Vintage Ceramic Pie Birds

20 Nov

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Here is my own little collection of ceramic pie birds. They are also called pie funnels, ventilators, or chimneys.  Those of you who are familiar with them know that they are placed in the center of the pie shell, the filling is spooned in around it and the top crust is cut to fit over the bird in the center.  I use my plain white one all the time and it works very well, letting the steam out and reducing the chances of the pie filling spilling out over the edges.

The one on the left is of two blackbirds on a log,  unusual to find,  made in Japan ca. 1950’s.  The single black bird is made in England and designed by Clarice Cliff, hand painted and bearing a registration number. The bird with the blue wings is made by Phaltzgraff, is signed and looks handpainted as well,  a more recent vintage.  The plain white one is probably a newer import maybe from China. The tall one with the pink base is by Shawnee Pottery, ca 1940’s or 50’s, and the elephant is from Nutbrown, made in England, more likely from the 50’s or 60’s.

There are often pie birds for sale at the antique markets, so if you are a collector, it’s best to check out these places frequently as the rarer ones are always snapped up quickly.

Prices for these range from $8 for the simple white ones to $25 and over for the more colourful and collectible ones.

Pyrex #90 Clear Mix Measure Bowl Set

20 Nov

20160429_172414This is a vintage 1950’s set of Pyrex mixing bowls with “Easy Grip”  tab handles and pouring spouts.  They have raised permanent measure markings which is better than painted ones as they will never fade.   The largest of the three is a 2 quart, the second is 1 1/2 pint, and the third is 1 cup.  I have seen this set online somewhere in the original packaging which indicated the  price then was $1.98 for the set.   Obviously a long, long time ago.

These bowls are in mint condition and are priced at $65.00 for the set. Hard to come by and even harder to find ones in lovely condition.

I have booths at the Almonte Antique Market in Almonte  Ontario and also in Perth at the Gore Street Antique Market.  Both places are open year round and are multi vendor locations.

Those of you who followed my blog in the past may have been wondering why I have not posted anything new in a year.  I changed computers and cameras at about that time and have been procrastinating about learning how to download the photos and get them on the computer.  It was a very busy summer and fall and now, on the occasion of our very first snow fall, I thought it was time to get moving and figure it all out.

Here’s hoping everything works well.

Pyrex Black and White Glass Mixing Bowls

2 Dec

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More recent Pyrex bowls by Corning,  ca 1990’s. The bowls were also manufactured as four piece sets in a variety of colours: Rainbow, Blue Rainbow, Brown Rainbow, Dark Green, Burgandy, Cobalt Blue, Granite (speckled), Red, Lifestyles (speckled red, blue and green) , Red and Green, Southwest (light blue, peach, pale  green and pale yellow), Yellow, Winter Festival (Red with white pattern),  all Black, all White, and the Black and White mixed.  Many sets consisted of 4 bowls, but some were only 3 such as the one above.  I gleaned this information from the Corelle Corner site: http://www.corellecorner.com/clear-pyrex-profiles/469-clear-bottom-bowls-1986.html

Pyrex produced these  right after they discontinued the opal glass line of bowls.  As far as I know, all these colours have been discontinued so we can classify them as vintage now.  The bowls have clear bottoms and the colour is on the outside of the clear glass bowls only.

The finishes are nice and shiny and the bowls show only mininal wear on the inside.

The set will be for sale at my booth at the Almonte Antique Market 26 Mill Street, Almonte ON, just 30 minutes west of the city of Ottawa ON.  Open 7 days a week, from 10am to 5pm with plenty of free parking at the rear of the building. Over 50 vendors in a 2 storey brick heritage building offer a huge variety of antiques and collectibles to suit every taste.

Priced at $25 for the set.

 

Kent Automatic Timer-Filter Vacuum Coffee Brewer 1940’s

2 Dec

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This is a very rare drip style coffee pot made by Kent Products Co. in Chicago Illinois back in the 1940’s.  It is in very nice condition, with a couple of extra plastic pieces that just sit on top of the top glass bowl for storage.  The  flat red piece is actually a stand for the top glass bowl once the coffee has been brewed. It is not used as a top.   The top bowl is removed once brewing is complete and put in the red stand.  Better than lying it on its side on the counter I would imagine.  There is also a red plastic scoop for your coffee.

