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.

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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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Vintage Fascination No. 116

Welcome to the 116th edition of Vintage Fascination.

My best friend and I got in a couple of hours of thrifting and antiquing on Saturday afternoon and I have a few things to share with you.

No way I was passing up this large white enamel basin edged with red around the rim.  It has quite a few bumps and bruises but it is perfect for my purposes.   It is 24 inches in diameter.

My Mom had these type baking pan when I was a mid-century kid.  The cake pans measure 9 inches across.  Made by Bake King bakeware they have metal slides to get under the cake for easy removal.  These pans bring back fond memories of cakes baked by my Mom.

A Fire King creamer and sugar bowl in the Anchor Hocking Fire-King Swirl-Golden Shell pattern will match some other pieces I bought about a year ago.  This creamer and sugar bowl included a cup but I didn’t picture it here.  The whole set is in excellent condition and I have a saucer to match the cut.   Anchor Hocking Fire-King made this pattern from the period 1965 – 1976.

This re-web kit for lawn chairs brings back memories.  Not so much of re-webbing chairs but of the chairs themselves.  My parents had chairs like the ones on the package where they sat in the evening after dinner and watch the neighborhood kids play until dark.  My sister and I were among those playing kids.  It was such an innocent time in our lives.  I digress.  I have a little project in mind for this webbing but I’m not sure it will work.  I’ll share it with you if it works out.
 I picked up three Little Golden Books.  Old Mother Hubbard, The Fuzzy Ducking, and The Jolly Barnyard.  They are so sweet and unless valuable they are great for crafting.   My friend Diana at Adirondack Girl @ Heart recently wrote about collecting Little Golden Books.  She gives you the skinny on how to see if you have a first edition or valuable LGB.

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Vintage Fascination No. 115

Welcome to another edition of Vintage Fascination.

With limited thrifting time these days I don’t have much to share with your this week; however, I did get out for a little while yesterday morning.

This wooden hanger set me back ta whopping twenty-five cents.  It has splendid vintage typography advertising the Sheraton Hotels & Motor Inns U.S.A., Hawaii, Canada & Overseas.  It has a lovely patina from age.  Since Hawaii is separately listed as if it isn’t a part of the USA, I believe that this hanger predates 1959, the year Hawaii became the 50th state.

These lights are vintage-ish.  I think they are older but probably produced in a vintage style and not truly vintage.  What I thought was G40 style bulbs were actually just light covers.  I plan to use the bulbs covers for craft projects.

Can you believe I found another silver baby cup?  It is the third one in three weeks.  I have to ask myself did I just not see them before?  The mark on this one is very difficult to read.  It is a circle inside a shield.  There are some markings inside the circle but I cannot make them out.  I even tried the tracing method to see the mark with no luck.  My baby cup collection continues to grow.

Counted cross stitch seems to be a lost art but I just couldn’t pass up this pretty little tea towel for only a dollar.  Someone put a lot of work into making a plain white tea towel into something special.  I used to do counted cross stitch (when I could see better) and have a fondness for old samplers and other examples of needlework.

Do you remember when these metal tissue covers were popular in the 60’s?   When I got home the rose embellishment had dislodged itself from the tissue box.  The metal is very dirty so a good cleaning is a must before any painting or repair can take place.  So it goes in the to-do pile.

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Vintage Fascination No. 114

Welcome to the 114th edition of Vintage Fascination.  When you read this post I will be in South Florida visiting my younger daughter.

 I didn’t do a lot of thrifting last week since I was getting ready for my venture south; however, I have a few things to share.

This wooden bowl marked “Made in Occupied Japan” was a surprise find last week.  It is from the late 1940’s.  It has a small crack on the side but it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.

 The items designated as “made in occupied Japan” were exports.

All packaged together was a sweet little tea set with a pine cone motif.  It was a bit of a mystery purchase because I couldn’t tell what pieces were in the package until I got it home and opened it.  Several pieces of the pretty little tea set are missing but it was just too pretty to pass up.

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The remaining pieces of the tea set include teapot, creamer, sugar bowl with cover, four teacups, and three saucers. There is a larger plate has a repair.  Manufactured by Grantcrest of Japan this is a charming mid-20th-century toy tea set.

I walked away from this pretty hand embroidered dresser scarf (table runner) with crocheted blue edging because it had a hole near the middle.  Then I went back and grabbed it since a cute centerpiece or bowl would cover the little hole.  It has flower pots embroidered on it giving it a kind of outdoor vibe.  So I am going to use it on the table on my deck.

An adorable double handled baby cup was sitting right next to the Grantcrest toy tea set.  It was less than a dollar so you can see that I couldn’t pass it up.  Besides a new collection is beginning to take shape.

 It is Kirk Stieff pewter with a cow jumping over the moon on the bottom and clouds and stars on the side.  So sweet!

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Vintage Fascination No. 113

Welcome back to another edition of Vintage Fascination.

My daughter and I did a bit of thrifting last week and I want to show you what we found.

This wicker briefcase is from the 1960’s.  It has a leather handle and a leather strip across the bottom with little brass feet.  It has brass locks, but unfortunately, there isn’t a key.

 It is a very charming vintage piece.  The label reads Formez.

Yes, I found this thermos twice before.  One I sold and the other is in my collection but I bought this one anyway.  For now, there are two in my collection since they make such cute twins.

A Oneida Georgian Scroll silver-plate water pitcher was just sitting there on the shelf.  I picked it up and put it back, I picked it up I put it back.  Ok, you get the picture I was a little undecided.  Finally, I put it in my cart.  Then I decided to put it back on the shelf went around the corner changed my mind again and bought it.  Now I’m, glad I did.

I can’t believe that I found another Florida souvenir plate. This one is in vibrant colors with flowers and fruits on the border with little scenes from Florida.  The scenes are Cypress Gardens (now closed due to flood damage near Winter Haven), Silver Springs (State Park near Ocala), Singing Tower (Bok Tower Gardens – National Historic Site near Lake Whales), Marine Studios (Marineland near St. Augustine), Sunshine Skyway (Tampa Bay Bridge)and Miami Beach.  A couple of these I’ve never heard of so I did a bit of research and noted where they are in Florida.

Jewelry boxes that I find at the thrift store normally aren’t as nice as this one  The inside is pristine but the finish is dark and chipped.

 So a paint makeover is definitely in order.  It is large with lots of storage even little side doors for necklaces.  Now I just have to keep my daughter from claiming it.

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