Vintage Collecting No. 7 ~ White Ironstone Platters

Today I’m sharing a few platters from my white ironstone platter collection with you.

I just never seem to be able to leave a nice white ironstone platter behind.  Some of my collection sold in my antique booth but many platters are still in my collection.

This ironstone platter is very special to me since it is in the shape of a leaf.  It is back stamped “Japan” with no other marking.

This platter is Fiesta by Homer Laughlin made in the USA.  It has the round embossed marking, so it is a newer piece.

This plain white English ironstone platter is a bit wonky

but this trademark dates the platter to the early 1880’s so it’s entitled to be a bit wonky.

This platter has a trademark but it is so faded I cannot read it.  It is pretty with a scallop design and lots of crazing.

This is a Buffalo restaurant ware platter.  It is heavy and feels like a workhorse. The markings on the bottom of the platter are Buffalo China, USA, a star (asterisk), and the number 72 so it is from the first quarter of 1972 based on Buffalo’s dating scheme.

This platter is Johnson Brothers Athena pattern, made in England.

This platter is White Dover Ironstone made in the USA.

This white ironstone platter in the Snowhite Regency pattern by Johnson Brothers was a happy find.  I have enough of this ironstone pattern to use every day.

Some of it is older like this platter but other pieces are newer and marked dishwasher, freezer and microwave safe.  Johnson Brothers produced this white ironstone pattern from 1960 until 2003.

When I saw this tiny platter by Homer Laughlin I had to get it.  It is restaurant ware for serving a side dish.  It would look pretty grouped with other white platters on a wall.

Hope you enjoyed seeing a few of my white ironstone platters.   Platters aren’t as plentiful as they were at one time, but I still enjoy looking for them.

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Vintage Collecting Part 6 ~Trophies

Welcome to Part 6 of my ongoing series about vintage collecting.

Trophies are always on my radar when thrifting and antiquing.

Trophies

These mini trophies were the first of my collection.

Vintage Jr Tennis Racket

This trophy is a scholastic trophy for the “Best All Round Senior”.

Bowling Trophy

This is a favorite of mine presented by the “Bowling Belles”.

trophy with pumpkin

I found this beauty on ETSY.

The two larger trophies are actually vases that I ordered from Target.  These are no longer available but they have similar ones available online.

Trophy lamp 1

This trophy lamp came from Antique Farmhouse.

NOTE:  Some of the pieces in my collection are vintage and some are simply vintage inspired.

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My Favorite Vintage Finds in 2016

These are my favorite finds from last year.

 January

Vintage Children’s Books

February

Vintage Valentines

March

Vintage Shawnee Planter

April

Vintage McKee Tom and Jerry Mugs

May

Vintage Metal Picnic Basket

June

Vintage Paint By Number Canvas

July

Vintage Coleman Enamelware Dish and Flatware Set

August

Vintage Tool Box and Folding Ruler

September

Vintage Perpetual Calendar

October

Vintage Cosmo Magazine

November

Vintage Christmas Tablecloth

December

Vintage German Cherub

Thank you for following along on my vintage adventures.  I enjoy researching my vintage finds but most of all I enjoy unearthing them and sharing them with you.   

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Vintage Collecting Part 5 ~ Blue Transferware

Welcome to Part 5 of my ongoing series about vintage collecting.

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Here is a selection of pieces from my blue transferware collection.  As you probably guessed from the name of my blog blue transferware is a long time love of mine.

Meakin Romantic England C&S

Romantic England creamer and covered sugar bowl by J&G Meakin had to come home with me back in 2015.

Blue Willow Bowls Japan

Six Blue Willow bowls I found thrifting back in April.

Place Setting with US Flag

I used one of the Blue Willow bowls in a Memorial Day Tablescape.

The Rocky Mountains

This Royal China Currier and Ives Cake plate was a thrifting find in June.

English Tea Cup

Each side of this transferware cup shows a different scene from 1792.  One side shows Stratford-on-Avon and the opposite side shows Penhurst Kentin. Displayed here on a Blue Willow saucer.

Blue Willow Child Tea Set 1

This a child’s Blue Willow tea set that I purchased from Miss Mustard Seed.

Meakin Saucers

Normally I wouldn’t buy saucers without cups but the pedigree on these was too good to pass up.

IMix and Match Blue Teacups

They are Royal Staffordshire by J&G Meakin and look pretty good with this group of blue transferware cups.

Findlandia Set

This set is Finlandia by Myott made in Staffordshire, England.

Sun Afternoon Tea

Johnson Brothers Blue Willow tea set that I purchased a few years ago.  It isn’t vintage but I love it just the same.  I found several of the square salad plates not long after I purchased the tea set at Home Goods.

Blue & white jar

Found this little pot a while back and it was a part of my series What Would You Call This Thrift Store Find?“.

3 Piece B&W Jar 2

One reader found a set of these on an antique site that determined that it is a Chinese wine warmer.

Blue Willow 1

The demitasse cup and saucer set is over 30 years old.  I purchased the set on an anniversary trip to Williamsburg Virginia.

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A few of my blue transferware cups and a little Blue Willow pitcher on display in my kitchen.

