Vintage Fascination No. 125

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I didn’t have a lot of time for thrifting this week but happy with what I found.  I’ve never found state plates in this size.  They are about five inches in diameter.  They were all together at the thrift store so they were mostly donated together.  Makes me wonder if they are from a trip long ago to all these states at one time.  It is always fun to me to imagine how things came together in a lifetime and ended up donated.  There are four plates.  They are:

Ohio ~ Mother of Presidents

I love that Ohio calls itself the Mother of Presidents and that the state bird is a Cardinal.

Minnesota ~ Headwaters of the Mississippi

Home to the Mayo Clinic and Pipestone National Park.

Pennsylvania ~ The Keystone State

Known for its steel mills and Independence Hall.

Michigan ~ Fisherman’s Paradise

Known for Tulip Time in Holland Michigan.

I’ve seen calendar plates before but never one this old.  It is from 1964.  It would make a cool gift for someone born that year holds a special memory or event.  This beautiful collectors plate is a creamy ivory with gold gilt design, numbers, and letters.  It features graphics of golfers, swimmers, and hunters.

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Vintage Fascination No. 124

Welcome to another edition of Vintage Fascination.

I found a couple of things in Florida and a few more back home.

Flordia find number one was this salt and pepper shaker set.  The glass of the shakers is crackled.  Original stickers on the bottom of the shakers are blue with raised silver writing “I.W. Rice & Co. Inc. Made in Japan, An I rice Import.  Paid $1.50 for the set.

Florida find number two is a 9-inch enamelware bowl.  This is a very nice white enamelware bowl with red trim.  It is in good shape with only a little wear.  Measures 9 inches across and about 3 inches high.  Great vintage farmhouse decor.  Paid $1.00 for the bowl.

This “patio snack set” produced by the Federal Glass Company in the 1950’s includes four milk glass plates but only three cups.  Each piece has a pastel leaf and flower design in aqua, pink, yellow and black. The cup has a twisted rope design handle.  Paid $3.7  for the 7 piece set.

This is a 1-1/2 quart Fire King white glass 437 casserole dish.  Manufactured by Anchor Hocking from 1967 until 1972 for the Fire King collection this casserole has a blue and gold abstract star design like a glowing candle.  The pattern is appropriately named Candle Glow. Paid $2.00

Isn’t this a charming vintage aluminum measuring cup set?  They definitely have a farmhouse vibe.   The four piece set nests together beautifully.  I collect aluminum kitchen utensils so I am adding this to my collection.  Paid $.75  for the set.

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Vintage Fascination 123

This latest edition of Vintage Fascination is coming to you from Florida where I’ve visited another lighthouse that I want to share with you.

It is Hillsboro Inlet Light.

This historic marker tells the story of Hillsboro Inlet Light Station.  The US congress approved a light in 1901 to fill a 90-mile void between Jupiter and the Cape of Florida.

Manufactured in Detroit, Michigan the light went into service in 1907.

This commemorates all the light keepers through 1998.

The skeletal lighthouse is 142 feet tall with 175 stairs leading to the 9 feet diameter Fresnel lens.

This drawbridge operates every 15 minutes allowing access from the intercostal waterway through the inlet to the Atlantic ocean.  This drawbridge spans the narrow part of the inlet between Pompano and Hillsboro Beaches.

My daughter remarked that the Pelicans look like a prehistoric bird.

These lovely condos are across the inlet from the lighthouse.  What a beautiful view they must have of the ocean and lighthouse!

There is a lighthouse museum at the inlet park in Pompano Beach.

To find out more about the Hillsboro Inlet Light Station visit Hillsboro Lighthouse Organization.

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Wordless Wednesday 141 ~ A Plate and Roses

No. 141 – From the post – Vintage Fascination No. 78

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Vintage Fascination No. 122

Welcome back to another edition of Vintage Fascination.  This find is from a couple of months ago but I am just now getting it unpacked and ready for use.

As my daughter and I walked into our local Goodwill I spotted a huge lot of milk glass in the display case.  I hustled over to check it out.  It is a luncheon service for eight with lots of extras to go with it in Imperial Glass’s  Vintage Grape pattern. The price was good and it was senior day with 25% off so how could I not take all this milk glass goodness home with me.

 Imperial Glass Corporation founded in 1901 was located in Bellaire, Ohio.  It became a subsidiary of Lenox, Inc., in 1973 and sold to Arthur R. Lorch in 1981 eventually going bankrupt in 1984.  Imperial Glass produced this pattern from 1950 until 1980.

