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Alfred Meakin Tea Leaf Ironstone Antique Pitcher Bamboo Body Pre-1897

This Tea Leaf ironstone pitcher was made by the firm of Alfred Meakin (1875-1976)

$70.00

This Tea Leaf ironstone pitcher was made by the firm of Alfred Meakin (1875-1976) in Tunstall, Staffordshire, England, in the 1880s. Pure white with a copper lustre traditional tea leaf centered on the front and back, the body style is called “Bamboo” and the hand painted trim is copper lustre as well. The printed black mark on the bottom includes the words “Royal Ironstone China” and “Alfred Meakin England.” In the center is a logo that mimics that of the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom, complete with the quote “Honi soit qui mal y pense” (from the French “Shame be to him who thinks evil of it”), the motto of the British Order of the Garter. The mark does not include “Ltd.” (Limited) in the firm’s name, which dates it to pre-1897, when that designation was added.

This pitcher is in excellent condition, with extremely fine crazing to the glaze and minor flaking to the lustre but no damage or staining–it’s glossy and immaculate. It measures 7 1/4 inches tall to the tops of both the handles and the spout, 6 3/4 inches across from spout to handle and 3 1/2 inches front to back. It weighs about 1 1/2 pounds. A lovely, barely used addition to a collection, it’s also usable for serving.

 

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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.

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Qing Dynasty Antique Wedding Basket

Antique Chinese Wedding Basket Rattan and Bamboo Qing Dynasty

Overview

  • Antique item from the 1800s
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Ships Free in the USA
  • 20 1/2 inches tall
  • 16 inches across

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This handsome basket exhibits the exceptional workmanship and detailing that was given to both useful and ornamental objects by Chinese craftsmen. Baskets like these are commonly called wedding baskets but they are actually betrothal baskets. The two lidded compartments, finely woven of rattan, were used to transport gifts such as tea sets, linens, incense, candles and snacks and beverages.

The frame is dark reddish brown bamboo, the two sides beautifully carved with auspicious symbols and fastened with brass circlets. They form “feet” at the bottom and a stationary handle at the top, which can be used to carry the basket when it is filled and quite heavy. The wooden handle is surmounted by a heavy hand-wrought brass carrying handle set on an ornamental back plate pierced with symbols. The rattan portion of the topmost lid was woven in two colors to form a shòu character, symbol of longevity, wishing long life to the betrothed couple. There are also two small feet that support the basket, which is 20 1/2 inches tall to the top of the bamboo handle and about 16 inches across including the side supports. The basket weighs a sturdy 7 pounds, 4 ounces.

This example has seen use and shows obvious age, having been made in the latter part of the 1800’s in the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). The rattan basketry is rubbed along the sides from carrying, so there are areas that are lighter in color. The brass has developed a darkened patina and there is minor chipping along the bottom edges and on the feet. As is common with Chinese lidded baskets, the most wear is to the rim of the lid, where there is some loss of the bamboo edge (pictured). Overall, the basket is in very good condition. It displays beautifully and is large enough to be used as a side table, as well as a fabulous wedding gift.

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PYH 4379

Globe On Iron Stand, 1597 Hondius Terrestrial

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Overview

  • Vintage item
  • USA Shipping Included
  • Sold – Thank You – Price $329.00 USD
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This large, elegant standing floor globe is a vintage reproduction of a 1597 one by Jodocus Hondius (Dutch, 1563-1612), the foremost engraver of copperplate maps of his time. The globe itself is composed of map sections called gores, applied to a sphere 12 1/2 inches in diameter. A lovely antique parchment color, it is highly illustrated with sea monsters, sailing ships and compass roses, among many other interesting drawings. The labeling is in Latin and the geographical details fascinating.

The handsome floor stand is wrought iron with a dark patina, resting on three penny feet and having a series of simple wrought details at the center of the stem. The meridian is full-swinging, which means it’s attached to both the north and south poles. A person viewing the globe can then see the entire world by moving the globe, not moving their own position. It can be viewed standing up or sitting. The width at the flat center ring is about 17 inches and the distance the tapering feet extend out is also about 17 inches. It weighs 14 pounds and is one of the more impressive old world globes we’ve come across.

This globe is in excellent condition and a fabulous addition to your office, study or living room.

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PYH 4405

 

Antique French Faience Plate Moustiers Earthenware Hand Painted

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Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Sold – Thank You – Price – $155.00 USD

A très charmant assiette from one of the manufactories in the Provençal village of Moustiers, France, this 19th century dish is faience, pale buff earthenware covered in a white tin glaze. It’s hand painted in shades of green, yellow and ocher, with a darling lamb cavorting among flowers and leaves. The molded piecrust rim is striped in yellow and ocher. It’s hand signed, also in ocher, on the reverse with a typical mark of this era, one comprised of letters only.

The plate measures about 10 inches across, is a little over an inch high and weighs a bit over a pound. The face is in lovely condition with a few of the usual tiny glaze pops, but no scratches or stains. There is a minute chip on the edge at the center bottom which would not show when displayed upright. On the back there are two chips (both pictured in separate photos); each of them also took out a small bite of the edge. Such chips are common with tin glazes. The three stilt marks are present and the foot rim is a bit blackened.

This beautiful plate enhances a collection of faience, works so well with Quimper and adds the allure of France to your décor.

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Bavarian China Chocolate Set by Neukirchner

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Overview

  • Vintage item
  • Price $229.00 USD
  • Material: Ceramic
  • Ships worldwide from United States

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This spectacular chocolate set was made in Waldershof, Bavaria by the Franz Neukirchner Porcelain Works. The set consists of the tall pot with lid, sugar bowl with lid and cream pitcher. Also included is a small cup and saucer for the cocoa; the set can also be used to serve demitasse and espresso-based drinks. The creamy white bodies are decorated with a color they called “Swedish Red” and have hand applied raised flowers of genuine gold, which also trims the rims, curvaceous handles and lid knops. All of the pieces of this set are pristine; in fact, the demitasse cup still retains the original foil label placed on it at the factory (shown in one of our photos), which reads “Echt Gold” with a capital N (for Neukirchner, of course) between the words. “Echt,” which is sometimes mistakenly assumed to be a maker’s name, simply means “real” in German.

The chocolate pot stands 10 1/2 inches tall with its lid, measures 10 inches across from spout to handle and holds about 48 ounces (1 1/2 quarts). The sugar bowl is 4 1/4 inches tall with its lid; the creamer measures 6 inches in height and holds 6 ounces (3/4 cup). The petite saucer is 4 1/2 inches in diameter; the cup is 2 1/2 inches tall and holds 2 ounces. There are no cracks, chips, hairlines and virtually no wear to the decorations; there are a few brown spots in the bottom of the pot in the crevice, but that’s it. This set was deservedly cherished and cared for.

A bit of history on Neukirchner Porzellan: We found a listing for the company in a 1906 Directory of the German Ceramic Industry that indicated the company was in existence since 1890 and that one of its specialties was chocolate sets (“Mokkaservice” in German). Also mentioned was that they were highly successful with heavily gilded china. The mark of the crowned N on the bottom of the pieces was one of four they used that we could locate and was used from 1916 until the demise of the company in 1977.

This exquisite Bavarian china chocolate set is one that will be the star in any setting.

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PYH 4377

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
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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
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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
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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.

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PYH 4279