Hi everyone! I decided early last week to make the upcoming week-end “garage sale free.” However, I was thwarted by an untimely discovery: a town-wide garage sale occurring in Lake George, the very town I happened to be in with my sweet mother and sister. We had all met there to spend the day in celebration of Mom’s 79th birthday, and we each agreed that shopping the town-wide sale met all of our criteria for “an awesome, fun day,” so that’s what we did. Much of what you’ll see here today came from those sales, along with a few other items that I picked up at an estate sale I stopped at on the way home from church. Yeah, I know, I’ve got it bad. I just can’t seem to help myself. I know you’re all glad though, otherwise, you’d have nothing to look at today–LOL. Hope you enjoy this week’s vintage finds.
I’m starting out kind of backwards with one of Sunday’s finds first–an ironstone gravy boat with tray and ladle.
Manufactured by John Maddock & Sons (England), it dates to 1855-70 and has no condition issues whatsoever. It just needs a good cleaning (cost: $4.00, value: $40-45.00). The Potteries, a great website covering all things related to English potteries, helped me with the dating.
Here you see the incised mark on the bottom of the boat. Check out my Ironstone Price Guide for help identifying and valuing your pieces.
It’s already made its way into my ironstone cupboard. G.H. Grindley (England) manufactured the large transferware platter, in the “Trellis” pattern, that you see in the back. I bought it at Glenwood Manor Antiques, where we popped in after our garage saling adventure on Saturday (cost: $5.00, value: $22-25.00).
It dates to some point after the early 1920’s when the US began requiring foreign importers to add the words “Made in” before the country of origin. W.H. Grindley went out of business in 1991, but I suspect this piece dates to about the 1940’s or 50’s. Feel free to use my Transferware Price Guide for insight into your own pieces.
Speaking of England, this cup and saucer hails from the UK as well. I usually have no trouble resisting cups and saucers (because they do not sell well for me), but this pretty set commemorates June, which is coming right up, so what the heck, I bought it (cost: $1.00, value: $10.00).
Royal Albert makes lovely china.
These handsome fellows cost me [what I consider to be] a pretty penny, but I think they were well worth it (cost: $7.00, value: $40-50.00).
They make a striking pair, don’t they?
I’m always looking for unique and interesting finds to bring up to my booth. This small sculpture of a woman’s face fits the bill (cost: $1.00, value: $12-15.00). I love original art of almost any kind.
Here’s another piece of original art–a really lovely landscape, signed Herm Gross and painted (I think) with gouache (cost: $4.00; value: $35-40.00). I find it very soothing.
At this point, I don’t believe he’s a listed artist, but I plan to continue the research process.
Final Find: A Victorian wicker sleigh in remarkable condition (cost: $3.00, value: $75-85.00). What treasures did you find this past week-end?
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