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.
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!!
This set is probably between 60 and 77 years old . It’s hard to pinpoint a date from the backstamp (of an Indian crouched under a large sombrero) because the company used the same one for its lifetime. The company was in operation from 1938 to 1955 after which it was sold to Marwell Construction of Vancouver who manufactured and marketed products under the name of Hycroft.
The teapot and creamer are in perfect condition but the sugar bowl has a hairline crack in it. The crack is small and hard to find at first glance. All three pieces have the Medicine Hat Potteries backstamp.
To see this and many other mid century kitchen items, please visit me 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, all year long, from 10am to 5pm. Plenty of free parking at rear of the building. Over 50 vendors in a heritage 2 storey brick building selling a wide range of antiques and collectibles.
I will also have a booth at the Ottawa Antique & Vintage Market being held on March 21st and 22nd 2015, at the Carleton University Fieldhouse Building.
This set is priced at $75 due to its rarity.
Adorable posy holders in very nice condition. The blue bird on a tree branch is by Wade, made in England. The squirrels are made by Hornsea, England.
The backstamp on the squirrel in the front of the photo shows ‘Fauna Royal’. The other one just has Hornsea England 25.
If you would like to see these and many other vintage items from the mid 20th century, please visit my booth Fab Finds 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, all year long, from 10am to 5pm. Over 50 vendors housed in a beautiful 2 storey heritage building.
The posy holders are priced individually at around $15 each.
Tiki mugs are tall ceramic mugs that had their origin in mid-century American tiki bars and tropical themed restaurants, believed to have been pioneered by Don the Beachcomber which was one of the first Hawaiian/ Polynesian inspired tropical restaurants in the US, started by Donn Beach in California during the 1950’s.
Fruit laden cocktails were served in these ceramic drinking vessels that were known as Tiki mugs.
The term ‘Tiki’ describes any item that has a tropical, surf, Polynesian, Melanesian or similar imagery on them. I have had ones with Hawaiin Gods, Wahini’s, Surfers, Faces with Fu Manchu mustaches, Hula Girls and various others. Some are made by Orchids of Hawaii which started production in the early 1960’s and continued until 1991 when they went out f business and sold their molds to Dynasty Wholesale. Most of the tiki mugs were manufactured in Japan and later in Taiwan or China. The ones made in Japan are the most desirable and the earliest. Most of the Orchids of Hawaii mugs have catalogue numbers on the bottom.
The Mai-Kai mug in the above photo is from a restaurant in Fort Lauderdale Florida that opened in Dec 1956 and is still in operation today. It is the last restaurant/bar in existence to serve the original drink recipes of Don The Beachcomer’s.
These mugs are for sale in my booth at the Almonte Antique Market, 26 Mill St, Almonte ON, just 30 minutes west of Ottawa.
The market is home to over 50 different vendors and is open 7 days a week, 10am to 5pm all year round.
The mugs are priced at between $8 and $12 each depending on rarity.
Very cute plant holder or posy holder, shaped like a dachshund. I didn’t realize it at the time of purchase, but this is missing 2 pieces in the center which are also curved and have the blue willow pattern on them. I found a few of these planters on ebay that were selling for around $45.00. It still looks cute as all get out and is still functionable as is. Probably from the 1960’s.
This item can be found at my booth at the Almonte Antique Market, 26 Mills Street, Almonte, ON just 30 minutes west of Ottawa.
Open 7 days a week, from 10am to 5pm, all year round. The market houses over 50 different vendors in one convenient location.
Priced at $12 due to the fact that it is missing pieces.
Please note that this iem is now SOLD!!!
Unique teapot from Tastesetter by Sigma, with a Pierrot clown reclining on the top, forming the handle and lid. The teapot was made in Japan and imported by Sigma which was a division of Rockville International operating in Garden City N.Y in the late 1960’s and 70’s. Sigma was only around for about 10 years so these whimisical items are hard to find and thus very collectible. This piece probably dates to the early 1970’s.
The condition is excellent, no nicks or cracks or other damage noted.
You can find this item and other treasures at my booth at the Almonte Antique Market, 26 Mill Street, Almonte ON, just west of Ottawa, ON.
Open 7 days a week, from 10am to 5pm, all year round.
Priced at $45.00