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Copper Antique Bed Warmer With Turned Birch Wood Handle

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Description

This handsome antique bed warmer was hand made with a copper pan that has a lid pierced with three concentric rows of circles. The handle, Shaker-like in its simplicity, is turned from a single piece of birch with a lovely pale color. Most of the bed warmers we’ve found over the years have dark wood or iron handles, so this one is a nice change.

The overall length is 37 inches, with the wooden handle measuring 22 inches. The pan is 10 inches in diameter and about 3 inches high and the bed warmer weighs a bit over 2 pounds. As you can see from the photo of the interior showing the scorch marks of the heated stones, it has been used. There are dimples in the copper and a small chip out of the wood where it is riveted to the ferrule (photograph # 9). We’ve left the old, darkened color, including the verdigris, but you can easily polish it to a shine if you prefer. We think there may have been a knob or ring of some sort in the center of the pan to lift the lid, but if so, it’s long gone.

Bed warming pans with long handles like this one were passed over the sheets and then removed, unlike foot warmers designed to remain in the bed during the night to warm the toes. Pierced warmers had the advantage of allowing the heat to more easily escape; the story that hot coals were used is a fiction, because they would make a smoky mess of the sheets. Stones heated on the hearth did the trick. When placed in the pan, they were more easily handled than a hot brick, which is what was used prior to the advent of these long-handled pans. Today we use these bed warmers to decorate our hearths and the pierced patterns are pleasingly eye-catching.

© Linda Henrich

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Collectors Society Limited Edition Wedgwood Pitcher

Collectors Society Limited Edition Wedgwood Pitcher

Item Name
Wedgwood Pitcher
Price
Sold – Thank You – $38.00
Condition
Vintage
Category
Art – Pottery
Availability
In Stock 0
Item #
PYH – 4321

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Description

This English creamware pitcher, so like the Liverpool jugs in its body shape and black transfer decoration, was made by Wedgwood as a limited edition sold only to members of the Wedgwood Collectors Society. The printed Wedgwood mark on the bottom, also in black, began to be used in 1974, when they added the circled R (®) to show that the company name was registered. The other mark, denoting that the jug was made for the Society, features a drawing of Josiah Wedgwood, the founder of the pottery, in the center. The creamy earthenware of the body is also known as “Queen’s Ware.”

The transfer on the one side of the pitcher shows a shepherd and his flock, a popular 18th/19th century art subject. The transfer on the other side shows a couple sharing tea and cakes, with their footman standing by with the teapot; they’re reputed to be Josiah Wedgwood and his wife Sarah. The engraving pictured in #5 is that of the Wedgwood family at Etruria Hall, their country house in Staffordshire, in 1780. Josiah and Sarah are on the bench in this print, also. As an interesting aside, Josiah and Sarah were the grandparents of Charles Darwin, who inherited wealth from the pottery that enabled him to carry out his famous scientific explorations.

The pitcher measures 5 ” tall, about 5″ from the tip of spout to outer edge of the C-shaped handle, and weighs just under one pound. It’s in pristine condition, appearing unused, but for a minute chip on the bottom (photograph #4). This is a lovely vintage gift for a Wedgwood collector or an Anglophile.

© Linda Henrich

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1940’s Wool Braided Rug Hand Made

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Item Name
Wool Braided Rug
Price
Sold – Thank You – $115.00 USD
Condition
Vintage
Category
Rugs – Home Decor
Availability
In Stock 0
Item #
PYH – 4260
Description

This oval hand made, hand braided rug is thick and heavy, feels great underfoot and is very clean. It measures 41 inches long and 31 inches wide and has had minimal use so it’s not matted down. The fabrics are 1940’s wool tweeds, mostly suiting fabrics, with solid black and brown strips braided in for accents. There are no spots where the braids have come unstitched and no tears in the fabrics. The lovely soft colors are easy to decorate with and, like most braided rugs, it’s fully reversible.
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Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Ships worldwide from United States

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Antique Advertising Jug Early 1900’s

Antique Utah Stoneware Advertising Jug Early 1900's Hygeia Ice Co. $175.00

Item Name
Hygeia Ice Company Jug
Price
Sold- $175.00 USD
Condition
Antique
Category
Pottery
Availability
In Stock 1
Item #
PYH – 4302
Description

  • Vintage item from the 1910s
  • Ships worldwide from United States

The Hygeia Ice Company, located in the Sugar House neighborhood of Salt Lake City, was incorporated in 1912. This handsome salt-glazed stoneware jug is incised with the company name; the printing is very precise, which indicates a metal die was probably used. The body is beehive shaped, hand made of grey clay and given an arched, C-shaped handle. The only decoration is an inscribed ring on the neck and the beautiful orange peel surface from the salt glazing. This 2 gallon jug stands 12 inches tall, about 7 inches at its widest and weighs 5 pounds 9 ounces. Its condition is excellent; there is one shallow chip on the bottom but no cracks and the cork that’s wedged into the mouth is not the original.

