Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Hoarding Blog

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I'm married to a Baltimore City Firefighter.
My husband and I have one son
As well as two feathered and three FurKids that have filled our s with Love and Happiness!
*Not to forget my eldest FurKid, who I was Blessed with for 13 years -
He is resting peacefully just across Rainbow Bridge. He is deeply loved and missed.*
Many Thanks to Stella Vialano  for allowing me to use her lovely painting of Rainbow Bridge on my blog.
If you would like to purchase one, click the link below. 
I Love...
The thought of Tea Parties and Playing Cards with My Girlie Friends
Sadly, I Haven't Done That in Years!
I Also Love...

Dressing the Table up with Lovely Vintage Linens
This beauty arrived will lots of little rips and holes not noted in the auction.
I hope to have it mended by someone who sews. Unfortunately, I do not.
Gorgeous Haviland Limoges China
The above gravy boat's underplate arrived chipped,
so the treasure hunt is on for a replacement.
I plan to add more tea cups
I'm currently searching for a butter plate dome Lid.
I love Haviland, Limoges.
if your interested, there's a series of 5 books by Arlene Schleiger to identify Haviland design patterns.

In 1840, David Haviland, who had a china shop in New York City, made his first trip to France to establish an alliance with a manufacturer who could create pieces of porcelain for the American trade. He eventually settled in Limoges, France to oversee production. 
This was near the source of the abundant kaoline mines, the special white clay unique to Limoges porcelain. 
He established his own company in 1853 to produce china specifically for the American market.
There were numerous china manufacturers in Limoges, but Haviland’s company was the first to have artists on the site to do the decorating.  After the Civil War, David sent his son, Theodore, to the U.S. to handle distribution and marketing.  Production dramatically increased and another son, Charles Edward Haviland, took over management of the firm from his father.  Many talented artists were engaged and soon the lithograph or transfer technique of decoration was developed.  White House china sets were designed for Presidents Lincoln, Grant, Hayes and Harrison.  But the Victorian housewife was the primary customer with a wide variety of patterns to choose.
  Theodore Haviland left the company to start his own in 1893 and was a very innovative marketer.  Many prizes were won at exhibitions by both Haviland companies.  “A set in every home” became Theodore’s goal and full services of china for $29.95 are found in the Sears catalogs of the 1920s.  Several patterns from both firms were used as premiums by the Jewel Tea Company.  It is estimated that there are over 30,000 patterns and variations.
  Charles Haviland’s company went out of business in 1931.  Because of the approaching hostilities in Europe, Theodore moved his company to the United States in 1936 which operated until 1957.  The patterns of both companies were gathered and bought in 1941 by William Haviland who retired in 1972.  Although the name “Haviland” remains today the firm has gone through several changes in ownership.
Charles Field Haviland
Charles Field Haviland, David Haviland’s nephew, married into another porcelain family in 1859 .  When he retired in 1881 the name was “bought” and has been passed down through several firms until the present day.
Johann Haviland
Johann Haviland, the grandson of David Haviland, started his own company in Bavaria, Germany in 1907 and went out of business by 1924.  An Italian firm bought the company and in 1933 sold it to the Rosenthal conglomerate.  Quantities of this inexpensive china were sold at PX’s in Germany after WW2.  Several patterns were used as grocery store premiums.  The company has no connection with the French or American china.

Haviland Pattern Identification
Haviland identification is difficult as there are over 30,000 patterns and variations.  Only about 6,000 have been identified/numbered and cataloged in the Schleiger system.  Most patterns do not have factory-given names.  Some received names from later writers or in common usage.  There are four major “brands”:
1) Haviland & Co. Limoges (H&Co.)
2) Theodore Haviland, both France and New York
3) Charles Field Haviland (CFH)
4) the later,  inexpensive Bavarian Johann
Backmarks give the name of the manufacturer and, if there are two backmarks, the second indicates that the item was factory-decorated as contrasted to being hand-painted by the owner.  There are many varieties of backmarks and sometimes they are helpful in dating.  Celebrating 150 Years of Haviland has a chart that will help you. Several of the common marks are shown below.

