Archive | July, 2015

Chalkware Kissing Fish Bathroom Decor Wall Art

12 Jul


This chalkware pair of fish are straight out of the 1960’s bathroom decor.  They appear to be puckering up for the big kiss.   Very cute.  Might have originally had some chalkware bubbles to go with them.  There are no makers marks on them.

They are in excellent vintage condition, with no nicks or loss of paint.

The pair will be for sale for $35 at my booth at the Almonte Antique Market in Almonte ON, Canada.




Wood Rolling Pin Made in Germany, Early to Mid Century, Unusual Style

12 Jul


This is something I have never seen before. The handles of the rolling pin are at right angles to the pin.  I suppose it would make it much easier to roll your dough out with this if you have limited counter space.  I haven’t used it so I don’t know how it would feel to use.  Might be quite nifty to try.

If anyone out there has seen this type of rolling pin before or has one, I would be interested in knowing how they like using it.

I really don’t have a price on this yet, as it may turn out to be worth a bit more than the standard ones. Certainly has novelty value anyway.

Please note this item is now SOLD!!!

Update: There are some letters on the side of the rolling pin, D.R.G.M.  The letters stand for Deutsches Reichsgebrauchsmuster which simply means officially registered in Germany and dates from 1892 to 1952 when the mark was used.  There is no way to tell who made it though.

Baribo-Maid Maple Salad Bowls

8 Jul

baribocraft bowl set

This salad bowl set was made by Baribeau & Fils Inc  in Montreal Quebec in the 1960’s under the trademark Baribocraft.   Baribocraft was made for the retail market and their other trademark Baribo-Maid was made for the wholesale market.  Baribeau ceased production in the 1970’s.

They used Canadian maple wood and skilled Canadian artisans to produce lasting and beautiful woodenware.  The result is high quality woodenware items that are still sought after today.

During the 1950’s and 1960’s the Danish modern teak look was very popular so Baribocraft stained some of the their maple wood bowls teak in order compete in that market.  Some of their bowls were left in the natural lighter maple wood colour like the set above.

These bowls have been lightly cleaned and sanded and then hand rubbed with a foodsafe beeswax wood finish which brings out the natural colour and highlights of the wood.  Truly beautiful woodenware.

Rena Ware Electric Cooking Pot

8 Jul


This is an electric cooking pot by Rena Ware which dates to the 1960’s.  It has been thoroughly cleaned and now shines like new.  Heavy stainless steel construction.  Waterless cookware. Lid has 2 vent holes.  I took the whole thing apart and cleaned under all the handles to ensure it was ready to use.  In great condition overall for its age with only minor wear.

I found this information on the Rena Ware Website They are still in business today and going strong.

The Rena Ware story began when Dutch immigrant Fred “Pop” Zylstra and his wife Rena founded Rena Ware in 1941, choosing “water-less” cookware as the company’s core product and adopting a business model that would help others improve their lives. For over 70 years, Rena Ware has remained true to the principles upon which it was founded: honesty, integrity, courage, and the Golden Rule.

Cooking “Water-Less”

“Water-less” cooking means cooking food in the least possible amount of water—never boiling. It keeps the flavors fresh and intense. The food is cooked over low heat in specially designed utensils with self-basting covers that hold in steam and drench the food with its own flavorful goodness. Foods retain their natural essences, making vegetables tender and luscious, and meats succulent and juicy.

JAJ Crown Pyrex Gravy Boats

8 Jul


Nice trio of JAJ Crown Pyrex gravy boats from England ca. 1960’s.  JAJ stands for James A. Joblings, who was the person who acquired the license to make Pyrex in England from the Corning Co in the 1920’s.  The pattern names are from top to bottom: Carnaby Tempo, Chelsea, and Harvest Vegetable.  The shapes are different than the American ones and the patterns reflect the tastes of the Bristish customers.  I like the colourful retro patterns. These would have originally come with underplates.

West German Frosted Glass Dessert Cups

8 Jul

IMG_9347Each glass dish has a paper stamp underneath stating ‘made in West Germany’.  These lovely dessert dishes could be dated anywhere from 1945 to 1990 which was the time frame when Germany was divided into East and West.   Hard to be precise with the date of manufacturing but these colours were very popular in the fifties.

The frosted bases remind me of Blendo Glass by the West Virginia Specialty Glass Company, which was at the peak of its production in the 1950s and ‘60s.

Please note that the turquoise dishes are now SOLD!!