One of the things that I remember having around during my childhood is a PEZ dispenser. The Hulk, Garfield and even Spiderman were some of the dispensers that I had, and nothing could beat that cherry flavored candy.
PEZ candy was first produced in Vienna, Austria in 1927. The candy was first advertised as a compressed peppermint sweet, and PEZ is actually an abbreviation for PfeffErminZ (that’s German for peppermint). These candies came in a tin that looks like what Altoids come in today.
When the dispensers came about, they were not always called that. They were called “regulars”, and they looked a lot like a cigarette lighter. They dispensed an adult breath mint that were marketed as an alternative to smoking.
When 1955 rolled around, the dispensers started to have character heads on them, and this happened after PEZ was introduced in the United States. One example of these character heads is this POLICEMAN dispenser.
As you can see, the dispenser should have a police hat on it, but has been lost over time. Over the years, PEZ has made dispensers with and without feet.
As you can tell from the picture above this great example has no feet, and the dispenser date to 1968.
This week’s Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight is BumpedandBruised that’s run by Mallory Knox.
Mallory Knox loves to sell perfectly imperfect vintage in her shop called bumpedandbruised. She like misfits with flaws, loner salt and pepper shakers, chippy ceramics and snagged linens….
She says that everything has a story, and she likes that story to be told over and over again.
One of these great items that’s in her shop is this great Graniteware Set.
This great set is was made by General Steel Wares (also known as GSW). The set features a 1/2 gallon and 1 pint sizes, and they date to the 1920’s. The set can be seen in the bumpedandbruised shop here.
Another great item in Mallory’s shop is this fun bowl (or even a candy dish).
This rare curling stone bowl or candy dish was made by Blue Mountain Pottery in the 1970’s. I love the handle on the lid, and you can see this great item in Mallory’s shop here.
As a matter of fact, you can check out everything in the bumpedandbruised shop here.
When you look at the area of glassware, you will see many different colors and finishes that the glass was made with. There are as many distinct color combinations as there are manufacturing techniques. Here’s a few of them that you will most likely run across:
Cased Glass—this is glass of one color that has been covered with one or more layers of assorted colors. The outer layers are then acid-etched, carved, cut, or even engraved to produce a design. This design will stand out from the background, and will have a kind of raised motif when done. The first cameo glasses were made by the Romans in ancient times, and the genre was revived in England and America (to a lesser amount) in the late 19th century.
Flashed Glass—this is glass that has one color with a very thin applied color on the outside (like crystal glass that has a cranberry color applied to it). This technique is accomplished by applying a chemical compound to the glass and then re-firing the piece to bring out the desired color. Flashed glass is often used for etched glass (the flashing will be applied after the etching is completed).
Gilding—this is the process of decorating glass using gold leaf, gold paint, or even gold dust. There are examples that have the gilding applied with mercury (it’s called Mercury Gilding. It’s rarely done today due to its toxicity). The gilding is then usually attached to the glass by heat.
Peachblow—this is a type of Art Glass made by quite a few American factories in the late 1800’s. Most Peachblow glass has a coloring that shaded from an opaque cream to pink (or even red), sometimes even over an opaque white. There was a similar glass that was made in England (it was by Thomas Webb & Sons and even Stevens & Williams).
This is only a small sampling of what has been made. What kinds of colored glass have you run across?
You hear the phrase ART DECO quite a bit in the world of antiques, but what exactly is it?
Art Deco got its start in France just before World War 1, and the style ran from about 1910 to about 1939.
People also call Art Deco just Deco, and it’s short for Arts Decoratifs. It combined several assorted styles—it was influenced by the lines of Cubism, the bright colors of Fauvism (this was a painting style) and even exotic styles from Asia. Persian, Egypt styles and even Maya art had some influence on the Art Deco style.
Its influence could be seen on just about everything—buildings, furniture, jewelry, cars, fashion, trains and even everyday items like toasters.
You can see the style around today—you can see it on buildings like the Chrysler Building in New York.
And you can even see it on the Prometheus Statue in Rockefeller Center in New York.
What kinds of Art Deco items have you run across while shopping?
What are some places for me to sell some of the items that I have bought? This is a common question for everyone from collectors to people trying to start their own business. There are three places that you can use so you can sell some of your stuff.
The first place is the internet. There are websites like Etsy, eBay and even Craigslist that allow you to sell your goodies, and the internet has the biggest audience for you to sell your items to. Just make sure to pack everything really good when your items sell.
The second place to go is open yourself a booth at either an antique mall or flea market. If you have quite a bit of good items that you want to get rid of, a booth allows you to do this. It also allows you to go month-to-month on paying rent until everything has been sold off.
The third place to go is to a swap meet. Swap meets are a lot like setting up a booth at an antique mall or flea market—you will have a booth to set up what you have to sell. Swap meets typically run a day or two instead of an entire month like a booth. These are great if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on rent.
These are just a couple of ways to sell the items that you have. What other ways have you tried or run across?
Whenever you go shopping for antiques, there are always a few things that you need to remember. The first thing that you need to keep in mind is what kind of budget that you have. What I do so that I don’t go over my budget is to write down on a piece of paper how much my bill will be.
Another thing to remember is to keep an idea (or even a list) on what you are looking for. It could be a lamp for your living room, a carburetor for your Indian motorcycle or even a Morgan dollar for your coin collection. I often look in reference books or on the internet to see how much the item that I am looking for will cost so that I know what to expect to pay.
The next thing that I do is to figure out where I would like to go. You may have several antique stores, flea markets and even swap meets that are pretty close to home, so you could hit several of them in one day.
The last thing to do is to throw a box or a sack into your car or truck. It might sound silly, but I have one when I go shopping—you may be at something like a garage sale or even a swap meet and need to pack something in it.
When do you restore an item? Do you leave it well enough alone or do you restore it? These are questions that you will hear when you are dealing antiques and collectibles, and it can be kind of hard to know what to do.
The first thing to know is how much the item is worth—both in its current form and what it will be worth after the restoration. An effective way to do that is to get an appraisal on the item. Ask the appraiser to give you an appraisal on both before and after values to see if it is worth it to restore the item.
If the item’s value will go up after the restoration, you need to keep in mind on what the item is. If it’s something that you don’t feel comfortable restoring yourself (like a rug or a painting), then you will need to find a good conservator to help you out.
Be careful though—restoring an item could get to be a very expensive proposition. I’ve seen restorations go from as little as $500 (for a painting) to well over $50,000 (for a car). To help figure out what it will cost to restore your item, I would contact people who do restorations to get an estimate on what to expect.
The last thing to consider is if you want to do the restoration or to just do a few simple repairs to the item—after all, all the item may need is a good cleaning and one or two new items on it.