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I'm mad about teacups. I love rescuing them and giving them a new lease of life and also finding out a bit more about their heritage.

VINTAGE FIND: ANCHOR HOCKING JADEITE

One of my favourite Instagram tags is #ironstonewednesdays . These folks have well curated and inspired collections and certainly ones to follow.  Jesse, a regular contributor to this #hashtag,  however is the person wholly attributable for this little tale. He has the most awesome Jadeite collection. I mean it looks like he has every piece. A collectors dream.

Once I saw his collection, I thought to myself, Now Di, this is something to collect. But, I set myself a challenge. I was not going to buy any pieces from Etsy or Ebay. I wanted to find it in the wild. Many months went by and I certainly began to think that there was no Jadeite left in Metrowest Boston. They’d all been taken to the antique stores and/or rehomed with their new owners.

Jesse Lauzon Jadeite collection via Instagram

That is until one day… I was perusing Facebook Marketplace. Have you ever tried it ? And there is was as ad from a lady in Norfolk Ma, selling several pieces of jadeite for a bargain price. The ad had been up for a week. So I was immediately suspicious. Was it even vintage jadeite, was it damaged in some way ??? So I asked her and she said that she’d bought it at an antique shop many years ago and was downsizing. I asked her if it was at all marked. She said that she didn’t think so but she’d look and send me photos.

Anchor Hocking Jadeite in Jane Ray pattern via Vintage Flicker
My modest Tea set – Anchor Hocking Jadeite in Jane Ray

Then she sent me these images.

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Anchor Hocking 1945 – 1976

These are vintage anchor hocking images. They were indeed authentic vintage. She had 6 cups with matching saucers and four dinner plates all in the Jane Ray pattern. I was so over the moon. According to replacements.com a Jane Ray cup and saucer set is priced between $25 – $35. Dinner plates fetch slightly more between $35 -$55. This pattern, now discontinued was made between 1945 – 1963.

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Jadeite maker marks / back stamps via Country Living

No matter how you spell it, this green milk glass is a favourite among collectors. Meant to be a purely utilitarian item for everyday use in the kitchen during the depression, these pieces were also known for their durability. Their burst of colour was also sure to cheer up the homes and lives of that era.The three largest American Jadeite companies were McKee, Fire King /Anchor Hocking and Jeannette Glass. Newer pieces, from the 2000’s , made by Anchor Hocking / Fire King are also available. Martha by Mail also has a line as well as Target. A good compromise if you don’t want to splash out on a vintage set or if like me you’re not having any luck finding any affordable pieces in the wild.

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Jadeite Martha by Mail (Reproduction) via GoodThingsbyDavid

Persistence and patience is key when collecting. I’m so happy to have found these pieces and look forward to finding more pieces in the future. A great start to 2018.

Are you also on the hunt for vintage Jadeite?

Holy grail - A cupboard filled with Jadeite via Country Living
Holy grail – A cupboard filled with Jadeite via Country Living

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Sunday Sevens #1 December 31, 2017

I have been enjoying  Sunshine and Celandines Sharon’s, Sunday Sevens posts this past year. If you haven’t heard of it before, Sunday Sevens is a weekly feature where you share those little things that happened, that perhaps do not warrant a full blog post. You might have had an awesome thrift find, had a great day out with friends and family or had the chance to discover some beautiful scenery. Such a great idea. I’ve decided to join in.

So here is my first contribution to Sunday Sevens on the last Sunday of 2017.

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1. I start with a photo of our upstairs lounge. We SOLD our home this week officially. It was a bitter sweet moment. We really did not expect our house to sell so quickly. It was only on the market for three weeks. I mean that must be some kind of record! There were a lot of firsts in this house, including my daughter’s first steps. We all will miss this little place. Life is an adventure and I’m certainly looking forward to finding the next place to make a home. By the way, if you happen to be a selling a period property / Antique Colonial in MetroWest Boston, do get in touch.

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2. Demolishing the gingerbread house was a lot of fun. My dad spent Christmas with us this year. It was really wonderful to have him around. My daughter could not wait to put the axe to the house. I will say that it was very well constructed as it took several attempts to finally get it in pieces.

