This Week’s Vintage Finds #162

Hi everyone! Did you do any garage saling or thrifting this past weekend? I found myself stuck at home with a bad cold. I had plans to drive to Barre (VT) with my mother on Sunday to visit my aunt, but we had to cancel. I would gladly have kept our plans, but when you’re visiting 88 year olds, you should definitely not do it with a cold. We’ll be rescheduling, but it was a disappointment. So today’s finds include buys from previous weeks that simply never made it into a blog post. Ready?

antique green salt and pepper shakersMy sister has been working on downsizing and she recently passed on this pair of salt and pepper shakers that she inherited from my grandmother. Gramma always had them sitting on her stove and she used both quite liberally in her cooking. For me they say “Gramma” louder than almost anything I have of hers (cost: free, value: priceless of course, to replace: $15-20.00 each)

bottom of antique green salt shakerDo you recall seeing this same mark ( Diamond-O-I) on the bottom of some bottles I wrote about a while back? (A Cool Collectible: Amber Bottles–scroll down a bit to #6 wine, to find this same mark and what it signifies.)

vintage lancaster country cook bookI don’t buy every single cooking pamphlet that I find, but I do buy every single one that has anything to do with Lancaster County, the Amish, or Pennsylvania Dutch, because they sell quickly (cost: 50¢, value: $6-9). Available.

inside vintage lancaster county cookbookIt contains a number of photos and extra information, in addition to recipes for dishes like: Green Tomato Pickle, Snow Pudding, and Flannel Cakes.

vintage find: sewing pamphlet
A graphically pleasing piece of ephemera for a sewing collector, printed in 1947 (cost: 25¢, value: $4-5.00).

vintage find: glass hazel atlas storage jarThis is another piece my sister passed on to me, a Hazel Atlas (A under H mark) refrigerator container (cost: free, value: $8.00). I’m using it to hold packets of sweetener in my “beverage station” right now.

vintage find: glass apothecary jarMy “accidental collection” of apothecary jars has gotten rather out of hand, but don’t you love the shape of this one (cost: $2.99, value: $25-35.00)? I own one other like it, and I think three will make a good place to stop.

Vintage Find: English teapotI’m a huge fan of cabbage-y dishware and this beautiful white teapot is no exception (cost: $3.99, value: $25-35.00).

The pattern is “Country Ware,” and the English maker,  Coalport China, which dates back to 1795.

Vintage Find: Nippon butter pats
A set of antique, hand-painted butter pats with gold gilt trim (cost: 66¢ each, value: $8-12.00 each). Available.

Noritake "M" in wreath Nippon markThe Japanese used “Nippon,” meaning “Japan,” to mark their wares prior to 1921, after which America began requiring use of English for import into the country. This stamp, with an “M” in a wreath, was used by the Noritake china company from 1914-1921. The “M” refers to the company’s owner, Ichizaemon Morimura.

Vintage Find: Santa's Workshop Souvenir plateI’m not typically drawn to souvenir plates, unless they are quite a bit older, but I grew up near the North Pole, a kitchy kid’s nirvana in Wilmington (NY) in the heart of the Adirondacks. Think: Santa Claus all summer long, a perpetually frozen “north pole” that you can grab onto, a candy shop, the Peppermint Swings ride, and more. I had friends in high school who operated the rides, made fudge, or acted in their little shows. So of course I couldn’t pass up the plate (cost: 50¢, value: $10-12.00).

This guy has seen better days, but a little cleaning will make a big difference (cost: $1.00, value: $15-25.00).

I picked up this alarm clock thinking the galvanized casing made it pretty unique (cost: 25¢, value: $8-10.00). Available.

Final Find: I bought this 1960’s era napkin holder to hold some vintage and antique paper goods in my booth. The more I look at it though, the more I want to use it for napkins (cost: 25¢, value: $6-8.00). We’ll see how I end up using it…

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  1. The first aid box is wonderful as are the inherited salt and pepper shakers. The cabbage tea pot is pretty special too.

  2. The green glass salt and peppers and the tin First Aid case are stellar, loved everything you shared. I find old regional cook books are snapshots of past realities.

