Timeworn Treasures for Serving and Storage
This week’s feature covers a wide array of styles and purposes. From the minimalist appeal of sleek lacquered Japanese serving trays to the busily attractive golden print on a chintz paper mache vanity or tea-tray also from Japan these homely items come in a variety to please all tastes. Tole painted flowers on one tin and the crackle finish on another elegant gold trimmed floral container are evocative of the Victorian era. A country print and fruit vignettes on a tea tin invite you to include it on a farmhouse shelf. The spare lines of a gold trimmed glass tray with dark wooden handles come right out of a mid-century magazine display.
A vintage seller can specialize—and many do—finding a niche that they can connect with and love. Or, like me, you can glory in the diversity and variety of home-making and decorating through time, loving the history and the enduring beauty of these objects from the past. I have said it before—I am a Magpie—drawn to the intrinsic beauty of design and utility (as well as to all things Shiny 🙂 ) ! For me it is the joy of the hunt, and the thrill of discovery. I am gratified to have an instinct that separates the treasure from the trash (usually… my radar is not 100%) and I love playing vintage detective. I did not realize how much until it became part of my daily routine. Though in my current home, my decorating is trending toward a mid-century/industrial mash-up with some boho whimsy thrown in for good measure, I can’t really say I have a style. I have always been an eclectic, and I have lived long enough at this point to have embraced numerous styles and trends.
I am, like any vintage seller worth their salt in this milieu, a trend watcher. I stay abreast of design and style that are popular, try to note which are fads and soon to fade from more concrete trends, those that will dictate how people purchase and what they will use for a longer time. I am happy to live in such a diverse and eclectic time. It allows me to gather up all sorts of lovelies and offer them to you in our O Deer Mercantile Etsy Shop. Here’s this week’s featured new items—
Walt Disney’s Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs Collectible Tin: Vintage Candy Tin From Walt Disney World~ $14.00
Walt Disney World collectible candy tin made by Daher in England. 1970’s.
This vintage “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” tin is in good overall condition. Some slight rust and scratches. Small dent in the lid. Wear and tear commensurate with age.
5 1/2 inch top diameter (top has overhang, bottom diameter is 5 inches). 3 inches tall. See photos for more detail.
Embossed Floral Crackle Finish Tan Gold Vintage Hinged Tin: Victorian Rectangular Metal Container Made in Holland~ $14.00
Pretty Victorian style hinged tin has embossed floral designs, faux crackle effect and other gold flourishes. Perfect for storing sewing bits or other treasures. this tin was made in Holland.
It is a long, gracefully curved rectangle– 10 inches by 6 1/4 inches and about three inches deep. Overall good condition. Some rub marks on gold and some discoloration on edges. See photos for more details.
Tole Roses Black Gold Rectangular Hinged Vintage Tin: Case Manufacturing Decorative Metal Container Made in England~$12.00
Made in England vintage tin for Case Manufacturing Company of New York. This sweet hinged tin for storing candy, tea, sewing odds and ends or other treasures hearkens back to a Victorian Age. Romantic black and gold frame a lovely tole painted bouquet of posies in muted shade of red, yellow and blue.
The box is in overall good condition. There is some light scratching which more or less blends with the subtle crackle effect of the top illustration. Also a couple of small dents better seen on the inside of the lid in photos. Otherwise very clean and nice. 7 inches by 5 1/2 inches, and 3 inches deep.
Vintage Tin or Canister: Rectangular Farmhouse Country Style with Wood Fruit Pattern by PIC- Princeton Industries Corporation~ $7.00
Farmhouse style tin or canister. Cheerful golden yellow with tiny flower buds, faux bois trim and medallions, and a country fruit motif. For tea or cookies, or whatever you want to store. Perfect in the country kitchen. Very nice condition. About 5 inches tall and 3 1/2 inches square.
Set of Two Lacquerware Asian/Japanese Serving Trays: Mid Century Minimalist Asian Oriental Decor~ $18.00
Two Japanese lacquerware trays for serving or home decor. 1960s. Black lacquer retro trays with gold trim and wrapped handles. Metallic wheat design on a glitter copper background on both trays.
10 1/2″ x 10 1/2″x 1 1/4″ deep
10 1/2″ x 7″x 1 1/4″ deep
These trays are in good vintage condition. The only flaw I see are some scratches, mostly light but a couple of them deep enough to mar the wheat design somewhat. See photos for more detail.
Gold Floral Bird Chintz Paper Mache Serving Vanity Tray Made in Japan: Mid Century Retro Japanese Tole Hollywood Regency~ $14.00
Mid Century imported Japanese paper mache vanity tray. Pretty chintz pattern with hummingbirds and flowers. Gold, Green and Red.
Marked with foil label:
Mason International Ltd.
Made in Japan
A Quality Import
Overall good condition. Some age related yellowing and smeared places wear gold base color shows through. Wear of gold trim on edges. Scalloped edge tray measures 12 inches by 8 1/2 inches. About 1 1/2 inches deep. See photos for more detail.
Set of Three Nesting Black Lacquerware Trays With Circle and Floral Motif: Mid Century Made in Japan- Asian-Oriental-Minimalist~ $29.00
Set of three nesting lacquerware trays Made in Japan. 1960s. Retro home decor or serving trays. Glossy black with gold trim and wrapped handles. Rectangle medallion with abstract design and lilies/iris image. Wonderful for oriental or minimalist decor. These trays are in near new condition. Very clean and nice. A bit of scuffing on bottom. Still have Made in Japan foil sticker on bottom of largest one.
18 1/4″ x 11 1/4″ x 1 1/2 ” deep
10 1/2″ x 10 1/2″x 1 1/4″ deep
10 1/2″ x 7″x 1 1/4″ deep
See photos for more detail.
Mid Century Etched Glass Serving Tray: Rectangular Tray With Wood Handles and Gold Metal Trim ~ $24.00
This very *Modern* styled etched glass tray for entertaining and serving, or just for display has wooden handles and gold colored metal edges. There is some slight rusting on the bottom edge of the gold. The wood could use some attention it’s a bit dry and discolored from washing or just sitting. Otherwise, very nice vintage condition. Would look great on a mid-century console or bar.
Measurements are about 15 1/2 inches by 8 1/4 inches. Depth is about 1/2 inch.