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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Monday, January 18, 2016

Junkin' in Grannys' Garage 4

I've posted of my never ending quest to go through my multiple GRANNYS' leavings. My husband was rearranging in the garage and found a tote with some linens on the top that was very heavy--worried the local mice population would be interested if it were totally stuffed with linens, he brought the huge heavy tote in.

Honestly I couldn't even budge it, it was so heavy. Inside, wrapped in towels and linens, newspaper and paper were these treasures from my mom's china cabinet and diningroom closet. (I think?)



Fourteen OLD Royal Copenhagen dessert plates-these match our dinner service in my china cabinet post. I actually could have used a few of these at the last family get-together.


A discolored (will pop this in the dishwasher--porcelain Julehjerte--or Christmas Heart by Royal Copenhagen -I think this is from the 1980's. I have one already---but will save them to go to my boys, someday. This item is quite collectible and I have seen them listed for $150.00.

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Here's an OLD little unmarked procelain teapot with cracked lid. Will probably REDO this in a mosaic assemblage for the garden. I have a whole box of broken porcelain I'm saving for a project. I don't remember this piece.


A Pressed glass decanter---nice feel to this--with three matching glasses. I think I will slip a picture of the glasses into my purse and look for another one...this will be a great gift for family member.


One thing about Chicago---we have screaming sunshine OR you need to use a flashlight to walk around your kitchen on the dark days...nothing inbetween. So the contrast is super hard on these photos.


The tote also held some OLD metal treasures. The vase in the middle is actually Danish silverplate that has been polished to brass. It was my first grandmother's (circa 1920) and matches a tray, sugar, creamer, coffeepot, spooner and who knows what else I may find in that pattern...all those pieces were in different places in my mom's idea of storage. So many items have been separated from their mates---I don't do away with a single-- of anything now. THIS is where ILLOGICAL comes in.

The two brass candlesticks were my mom's and are probably from the 1940's with some nifty candle holder things in them to grab standard candles. So they are already approaching 70 years old. They don't take up much space so I will keep them for now.

Wow, my mom actually wrote a note on the back of the OLD brass platter. Denmark--and from my great grandparent's 25th anniversary in 1920.


I love if you look at this closely (this is the backside)----all the noses have been rubbed off from polishing and are holes. I have another platter similar and larger---that was much older -early 1800's----that I gave to my son.

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Next to the beanpot and bank, is a small brass box...I forgot to get a closeup---it is turn of the century, hand-wrought and with a Scandinavian design adorning it. KEEPER!.

The cute silver teddybear bank in the center  is silverplate over some crude metal. Marked 'Leonard
on the bottom  in script---a small company that imported metal items from overseas and then silverplated them during the 1950-70's. Leonard Silver was absorbed into the International Silver family... the banks are listed for sale from $5 to $50 ???. I do remember her buying this at a church vintage sale in the 1980's.


Here is the bottom---unusual screw closing that can be opened with a coin by twisting.


Another bank with the key, I don't remember.

"Proclaim Liberty Through All the Land
and to all the inhabitants hereof LEVXXV 1Q  (Leviticus 25:10)
Freedom State Bank
Freedom, Wis."

and etched into the top of the bell and on the brass plate. This bank appaers to be bronze  or bronze plated if you can do that? The Freedom State Bank was in operation from 1916-83.

The wood at the top is real wood and it has been carefully crafted. Note on bottom says---Mabel's travels---pre 1976. So it wasnt' one of those things that was issued for the Bicentennial---thank you mom---cause this gives me a way to narrow it down a bit. CLUE is the patent pending---always look for the Patent.


It's marked on bottom---bear with me, it's a long mark.


LIBERTY BELL Pat.Ped. 18-1919 others patents pending 217
(then a fig of a liberty bell with "Trade (bell) Mark"
The Bankers S&C System Co.
Cleveland Ohio U.S.A.

Patent was accepted in 1922, so this bell was probably made between 1919-1922.

The slot on the bottom appears to be for bills. There must be a secret to opening it---the key turns a bit, but nothing happens...I will have to research this. I dont' believe any coins are in it--but my mom wanted to corner the silver certificate market in the 1970' so who knows what she might have shoved in there. I may keep this as they don't go very high--the company made advertising banks for Banks. And there are a bunch floating around.


