Tag Archives: Phaltzgraff

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.

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Phaltzgraff Country-Time Serving Bowl by Ben Siebel Design 1952

31 Aug

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Pretty hard to find these pieces by Phaltzgraff.  The pattern is called Country Time and it was designed by Ben Siebel for Phaltzgraff in 1952.  This one is quite large  and would hold a good sized salad.  The pattern on the sides looks like a stylized flower or vegetable.  The colour is Saffron and it is speckled with a darker colour.  Very mid century modern looking dish. The pattern on the inside appears faded but the glaze is still shiny so I am not sure if the pattern was supposed to be  a light contrast or not. The pattern on other pieces I have seen on ebay appear to be darker.  Could just be from a different lot or could be from use although the inside of the bowl does not appear to be scratched nor showing signs of wear.

Second photo shows size comparison to other items.

Available for sale at my booth at the Almonte Antique Market, 26 Mill Street, Almonte ON.  Open daily, 10am to 5pm, year round, only closed on Christmas day.  Plenty of free parking behind the store.  Nice old heritage building with 5000 square feet which houses 55 vendors currently.

Priced at $45.00