Weekly Feature #27—The Pine-Apple of My Eye

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Hospitality, Welcome & Wealth

Pineapples have long been symbols of Hospitality and Welcome. The first recorded encounter of Europeans with the fruit was written by Christopher Columbus. On that famous second voyage to the New World, his flotilla dropped anchor and landed on the small Carribean Island now called Guadaloupe where they were served pineapple for the first time. They first brought some of the fruit home in 1493. First the Spanish, and then the English noted the spiny fruit’s outer resemblance to the pine cone, which along with the comparison to a juicy apple, explains the name we call it by today.

Pineapple’s long remained a rare and expensive treat in the old world. The fruit didn’t tend to survive the long sea voyage well. Only the most prosperous could afford the imported food. It wasn’t until the 1700’s that a technique to dependably raise them in hot houses was perfected in Europe.

Later on, after the Colonies were settled in North America, the pineapple became a sought after symbol of good hosts and hostesses. Even though they were closer to the Caribbean, and by then pineapple was also shipped preserved in sugar or syrup, they remained an expensive commodity. Often used as a centerpiece to announce to guests that this was a prosperous household and no expense was being spared, or displayed as decorations for holidays before being consumed, the prickly food became a symbol of welcome, hospitality and affluence. 

Indeed, the image of the humble pineapple began turning up in the art and decor of colonial America, and continues today as a popular motif. Both traditional and trendy, the pineapple is showing up lately in all sorts of home and office decor. And, as always, the fruit itself is tasty and nutritious. There’s not much not to love about the pineapple.

I have been on one of my thrifting streaks lately—where there seems to be an emerging theme in my finds and new O Deer Mercantile Etsy Shop listings.  So, when junqueing gives you pineapples… make a Smoothie and use them in a Feature 😎 

Vintage Pineapple!

Ornate Brass Door Knocker: Vintage Americana Hospitality Pineapple Door HardwareSold/ Ornate Brass Door Knocker: Vintage Americana Hospitality Pineapple Door Hardware ~ $32.00

Pretty little solid brass pineapple Door Knocker. Adorn your door with this traditional symbol of hospitality and welcome.

Door Knocker is in good vintage condition. some tarnish, particularly on back and hanging bar. Hardware is incomplete. No nut on the hinge screw and only one hanging (it takes two) screw included. Should be easy to secure from a hardware store.

Pineapple is 6 inches long and 4 inches wide. The hanging bar is 4 3/4 inches by 1 inch at widest points.


 


Monkey Pod Pineapple Bowl: Vintage Wooden Serving Bowl Perfect for Tiki Bar

Monkey Pod Pineapple Bowl: Vintage Wooden Serving Bowl Perfect for Tiki Bar~ $15.00

Great carved wood serving bowl from the 1960s or 70s. Use for a Tiki Party or as a retro display piece. The wood has a lovely grain and could be more highly polished with a good coat of oil.

About 13 1/2 inches long including pineapple top. 7 1/4 inches at widest point. 3 inches deep. Nice condition. A few small scratches from wear and tear on base, as well as a couple of very minor flaws inside bowl.

 


 

 

Pineapple Shape Vases: Set of Three Clear Pressed Glass Vessels for Floral Display Centerpiece Shower or Wedding

 

Pineapple Shape Vases: Set of Three Clear Pressed Glass Vessels for Floral Display Centerpiece Shower or Wedding~ $15.00

Three pretty pressed glass vases shaped like a pineapple with cross hatched diamond pattern (large and small). These would be great as a grouping or on their own as a centerpiece, simple floral display or accent. perfect for a spring or summer gathering, shower or wedding celebration.

All three vases are 5 1/2 inches tall with 3 inch top diameter. Hexagonal bottoms have a two inch diameter. All are in good condition with no cracks or chips.

 


 

Vintage Cross Stitch: Finished Framed Matted Pineapple Welcome From 1985

 

Vintage Cross Stitch: Finished Framed Matted Pineapple Welcome From 1985~ $18.00

Lovely cross stitch dated 1985 with the initials of the creator featuring the fruit that signifies hospitality and welcome,the lovely Pineapple. The word “Welcome” is stitched under the pineapple. It is displayed in a cream color and gold oval mat in a simple wood frame.

8 3/4 inches by 10 3/4 inches overall. Great overall condition. a little wear and staining on kraft paper backing.

 


 

 

Americana Style Tall Tin Container Made in England for Case Manufacturing Co. NY: Pineapple Chicken Home Motif

 

Americana Style Tall Tin Container Made in England for Case Manufacturing Co. NY: Pineapple Chicken Home Motif

A 1970s Americana or Colonial design tin in cream, blue and pink. This container would be suitable for pasta or tall fireplace matches. It features pineapples, chicken on nest and a colonial home in a repeating motif.

Marked on bottom with Case Manufacturing logo. Overall in very good shape. A few nicks and short scratches in finish. Lid is hinged, but comes off when opened. Inside it has a few spots of discoloration and light corner rusting.

This tin is 11 inches tall overall. Four sides are 2 1/2 inches with one inch angled corners (octagonal). It measures 4 inches across at bottom.

 


Vintage Cocktail or H'ordeurves Picks: Mid Century Brass or Gold Finish Plastic Appetizer Picks Assorted Fruit Motif

Vintage Cocktail or H’ordeurves Picks: Mid Century Brass or Gold Finish Plastic Appetizer Picks Assorted Fruit Motif~ 

Vintage plastic gold tone and ivory fruit topped Retro appetizer or cocktail picks in original clear plastic case. Set of 12! These Mid Century party picks are very cool. Though all of them are there, I had to re-glue some of the tops which had come off over time. One fruit half was missing on a pick and is not included. On the whole they are in good condition. The box had been taped shut with scotch tape and I could not remove the residue as it was apparently on there for some time.

I dozen Picks
Just over 3 inches long
Metallized Plastic Fruits are about 3/4 of an inch long.
Plastic Box is about 4 3/4 inch x 3 3/4 inch.


Aloha~~

That’s all for today. Enjoy your week, and thanks for stopping by. As always, we would welcome any questions or comments.

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