First up are the luncheon plates with an all over grape pattern.  The plates are 8 inches wide.  The bread and butter plates are identical to the luncheon plates but only 6 3/4 inches wide.  With an all over pattern, they are simply stunning.

The saucers have an embossed grape leaf in the center

and the footed cups are so sweet.

The set includes eight Champagne/Tall Sherbet glasses.  Won’t they be perfect to serve something pretty and pink?

The set also includes eight 5 3/8 inch water goblets.

The extras include:

 Quarter Pound Covered Butter Dish

16-ounce Pitcher

Footed Creamer and  Open Sugar

 Salt and Pepper Shakers

Pickle Dish

Fruit Bowl

I wonder if originally the set included dinner plates or maybe it was always just a luncheon set.  I can’t wait to do a tablescape with these dishes so be looking for it soon.

By purchasing the set, each piece cost me less than fifty cents.   Of course, my daughters just roll their eyes at me and remind me that I already have too many dishes and it’s true.

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Vintage Fascination No. 121

Welcome back for another edition of Vintage Fascination.  Yes, I missed the last week with my fun giveaway of an Aladdin Heritage Plaid Lunch kit.  If you entered the winner’s name is at the end of this post.

My daughter and I went thrifting last week and here is what I couldn’t come home without.

Couldn’t pass up this nice deep round basket with leather handles.  It probably isn’t vintage but I never leave behind a nice basket with great storage potential at a good price.

This pretty Knowles platter is joining my collection of pink themed platters. It features pink and white dogwood blossoms with taupe stems and leaves.

The pattern is Blossom Time.  Most Knowles dinnerware has a date code under their back stamp, where the first two numbers show the year of production.  So this platter made in the USA is from 1951. The Knowles factory was in West Virginia but closed in 1963.

My bedroom is undergoing a few changes and I am looking for white/neutral decor.  When I saw this kitschy white cat and kitten planter I just couldn’t resist.  I found two like it on ETSY for $12 but I paid about a dollar for mine at Goodwill.  It doesn’t have a maker’s mark that I can research but it is probably from the 60’s or 70’s.  Not sure how I’m going to use it in my bedroom, any suggestions?

While I was looking around I saw this sweet little Dutch boy and girl figurine.  I put in my cart thinking I probably wouldn’t buy it but it came home with me.  So it is joining my blue and white collection.  It does not have a trademark or country of origin.

You should never ever pass up a nice wooden cutting board in the thrift store.  They are a fraction of the cost you would pay regular retail.  Most of my wooden cutting boards are decor only but you can clean them up and use them too.

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The winner of the Aladdin Heritage Plaid Lunch Kit is Chelle and I have notified her via e-mail.

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Vintage Fascination No. 120

Welcome to Vintage Fascination from Delray Beach Florida.

Yesterday, my daughter and I drove up the coast to the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse.

We took the slow route up A1A  right by the beach.  The ocean was a lovely azure blue.

Sadly, we took so long to drive up the coast that we arrived too late to go up the lighthouse but I was able to make a few photos.

Congress provided $35,000 in 1853 for establishing a lighthouse at Jupiter inlet, to mark the dangerous shoals lying off that point, and to guide vessels along the coast.

Built on top a hill at an elevation of forty-six feet the lighthouse rises an additional 105 feet.

The mound where the lighthouse sits is surrounded by flat land making the elevation of the hill unusual. The lighthouse was built on a hill once thought to be an Indian shell or burial mound but is now determined to be a natural parabolic sand dune.

After spending $60,859.98, almost twice the original appropriation, the lighthouse finally began operation on July 10, 1860.

We had a wonderful dinner across the inlet from the lighthouse.

Then, we drove back on A1A until it became too dark to see the ocean.  Then we took a less scenic route down I-95 for a few miles.

The lighthouse has an extraordinary and remarkable history, read more about it at Lighthouse Friends.

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Vintage Fascination No. 119

Hello, I’m glad you are here today.

Here are a few vintage finds from last week.

 When I first saw this bowl I thought it was a child’s art project but it had a McCoy trademark on the bottom.  It is an extremely rustic bowl.  It is a vintage Canyon Mesa serving bowl.  It is 8 inches wide and about 3 inches deep.

