Friday, January 22, 2016

Junkin' in Grannys' Garage #5

Everything in this post is OLD.

Two more OLD boxes from Grannys' Garage. I say Grannys'--because I'm a Granny, my mom, 4  Grandmas, Great-Grandmas and ocassionally my Great Aunt (who was a great-great Granny in her own lifetime) goodies passed on, passed down. I have often said my style is Begged/Borrowed/Stolen, but in reality it's Goodies-Left-Behind, too!

My mom and I were at an auction back in the late 60's---yes, I was a teenager and already afflicted with the junk-bug. Well, we were seated in the back of the auction hall--and hadn't perused the lots---and this set came up---! We bid, and bid, and bid, and finally got it...I think for like $30.00 which was a lot then, but we weren't reselling--so we were happy.

Until we claimed our box. Every piece was full of flaws---the vinegar seeped from the fissures and everything had cracks/clay issues. They oil still oozes---same issues that's why Oil is on the plate. I have boiled, washed bleached, distilled vinegar, everything to get them clean---to no avail.

The spice jars are not that bad---a few chips on the covers inside, one (Cloves) bad smash, and the cover issues, multiple covers and only one combination to make them all fit.

The four canisters are pretty good---as long as you don't mix up the lids...combinations for lids I think aren't as many as the spice jars, but they only fit just so. Everything has cracks, chips, crazing, and flaws. Now looking at them, I wonder if it wasn't a piece-meal seconds set a pottery worker brought home as there is so much variation in all the glazes, stencil color and even the clay. Usually pieces match better. The whole mess is probably European, hate to blame it on any one country, turn of the century to maybe 1920. I think I will try and sell, as I have only seen one other set in this pattern over the years---and maybe someone will want a few pieces for their set.

Considering minimum wage was $.85 an hour in those days (1966), it was an expensive lesson. The clay goes from gray to buff--with heavy white thick glaze, the stencils are simple and cobalt blue, while the printing was probably transferred on in black in a final firing. With our familial love of blue, my mom had to have it. It was still wrapped in 1967 and was never used since then.

I would still keep it, if I didn't have Tante Agnes' complete ceramic set with wall rack to work into our kitchen remodel in blue and white.

This is a very OLD pretty set, engraved on heavy glass---the pitcher is perfect and stunning. The glasses have tiny pings and dings, no cracks.

Large etched flowers with cuts to the centers and leaves.

The glass has almost a blue tone---the handle is gorgeous, cuts are meticulous--I have seen similar labeled American Brilliant. Will try and sell-the glasses will be free, as they have tiny pings on the rims. I believe this was my great grandmother's perhaps from the 1930's. I already have multiple glass pitchers.

An extra piece I hadn't finished working on before the holidays. Enamelare soap dish, possibly a reproduction from the 1960-70's. No mark, no major dings or chips, just a rub-off of the enamel on the edge occuring before the kiln.

Size is perfect for a Scrubby and my trusty Lava...soap for cleaning up garden, paint, and glued fingers.  This maybe a keeper, yet--if I keep on.

This also reappeared from a Fall stash.  Chippy, enameled wire soap holder from the farmhouse cottage my parents had---pale green and cream--circa 1920-30s. The curved handle fit over the endge of the cast iron claw-foot tub. Yes, that is a chip---on the towel.

Do you remember, "Who made the Salad? Seven Seas made the salad!" I think this is a 1960's cruet for Seven Seas salad dressing. I'm thinking hard of a REDO for this.

See the "S" in the stopper. Nicely ribbed, I think this was a giveaway or a coupon redeem. Not sure if my mom bought this or actually redeemed a coupon.

Update: 1/27/16    This piece belonged to my mother or grandmother. The glass itself is finely ribbed and marked on the bottom and has a very light green tint to it.

Visibly marked-trademark used by Owens-Illinois Glass Company from 1929 into the mid- and late 1950s.  It is listed as “Diamond and oval superimposed (entwined) with I in center” although often times, especially on smaller bottles, the center “I” is poorly delineated or virtually illegible.

Side Note: Do you remember when you got 'real' toys in cereal and Crackerjacks, towels in soap boxes, silverplate flatware for little certificates on products, decoder rings from mailing in to Ovaltine, S&H stamps that were redeemable for completely awful goods.

Don't get me started on Sea Monkeys on the back of comic books.

More Goodies! I love this pattern "Danube"by Homer Laughlin China, in Alliance, Ohio. This was made post-WWII and discontinued in 1947.

This was a sales promotion pattern distributed by Cunningham & Pickett, Pattern CP203 I have picked up a few pieces over the years and sold quite a few in my old shop.

The lightblue-green is particularly lovely for today's palette, these pieces are lightly used with only bits of the gold worn. Perfect for Shabby Chic or Cottage Style.