Blue & White Creamer

I found this sweet little creamer at my antique mall.  It is a Dickens Series English Ironstone Tableware creamer.

Blue Willow 2

Blue Willow plate with no trademark was a thifting find.

three in a row

I used a few of my blue transferware teacups for a little succulent garden.

Myott Old Willow

Four Old Willow cereal bowls by Myott (Staffordshire, England) are another thrifting find.

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Old Britain Castles – Blue by Johnson Brothers is a pattern introduced in 1930 but it is still in production today.

Since we are already on photo overload I’ll spare you the Spode Blue Room pieces I have picked up over the years.  I also have red, brown, and green transferware that I will share with you later.  Please don’t ever forget that I am a self-professed hoarder of dishes.

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How to Decorate with Vintage Teacups

If you follow me you know of my love for teacups.

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 So I want to share a few decorating ideas using teacups.

Royal Albert teacup

A teacup raised on a pedestal is always an excellent way to showcase a special cup.

Christmas Tea Time

You can use whatever you want to elevate a teacup.  Here I used a vintage plaid lunchbox but you could use books 

Cake Plate

or even a cake stand.     

English Tea Cup

Pop a little pumpkin or small gourd int a teacup with a few shreds or moss for a quick little vignette.

Cup with tree

A pretty Christmas teacup holds a mini tree as a holiday decoration.

IMix and Match Blue Teacups

One of my favorite ways to display teacups is to stack them.

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Another way to display teacups is on a small stand.

three in a row

Once I even used three teacups and saucers as planters for succulents.

Teacup Treasure Trove

Fill a small display cabinet with a collection of teacups and saucers.

Pink Teacup Wreath 1

A Franciscan demitasse cup and saucer in the Desert Rose pattern made an adorable wreath.

Tea cup tree

One Christmas I even had a teacup tree in my living room.

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Vintage Collecting: Part 4

Welcome to Part 4 of my ongoing series about vintage collecting.

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Here are a few more vintage collections.

Painted Trays

I’ve always admired painted/tole trays but until a few years ago I didn’t own a single one.  Now my completely thrifted collection is in my back stairway.  A limitation I set for myself that they trays be thrifted or gifts.

Tray

Thrifted

Black tole tray with roses

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Tole Tray

Thrifted

Dogwood Tray

Thrifted

Blue Onion Tray

The Classy Flea Marietta, Georgia

Seltzer bottles

I totally fell for the seltzer bottle craze a few years ago by buying several from an online retailer.  That online retailer has since fallen out of favor with me but I still add to the collection when an unusual seltzer bottle comes along.  I recently sold one in my booth that was a duplicate piece in my collection.

Seltzer bottle

Online retailer

Bell Beverage

Shop Goodwill

Demijohn Vignette 1

Online Retailer

Bell Seltzer Bottle

Shop Goodwill

Dog-Planter

When I found this adorable dog planter at Hobby Lobby it spurred an interest in vintage planters in me.  He isn’t vintage but with his crazing and sweet face he could be.

Deer Planter with Sage

Shop Goodwill

McCoy Green Planter

Thrifted

Lamb planter

Thrifted

Shawnee Pig and Corn Planter

Thrifted

Fall-Vignette-Horse-2

Along with the rest of the world, brass became obsolete in my house until I ran across this brass horse at the Lakewood Flea Market a few years ago.  After that, I started picking up brass animals and birds when I saw them.  So now I have a nifty little collection

Brass Owl Family

Thrifted

Brass Owl

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Brass Quail

Thrifted

Deer 1

Thrifted

Hanging Turtle Clip

Thrifted

Hope you enjoyed seeing these vintage collections today.

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Vintage Collecting: What I Collect Part 3

Welcome to Part 3 of my ongoing series about vintage collecting where I share my collections.

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Sometimes until I sit down to write these posts I don’t even realize how many collections I have or have just started.

Minolta Super 3

An old Minolta 35 mm camera that started it all.  It was my Dad’s camera.

Brownie Flash Camera

A vintage Brownie Hawkeye flash camera set found at Shop Goodwill.

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A Kodak Brownie movie camera was also a Shop Goodwill find.

Kodak Bantam Camera 1938

Then I found this adorable old camera.  It’s a Kodak Bantam camera from 1938.  It’s my favorite.

Clocks and Cameras

Sometimes I display vintage camera’s and clocks together.

Vintage Clocks

Don’t you love the fun tea-pot clock?

Two Baby Ben Clocks

My vintage blue Royal typewriter almost started a collection but I sold the other two typewriters that came my way.

Coleman Picnic Jug

Picnic jugs are my latest collection.

Coleman Water Cooler Jug

This one is a recent find here.

Standard Can Corp Jug

This jug by Standard was my first picnic type jug.

Vintage Christmas Ornaments

I just can’t stop buying pretty vintage Christmas ornaments.

Shiny Brite Green Box

Who can pass up Shiny Brite Christmas ornaments?

Shiny Brites 1

These were a recent estate sale find.

Pinex Laxative Tin

Big tins and little tins, I love them all!

Blue Church Tins

Kept one, sold one.  Win, win!