This little collection of mish-mosh...the swan I made in grade school...the brown dish(kidney shaped modern) from jr. high. The Chef's Pie---was my son's project in my shop. The top half of a mini-milkglass chicken on a nest dish and a wooden scotty and a wooden hand carved cardinal---crazy bunch of stuff all together.


This may be a sleeper...I'm guessing it is mid-century Scandinavian crystal with an etched sailfish on it. (I've eliminated Oreffors as it is not marked, nor did it have a label, and from the shape. Another piece I don't recall.

Very thick, it has a bit of calcium on it, which should come off. Estimated value $30 and up--depending if I can find the maker from the shape, this piece could go as high as $100?


There were 4 more pieces of brilliant cut or press/cut glass---this is brilliant press/cut---very intricate---too fussy for me or to pass on---but I will research, as it may be European. (UPDATE_this is vintage Bohemian Queen's Lace crystal). PRICEY!

I couln't see if it was signed but the pattern is quite distinctive so I searched for it. My grandmother used to serve salads and desserts in these.


Close-up of the pressed part of this bowl, a hobstar, the top edges are cut and beveled or called sawtooth.  I missed taking pictures of another large cut glass bowl..I'm keeping---very plain but gorgeous.


Here is a strange one---similar pattern, again cut/press---in a tri-foil shape. Really lovely---but again very fussy for me. This one has hobstars and stars cut in, but a pressed sawtooth edge.


Small cut crystal three-footed bowl-I have three others in different sizes of these, and I do use them. They are cut crystal circa 1950ish or older.They are actually quite beautiful and a handy size for condiments or candy. KEEPER!


I do love this OLD mug (1970's---with scenes of my grandmother(2)'s hometown Frederickshavn, Denmark. Many of the images on there, I remember---as my family's home was in the old district along the sea and appears in the upper left corner--the first house, I believe. I will keep this for the memories. Probably from the 1970's or a gift to my father from one of my great aunts. KEEPER!


The rock below---is from Skagen and marked 1975--in my great aunt Moster's handwriting.

Skagen is at the top tip of Denmark, where the Ocean-(North Sea) meets the Skattegutt(part of the Baltic between Denmark and Sweden). A phenomenom occurs there as the two bodies of water clash and at certain tides can reach many feet in the air.  You can see pictures of Skagen here.


Here is a hand-thrown birdfeeder I made and gave to my mother in 1973, from the mark. She never used it, because it would involve putting strings in it, and finding a cork and hanging it. We lived 300 miles away at that time. To be honest, I totally forgot about it, as i haven't seen it for 44 years. My how time flies.

First thing this Spring it's going on my back porch. I made very few of these, because of production issues in throwing and drying. So I'm happy to use this, as I have few pieces from then I actually made===a definite REDO.


Stoneware bird feeder-KEEPER!


My mom collected glass baskets---and had a habbit of breaking them. I made her this one of stoneware sometime in the early 1970s, very early in my pottery career. The crooked handle happened from the unwinding process stoneware goes through in firing. I later made a gazillion baskets by offsetting the handles prior to firing and then they twisted into place during the firing. I often gave her the first one of anything I made.


Lucky- this was wrapped up on top of the tote, in a bath towel. Amber cake plate perfect---and really a pretty one. This is from Indiana Glass and is called Teardrop made from the 1950-80's. I will probably list this in my shop.


WOW! Great ANTIQUE stoneware beanpot with lid that isnt' broken---a rarity. Love the design on this---I actually do not remember this piece and from the dirt on it---my mom didn't have it out or use it. Probably as found...sometime in the 1970s. This has the Albany slip glaze on top and bare stoneware on the bottom. Inside is brown glaze, the lid is bare where it comes in contact with the kiln shelf.


It's really in perfect condition---the brown on the bottom is from being on the stove shelves?


Probably a midwest piece (Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa or Illinois) from the early 20th century. I'm not having any luck on a quick search. I really love the molded marks on the side of this piece. I do think the handles were hand-pulled and applied, though since I couldn't find any with that shape or placement in an image search.

So what do ...brass, silverplate, crystal, cut glass, pressed glass, stoenware, wood and banks have in common?

It's ILLOGICAL, and nothing in common,  but they were ALL in my mom's china cabinet and closet.

Hope you enjoyed my Junkin' in Grannys' Garage. I will be happy to answer any questions, if I can and I always enjoy your comments. Now I have to get busy and find places to put some of this or list to sell.

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