Archive | November, 2016

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.