I'm not very knowledgeable about china, porcelain and such but I know a pretty thing when I see it. I can't find anything online that tells me about this plate. I would guess it's from around the 40s but that's a wild guess based on similar one found on eBay. It's in great condition, save for some obvious wear throughout the years. Wonderful eye candy! I would welcome any information on this if anyone's in the know.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
This is so pretty! I was very fortunate to get this treasure as it wasn't even on display yet. This was brought out to me by a staff member. Am I special or what? (actually... she's the one who's special in my eyes). My research on this doesn't tell me what era this comes from but the back of the container reads '6 mb container made in England' and an online search led me to find a Baret Ware tissue box identical to this one; the pattern is called Chelsea.
It's hinged on both sides and is in excellent condition. There's a bit of wear on the back but who's looking at the back anyway? Also, when opened, one of the inside 'flaps' has remnants of tape that has become like a petrified part of the paint but who's looking at the inside of it anyway? It's just a stunning find and if the tissue boxes found on the grocery store shelves don't fit, it's a great place to keep papers, post cards, love letters.... sigh.
What a great find! Glo-Hill was a Canadian company from Montreal that made barware and servingware as well as detailed cutlery, knives and BBQ tool sets. I'm not sure if this is a 50's or 60's piece but either way, it's FABulous!
The first thing that came to my mind was that it would be a great item for putting my garden tomatoes on to ripen but I was reminded that should a tomato umm.... spring a leak it would not be so good for the chrome finish. Good point.
The bakelite finish is like a cherry wood and I think the style of this piece is timeless. I can picture this tray being used to serve vintage style hors d'oeuvres at a Mad Men themed party. Pigs in a blanket or deviled eggs, anyone?