The glass pots are in excellent condition with no damage that I could find. The red flashing with gold accents is in very nice condition with minimal wear.  The black rubber gasket does have a few nicks in it and is a bit stiff but still very usable.  It fits  over the bottom of the top bowl.

I found the instructions for making the ‘World’s Finest Cup of Coffee’ online at this site: http://www.baharris.org/coffee/Collection.htm.  Just look for this model by Kent in the listing and you can print off the instructions to make coffee.  The Automatic Timer-Filter is the porcelain piece that fits inside the top glass bowl.  To brew coffee you fill the bottom bowl with water and the top bowl with ground coffee and then put in on the stove to boil.  The boiled water rises up into the top bowl saturating the coffee.  Allow to boil in the upper bowl for about 1 minute then remove the brewer from the stove. When the coffee has drained back into the lower bowl, remove the upper bowl and serve.  Voila!!!

I have this displayed at my booth at the Almonte Antique Market, 26 Mill Street, Almonte ON.

Priced at $35

 

Anchor Hocking Chip and Dip Bowls, Black and Gold Leaves

2 Dec

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My photo does not do this bowl set justice. The gold accents make it look very festive against the black hand painted leaves.  I believe these sets were made by Anchor Hocking although there are no markings on them.  I have several mugs by Anchor Hocking with very similar patterns of leaves with the gold trim so I am deducing that they are from the same company. These bowls were produced in the 1950’s to 1960’s when chip and dip sets were so very popular.  These sets came with leaves painted in turquoise, brown, yellow and probably other colours as well. This is first black set I have come across.

Potato chips were first invented in the 1850’s but the chip and dip sets weren’t on the market until the 1950’s when buffet style of serving food became “the” word in entertaining at home.

The set will be for sale at my booth at the Almonte Antique Market 26 Mill Street, Almonte ON, just 30 minutes west of the city of Ottawa ON.  Open 7 days a week, from 10am to 5pm with plenty of free parking at the rear of the building. Over 50 vendors in a 2 storey brick heritage building offer a huge variety of antiques and collectibles to suit every taste.

Priced at $ 25.00 for the set.

Please note this set is now SOLD!!!!

Oil Paintings, Big Eyed Waifs, by Pac, 1965

24 Nov

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Two very nice examples of the big eyed children pictures that were popular in the 1960’s.  These oil paintings are signed Pac and dated ’65.  I could not find out any information on the artist.  The eyes aren’t as exagerated as in the artist Margaret Keane’s famous big eyed children paintings but the style is similar.

I found a site that listed quite a few ‘big eyed children’ painters.  Interesting to see the different styles.

http://medeiros.weebly.com/other-big-eyed-artists.html

Priced at $95 for the pair.

PLEASE NOTE THESE PAINTING ARE NOW SOLD!!!

 

 

Holt Howard Japan 1959 Christmas Angel Shakers

24 Nov

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Christmas angel salt and pepper shakers from Holt Howard, ca 1959. These shakers have their original stickers on the bottoms and the date is clearly marked.  They do not appear to have been used. The trim on the bottom of the dresses and around the heads “referred to as ‘spaghetti trim'” is in good condition.

They will be for sale in my booth at the Almonte Antique Market, 26 Mill Street, Almonte ON.  Almonte is just 30 minutes west of the city of Ottawa, ON.  The market has 55 different antique vendors and it is open all year round, every day from 10am to 5pm.

Priced at $25 for the pair.

The following is from the Kovel site: https://www.kovels.com/?sortby=Angel&option=com_datalists&view=category&catid=392. They have a list of values for Holt Howard items.

Holt-Howard was an importer that started working in New York City in 1949 and moved to Stamford, Connecticut, in 1955. John and Robert Howard and Grant Holt started Holt-Howard, whose first products were Christmas items made and sold in the United States. The company sold many types of table accessories, such as condiment jars, decanters, spoon holders, and saltshakers. The figures shown on some of its pieces had a cartoon-like quality. The company was bought out by General Housewares Corporation in 1969. Holt-Howard pieces are often marked with the name and the year or HH and the year stamped in black. The HH mark was used until 1974. There was also a black and silver label. Production of Holt-Howard ceased in 1990. Similar pieces are being made today by Grant Holt, one of the founders, and are marked GHA.

Please note these shakers have been SOLD!!