Milk Weed Seed Pod!  It weighs about three quarters of an ounce, so it can be scrapped as junk silver for a profit.  But it is more valuable as a curiosity.



  1. Now that you have a silver milk weed pod, hang it outside and see if any silver monarch butterflies show up…

    Comment by Gary Roberts — September 29, 2008 @ 10:14 am

  2. 🙂 I recognized that immediately from the photo. Haven’t seen or thought about a milkweed seed pod in decades and I’m not all that old. Sweet memories of youth… Could only be topped by a casting of a cattail (don’t recall any alternate names although I’m sure there are many). Neat find.


    Comment by Andrew Bouland — September 29, 2008 @ 10:44 am

  3. Gary,

    Perhaps a Sterling Schmetterling?


    Yes I cleaned out many and set them on their way down stream with a maple leaf sail as a cat boat.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — September 29, 2008 @ 5:07 pm

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