 

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3. As you may already know, I run a little Etsy Shop, Vintage Flicker. It has totally changed my life since my return to the USA. I feel lucky to be able to have a small business that enables me to have a more balanced life. When customers take the time to reach out and leave a review, I really appreciate it. Often times, I don’t think we realise how much a few kind words such as “Thank You” matter. I appreciate it. Meg happens to have quite the little collection of typewriters and the Hermes Media 3 with French keyboard made her little heart flicker! And that’s why I believe you should always  #dowhatyoulove ! If you’re thinking about opening an Etsy Shop, do use my referral code and get yourself some free listings.

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4. We put our tree up later than most, in mid/late December. This year that meant I had more time to find little vintage treasures for the tree. I enjoy decorating using a mix of both vintage and modern. Who else loves the illustrations in vintage books? I’ve been collecting Christmas Books for my daughter. The illustrations are always so detailed and well done, like in this example above. This year she read to me and her elf, “Maisie”. A lovely little treat.

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5. Speaking of Christmas decorations. These vintage baubles were quite the find this year. Until recently, I wasn’t even aware that you could still find glass ornaments in the thrifting wild! I stumbled across quite a few boxes. Even my husband said he loved them! And that man is very discerning.

 

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6. Of course I made some time to go thrifting. In between the house viewings. I had to do something, right ? Here’s a cool vintage Lufthansa plane from Still River Vintage in Bolton Massachusetts. Perfect little gift for the travel enthusiast / collector. Still River is such a fun little place. The vendors have done a great job curating. You’ll find a little bit of everything you need to make an eclectic home decor.

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7. And here’s my final photo. My best nine of 2017 on Instagram. Not surprising this collage encompasses everything I enjoy collecting including Teacups and my beloved Typewriters. I have been welcomed by a warm community of Ironstone collectors. Had confirmed what I always knew – “Saturdays are for antiques” by Jesse Lauzon. And most importantly, learning that “doing what you love” can be fun.

Here’s to the year ahead …. 2018! Wishing you a Happy New Year!

You can find out more about Sunday Sevens from the Blog Threads & Bobbins .

Simple Vintage Holiday Decor

Although Christmas happens the same time every year. It can often seem like it sneaks up on us. I’m a firm believer that this is a season about caring and sharing. And decorating your home for the holidays can certainly get you in the mood from giving and receiving all that the season brings.

With that being said, here are my Top 5 tips for Simple Vintage Holiday Decor.

Work with what you’ve got

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There’s a huge consumerism element at Christmas. But, before you rush out, explore what you have that can be reimagined with your tree, baubles and garland. You’d be surprised with what you can come up with !  Here I’ve used my silverplate candelabra, which sits on our breakfast table all year round.  I swapped out our orange candles for these green ones. The little brass lady is actually a bell. (We use a bell to get the attention of everyone that it’s time to Eat… much better than shouting “Fruhstick !” ). New is the table runner from Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Hearth and Hand collection at Target. Mix in a few vintage Christmas glass decorations and a musical ceramic Christmas Tree. And poof… it’s magical.

Hang a Garland

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A tasteful eucalyptus garland is an elegant alternative to atypical bright reds and greens of the season.  Add puffs of raw cotton give this beauty an even softer touch.

Add Candlelight

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Drape a fir garland across a dinner table or a mantel lit with candles in vintage candle holders. Here I’m thinking get your vintage brass or Kosta Boda   /  Orrefors Scandanavian crystal candle holders out! Add your favourite candy canes for that whimsical touch.

Welcome Wreath

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You must have a wreath right ? So why not add some out vintage goodies and make one yourself. All you need are some simple supplies and your imagination. You can make it as simple or as gaudy as you like. Then you can pull it each year. One less thing to think about sourcing for next year.

 

Whimisical Edible Tree

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In the 1950’s a popcorn and cranberry garland were very popular. If you have kids, this is a fun little tradition and it keeps them busy. Do it while watching your favourite Christmas movie ? We often add gingerbread men to the tree. If you want something even simpler, add a few candy canes. If you’re feeling more adventurous then this article has lots of fun ideas . I apologise in advance for taking you down a rabbit hole ! #sorrynotsorry

Share your favourite simple holiday decorating tip in the comments.