One of the boxes I opened was antique/vintage stock from my shop which was closed almost 10 years ago. I had several of these pedestal bowls, this one has a definite yellow tint to the glass. LOVELY, 1960's Indiana Glass compote diamond-point pedestal bowl candy dish. Will list this---or maybe Mercury glass it.

These can usually be had for under $15.00 and are nice and sturdy, perfect for shower/wedding centerpieces or serving.

These are fun---Lefton's Exclusives-- Chinese pair circa 1956 with rhinestones---as is---these have both lost their heads and been reglued. One stone missing on the boy's cuff---easily replaced. Otherwise in pretty good shape...paint missing from the hair on the girl.

 Really very cute---and all the fingers are there, which is rare.

 Labels are still on the bottom forgot to take a picture of that, might give these to my daughter-in-law...we will see if she wants them. The little red suitcase with the blue metal handle, I snagged at Goodwill for the Grand. Might REDO it up for Valentine's day for her.

Between smoking and drinking my family had a ton of bar and smoking accessories. Engraved wheat patterns on glass were popular during the late 1940's and 50's and apparently made by many makers.  This decanter belonged to my parent's. Two glasses survive, (or maybe more will turn up?)

The decanter is perfect and I dont' think it ever left the closet. Heavy American engraved glass---no luck on finding who made this, unmarked.

Cigarette box--This is a funky piece, wooden cigarette dispenser which also dispensed matches. You pull the top up, and it supposedly feeds a slot to raise the cigarette and match to the top when you push it down. Smells faintly like old tobacco. Red oak with sealed finish, bits of silver paint specks? Must have been my grandparent's.


This is how the cigarette (chalk) appears on the top? Not going to buy cigarettes to try this out. A super gloomy day---multiple lights, action setting and maxed tweaking.

Press/cut sugar bowl in great condition. Pretty pattern of fronds and criss/crosses, fans. Deep-cut star on the bottom. I will research the pattern.

FTD Swan porcelain planter, glazed inside. Nice piece for little arrangements. REDO-Think I may find an Ivy in this in spring, lol. Label on the bottom-1986 already vintage.

No luck on finding this basic OLD EAPG pattern, heavy,  smooth on the outside-optic curved panels inside, large starburst on bottom. Has that feel of old glass except on handles, which feel sharp. ???
Maybe one of my readers will recognize it.

I think everyone had a set or two of these, Anchor Hocking Waterford (Waffle) pattern. Nice deep faceted pattern, catches the light. Supposedly only made between 1938-44, but reissued in green in the 50's.

Pretty, but will probably sell.

Set of OLD Vintage wood spigots---at least 60 years old. From my grandparent's basement. Unused, except for one which is stained from use. My grandfather built a fabulous fancy barroom and then passed away a couple of years later. The handles all turn/work freely, one has a 0 another a 3 pressed into the wood. 

I do love the vintage look of these, and will sell as a set.

So as always, Thanks for peeking into my boxes from Grannys' Garage, and have a great weekend.
I will be happy to try and answer questions or comments.

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  1. I really like seeing all the treasures you are digging out of the garage, seems like our Granny's all had very similar items

  2. What great finds! I have some of the Danube plates and adore them!

  3. You have some great treasures! I am fond of the aqua edged plates. They are soooo pretty. Sheila

  4. Hi there Sandi :)

    What wonderful treasures you have!

    Thank you so much for your visit :)


  5. Lots of great treasures, Sandi! I think we've all had those times when we've made mistakes in purchasing vintage items.
    Mary Alice

    1. Seriously---I had a bunch of laughter when I unwrapped the cannisters--because---my mom actually hid this mess from my dad and apparently the world all these years. Lesson learned though---although I did buy a sweet little chest once not knowing it had 17 cases of books attached with it, I had to haul away.LOL, thanks for stopping by, Sandi

  6. Once again, you have shared some wonderful treasures. Love the jug and glasses etched with flowers. Thank you for sharing with us.


  7. I don't remember the Seven Seas salad dressing, but I remember Anna Maria Alberghetti selling some kind of Italian salad dressing. I had to look her up. Wikipedia says she is an Italian opera singer and actor. The salad dressing commercials were from the '70s. It's funny how we remember these silly things — and it's fun to verify it on Wiki!!!

  8. Ah----I had removed the AM Alberghetti reference when I found more on the dressing bottle. Also, another person also did that promotional commercial... I have updated the post with the following info, which is more accurate.

    believe this is a Seven Seas dressing decanter from the late 40-1950s, for no other reason than that is what I remember.

    The bottle is visibly marked as described here---trademark used by Owens-Illinois Glass Company from 1929 into the mid- and late 1950s. It is listed as “Diamond and oval superimposed (entwined) with I in center” although often times, especially on smaller bottles, the center “I” is poorly delineated or virtually illegible.

    (this is why I dropped the AM Alberghetti reference early during posting. Thanks for the update though---because you are correct the bottle just happens to be older. Nice to know my reader's READ this stuff, lol. Sandi


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