  3. I have an apothecary jar just like this one! I got it as a gift when I was about 6 or 7 years old (I am 63 now) filled with powdered bubble bath and tied with a pretty ribbon. I always liked the jar and have kept it all these years, and filled it with different things (sea shells, candy, buttons, etc.). I now have many other apothecary jars, but this one will always be special to me…

    1. What a sweet story, Joyce 🙂 I seem to have a bit of a breakage problem, but I’m hoping I can keep my jar safe for a good long time. I love the idea of powdered bubble bath–might need to try that out…

  4. I too spent some time at the North Pole up there in NYS…. and also whiteface mountain !!! i love that part of the Adirondacks… so enjoy your blog . jean

    1. Oh my goodness–what a small world!! With a family of seven, we couldn’t afford to ski Whiteface, but we skied her little sister, Paleface(!). SO glad you enjoying my blog, Jean, thanks so much for taking the time to “chat.” 🙂

      1. i dont now if you saw my post previoulsly…. I am from Gloversville NY … right on the southern border of the Adirondack Park…we literally lived on the side of a small mountain ……. I LOVE my home and so miss it.. moved to Cincinnati when ex first got a job out of college and due to life never left…. I visit my brother who lives in Saratoga every summer/fall…. Always nterested in a fellow New Yorker/ Adirondacker…. Blessings

  5. I really love the green salt and pepper shakers (green is my favorite!).

    Thank you for the info on Nippon. It made me recall that I have had a small 4-inch dish for years that I picked up at a flea market in Massachusetts that says Nippon on the bottom, but I never knew that it could be older than 1921. My dish says “Hand Painted” with a rising sun symbol and the word “Nippon” on the bottom. Like I said, its been years since I bought it (I had to dig it out of a box in the garage). I also seem to remember paying about $2 for it. Anyway, I now have some incentive to look further into this piece and see if I can get more info on it.

    I look forward to perusing your site every day – never miss it – lots & lots of interesting finds and ideas.

    Thank you!

    1. Glad the info on “Nippon” was helpful, Jane 🙂 My guess is that the rising sun is the mark of a different Japanese manufacturer. Hope you find out more info on your dish. I’m SO glad you enjoy reading my blog–makes me smile big 🙂

  6. If you ever go to the Lancaster area, look up the Green Dragon Market. It is only open on Fridays and it is wonderful. They have the best food and homemade things. We love it and try to go several times a year.

  7. Some nice finds! The cabbagey teapot and the apothecary jar are my favorites. I do like the green salt and pepper shakers. I think I remember my grandmother having those, too, and keeping them on the shelf over the burners on her stove with the oven beside the burners. Oh, the millions of cookies and other delectable things that came out of that oven and off from those burners! I also like the galvanized clock. It would be great in my kitchen, depending on how big it is.

    Hope your week is going as you’d like Diana! Also that you over your cold.

    1. Sounds like our grandmothers had a lot in common, Naomi 🙂 And we both have some pretty special memories of them, which is a blessing. Hope you are having a great week, too, friend! PS My cold is much better, thx.

  8. As I scrolled down I kept changing my favorite pick. All very nice finds. I hope you are feeling better.

  9. Love your blog. Enjoyed seeing your Lancaster Co. cookbook. Pictured is Lancaster Central Market, oldest municipally operated market in the United States (1730). The current building built in 1889. It has been designated as a “Great Public Places” I was born in Lanc. and live 12 miles away today. Welcome one and all!

    1. Thanks so much for the info, Barb–the market sounds like a great place to visit. My sweet husband and I spent two days in Lancaster a couple of years ago and loved it.(Put “Amish Country” in under “Search My Blog” and you’ll find the post I wrote about our experience.) We’ll definitely be going back. I’m so glad you like my blog and it was so sweet of you to let me know 🙂

  10. Wow, your hauls are amazing! Love all the china (esp. the cabbage teapot, I love that stuff, too) and the Lancaster County cookbook. I grew up near Philadelphia which is not too far from Lancaster County. We made trips there when I was growing up. Pretty neat you find their stuff in NY. xoKathleen Charm Bracelet Diva {At Home}

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