Happy Holidays

 

 

 

If you’ve been waiting to get yourself or loved one a vintage Typewriter, then why not pop over to our Sale event.

All Typewriters will be 30% off. Sale start noon December 8 thru 17, 2017.

We will have Smith Corona, Royal Typewriters as well as more collectible machines like the Olivetti Valentine.

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All machines are serviced and cleaned. They are available with a new ribbon if required! Manuals are supplied with the machine so you can get familiar with this retro technology.

Etsy Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Etsy has released a Holiday Gift Guide to help you find the perfect present for those special people in your life. The list I think is well rounded and covers all the basics. I myself would have loved to have seen “vintage” categories both more broadly featured as well as integrated within other categories. So I’m going to follow my own advice and not moan, but instead do something about it.

How you ask ? Starting November 13, 2017, I will be blogging each week using Etsy Holiday Gift Guide categories. Except, I am going to focus on featuring vintage items / vintage shops. Etsy has such a wonderful community. Just the other day, I had a wonderful seller contact me just to let me know that my Christmas stockings were not “knitted” as I had described, but were actually “crocheted”. I mean, that was super nice of her, right ?

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Crocheted Stockings (not knitted)
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Super cute !
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Love all the details on these socks.

I’m definitely looking forward to weeks 4 and 10 ! I’m still not sure what I will post for week one.  I’m hopeful that the creative juices will be sparked on the day and come up with something! I’m also going to open this up to other creatives and bloggers. If you’d like to join me in celebrating vintage this holiday season

Here’s the list of Etsy Holiday Gift Guide categories.

  1. The electronically inclined: phone cases, charging stations, and mouse pads
  2. The coffee chugger: speciality coffee and personalized mugs
  3. The spirits sipper: engraved corkscrews, wine stoppers, and coasters
  4. The kitchen dweller: serving boards, vintage ceramics, and homemade spice blends
  5. The cubicle buddy: stationary, mouse pads, and tote bags
  6. The eternally best-dressed: jewelry and apparel
  7. The wanderluster: travel bags, passport holders, and landscape art
  8. The pet pamperer: homemade dog treats, custom name plates, cat beds
  9. The book club MVP: candles, bookmarks, and bookends
  10. The vintage time traveler: mid-century home decor and vintage clothing
  11. The green thumb: planters and garden markers
  12. The creative spirit: knitting kits, weaving looms, and embroidery DIYs
  13. The beauty guru: homemade bath and beauty products
  14. The outdoor explorer: luggage tags, hats, and outdoor games
  15. The designated DJ: record storage, guitar stands, and speakers
  16. The make believer: kids costumes and toys

Do you enjoy Holiday Gift Guides ?

#TEACUPTUESDAY FAVOURITES OCTOBER, 2017

OCTOBER ….Tis begins the season of celebrations. With Halloween, the arrival of all things Pumpkin (latte, spice, candles, pie…).  Massachusetts has been unusually warm, with temperatures in the high 70’s ! So I can’t get into the real swing of Autumn just yet. However, I’m not complaining, I enjoy tea year round.

  1. Joanna at theafternoonteaset took us with her when she visited the Railway Museum in York, England
  2. Caroline over in Australia Mizpahcottage had a “multiple cups of tea day ” – I can definitely relate
  3. A perfectly named teacup – “Autumn Dreams” from Katherine
  4. Some wise words from Alexis over at  teacuppoetry

 

Never put more in than what you get back (for long). 🍁

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So there you have it. My #teacuptuesday favourites for the month of October 2017.

You can check out September 2017 here.

So, who’s ready for Autumn ?

Collecting Clarice Cliff

If you’ve watched any episode of the Antiques Roadshow then you’ll have come across the name Clarice Cliff. In all my years of collecting, I never found a piece while thrifting. That was until today – I found my first pieces of Clarice Cliff at my local Savers here in Metrowest Boston. Imagine my delight !