A blank is the plain whiteware comes in several dozen different shapes.  To help with identification, blanks have been numbered in the Schleiger system. 
Not all Limoges china is Haviland.
Limoges is the city in France near the deposits of kaolin (very white clay) from which porcelain was made.  There were many china manufacturers in the area and thus the label “Limoges” appears on many products. Haviland was actually a latecomer in the field.
There are several different Haviland's.
Although the Haviland collectors organization is primarily interested in china and pottery made by David and Charles Haviland (also known as H&Co., Haviland & Co.), Charles Field Haviland (CFH), and Theodore Haviland – firms that had their origin in France. 
Haviland is actually dishwasher safe
The high temperature at which the china was fired after the glaze was put on makes it durable for occasional automatic dish washing. However it is not advisable to put the china in the dishwasher if it has any gold on it. I don't recommend using a dishwasher. I personally won't risk damaging my 100+ year old Antique china in a dishwasher. I'm fine with the old school way of hand washing. I use a mixture of watered down beach and dawn dish detergent to clean and disinfect/sanitize.

Below I have a beautiful collection of 1847 ROGERS BROS [I][S] Flatware
In the 1936 LOVELACE Pattern  
This lovely set was gifted to me by my brother 15+ years ago.
I believe it was originally a service of 12
There are a few forks and knives missing (I hope to replace)
But there are 20 teaspoons!

They were ALL in need of a very thorough polishing!
My husband and I finally polished them yesterday.
I was always too afraid of harming them.
I took the suggestions of my peers who have their own silver collection.
 I mixed...
1/2 cup salon 30 volume peroxide
2 1/2 cups  Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
Mixed to make a paste.
(I will add a photo of them soon)
As you can see, it made a huge improvement, but not quite perfection.
We both wore medical grade gloves (Paramedic kind)
I started out rubbing the paste on with paper towel, after paper towel
hubby was using just his fingers *&* having better results, So... I ditched the paper towels.
Since hubby was able to scrub the polish much harder than I could,
his pieces turned out much better than mine.
This VERY tarnished piece looked almost new when hubby was done.
 We still over a dozen more to polish,
But... they'll have to wait until our hands recuperate!

Bits and Pieces of Depression Glassware

As Well As Preparing and Serving Delicious Foods.
The above lunch was catered in by my husband from Panera Bread.
If he's in uniform they sometimes give him 50% off.
Does it really depend on which employee feels Firefighters deserve the police intended discount?
Honestly, I think some employees confuse the two uniforms.
And I Probably Spend Too Much Or Maybe It's Not Enough Time...

Antiquing aka Hoarding Treasures From the Past

Boating - Crabbing/Fishing/Tubing

Blogging about Treasures From The Past and Recipes
*photo added soon*

Drawing/Painting - Cartoon Character's Are My Favorite
Removed my signature, not really to share that ;^)

Gardening - Even With My Black Thumb & Black Foot
*photo added soon*

Interior Design - Life Long Passion
*photo added soon*
Swimming - I could live in the pool

Vacationing in Florida and Ocean City.
*photo added soon*

Although the household duties and playing with
my son and the FurKids keeps me busy on a daily basis.
I'm not a blogger in any sense of the word. 
I am brand new to Blogging, So Friends please bare with me.
Sometimes life keeps me busy, other times I'm not as mindful as I should be with this blog.
I will do my best to add new post and update as needed.

How did I get started Blogging?
A very sweet friend and fellow collector AR (pictured below)

 Who has gifted Pyrex and other kitchen goodies to me and loves reading blogs.
AR suggested I blog about my PYREX collection.
AR aka *The Gifter* has a real talent for gifting.
She quickly figures out your likes and personality and boy oh boy is she accurate.

I have never written a blog prior to this one 
nor do I follow any.
I'm sure all of that will change now.
With that in mind, I decided to start a Pyrex blog.
I thought what a great way for me to show AR my appreciation,
As well as share photos of these lovely dishes
with others who share my passion for Vintage Pyrex.
Voilà, Violà, Walla! Pyrex Passion.

