CERAMIC WARE: DISHES, TUREENS, COOKIE JARS, TEA-FOR-ONE SETS, LUCKY CATS, ETC.
I love dishes, especially The Florentine (made by Johnson Brothers ca. 1910-13) a set of which was left to my mother by my grandmother Esther Minerva Vinton Williams and passed on to me, Yorktowne by Pfaltzgraff, Blue Willow (especially old Buffalo Pottery pieces and English pieces from a variety of Staffordshire potteries), etc.
The first soup tureen I acquired was an heirloom piece (made by Thomas Maddock and Sons, Trenton, New Jersey, circa 1890-1915) that was said to have belonged to my great grandmother, Charlotte Jane Griswold Williams (1835-1927), and was passed down to me by my aunt, Myrtle Williams. (I had admired the tureen in the pantry of the old family house on Tolland Turnpike in Buckland, CT.) It is shown below (left photo) in the front right. The turtle–mostly for decoration–and the functional Pfaltzgraff tureens (Yorktowne–small and large–and Winterberry) were added later. The latest addition to the collection is a small (2 quart) Blue Willow tureen/covered casserole from Churchill Staffordshire (England) ceramic works shown below right (photo from Replacements at http://www.replacements.com/index.htm ).
The Cookie Monster cookie jar was a gift when the children were young and we all watched a lot of Sesame Street. The others were added for fun. The Keebler Elves’ Hollow Tree, McCoy pottery smiley face and Timothy Turtle (shown next to the smiley face jar in the second picture from left below) were antique shop finds. I recommend the Columbus Antique Mall in Columbus, WI ( http://columbusantiquemall.com ).
Above left to right are other favorite jars: Christmas tree (Pfalzgraff Christmas Heritage, a gift from Dorothy Norton), Cheshire Cat, and two more from the M&M characters: Red and Candy Bar ( found on ebay). Shown with the M&M Christmas-tree cookie jar (far right), a birthday gift from Greg, is a red M&M tea-for-one pot, also a find on ebay. Below is a Christmas 2016 gift: Maneki Neko Lucky Cat jar to decorate media room table
All the jars above are “for show”, but I do use the jar below and its dragon underplate / cookie plate for storing candy, serving bisgedi (pice ar y maen, wrth gwrs), etc.
Both were gifts from Iolo and Nesta Williams. Diolch yn fawr iawn, Iolo a Nesta!
Less costly to collect are tea-for-one sets, nested cup and small tea-pot pieces. Shown above left on top of the tea cart left to me by Aunt Myrtle Williams is the collection, including four Pfaltzgraff patterns in the front row (l-r Yorktowne, Holiday Spice, Winterberry, and Folk Art (gift from Jeanne)), the largest and most unusual piece, Catzilla (back row far left), and oldest, Blue Willow with its unusual hexagonal corss section (also a gift from Jeanne), in the back row (far right) . Also shown on lower shelves are more BlueWillow pieces and, on the adjacent table, the Castell Caernarfon tea pot (gift fromDorothy Norton). Above right displayed on the Amish-made ladder chair are four shaped pot sets: British phone box, Christmas Heritage shaped pot from Pfaltzgraff, frog, and cat.
More Lucky Cats
Thanks to Greg’s many trips to Japan and some shopping on Amazon.com, I have amassed a small collection of Maneki Neko (Japanese lucky cat) figures including several banks, solar powered waving cats, and a small cup. A number of pieces are shown below along with a fabric bag printed with lucky cats. Granddaughter Stella is also a lucky cat fan, so the pink cat will be going to her. The bag and small black cat will be donated to the Poynette Public Library for a Christmas silent auction basket (along with a Lucky Cat calendar and several lucky cat eraser similar to the ones shown in the front row below). The lucky cats were the October, 2017, display case items at the library. The picture below right shows them in the library display case.
For a brief explanation of the symbolism associated with the cats as well as a detailed reference URL follow the link here: Maneki Neko_3_pdf
My most extensivecollection is of Pocket Dragons. I aquired Scales of Injustice (shown below far left) first and have been collecting them ever since. Shown with this dragon are two of my favorite: Defender of the Universe (purchased in Caerfyrddin) and Commander Cookie. I have a glass cabinet to store most of the collection. Shown below is my rarest piece, Hotter Hotter Hotter, and the only draig goch in the collection and my favorite Member’s Club redemption piece, Rocket Science.
(Note: Photos of Hotter Hotter Hotter, Rocket Science, What Cookie?, Stars, Thimble Foot, Do I Have To?, Sweetie Pie and Visit Our Website are from the website of Precious Gifts, http://www.preciousgifts.com , a favorite source.)