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But, don’t be fooled. This isn’t the stuff that goes for thousands of pounds / dollars. It’s her later stuff under the Royal Staffordshire brand. Still, it was such a thrill to find this tea set, that I had to dive in and find out more about Clarice Cliff the woman. So as I sip my first cup of earl grey tea, in these vintage cups, I hope you will become as enamoured as I was after reading this post.

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Clarice Cliff Teacup and Saucer in the Devonshire pattern by Royal Staffordshire Ceramics

According to the ClariceCliff.co.uk website ” The most prolific and possibly important Art Deco ceramic designer of the 20th century “. Though I was familiar with the name, I wasn’t as familiar with her work and her her apparent huge contribution to the Art Deco movement. She was also something of a trailblazer becoming a female leading ceramic artist at a time when that was fairly uncommon. What I found most interesting was her account in 1972 , when she gave an interview at her exhibition in Brighton England.

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Interview text via claricecliff.com

Here are some examples of Clarice Cliff pieces. Note the intricate handprinted designs and the vivid colours in the Bizarre ware pieces (at the top).

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Notable Facts about the woman – Clarice Cliff

  • Born January 20th 1899 in Tunstall Stoke on Trent
  • Began working at age 13 in “The Potteries”
  • Given her own studio after moving to AJ Wilkinson pottery factory in 1916
  • Most known for her line of “Bizarre” ware which she launched in 1922
  • Married later in life to her then boss Colley Shorter in 1940
  • After Shorter’s death, Clarice sells the business to Midwinter
  • In 1972, Clarice Cliff’s work was exhibited in Brighton
  • She died October 23 1972 suddenly
  • In 1999 her centenary was celebrated worldwide

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Clarice Cliff was known for her geometric Art Deco style pottery sold under Newport Pottery. By the end of the 1920’s she had a team of 70 decorators working under her direction. Some of her most sought after designs are Bizarre and Fantasque which display Modern Cubism styles of the Art Deco Period. “Cubism” is a term for a painting style that puts in place geometrical shapes for natural forms. Rare pieces of these sell for thousands.

My teacup and saucer was not an example of either of these styles and was likely to have been produced in the late 60’s or 70’s based on the backstamp information I have found to date. Still, it will be cherished as my first piece of Clarice Cliff found in the wild! I found two teacups and matching saucers. They are a much welcomed addition to my teacup collection. And… Who knows, I may start collecting more pieces in the future.

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Backstamp of Royal Staffordshire Ceramics by Clarice Cliff (Devonshire)

Suggested Books

If you’re going to collect Clarice Cliff, I highly recommend that you pick up a few books. I usually see if I can source these titles at the library first. Don’t underestimate the power of your local library (and make friends with the librarian too, who can help you search for materials from the Art Deco period). Having a copy of the book in hand is great, because I can then flip through the resources, before committing to the purchase.

A must have for new collectors though is Clarice Cliff for Collectors  by Greg Slater as well as Leonard Griffin’s book on Bizarre ware. There are other great titles, but these I found the most helpful. Be mindful of fakes, there are a lot of them out there. I would suggest joining one of the Clarice Cliff collector communities, if you have questions about whether a piece is genuine or not. Backstamps are not always a foolproof method of determining the whether a piece is genuine.

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Clarice Cliff for Collectors

 

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The Art of Bizarre

Recommended websites on Clarice Cliff

Christie’s guide to collecting Clarice Cliff  the auction powerhouse writes a great summary with enough information for the budding collector or someone with an interest in knowing more about Art Deco.

Buying Clarice Cliff  Andrew Muir is a well known collector and dealer of Clarice Cliff. On his website you can buy and sell pieces as well as have them appraised. Of course if the Antiques Roadshow is coming your way, you can always line up and get it appraised in person !

Victoria and Albert Museum  One of my favourite FREE museums in London. The V&A cover the Art Deco influence of Clarice Cliff. There are also wonderful images of the pieces displayed as part of the their collection. A must see if you’re ever able to make it to London.

If you collect Clarice Cliff, please leave a comment below ! I’d love to know what’s in your collection and what made you decide to collect her pieces.

