Mon-Sat, 9:30am-5:30pm; Sun, closed
4, 5, 6 at 59th St.; N, Q, R at Lexington Ave.-59th St.
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It wouldn’t be out of order to take a crash course in gemology before walking into Eric Shrubsole’s dimly-lit jewelry-box of Georgian and early-American finery. Otherwise, you risk revealing an inability to discern a pillbox from a vinaigrette—let alone understanding the latter’s use. However, the employees, some who’ve worked here over 25 years, treat ignorance not with disdain, but as an opportunity to educate potential buyers. For example, trays embossed with coat-of-arms, crystal decanters, and elegant tureens gleam behind glass cases. With such specialized bounty on hand—think gilded dog whistles, Victorian nutmeg graters and sugar urns—dealers, museums, and collectors worldwide naturally make up a large part of the customer base. Others, from the likes of Groucho Marx to New York’s monied, also contribute to the store’s survival, thanks to their appreciation of true bling, which they sell and buy while sitting at the store’s back tables. Shrubsole is for those who might consider picking up the Rococo Fiddle 36-flatware service for an upcoming soiree, or decide that the $450K salt cellar is the ultimate seasoning.