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Joyful Display in Antiques

It’s always fun to see, on Dusty Old Thing, how our readers display their treasures. Some displays are so joyful…either in the profusion of color or subject matter or just plain good design. Here are a few we’ve selected to feature this afternoon. We hope they give you some inspiration…

Thanks go to Jeanie, Kathy, Patti, and Jean for sharing their joyful vintage style with us all.

from: Jeanie Mac Donald Lichty: “Antique lady’s busts, 1930 boudior lamp by “Alladin”, turn of the century stackable lawyers bookcase. The ladies greet me every morning! “

It’s delightful to see the colorful lady head vases near such wonderful works of art and the vintage Aladdin lamp. It would be impossible not to be joyful in the morning when seeing those ladies with their pearl earrings, red lipstick and look of 1950’s aplomb.

Most head vases were made for florists, primarily in the 1950’s and early 60’s. Many of the lady head vases were decorated with imitation jewelry and sometimes other accessories. Plainer examples, including babies and animals, can date back to the Depression. Many ceramic manufacturers made the vases both in the US and in Japan. Fortunately collectors of the vases do have some resources, including books, available to determine authenticity, maker and value.

from: Kathy Dunlap Brewer: “My mom’s piggy collection (Shawnee).”

It looks like we can see four Winnie the Pigs at the top and Smiley the Pig on the bottom. Those Smiley pitchers are wonderful, too! The Shawnee Pottery, in Zanesville, Ohio, began in 1937 and operated until 1961. Most of their ceramic cookie jars, pitchers and banks were made in the early years and sold through “five and dime” stores. They enlivened up kitchens back then…and still do.

from: Patti Mann Mitchell: “Few of our Cookie Jars…dust anyone???”

Patti has such a fun collection! Notice James Dean!

from: Jean Waldrup: “some of my glassware, mostly 1950’s”

This display will bring back memories for many. Thank you, Jean, for showing it to us. We hope, too, that everyone sees the small TV set on the top shelf!

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