 

#TeacupTuesday Favourites September 2017

SEPTEMBER, a month of absolute contrasts here in New England. It was absurdly hot some days,  though there were signs of Autumn temps sneaking in a few days in the month.

Still, every day was perfect for tea. I have been quietly enjoying Harney & Sons Cinnamon Sunset Black tea with orange and cloves. It is sumptuous and rich and I think a lovely afternoon tea for the Autumn. The notes of cinnamon and clove really awaken the senses. My husband says it smells like Christmas every time I drink it.  I  recommend that it is brewed as instructed, and drunk from a bone china teacup. Have you tried it ?

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And so like the weather, my picks for this month are varied. From collections displayed as part of milestone birthday celebration, to an Alice in Wonderland teacup.

Here are my #teacuptuesday favourites for the month of September 2017.

Do you have a favourite ?

Ahoy Mateys! Happy Teacup Tuesday perhaps washed down with a bottle of rum me hearties 😉 •••••••••••••••••••••••• Goodness where to start!? We had a fun afternoon at the grand opening of the new Hamburg Inn location. If you're ever in Iowa City, I definitely recommend eating there and don't forget a pie shake! 😊 And then we walked, sang, and shouted for our elementary school in the City High parade. I love this town! ••••••••••••••••••••••••• I'll talk more about this next Tuesday but on Saturday when I flew into Chicago from LA I decided to go enjoy afternoon tea before driving home. What a delightful treat! Also after navigating LA freeways and inner city Chicago without any mishaps, I feel like I can do anything haha! •••••••••••••••••••••• I want to give a shout out to my sweetheart of a friend Bonnie. You count yourself lucky if you have a close friend like Bonnie. Only a week out from surgery and still very much recovering, she didn't even hesitate when I asked if I could stay with her for a week. We definitely didn't get to spend as much time together as we would've liked because of work but I think we treasured the time we did have. -I think some of my favourite moments were wearing my heels to the grocery store but bringing flats just in case and her three year old did the same, brought her sparkly shoes and some plain ones just in case. 😂 -All the kids waiting up for me and showing off the night I got there. -Spending time in the kitchen together. -Introducing me at church as her dear friend. -Our wonderful relaxing beach day. Being able to be myself and chat for awhile but also not feel bad for dozing off for a bit in the sun. -The drive home, picking out songs for Bonnie and her husband to guess. Whoever guessed the song title first, won. Such giggles! -Playing Anomia the night before I left with Bonnie, her dad, and her husband Spencer. The howls of laughter and fun just warmed my heart. I love that girl. She's one of my special ones. ❤️ •••••••••••••••••••••• How has your week been? Do anything exciting? Let's chat in the comments! 😘

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A Vintage Flicker of Autumn

Autumn is a great time of year, especially here in New England.  While there appears to be something of an Indian Summer at the moment, one can see slow evidence of the subtle change from one season to another. So if you can, stop and take a moment to notice your surroundings. It will literally be changing each day.

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The look of Autumn

In other news I am still SLOWLY unpacking my vintage haul from my most recent trip to England this Summer. It’s lovely to rediscover all the little treasures I found. There were china, glassware, trinkets, linens…. there’s a long list or three large moving boxes full.

Here are a few of my favourites so far. Perfect for the upcoming cooler holiday entertaining and fireplace season ahead.

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Vintage MCM cut glass Decanters (Japan)  www.vintageflicker.com
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Vintage small foldout shell style snack server http://www.vintageflicker.com
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Olde Countryside plates by Johnson Brothers  www.vintageflicker.com

We are still on the hunt for a new home. But while we do, I’ve decided to treasure our current one. Decluttering continues but now more so with an emphasis on surrounding our home with things that bring us joy. If you follow Vintage Flicker on Instagram (and if you haven’t why not ? ), you’ll have seen photos of the quiet corner in our upstairs lounge, where I generally have my first cup of tea before the rest of the house is awake. I call this my Hygge corner. It’s serene and peaceful.  For the Autumn I’m planning on making a few changes in that room, and possibly moving my little Hygge spot. I’ll be sure to try and capture photos of the transformation in a future blog post.

What are you most looking forward to this Autumn ?