I had to run some errands on Wednesday afternoon. I had to go back to Lowe’s and get a few things for the remodeling we are doing in the kitchen. Lowe’s and Home Depot are dangerous places for me to go. It’s kind of like going to the mall for other women. I have very little interest in malls. Give me Home Depot or Lowe’s any day.
I needed to go several places, including Hobby Lobby…another dangerous place. But next door to Hobby Lobby is a little antique mall. Now that’s the kind of mall I’m interested in. I intended to go in there and find something in particular to go on a shelf in the kitchen.
The best laid plans. I didn’t find what I was looking for, but I found a few other things. Some of the stuff in there is not really antique, and actually, it’s just junk. But there are a handful of good shops. I love certain types of antiques…primitive style like Shaker furniture. And I love pitchers and mixing bowls. Expecially blue and yellow ones.
The little chest most likely had a 4th drawer on the bottom, originally. There are slight wear marks on the inside like where a drawer slid in and out. But I love it anyway. I knew when I saw it that it was coming home with me. But the fact that everything in that shop was 20% off made it even better.
The bowl is not old enough to be an antique, but neither is a lot of stuff in that mall. However, it was half price, which made it irresistable. The first irresistable thing about it was that it is cobalt blue. This won’t be a mixing bowl that sits on a shelf. We’ll use it. Steve said it would make a good chef’s salad bowl.
The yellow pitcher is called yellowware. Imagine that. Here’s a good picture of some yellowware. I have several pieces of it. My favorites are the yellow mixing bowls with blue bands painted around them. This pitcher was well used, because the bottom is very worn, and the inside is pitted. There’s a lot of crazing in the glaze, which are the tiny cracks in the surface of the glaze, like this picture. Crazing happens from age and from moisture getting under the surface of the glaze. But it looks good on a shelf.
The little blue pitcher has no markings on it. I don’t think it’s actually very old…probably from the 1940’s or 1950’s. No, that’s not old! I believe it was probably made by the Hall China Company, in East Liverpool, Ohio.
I will post pictures when our little project is finished (it’s a horrible mess right now, so you don’t get to see), but this is the “pressed tin” I am putting up on our kitchen walls.
Some day maybe we’ll finish the 40 bazillion other projects we’ve got going.