 McCoy produced dinnerware from 1962 until 1985.  Production of the Canyon Mesa dinnerware began in 1977.  At one time dinnerware comprised 60% of McCoy’s kitchenware line.

Who could pass up this cute little Ball Ideal jar?

 The markings include “Wire Slide” and “Pat D July 14, 1908”.  It still has the little glass jar top that fits under the wire slide.

This vintage pottery flower vase is known as a five-finger, fan or trumpet vase.  My vase has a simple dark blue design painted on grayish pottery.  It doesn’t have any markings on the bottom but it reminds me of vases I saw for sale in Williamsburg many years ago.  Popular during the 18th century, finger vases create beautiful, balanced arrangements.

Accidentally, I started a salt and pepper shaker collection.  I’m not sure when it started I just started buying cute ones.  Then I started actively looking for vintage sets like this set of adorable little English cottages.  I sold a few sets in my booth before this accidental collection started and now I wish they had been keepers.

These kissing dogs immediately come to mind.  They sold the same day I put them in the booth.

I always gravitate to blues.  So when I saw this pretty blue creamer and sugar, I just had to get it.  This set is vintage Federal Glass in the Madrid pattern.  The creamer and sugar set is from the 1930’s.

Thank you for joining me today as I get ready to head to Florida for a visit with my daughter.

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Vintage Fascination No. 118

Hello, I’m so glad you joined me today for Vintage Fascination!

Here is what I found last week that I just couldn’t leave behind.

A whole bag of buttons for less than $2, now who could pass that up.  Many of them are vintage but some are not.  I’m sure I can find a use for them.

This creamer and open sugar bowl are Mayer China Company made in the USA.  They are a pinkish beige color with a gray rim.  I believe this set is restaurant ware from the late 1970’s.

When I saw this small sealed apothecary jar with a Christmas scene inside I could immediately tell the Santa was vintage.  I cleaned the outside of the jar a bit so I could see what all was in the jar.  The greenery with tiny pinecones and red berries also appears vintage.  This mid-century Santa has a flocked suit and a rubber face with very pink cheeks.  He is absolutely adorable.  I wish the jar wasn’t sealed.

Do you remember the Sunbeam-Oster Osterizer blenders?  These little 8-ounce glass jars with lids were accessories for the Osterizer blender.  You could both blend and store in the mini jars.

The mini blend and store jars have yellow lids with great retro graphics.  They will make cute storage in my office/craft room.

I forgot to tell you my decision about the brush and mirror I found at Scott’s Antique Market last weekend.  The dealer originally priced the set at $50.  I walked away but the set stayed on my mind all afternoon.  When we were ready to leave I decided to go make the dealer an offer of $30.

Much to my surprise, she accepted.  She had an outside booth and was ready to pack up to go home due to heavy rain expected here on Sunday.  I photographed them in a vintage platter with complimentary colors since I don’t have a vanity tray large enough for the mirror.  So a larger vanity tray is on my list of items to look for while thrifting.

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Vintage Fascination No. 117

Welcome to the 117th edition of Vintage Fascination.

Here is what I found this week.

You know that blue and white always catches my eye.  So when I spotted this little blue and white souvenir plate for a Georgia landmark, I just had to get it.  It commemorates Meadow Garden the Augusta home of George Walton (1749–1804), one of Georgia’s three signers of the U.S. Declaration of Independence.

 He served Georgia as a Governor, Chief Justice, and as a United States Senator.  He lived at Meadow Garden from 1791 until his death in 1804.

Even though these are not truly vintage, I just couldn’t resist the two matching sets of Hallmark turkey salt and pepper shakers.  I don’t think they have ever been used and are still in the original box.

Mixed in with the flatware, I found a silver plated candle snuffer.

 The trademark is the Silver Guild – Kirk’s LTD, Toledo Works Sheffield, England.  The trademark indicates that it is from the mid 20th century.  The candle snuffer is A1 silver plate made in England.  English electroplaters used letter codes for plated wares to show the quality of plating.  A1 is the highest quality silver plating.

A miniature painting resembling a Currier and Ives lithograph came home with me.  After some research, I determined the inspiration for this little painting is an 1868 Currier & Ives lithograph named American Homestead Winter.  The little painting is very appealing and in a nice frame.  The frame may need a slight makeover.

I fell in love with this patriotic red, white and blue brooch.  It is a wonderful vintage find.  This charming enamel brooch is about three inches wide.  It is from the 1960’s.  My Mom had a similar brooch made in shades of green.

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