Monday, May 17, 2010

Okay, What Is This?

As you know, I and my siblings are clearing out my parents' home since they moved to a retirement apartment. They are still loving it, by the way. Huge success.

Anyway, we are running across various things that look like they might be either collectible, valuable, or something. However, we can't always figure out just what we have. I thought I'd just call on the expertise I know is available from all of you, and ask about some things.

You may click on this link to see Larger Scale Images of all the photos here.

First is a three-cornered ceramic container. It could be a cachepot, jardiniere, vase, pot, or ??? The mark on the bottom is Weller Pottery. It has a different flower on each side. The flaws you see in the photo are just about invisible IRL (just like on our garment photos, right?) So, if you know anything about this, even just a little bit so we could do a better online search, I hope you'll leave a comment to let me know.

Next is a creamy ceramic bowl with a lid. It has an interesting texture, but I think it must be ceramic. The pine cone design is pretty, and there are no markings on it.

This vase is a gorgeous soft gray/green which I'm not sure comes across. It is marked Wien Keramos (Vienna Ceramics), Made in Austria on the bottom.

This Little Miss toy sewing machine is one thing I'm definitely keeping. I don't remember seeing it when I was growing up, and I'm not sure if it was just tucked away or if my Mom got it somewhere later. I have a pink toy sewing machine that I received for Xmas when I was pretty small, so maybe she kept hers put away. It looks very pristine.


c-ing said...

Antique Roadshow

cheryl said...

The bowl with the pine cone on it reminds me of a powder bowl that my grandmother used to have. Inside it was half full of powder and topped with a powder puff? (not sure what you call them?)

SewingLibrarian said...

Liana, just a suggestion on the Weller piece. A quick search showed me there are a lot of books on Weller. You may have better luck checking the books rather than the Internet. If your local llbrary doesn't have them, ask the librarians to get them through interlibrary loan. There should be many Ohio libraries that have these books because the state was a hub of pottery making in the 1800 and early 1900's. Good luck. Beautiful pieces, and I love the tall vase.

Liana said...

Thanks everyone. Linda, the book idea may turn out to be the most helpful. It's just so hard to even research things when you don't know what to call them, and with ceramics especially, one needs the name of the shape. Believe me, I've tried everything I could think of. And of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg....

It's going well in general, though. Big garage/estate sale in a couple weeks I think.

Modiste Madness said...

These pieces are quite charming. What a treasure trove.

Anonymous said...

Marilyn D.

Anonymous said...

Good luck.

Marilyn D.