Friday, June 28, 2013
Furnishing the apartment has gotten me into a pattern of taking a quick tour of Goodwill stores as I am about on various errands or appointments. I have to brag that in the past month I have found a couple great finds.
|Vernon Kilns: Mayflower|
My mother gave me her "good china" about 15 years ago as her mother gave it to her. Growing up, we knew it was a special occasion when we were asked to set the table with these beautiful dishes. The set was a nearly complete set of eight place settings. A dinner plate was the only noticeable piece missing out of the set.
The pattern is Mayflower from Vernon Kilns, a California company who made dinnerware in the 1930's, 1940's and 1950's. They are exquisitely hand-painted in vibrant colors.
|Vernon Kilns: Chintz|
I found several pieces at the Goodwill in Hopkins, MN as I was looking for glass baking dishes. I thought WOW wouldn't it be great to use this set for more than seven people! So I picked through the stacks of dishes and found a few dinner plates, small sauce bowl, coffee cups and saucers without chips or cracks.
Also in the stacks of dishes were a very similar pattern called Chintz. It isn't as brightly colored but in a dinner party situation would blend in quite well. By adding these to my cart I was able to bring the set up to nearly complete 12 place settings. All for $1.49 and $1.99 a piece.
Holmes & Edwards Inlaid
The next great find was at the Apple Valley, MN Goodwill store where I found the silverplate that we used with this set. Dinner forks, knives and teaspoons. I just happened to glance at the flatware bins as I walked by and couldn't believe what I saw. I had to really dig through two large tubs of flatware to find these gems.
What I found was mostly in very good condition for silverplate of this vintage which I estimate to the late 1930's to mid 1940's. The problem some of the pieces had was that they had a chemical reaction pitting. The pitting or burn is caused by soaking silverplate and stainless steel flatware in hopes of making them easier to clean later time. Bad idea. What you get is black marks caused by the silver, stainless steel, soap and water reacting to each other and causing something like an electrical charge where the items touch each other.
I figured at $.29 a piece it would be worth the gamble to try and fix them. More about that in my next post.