Hi there! How was your weekend? On Friday, I made my bi-monthly trip to my antique booth and added some new merch (that’s dealer speak for merchandise). Saturday a sweet friend held a lovely wedding shower for her son’s fiance.
It was also my sweet daughter’s 19th birthday, but she couldn’t squeeze us into her plans until Sunday, when we took her for brunch at the extremely popular and absolutely delicious, Main Street Bistro.
That meant no vintage shopping for me, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have some farmhouse vintage finds to share with you(!). Let’s take a look.
I found this striking Dutch transferware plate at a recent estate sale on a table marked $1. I thought for sure it must have a chip or crack. Nope. It’s perfect (cost: $1, value: $20-25.00).
Marked “Societe Ceramique, Maestricht, Holland,” the plate likely dates to the late 1800’s. Societe Ceramique manufactured dishware from 1863-1958 and “Hollandia”probably refers to the plates pattern.
I purchased this 4″ covered jar at a “car boot” sale when we lived in England; I just dug it out recently to sell (cost: $1.60, value: $12-15).
I believe “Floris” refers to a London company that has manufactured perfume since 1730. I suspect that this jar may have contained a candle or something of that nature, perhaps back in the 1950’s?
I took a chance on this J & G Meakin plate in a not-uncommon pattern because of its low, low price (cost: 25¢, value: $5-6). Single plates are not great sellers, but sometimes I just can’t say no. We’ll see if it sells.
Its mark dates to 1970, when the Wedgwood Group took over J & G Meakin, and “Renaissance” refers to the pattern name.
When I buy newer wicker baskets, like this one, I look for good construction and details like the nicely woven handle and the braided trim around the top edge (cost: $1, value: $10-12).
This 9″ basket appealed to me because of its unusual shape and the fact that it had no finish on it, which I think makes it more attractive than, say the previous basket, which had a light finish (cost: 50¢, value: $10). [Note: It sold recently for $9.]
These mini baskets, which I picked up last weekend at an estate sale, are not vintage, but they are very well made and will look great displaying small collections.
Like these sewing notions. But they could hold so many other vintage goodies, like spools of beautiful thread, antique clothespins, or how about shells? What would you display in them?
Beginning in the 1870’s, American pottery companies began to develop their own lines of white ironstone, which had previously been manufactured exclusively by English companies and shipped to the US from about the 1840’s onward.
Homer Laughlin Company (HLC), which began operations in the 1870’s, manufactured this “Genesee” ironstone platter in October 1917, making it 101 years old and technically an antique. [Note: the “10” in the mark refers to October and the “7” to 1917.]
I bought this set of four J & G Meakin salad plates years ago and just stumbled across them in my work room (cost: $1, value: $10-12). I had thought I might use them for a project some day, but have decided to sell them. They have a few tiny chips, but still look great.
I think this mark is a little newer than the one above, perhaps dating to the 1980’s?
Final Fabulous Find: An ironstone cream and sugar set made by Swinnertons, a Staffordshire, England company (cost: $2.50, value: $20-25.00). I believe the pattern name is “Royal Wessex” and that it dates to about the 1930’s or 40’s.
Thanks for taking a look at my vintage finds with me. It makes it so much more enjoyable when you have someone to share your joy with 🙂 Happy hunting!
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