Valentine tins 2

I’ve had these Valentine tins for many years.

8 O'Clock Coffee Tin

I debated about keeping this Eight O’Clock Coffee tin but it sold very quickly in my booth so there was no time to change my mind.

Cottage Fries Tin

This one is still in my tin collection.  I had two and sold one.

Swirl broach

I have a thing for vintage brooches.

Ella in broaches

Several of these brooches were my Mom’s.

Tiny Cross Stitch

This one has very tiny cross stitches on it.

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Vintage Collecting: What I Collect Part 2

After writing Vintage Collecting:  What I Collect I realized that my collections may have possibly taken over my life.  

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So today I’m going to share a few more.

Polish Cutting Board

Wood cutting/bread boards are a favorite collectible for many people.

Bread Boards

 Once upon a time you could pick and choose wooden cutting boards but as their popularity grew the supply at thrift stores dwindled.  Even though I want to add a French bread board to my collection in the worst way the price holds me back.

Milk Glass

My Mom collected milk glass and my love of it stems from growing up with her collection.  

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Unfortunately, I don’t have any of her pieces.  Recently, I found a huge set of Westmorland Panal Grape milk glass dinnerware in the thrift store.  It is so beautiful I just couldn’t resist, but it still sits unpacked in my garage.  I will share it with you soon.

Fostoria Nappy

I even have a few pieces of pink milk glass.

Rolling Pins

My Mom is also my inspiration for collecting rolling pins.  She gave me her old rolling-pin with green chippy handles ( in photo below) when I got married.   I’m not much of a baker so it got very little use over the years so it went on display in my kitchen.

Bromwell Sifter

Then I started picking vintage rolling pins when ever I saw them to display with my Mom’s rolling-pin.  A collection evolved over time.

French Postcard Book

 This French postcard booklet started my collection of vintage postcards.

Vintage Postcard

Then I found a package of mixed vintage postcards from my friend Distressed Donna Down Home’s ETSY shop and I was completely hooked.  The only Christmas postcards in my collection came from Donna’s selection.

Easter Post Card 1

Finally,  I won an online auction for 40 plus vintage postcards.  The lot included Easter as well as thank you, birthday, and thinking of you postcards. 

Wooden Tennis Rackets

   A small collection of wooden tennis rackets sat in my grandson’s room until the little sisters came along.  Then the tennis rackets had to be moved behind closed doors.  They are now on display in my office/craft room.

Suitcases

Suitcases also catch my eye when out thrifting so I put together a small collection.

Traveling Classically

This little Samsonite train case is my favorite piece.

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Vintage Collecting: What I Collect

Do you collect things?  Sometimes even when I don’t mean to start a collection, I do.  From Wikipedia “The hobby of collecting includes seeking, locating, acquiring, organizing, cataloging, displaying, storing, and maintaining whatever items are of interest to the individual collector. The scope of collecting is unlimited: If something exists, somebody somewhere collects them.”

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Let’s see  a few of the things I collect.

Aladdin Thermos

Thermos – I never met a thermos I didn’t love at first sight.

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Flower Frogs and Thermos – This photo shows two of my favorite collectibles.

Flower Frog 2

This flower frog is in the shape of a leaf.

Flower Frog

This clear  flower frog belonged to my Mom.  I remember her using it for tea rose arrangements in a wide bowl.

Side of flower frog vase

Even though this is more of a vase it is actually a flower frog.  See photo with flowers here.

Rulers

Rulers and Yardsticks – I started a collection of rulers and yardsticks in my corporate days.   A lot of companies gave them out as advertisements and I just started keeping them.  Next thing I knew a collection was born and I continue to add to it.

Yardsticks and hats

Another two for one photo.  This photo shows a few of my yardsticks but it also displays some of my straw hat collection.

Hats on the Wall

Here is part of my collection hung on my bedroom wall a few years ago.  The collection has grown since then.

Globe

Globes – I don’t have my globes clustered because most are in various places around my house as decor.

Vintage Globe

I love the color of this globe.

Globe

I used this little globe bank on my ladder Christmas tree but it normally sits on my desk.

Picnic Basket Stack

Picnic baskets – again never met a picnic basket I didn’t love and want to add to my collection.  Picnic baskets take up space so  now I keep some and sell some.

Picnic Basket with Rag Ribbon Bow

This picnic basket that I gussied up is at the booth now.

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This was the entire collection a month ago but I added the faux wicker metal basket a couple of weeks ago.  You can see it in the first picnic basket photo.

Ella in broaches

Vintage brooches – Here Ella Mae is displaying several of my vintage brooches.   Some of these were my Mom’s and others I collected over time.

Ella Mae Dressed for Easter

Dress forms  – The question to answer here is – Are two dress forms a collection?   If so, I plan to add to the collection soon.  Above Ella Mae all decked out in Easter postcards (yes I have a collection of them too).

Annie E with Pearls

Annie E is a 1957 Wolf dress form.  She is the love of my life and named for my paternal grandmother.

Angel Annie E blur

Annie E is looking a bit angelic in this photo

Annie E's Heart

and she is a girl with a heart of gold.

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