Vintage Fascination No. 143 ~ March

Welcome friends to the March edition of Vintage Fascination.

Here is what I found in the last few weeks.

 A Mirro Cooky-Pastry Press and Decorator Set in the original box.  The box includes all the discs (12) and tips (3) and the instruction booklet which includes instructions for use and recipes.   The box shows the “Good Housekeeping” seal of approval and the original sales price of $4.79 at Davison’s Department Store.

 The set doesn’t seem as if it has ever been used or only light use.  I wrote a mini-history of Davison’s Department Store here.

The Happy Birthday note was on the back side of a 1960’s style calling card.

Four dark aqua blue fishing floats were a surprise but happy find.  I love using fishing floats to decorate during the summer.  So you will be seeing these soon in a beachy vignette.

I can never resist a wooden bowl and this one is really pretty.  It has a scalloped top edge but it does not have a trademark.  It is pretty rough shape so a makeover is a strong possibility.

 I spied a pretty little silver plate teapot sitting on the shelf at Goodwill.  It is Gorham hollowware in their Newport pattern marked YB89.   I found it on but they had very little information about the teapot.  The handle isn’t original but a rustic replacement which matches the overall condition of the teapot.  The original handle was bamboo giving the teapot an Asian look.

White ironstone is always a happy find.  This pretty little platter is Knowles marked USA 53-1.   It is small only six inches long.

Jello molds are a staple in my craft stash and I rarely pass them up at thrift stores.  They are great to have on hand for projects.

On a quick trip to Goodwill, I found this pretty salad plate.  It was only a dollar and I could see it in a sweet vignette with a glass dome covering something special.   The pattern is Eastbourne (Old English) by Johnson Brothers who discontinued the pattern in 1949.

These adorable poodle salt and pepper shakers came home with me from a very bizarre antique/thrift store.  It is a combination antique and thrift store.  The front of the store was a series of rooms with antiques in each one displayed in a haphazard way.  Then in the back of the store was a large room and it was full of salvaged new appliances, building materials, and general brick-a-brack.  I picked up several things but only came away with the poodle salt and pepper set.   Nother had a price so you had to negotiate with a fellow sitting on a stool out front by the door.

When I saw these four leaf salad plates I knew they were going home with me.  Do you remember back in January when I shared five green Bordallo Pinheiro plates with you in Vintage Fascination No. 141 Part 1?  Don’t you think these salad plates will look great with the Bordallo Pinheiro plates I found in Florida?

Vintage for March

The salad plates have a brown border that gives them a distinctive look.  The trademark on the bottom of the plate reads J Willfred, A Charles Sadek Import Company Inc.,  Made in Portugal.  I found plates in the same pattern online accredited to Bordallo Pinheiro.

Non-Vintage Item for March

Napkins are always on my radar and this month I hit the jackpot twice.  First, I found four Vera Bradley napkins that seem to have never been used.  They are from the retired Java Blue pattern.  I immediately recognized the pattern in the thrift store since my youngest daughter had several Vera Bradley items in the Java Blue pattern.  I still have a Java Blue paperweight she left when she moved out.

Last week I saw a brown Toile pattern in the linens and went to investigate.  When I pulled the little bundle out it was six brown Toile napkins in lovely condition.   They are now freshly laundered and ready to use.

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  1. Terrific scores!! I love the majolica (my tablescape this week shows my love) and those toile napkins looks perfect with the newest plates. The VB napkins are gorgeous too – never used, incredible!

  2. Some fun vintage finds!

  3. Jann Olson says:

    Sharon, I love the cabbage plates, and the toile napkins go perfectly! I have a cabbage bowl and pitcher so I would have nabbed on to them in a hurry. I rarely run across ironstone. Fun thrifting for sure!

  4. Love all your finds Sharon! Especially those green leaf plates, but honestly I love everything!

  5. Such lovely finds, Sharon! I particularly love the majolica plates and the wonderful little teapot!

  6. Kathy A. says:

    All great finds. I think that teapot would be adorable with a real or silk flower arrangment. My Mom’s Mirror cooky press got hard use from us and I found I liked it better than the fancy electric one I had; the trick is to get the dough JUST the right consistency; difficult in a hot kitchen at Christmas! The cream cheese wreatge cookies were to die for! That little ironstone plate is just the right size for a hamburger and chips! Love how your S&P collection is coming along!

  7. Those brown toile napkins are perfect with your plates & the poodle shakers are adorable! My mom had that cookie press 😉 Thanks for sharing your fabulous finds at Vintage Charm!

  8. Great finds. I love that blue floral plate.Thanks for linking to Keep In Touch.

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