Hi everyone. Need to head over to the old house to do a bit of work, so it'll be a quick thrift post again. It looks like thrifting is picking up across the board for our friends. We still have to work pretty hard to get our finds, but at least there's more things on the shelves.
I'd spotted the salt shaker out of this pair of art deco style ceramic shakers at a thrift. I just put it in my cart, hoping to find its mate later. And sure enough, just about when I was going to leave I spotted the pepper underneath a bunch of paper. This seems to happen pretty frequently - we always try and find other missing pieces of a set because more than likely they've been separated. Sometimes, they'll even turn up the next week! Not sure who the maker is on them, but they appear to be from the 1940s.
This tea infuser by Rostfrei was still new in the box - it even had its tag still attached. I'm not sure yet if we'll keep this one or put it up in the shop. From the box graphics, it appears to be from the 60s.
Its funny how we often talk with our online twitter friends about vintage items, and then we end up finding them the next week at the thrift! This glass jar appears to be Jacob Bang's Primula line for Holmegaard - I say it appears to be, because it's been copied quite a bit. From what we can tell, ours seems to be the real deal - no seams in the glass, and the walls are fairly thin. We picked it up for research purposes, if nothing else. Anyone know more about how to tell the real McCoy from new reproductions?
I'd stopped picking up Ken Edwards pieces that weren't marked "KE" - it's just impossible to tell if they're vintage or not. But I made an exception for this little quail. Anyhow, in the main shop we aren't limited by Etsy's somewhat arbitrary "20 years or older = vintage" rule. That's probably where we'll put this one up.
Lastly, it was nice to come across this goldleaf trio of Howard Pierce birds on a log. I had to get it, even though the gold has worn off on a lot of areas. This goldleaf was rubbed on by hand, a time-consuming process. One nice thing about Howard Pierce with the gold leaf is that usually they are not marked - or if they are, the mark is underneath the gold. So more often than not, you might be able to score a HP piece that's not been identified.
Some tips for finding the goldleaf items - Pierce is always high-fire porcelain, never plaster or brittle clay. Second, the gold was applied on top of a reddish paint adherent... as far as I know, it was always used. You should be able to see a hint of it even if the gold is in perfect shape. However, note that other companies used this method too- it's not unique to Pierce. Third - Pierce designs are always modern and minimalistic in look. If you see any fancy embellishments on the animals, it's likely not him (and often, it'll be Freeman MacFarlin, another Calif pottery). Fourth, his pieces are almost always "hollow-ware", with a hole on the bottom or other area. That hole is also surprisingly "ragged" looking, and not a perfect circle.
All right, hope you enjoyed this roundup. Happy Thrifting!