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The Hygeia Ice Company produced manufactured ice, also called plant ice, freezing water with mechanical equipment, rather than harvesting natural ice. It was the nation’s largest cold storage locker and the first artificial ice plant in the area. They advertised the ice was made with distilled water for purity (see photograph #5). Their equipment was used to create Utah’s first ice skating rink and a heated swimming pool. Hygeia was the Greek goddess of good health, cleanliness, and sanitation and many other companies adopted the name, including ones that made things like chalk and baby bottles.

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This stoneware advertising jug is both decorative and a fine piece of history.

© Linda Henrich

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Covered Pie Plate by Robinson-Ransbottom Blue Sponged Stoneware

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Item Name
Blue Sponged Stoneware Pie Plate
Price
Sold – Thank You – $70.00 USD
Condition
Vintage
Category
Pottery – Kitchen
Availability
In Stock 0
Item #
PYH – 4279
Description

  • Vintage item from the 1980s

This pie pan and its matching lid were made of grey stoneware with overall blue sponging by the Robinson-Ransbottom Pottery in Roseville, Ohio. They are in absolutely pristine, unused condition, with no marks, chips or cracks. The pie plate is 9 1/2 inches in diameter and 2 inches deep, while the lid is 10 inches in diameter and 4 inches tall to the top of the round knob handle. The set weighs 6 1/4 pounds and has impressed marks on the bottom that read: Robinson-Ransbottom Pottery Roseville, Ohio USA.

The Ransbottom brothers—Frank, Ed and Mort—started a pottery in 1900 that became the largest producer of stoneware jars. In the 1920’s, when stoneware jars were losing popularity, they merged with the Robinson Clay Products Company to become RRP, making bricks, sewer tiles and other clay products; they added kitchen wares in the 1930’s. They proved to be one of the few companies that made it into the 21st century producing serviceable stoneware (they went out of business in 2005).

This spongeware set can be used for your favorite pie recipe or as a covered serving dish and looks great sitting on a cupboard shelf.

© Linda Henrich

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Ironstone Transferware English Turkey Platter

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Item Name
W.R. Midwinter Turkey Platter
Price
Sold-Thank You – $225.00 USD
Condition
Vintage
Category
China – Kitchen Dining – Home Decor
Availability
In Stock 0
Item #
PYH – 4230
Description

This beautiful,generously sized ironstone serving platter measures 20 inches by 15 1/2 inches. It was made by the firm of W.R. (William Robinson) Midwinter, founded in 1910 in Burslem, Staffordshire, England. The stamped black mark on the back consists of a large turkey and the word “Turkey,” which is actually not surprisingly the pattern name. The “Ltd” after the company name indicates the platter was made after 1932, when the firm incorporated; this mark was used until 1946.

The decorations are just lovely; they were transfer applied in black and then hand painted in a three-color palette of rust, yellow and green. The large tom turkey is the central theme; he’s set against a rural landscape and surrounded on the rim by quaint buildings, animals and trees.

Except for some fine crazing, this platter is in exceptional condition; there are no scratches on the front and we don’t think it has ever been used. It weighs a substantial 6 1/2 pounds and will easily accommodate a 25 pound turkey as well as the trimmings.

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Antique Black Basalt Cream Jug Griffin Handle Circa 1860

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Item Name
Caledonian Pottery Pitcher
Price
$60.00 USD
Condition
Antique
Category
Home Decor – Black Pitcher
Availability
In Stock 1
Item #
PYH – 4207
Description

This black basalt cream jug or pitcher was made by the Caledonian Pottery, which was established circa 1800 on the banks of the Monkland canal in Glasgow, Scotland. In 1872, the pottery moved to Rutherglen by the railroad tracks and was closed in 1928. Black basalt porcelain was an innovation of Josiah Wedgwood in the late 1700’s; he called it “Basaltes Ware”, naming it after the volcanic rock basalt. It is a type of clay that starts out brown but fires black with an appearance that is almost glass-like. There are no marks to the base on this piece. More Details…

Tole Painted Peter Ompir Large Tray

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Item Name
Peter Ompir Tray
Price
Sold – Thank you – $195.00 USD
Condition
Vintage
Category
Home Decor – Tole Painted Tray
Availability
In Stock 0
Item #
PYH – 4156
Description

Peter Ompir (1904-1979), who painted this lovely, long tin tray, is considered one of America’s foremost folk artists. He began his career during the 1930’s painting portraits but was unable to make any money at it. He then began painting household items and sold them through an agent who persuaded Neiman-Marcus, Macy’s and other prominent stores to carry his works, where they sold extremely well. He painted both used and new objects of wood, metal and even furniture, always managing to create a charming antique look with his use of colors and designs. This tray is an outstanding example of his work. More Details…