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Morimura Nippon Moriage Beaded Ware

Morimura Nippon

 

Morimura Nippon Beaded Ware

This antique Nippon beaded ware porcelain bowl has a peaceful hand painted landscape scene with sail boat. It has a green M in wreath mark of the Morimura family, dating the piece to anywhere from 1911 to 1921. In 1921, US Congress passed a law forcing Japanese firms to change the Nippon stamp to Made in Japan. Vintage Japanese beaded ware, also known as Moriage, has intricate raised slip decorations that range from simple trim embellishments to stunning all-over decorations. This bowl is in excellent condition with no chips or cracks, and no wear in the painted surfaces. There is a small black blemish on the side of the bowl (see last photo below). The surface is not scratched or damaged, but we could not get the black mark to disappear after rubbing it with a microfiber cloth. Its a very pleasing understated piece, with decorative raised Moriage scalloped border and accents on the handles. It measures 5 inches in diameter (minus handles) and sits approximately 1.75 inches in height. Scroll down to see a picture of the green Morimura mark. read more

MID-CENTURY MODERN MAILBOXES

mid-century modern mailboxes

 Mid-Century Modern mailboxes are a great way to add instant class to your ‘60s ranch home. Mid-Century Modern mailboxes in good condition are hard to find these days, but we have come across a few great examples in our adventures. Take this thick-walled heavy-duty mid-century modern mailbox, which was manufactured by the Steel City Corp. of Youngstown, Ohio. It definitely shows some wear and tear. It was repainted and had some dented/wrinkled metal around the opening…looks like it may have been hit by its share of flying beer bottles in its time. It also had a few other minor dings, scuffs and scratches, but it had a really nice angular modern style, was well-made and had many years of service left in it. Mid-Century Modern mailboxes are fun to use, add authentic retro curb appeal, and can be found right now on eBay! read more

FROG PLAYING BANJO VINTAGE CERAMIC VASE PLANTER

frog playing banjo

THIS CUTE VINTAGE CERAMIC VASE IS IN THE SHAPE OF A FROG LEANING ON A TREE STUMP AS HE STRUMS A BANJO. LOOKS TO BE MADE OF A SOLID WHITE PORCELAIN OR SIMILAR CERAMIC AND HAS A COLORFUL AIRBRUSHED GLAZE. THE PIECE IS UNMARKED (EXCEPT FOR THE DATE '39 WRITTEN IN PENCIL UNDERNEATH) AND WE DON'T KNOW THE MAKER. THE COLORS AND DESIGN HAVE A WHIMSICAL RETRO STYLE REMINISCENT OF SHAWNEE POTTERY. THERE APPEARS TO BE A SMALL CHIP ON THE BOTTOM OF THE BANJO, BUT UPON CLOSER INSPECTION IT STILL HAS THE CLEAR GLAZE COAT OVER IT, SO IT APPARENTLY IS A FLAW THAT HAPPENED AT THE FACTORY PRIOR TO IT'S LAST FIRING. THERE IS STILL A LITTLE BIT OF OLD FILM IN THE BOTTOM OF THE VASE FROM PRIOR USE, AND THERE IS ACTUALLY A SMALL METAL SCREWDRIVER BIT THAT IS STUCK DOWN THERE (SEE LAST PHOTO). IT WOULD PROBABLY COME OUT AFTER SOAKING OR A FEW DROPS OF SOLVENT, WE NEVER BOTHERED BECAUSE WE THOUGHT IT WAS KIND OF FUNNY. THIS FUN LITTLE BANJO-PLAYING BLUEGRASS FROG FIGURAL VASE MEASURES 5.25 INCHES TALL AND HAS NO CHIPS OR CRACKS. WHY ARE THERE SO MANY SONGS ABOUT RAINBOWS? read more

