Odd "Collections"

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

Found theses when I was trying to open a few more boxes in my garage (and they still stink like milk)....somewhere, there's a box of milk bottles too!

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Lawrenceville, GA(Zone 7b)

Neat! I wanna come play at your house!

Susan ;)

Desoto, TX(Zone 8a)

Oh, me, too.

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

My "intention" was to keep posting odd stuff I found in the garage boxes...but it was a warm beautiful afternoon....and everyone was out...so I closed the garage door and played outside! Intend to post somemore of the things I've hung onto just because I don't know what they are. Seems like there's always someone here with a good explanation of some oddities I've uncovered. Maybe tomorrow!
And.....Come play anytime!

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

Set of dishes......service for 8.....must be hand painted by some little ole lady...most read Rosenthal on bottom, some have other markings. Question is.....what are the little 2 handled cups? Are they tea cups? I first thought they were cereal bowls (in my infinite wisdom)....there's only one larger 2 handled bowl, and one 2 handled plate and one oval plate....
Appreciate input....

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Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

And here's the dress pattern I found. Instruction booklet included. One pattern for all sizes.

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Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

Purty lady's dress........

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Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

And the instruction booklet.....maybe I'll make one for Halloween!

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Desoto, TX(Zone 8a)

Well, the only I can say for sure is that the two handled cups are for soup or broth. I have some of those in one of my sets. Rosenthal? Google it.
The pattern at first I thought was a reproduction. What kind of paper is it on?

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

The handled cups are only 3" across....kinda small for soup.. Looks like the set was put together from 'blanks' of Rosenthal, Haviland, B&S/Austria, M Z/Austria, and J R Hulschenrlulher(????), and the teapot's unmarked....

The pattern is cardstock weight ....the instruction booklet is very thin paper, 12 pps. I don't think it's a reproduction....

edited to add: some of the Rosenthal pieces also stamped "Donotello."

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Desoto, TX(Zone 8a)

The "soup" would be very thin...such as bullion (sp). Very light first course.

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

Gotcha.... soup bowls. Well, if they don't go in the dishwasher....they're all going back in a box!
Thanks for explanation.

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

Found these in bottom of box....will put them in a vase, as they look like potential "choking hazzard" for a DGS

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Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

And this was in a box of insulators. It's ceramic and heavy. 'About 11" across the base. Could it be an old insulator? If not, it's going to be a small water feature in the garden soon....

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Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

I thought these were all baby spoons, but some may be for jelly, maybe? Most are a little over 4" and none are longer than 5 1/2".....
I kept them for DGS, but DD preferred rubber coated spoons...

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Desoto, TX(Zone 8a)

The curled under handle is a baby spoon, the larger bowls are for sugar, the smallest bowls are demitasse. Hard to compare sizes in the picture.


the seven with matching handles and bowls may possibly be for consomme.

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Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

Thanks! I put the curled handled one there for comparison.
Glad you're home safe and sound! Followed your Hawaiian adventure.....it'll never leave you, you know. You take the islands with you, always in your heart.

Sherrie In, NH(Zone 5a)

The marbles I see one TRUE Cats eye. Go to http://www.marbleconnection.com/ Those people there can tell you anything about marbles.

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

Wow...a website just for marble collecting! Thanks for the link schickenlady!

Desoto, TX(Zone 8a)

It would be so wonderful if we could go back together. As you know, have been home just a little over 24 hours and already thinking about the next time.
sigh.

Princess Kilikina

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

Well...we'll just have to have a Hawaiian Round Up!!!!!

Desoto, TX(Zone 8a)


Sylvain, LouresPolaire, is already working on it for 2009. Save your pennies.

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

Ahem...it'll take more than pennies! I just hate that long flight.

Desoto, TX(Zone 8a)

I agree with you on both counts. We had not flown since 9/11. The TSA at DFW needs to be taught manners. They were unnecessarily rude to everyone. Big power trip. The flight from DFW to LAX was almost unbearable it was so crowded and hot. Both coming and going. We were shocked at the number of small children and babies. They were very unhappy and made it known to everyone. However, since there are no other choices, the end result was well worth it. Ahhhhh Maui.

Lawrenceville, GA(Zone 7b)

If you ever want to sell off a few of the marbles and milk bottle tops, let me know! :)
Your garage is awesome!

Susan

Desoto, TX(Zone 8a)

After having seen just a smidgeon of your collections, you may have enough to take a very good trip were you to sell some of them.

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

Raggedyann...if you want a few bottle tops, I'll just send you some...

Christi...that may be a good idea! Our entire subdivision is having a garage sale the end of March. I'm sure DH would love to see the floor of his garage one of these days! I never intended to be the "keeper of the c#*$" for this long. Just had too many other things get in the way... Will challenge myself to open another box or two before spring fever hits and I can't leave the garden!

Lewisville, MN(Zone 4a)

The 2 handled bowls are called "cream soup". The big brown thing is an insulator off of a large transmission line.

Back in the late teens to the 20's, young ladies were trained to hand paint china for the big importers. The importers would buy blanks from the factories in Europe & the ladies would paint them. Most of the hand painted things were done here & not in Europe.
I have a lunch set I bought at an estate sale. It also has blanks with many different back stamps. When I asked, I was told the lady had been a "hand paint girl" and painted this set for herself. They are all signed by her. Kind of neat knowing who painted rather than just a signature.

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Desoto, TX(Zone 8a)

Thank you Gardens, always looking for more education.

LouC

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

Thanks so much C Gardens! Hope the old insulator isn't collectible. I plan to stick it in the yard for the birds as soon as it gets warm!
I did actually manage to open a couple of boxes. I found a "collection" of over a hundred shot glasses. And... too many to count...little footed ice cream dishes. At least I think that's what they are. Maybe a drugstore closed? I have 3 tall soda fountain chairs and a couple of low tables...so I'm figuring maybe my aunt went to an auction of such? Just don't know.
I think the china set I have may have been painted by a lady my aunt knew. It certainly isn't as pretty as your set, tho!
Appreciate the feedback.

