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We have a small collection of Roseville pottery. Has any one seen this type of pottery? We pretty much stopped collecting it but I still have some out for display in a cabinet. Also I used to collect vasiline wear. It has actual radio active material in them which is beautiful in the black light. I always took a little black light with me to shop for them. It glows and they are easy to spot. When they were in production they did not know that the radio active stuff could actually make a person sick so I imagine there was a pretty good turn over at the factory. I love them! My sister told me that they can still cause tumors, and idea that I just laughed at. Until I got a tumor!! So I have packed it away until I decide what do with it. It is beautiful stuff and I am really sorry that I cannot collect it any longer. It is just as well, we have had mountains of medical bills this year.
Thank you very much. Do you collect Roseville? When we started they were a lot less expensive. My mother gave my sister an old bowl that she did not want. I am sure my mom had no idea that it was worth actual money. My sister was telling me that Mama gave her a vase and it was ok, just ok. Then I looked up the one she had. At that time it was only worth $80 but that was enough to shock my sister. She was going to just get rid of it any way she could !
My Grandparents gave my Sister and me a few vases. Since I move so often, I only took a small one. I absolutely love Roseville pottery. I had thought to buy 5 or 6 of the larger sizes ~later~ when we stop moving so much, though it looks like it will cost me a lot more than I thought. They weren't worth much back in the 60's when they were given to us, but they are so pretty even when they aren't filled with flowers. I sure like them...
My Mom got rid of the "uranium glass" when she got cancer in '74. That was also when we found out that the pottery pitcher that we filled with tea at least once a day was leaching harmful minerals into our favorite drink... We got rid of a lot of stuff then.
Oh my gosh JuneyBug. That is terrible. Do you think that the picture had something to do with your mom’s illness? How did you find out that it was leaching? Or the Uranium glass? Every thing I read says that it is no more radiation than you get from a microwave oven. But I got a tumor. It scared me . All of our uranium glass is packed in boxes in a far far corner in our basement. So it is pretty much unavailable now. Really I should get rid of it . But I am not comfortable with that because I feel that it is a health hazard. Maybe I can fined someone who is sells it and see if they want to buy mine. As for the Roseville, I suspect that my kids have already kind of fixed on who gets what because they like the Roseville. We also have a collection of Russian lacquered boxes , Matchbook car’s , baseball cards , beany babies, and I have some totally beautiful miniatures (scale 1/12).
Several of Moms brothers were scientists and, of course, when she got sick they all came for visits. It was during a visit from the ones in nuclear science that we learned about the unglazed inner surfaces of the pitcher and a few other pieces. She had known about the Vaseline/uranium glass already, and the cancer was a catalyst for getting rid of anything suspicious.
There is now a marker pen-looking tool for checking for lead in the china & stoneware. It amazes me that lead was used in the glazes for so many things and that it leaches out into our food and drink so easily. Lead is also in the leaded glass cruet set that was on our table. http://www.silverplatepatterns.com/uploadedimages/5pccastorset.jpg - something like this) We kept it, but we emptied the oil, vinegar, and relish and when I inherited it, I figured that the salt and pepper were probably getting some lead in them, so I empty everything after I use it - maybe once a year when my Son & family get together at Christmas. I was told that it takes some time to leach out into the contents, but the higher the acid, the faster it happens.
I don't use vinegar and oil separately, so I have things like green ketchup and ranch dressing in them for the GrandKids, and sunflower seeds in the relish jar.
Oh no !!!!!!!!!!!!! Wrong dish!!!!! That dish is a Talavera which is made in Mexico. We have quite a few of these and we use them on holidays. I am hoping that by using it the "children" will appreciate its value and divide it between themselves. We chose to buy it in many different patterns because we just could not decide on one. They are beautiful.
Now I will do the Roseville. Again this is just one dish. We do have many more but they pretty much just stay in the cabinet. We bought them in different antique stores many years ago. The prices for them has jumped up alot.
Here are my Russian Lacquers box’s. I am sorry that you cannot really experience their beauty in person. We have a few of these and I love them. (actually we love all our collections ! Isn‘t that odd.) They are painted in Russia by people in three little towns. They often must use a hair from a squirrels tail ( no I am not kidding) for the details. There are many steps to making it. My girl friend went there and wanted to meet the artists and was shocked at how poor these people are in these remote little towns. On there last day the town had a feast for them and the whole town sat at the big table together. It cost them a lot - for them especially. Of course my friend gave them some money and also bought several boxes.
Here is one piece of our allehabra . I am sure I spelled that wrong but you get the idea? They are fanciful animals that are carved by hand in Mexico. They are all bright colors and all are purely functional. It cheers me to see them with their bright colors.
Here are some Santa's that a friend of ours carved. We also have two four feet tall sailors in our foyer that were made by him. At least we ususally do. We put them away for while because I wanted to bring in a really big plant for the winter.
One more post and I will retire I promise. It is such fun to share !!!!! This picture is of my miniature Teddy Bear collection. They average about 1 inch to 3 inches. They are hand made and some are signed on the bottom of their foot by the artist that made them. All of their arms and legs move and it is completely beyond me how anyone could sew so beautifully and so small. This collection is kind of a spin off from my miniature collection. I will send a picture of our cabinet next then I will be quiet.
Sorry, to read about your mom's cancer. I had heard that about vaseline glass before. I do love Roseville, it is pretty pricey here and I rarely see it at the flea markets I attend. I have a collection of small McCoy vases,planters, blueridge pottern and some depression pieces. Could you post a few pics of your items. I don't have any of mine :( Might be nice for the insurance man if I would. One tip he told me was to go thru the house with a video cam and show all your collections.
For some dumb reason my SO and I decided to collect every production piece of green Snow-berry . I think we are missing like two pieces but are over it now. One fun thing we have is original work sheets on this pottery.
Also into Roseville Jard and Peds. I only buy quality with no repairs or damage of any kind believe it or not the Cherry Blossom has no crazing. The Peony is slightly crazed but a solid piece.
Just love this stuff.
Wow had to edit does my 60 inch LED TV look cool in that PIC of the Cherry Blossom or what ?
Having a hard time loading my pictures. Let's see if this works. Started my collection in 1989 when I first met my in-laws in Michigan. My mother-in-law is such a great woman. The Snowberry candlesticks were my first acquistion since then it has expanded.
Continuation. You can upload 5 images at one time here. But I was having a hard time. Tried about four times to load with all five images and it wouldn't take. So as you can see I went another way around it.