ROOKWOOD POTTERY

rookwood pottery paperweight

From a distance, this vintage 1937 Rookwood pottery paperweight in the shape of two bunny rabbits is so nondescript that the average eye would pass by without notice. Upon closer inspection, the dull brown-looking color is actually a rich, earthy brown / red glaze with a gorgeous glittery sheen from the minerals in the slip glaze. The piece is marked with the RP stamp, 14 flames and the Roman numeral 37, below that are the numbers 6643. The item is in mint, flawless condition with no chips, cracks, crazing, scuffs or scratches and measures 3 1/8 inches tall. It turned out to be one of the most unexpected treasures we have found. Starting the bidding at $70 (a very fair price for the common white glaze single rabbit paperweight from the same year), we were a bit shocked when we received our first buy it now offer the next morning for $300. Bidding was already into the low $100s when we received our second offer to end the auction for $900. At this point, the auction was over in a few days, and, needless to say, we were freaking out a little. The day before auction end, we received a buy it now offer of $1,500. Now we’re sweating bullets, because the auction is stalled at around $1000. We decided to let it play out, and the last second winning bid was $2,115.00! To this day, we have no clue exactly why this paperweight went for so much money. Perhaps it was the deceptively dull brown glaze, which we could not find other examples of. Perhaps it was the fact that the statue was of two rabbits instead of one. Maybe Jasper Johns made it. Maybe people just really love rabbits! read more

RETRO MOD VINTAGE WALLPAPER

retro plaid vintage wallpaper

This vintage wallpaper is from the Treasure Chest line of the David & Dash company. Totaling 3 full rolls, there is enough of this stunningly mod retro wallpaper to do a real project. Includes two unused 27 inch x 10 yard rolls, as well as two more used ones that total at least another full roll. The wallpaper has a genuinely striking Modernist plaid pattern, with a quintessential '70s color scheme in orange, brown, and taupe. One roll is still sealed, one is opened but uncut/unused. read more

MID-CENTURY MODERN BARREL SHADE LAMP CEILING FIXTURES

trilite mid-century ceiling fixtures

This beautiful matching pair of Mid-Century Modern barrel shade light fixtures are in excellent condition, showing no cosmetic flaws or structural damage. These Trilite brand lamp fixtures were manufactured in California and are composed of earthy, wicker-type covered plastic barrel shades with white glass diffuser discs. One lamp socket holds three bulbs, while the other fixture holds two. They are otherwise identical in size, shape and color. The lamp shades measure 18 inches in diameter and 4.5 inches wide. The entire fixture reaches only about 6.5 inches down from ceiling, making it perfect for any lighting situation. They had much interest, and they sold at auction the first week. They were shipped to New York City. We try hard to find amazing fixtures and lights like these, but until we find more, check below for a few cool Mid-Century fixtures available now... read more

ANTIQUE BRASS HENDRYX BIRD CAGE

antique hendryx bird cage

This vintage Hendryx bird cage is made of brass and is one of the most deceptively "simple" pieces of decorative architecture we have ever seen.

The early Hendryx bird cage has an understated design with an interesting fluted geometric shape that has an almost Modernist style in its cool simplicity.

Each brass tube extends from the top to the bottom of the cage, and each is held in place on the horizontal brass hoops with two tiny brass rivets. This antique brass Hendryx bird cage shows a stunning amount of engineering and manufacturing, and we found ourselves regularly stopping to marvel at the craftsmanship of this piece. This brass Hendryx bird cage was a very hard-to-find design and it has its original inner lining pan with some of the original white paint still intact. read more

VINTAGE PATIO CHAISE LOUNGE CUSHIONS BEACH PADS NEW OLD STOCK

vintage patio chaise cushions

This matching pair of vintage lounge chair cushions are made of durable vinyl and foam rubber. Measuring 20 inches x 72 inches, they have a classic retro floral pattern that brightens up any decor. The Chaise and Beach Pads were made in the USA by Wellington Home Products of Paterson, NJ, who are actually still around, still making outdoor cushions, rope, and chair webbing! These are New Old Stock items from the 1970s and are still brand new, sealed in their original packages. They have been inspected and appear to be in beautiful condition, showing no fading, cracking or deterioration. They are designed to fit standard chaise lounge patio chairs, and can also be used alone as a ground pad for the beach, camping, etc. A great find for your retro patio or sun room!
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AQUA GREEN MID-CENTURY PLANTER

mid-century planter

This Mid-Century Planter has an aqua blue green & faux wood grain finish with clean modern lines and looks fabulous in any decor. It measures 10.5 inches x 4 inches x 4 inches and is unmarked, but it's heavy, well-crafted and has a distinct California Pottery style. There is one chip on the lower edge of the side of the planter and two tiny pinhole sized chips on one long side of the wood grain texture. Neither of these flaws detracts at all from the sleek and mellow design. This swank piece of quintessentially retro decor is great for the patio or inside the home.  If you are looking for a cool Mid Century Planter, then check out these planters.  You can put plants in it, use it as a flower pot, or whatever you think.  Check out this mid century planter. read more