Desoto, TX(Zone 8a)

Goodness me. You have a fortune in collectibles. What an astute aunt you had.
Might want to have someone help you before you just sell all of those for 25 cents apiece. Don't want to leave money on the table. Trying to help my cousins with their parents estate now. Cannot believe the wonderful things my aunt had. They were married for 72 years.

Christi

Lindsay, OK(Zone 7a)

Those insulators are collectible - Have 20 or so myself. They come in all colors and the blues, purples, and red tones being the most costly overall. The clear are very common and the soil ones like that (most are clear glass) are with the clear - unless the date and who made it or it was used for something special... they can run from 5.00 to 500.00 to the right person.

Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

My screen isn't as clear and when I looked at your insulator photo, it looked like the base for a chick waterer. We had something similar on the farm but may have recycled an insulator for that ~ We would use a large fruit jar filled with water invert the base on it and turn it upside down. The water would trickle into the base on demand. I am suspect Bernie is right on the 11' insulator though.

Central FL, FL(Zone 9b)

Have you thought of selling the marbles, insulators, etc. on eBay?

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

Christi...72 years they were married... I hope I live that long!
Some of the glass insulators are already in the yard on rebar sticks, poking out of the fern bed. Look kinda cool...
Pod..I do have a chicken feeder, or waterer, that's crockery....doesn't look like the brown insulator. 'Have a bunch of crockery jugs, all sizes....two with dried corn cobs for stoppers....
I put the marbles in glass candle holders. I think I'm too lazy to keep up with e-Bay.
I opened an old wooden trunk and found my little Southern Baptist aunt had it stuffed with decorative Jim Beam bottles!!! Maybe I can use 'em for planters...I don't think there's a big market for those in my lifetime!
Had planned to get some stuff out for the neighborhood garage sale, but it's the same day as Zilker Botanical Garden Festival. I check in the horticultural entries for the flower and vegetable show then. Can't do both.... Plus I bought 3 racks of bedding plants on sale at Lowe's and have been planting them for nearly a week... too many distractions. Maybe before it gets too hot I can have a garage sale. I really have gotten rid of quite a lot of things in the last few yrs. I hung onto a lot for my daughter...who now likes modern....who knew?!
Appreciate the I.D.s on some of these mystery things...

Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

Hmmm... sounds like DH won't see the garage floor anytime soon ~ LOL

Let me add, I hope you keep posting the goodies. It is almost as much fun as being there opening the boxes. 8 )

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Desoto, TX(Zone 8a)

I second that, Pod. Might just take a look at the Jim Beam bottles. My uncle owned a liquor store for awhile (he died at 94) so it was sometime ago. He has 20 something Wild Turkey decanters. I was real disappointed to find they are only worth 30-35 dollars but the Jim Beam was a whole 'nuther story. That very well might be your next trip to Hawaiia. Won't get that kind of money in a garage sale. I don't like the hassell of e-bay so we are saving out the items that we know are worth several hundred dollars to take somewhere else. Check and see if you have any Miriam Haskell jewelry. My aunt had a lot and we were shocked to learn it is worth almost as much as her precious gems. Who knew?
Sometimes it is better to have your garage sale apart from the neighborhood. Most people have a designated amount they can spend and they tend to spread it around. Means less sales for each individual although it is a lot of fun. AND A WHOLE LOT OF WORK! (not shouting, just trying to emphasize)

LouC

Richmond, TX(Zone 9a)

fascinating collections.
sandy, I think you ought to drop everything and make you a dress from that pattern, in time to wear in August....

Seattle, WA

Funny insulator story...We were visiting relatives in NZ, and picked up a few insulators that we found here and there while we were touring. Upon departure, the security guy was rather amused. He asked if we were planning to start up our own phone company! Well, you had to be there and hear his cute accent and the spontaneity of his quick wit.

We used to have quite an insulator collection. They were cool, but I kind of got sick of having them around. Believe me, we have plenty of other stuff to make up for it. My only comment is that they just wouldn't sell for any price in my yard sale. Maybe I underpriced them! I'd target the true collectors. Anyway, keep the ones you like best---they were made to be outside anyway. I love the chick waterer idea.

Some of those marbles look rather ancient. My entire collection that were my dad's were stolen when I took them for 4th grade show and tell in 1959. There's a lesson in there, which I hope my son has learned thru having things ripped off at school, but I was pretty naieve in 1959. Still breaks my heart, but I've moved on. I have always had a fondness for marbles, though, and they look lovely displayed in any manner of glass receptacle. Some collectors display their special ones in the divots of those old glass frogs. Looks pretty if the sizes are compatible. I also love to decorate my potted plants with them, esp. if they need a color boost or other interest.

A few years back, the bottle tops were quite a craze. They called them pogs and new ones were created for advertising, etc. Again, a specialty item, but fun, esp. with the lingering milk aroma. At least they take up little space while you search for a real collector.


Seattle, WA

Country Gardens, I'm fascinated by the story of the hand-paint ladies. Even tho I am often criticized for incessantly inspecting plate bottoms, I had never heard this explanation. Your set is absolutely gorgeous. When my girlfriend was studying fashion design, she remarked that people seldom realize that their clothing is made by humans. We are in such a machine age, even in China, that one has trouble believing such exquisite designs could be executed by a "mere" human. BTW, my mom used to sell Rosenthal in her gift shop. It was the delicate china all the brides wanted, and it even had matching crystal for some patterns. VERY delicate!

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