During the Victorian era, you could find a serving piece for just about anything. Olive forks? Got it. Cake servers? Yep, got that too. But have you ever run across a red tomato server?
These items are great. Tomato servers come in two different variations, one for red tomatoes and one for green. Why in the world would you have a different one for each type of tomatoes? Its simple really when you think about it. The red tomato servers have the openings built in for all of the juice from the tomato to drain through the server and not onto your tablecloth.
The server for the green tomatoes does not have the openings for the fact that the green tomatoes are not as messy and don’t need the openings. You could even use the green tomato server for fried green tomatoes.
Currently in my Etsy shop, there is a red tomato server that was made by the William Rogers Company. Its made of silverplate and sports the LA FRANCE pattern. You can see the piece here.
The Victorian era truly did make a ide variety of serving pieces for the table. What items have you run across while shopping?
While shopping at one of the local antique malls in my area, I happened onto something that could be a very good thing. It happened to be an R S Suhl shaker, or even possibly hat pin holder.
With the price being right, and some wear being present on the bottom of the shaker, I went ahead and bought it. When I went to find out what I could about the mark (so I could list it online), there was a little voice in the back of my head that was saying that something was not right.
And then I found a shaker just like the one that I have. I was thrilled! I started to read what was posted online about it, and sure enough, that little voice I was hearing was right. The thing was a reproduction and possibly even an outright fake.
The lesson I learned? A little research and knowledge can go a long way in the long run.
Several years ago, I picked up this brown and white enamel plaque that has a portrait of a woman on it. When I purchased it, I was told by the dealer that it was a decoration off of the front of a stove that was made around the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s.
The dealer also said that they thought it was enameled copper.
Ever since the day I got it, I have been poking around to see what exactly it is. The first thing that I ran across was a picture of Queen Elizabeth during her Diamond Jubilee of 1897. The picture was pretty close to the image on the front of the plaque.
Another thing that really threw me for a loop was that I saw another listing on the internet that said these plaques were used on a front door of a house.
Bottom of front Is it really a decoration for a stove or a door? Was it really made of copper? If it was off of a stove, what brand was it on? If you know what this is, feel free to drop me a line. I would love to know is what this was used for.
Mae W Marsh Was an American actress whose career spanned
over 50 years. Her career started out in silent movies, and then
went over into “talkies.” Her big break came when Mary Pickford
refused to play the role of Lily-White in the movie “Man’s
Genesis” (Mary Pickford was known for “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm”
Some of the movies that she stared in were “The Dear One,” “The Birth of a Nation,” “The Grapes of Wrath,” “How Green Was My Valley,” and even “When Kings Were the Law.”
She became such a famous actress that her image was
featured on several items, including this plate:
The plate was produced in the 1920’s by the STAR PLAYERS PHOTO COMPANY. This is a part of a series of plates that features other famous actors, like Charlie Chaplin.
The plates that I have seen have considerable wear to
them, like they were actually used instead of just being admired. I
also have yet to see one without any chips on them as well (the one in my Etsy
shop has a very small chip on the back).
The great thing about it is that it is a
cross-collectible. Pottery, collector plate, movie buffs, and even
people who love Mae Marsh would love to have this plate in their collection. Not
only that, you could also display this in a retro kitchen in something like an
old Hoosier cabinet.
What was your favorite movie that Mae Marsh was in?
Occasionally, you will find something for sale that makes
you stop for a second in amazement. It
could be just about anything—something like this ESCADA SENTIMENT store
ESCADA SENTIMENT By Escada is a men’s cologne that was
first sold in 2002, and it was more commonly sold in department stores.
This store display bottle was found on the countertop of
the fragrance department in department stores that sold the fragrance. The bottle is a large glass bottle with a cranberry
color, and it has a plastic lid and atomizer. Both the lid and atomizer are
removable, and the store display has the same artistic / triangular shape as
the normal bottle.
The store display is huge—it measures 14 ¾ inches tall
including the lid and 5 inches at the base.
Since this was a store display, it was more than likely
sat with similar display pieces to show off what the store was selling.
I love the shape of the bottle—it looks like it came out
of the Art Deco era with the front having a triangular shape and the geometric
shapes of the back.
This is one type of store display that you can find—what other types of displays have you run across?
I am always on the lookout for things that are unique. I ran into this extremely cool tray a couple
of years ago, and I immediately fell in love with it.
At least 30 years ago, a person in their garage needed a nut and bolt tray. They reached for the nearest item, which happened to be a Gargoyle Mobiloil 5-quart oil can that was made by the Socony Vacuum Oil Company.
Whoever made this tray really did a good job. They took their time and rolled the edges so that you won’t get a cut, and the compartments appear to be pretty close to being even as well. It is insanely well-made and the tray borders on tramp art—you could even call it Garage Art.
When this tray was made, it is obvious that money was extremely tight. Everything had to either be used until it was worn out or be remade into something else that was just as useful. That’s how this tray came about.
The skies are the limit when it comes to finding a use for something like this. It could be used on a desk to hold office supplies; it could hold pocket change and even your car keys.
What kinds of remade items like this have you run across while out shopping?
Paperweights are always a fun way to decorate with. Not
only that, there are a wide variety of colors and materials that they are made
of. It could be glass, resin or even metal
in pink, blue or a rainbow of colors. To top it off, there are as many
companies and artists that have made a paperweight over the years.
One such paperweight is this terrific figural pig variety.
The terrific piece of pink with a crystal overlay glassware could also be considered a piece of art glass. You can see this paperweight in my Etsy shop here. Another fun item that you can use as a paperweight is this gnome that is by Tom Clark.
The paperweight is dated 1985 and is also titled CHICK. What I like is that Tom Clark includes a penny somewhere on every one of his gnome designs–I love trying to see where they end up (this one has the penny on the left side near the bottom). You can see this terrific paperweight in my Etsy shop here.
One of the different companies that has made a paperweight is Fenton. The Fenton glass company has made quite a few of them, and one of the designs that they made is a duck like this one.
This duck was made in the 1970’s, and it also has a hand painted face and floral scene on the back. You can see this great item in my Etsy shop here.
As a matter of fact, you can see all the different varieties of paperweights in my Etsy shop here. Head on over and check them out!