Now on to the PYREX...
I've started this blog with photos of the treasures gifted to me from AR.
I'm not much of a talker, normally
So you'll probably read more product info
than personal stories
But I hope my photos will make up for that :)

Here are two of the first Vintage Pyrex
& a very lovely Vintage handkerchief gifted to me 
from the ever thoughtful Miss AR. 
She is truly the sweetest
most thoughtful friend I have ever known.
xo Thank you AR!
The world would be a much better place with more people like her in it.

401 1-1/2 Pint Pink Rainbow Stripes Pyrex
501 1-1/2 cup
Blue Butterprint on White Milk Glass Refrigerator Dish
aka Fridgies. 
They are among my most favorite Pyrex pieces. 
They're adorable & so useful. 

Vintage 1960's #444 
4 Quart Orange Cinderella Pyrex Mixing Bowl in the Sunflower Print 
Designed by Cynthia Grow in 1968
The 1970's Glasbake Milk Glass "Everything Grows with Love" Holly Hobby Mug numbered 78/47
1950's Bromwell 3 cup Measuring Sifter 
Were also gifts from AR  

Vintage 1-1/2 Quart Orange Oval Casserole With
Sunflower Print on White Milk Glass Lid.
The 1950's Jadite Green 113-2 Fork on 114-1 Spoon Tupperware Salad Tongs
(She didn't even know I had the crisp-it bowl.
How awesome is she? !)
A Gorgeous Butterscotch Bakelite Handle 
Androck Stainless Steel Dough Blender/Pastry Cutter
Elmer L Dennis aka E. L. Dennis, of Rockford, Illinois, 
PAT. NO 1735236
Patent was filed on Jul 5, 1927
Publication date was Nov 12, 1929
Made in U.S.A
These were also gifts from... 
You guessed it, the fabulous AR!

Yay, More Fridgies! !
501 Pink Gooseberry on White Milk Glass
502 in Primary Blue Refrigerator Dish. 

Again,  Many thanks to my very thoughtful friend AR, you are truly appreciated. xo

Pyrex Profile - Gooseberry: Pink, Yellow/Black (1957)

Gooseberry was introduced alongside Butterprint in late 1957, and both patterns also represent the debut of 440-series Cinderella bowls.  
Gooseberry offered two different color schemes, Pink & White and Yellow & Black.  
Pink Gooseberry was discontinued about 1966, and Yellow & Black Gooseberry was dropped in 1962.

In addition to 440-series bowls in both colors, Pink Gooseberry offered 470/480-series Cinderella casseroles and refrigerator dishes, the latter set not arriving until 1961.  
All three refrigerator dish sizes are white-bodied.

Although Yellow & Black Gooseberry was only marketed in 440-series bowls, prototype 470-series casseroles also exist.  
Gooseberry also experimented with a gold on ivory color scheme in 470-series casseroles and 440-series bowls, as well as a 440-series bowl set in turquoise on opal.  
They are not regular production items.

"It's a very good thing Pyrex dishes nest, or I would need a few kitchens to store them in."

I keep wondering where I should go with this Blog.
Since I love to bake and cook just as much as I love my treasures from the past, I figured I should use my collections to prepare and display foods.
So, I will be photographing them and sharing the recipes with you as well.

I'll close with this little tidbit of information...

Did you know?...
Pyrex (trademarked as PYREX) is a brand which was introduced by Corning Incorporated in 1915 for a line of clear, low-thermal-expansion borosilicate glass used for laboratory glassware and kitchenware.
Corning no longer manufactures or markets Pyrex-branded borosilicate glass kitchenware and bakeware in the US, but Pyrex borosilicate products are still manufactured under license by various companies. 
In 1998, Corning, sold the Pyrex brand to World Kitchen LLC. WK spun off from Corning in 1998, licensed the Pyrex brand for their own line of kitchenware products—differentiated by their use of clear tempered soda-lime glass instead of borosilicate.
Just one more reason to love Vintage Pyrex. 
You can read about it at the following address...

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I hope you have enjoyed your visit and come back soon.

Have The Best Day Ever!