From Prim To Tiki… Wooden Vintage
Wood, along with such items as animal bones and skins, stone and clay, was one of the earliest materials used by humankind to make things for home and hearth. Carved wooden vessels have been dated back to Neolithic times. The beauty and durability of wood make it as popular for household items today as ever. From primitive and rustic, to ornate and intricate, wooden items span a wide range of tastes and styles.
With proper care, wooden items can last for many, many years. The Buddist Horyu-ji Temple in Ikaruga, Nara Prefecture, Japan is a wooden building that has stood for 14 centuries. There is a wooden spear in the Smithsonian Institute, found in Germany, that is said to be 400,000 years old. A wooden wheel found in Slovenia was made at least 5200 years ago. In Denmark, bows (archery) have been found that are around 8000 years old. That lends some perspective to the number of wooden artifacts still around in the U.S.A. from Colonial times and since.
Wood has been used all over the world to make everyday items. Many of them are beautiful, and quite collectible. Today, I am featuring this week’s wooden O Deer Mercantile Etsy Shop update. I recently lucked into an estate sale box that was a treasure trove of vintage monkey pod trays, bowls and dishes. Some were made in the Phillipines and others in Hawaii. Most were not marked. For a fascinating story about the Monkey Pod tree visit Haleakala Bike Co.’s website for a great article. Fascinating!
Since the O Deer family are planning to build a Tiki Bar in our large Florida Room this year, several of our fav pieces were reserved for us, but I am sharing the rest of these beauties.
I already had a few wooden items that were waiting to be listed, ranging from a pretty wooden Japanese leaf shape bowl, to some awesome wood knitting needles, so here’s this week’s feature. Enjoy!
Woodn’t You Love These?
So perfect for Tiki themed entertaining. These gorgeous monkey pod dessert cups and saucers were most likely made in the Philipines or Hawaii. Mid Century decor at its best. Made in the 1960s or 70s. Both footed cups and saucers are flower shaped. The wood grain is lovely.
This listing includes all five sets of these dishes. Saucers are 5 3/4 inch to 6 inches in diameter and bit over a half inch in depth. Cups are about 4 inches in diameter and 3 3/4 inches tall. There is some minor discrepancy in size from one piece to another. I assume because these are handcrafted.
In very good condition. These were part of a large monkey pod collection and look like they were seldom or never used.
Mid Century Monkey Pod Wood Cheese Board and Snack Tray with Tile Inset: Cheese and Crackers Serving Tray~ $16.00
Mid Century Cheese and Snack Board/Tray with ceramic tile in a Fish Motif. This very cool Monkey Pod serving piece is leaf-shaped with flat area for cheese and curved shallow bowl for crackers or other snacks. Very nice for tiki parties or retro entertaining.
There are no markings or labels on this board, so I don’t know where it was made. Heavier than most of the other Monkey Pod pieces I have. Total length 15 1/2 inches. 7 to 7 1/2 inches across cheese board part. Hole in handle for hanging or attaching knife. Very good vintage condition. some light scratching, mostly on the back.
Leaf Shape Wood Vintage Serving, Snack Dish: Double Bowl Wooden Mid Century Dish Made in Japan~ $10.00
This pretty mid century snack or serving dish was made in Japan. It seems to be a fairly heavy hardwood, possibly cherry. Nice to hold keys, etc. on a table or for serving at a retro party. The wood color is not as red as it shows up in the photos. More of a warm brown actually.
Good vintage condition. A couple of wear marks and slight scratches. It is marked Japan on back. 7 1/2 inches long and almost 5 1/2 inches across at widest point. About 1 inch deep.
Tiki Relish Condiment Bowls: Two Carved Monkey Pod Serving Jars with One Wood Top One Wooden Spoon~ $14.00
Sweet Carved Tiki Bowls for Relish, Condiments or Snacks. Lovely grained wood with cute South Pacific straw hut mountain vignette carved around middle. No markings but I believe they were made in Hawaii or the Philippines. Wonderful for retro entertaining.
Two bowls. I have a lid and serving spoon for one. There weren’t any other pieces from this set in the lot I bought. These were from an estate sale and part of a larger collection. Very nice condition. Either seldom or never used. Bowl diameter is about 4 inches at widest point, 2 inches across base. Height is about 3 1/4 inches.
Solid Wood Prim Rolling Pin For Farmhouse Kitchen: Rustic One Piece Hardwood Pastry Roller~ $20.00
I don’t know the age of this vintage wood rolling pin, but its beauty and quality are unmistakable. Carved out of a single piece of hardwood, it is heavy and wood-grain is a rich reddish-brown with a golden glow. There are some scratches and wear as would be expected on a vintage item. I have cleaned it with the oil I use on my butcher blocks, but nothing else.
This pastry roller is 19 inches long. the diameter is around 2 1/2 inches. Handles are about 4 inches each (rolling surface is 11 inches wide).
This rolling pin would be lovely for display or still has much use in it. Great accessory in the farmhouse or country kitchen.
Made in Taiwan. From the 1970s or thereabouts.. Very cute woven wood tray or snack dish. This serving tray is shaped like a Christmas Tree or maybe a pine. Nice retro look for Holiday entertaining or decoration. This woven wood material is very thin and light weight. It was very popular during the late Mid Century for everything from TV trays to salad bowls.
Very good condition except for tiny chip in the bottom corner of stem section. Nice golden glow to the wood. 11 1/2 inches long and right around 5 1/2 inches at widest point.
That’s going to do it for today. Thanks for stopping by. I’ll be adding more cool monkey pod trays and dishes to our shop through the next few days. Have a great weekend…
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