I think one of the reasons I have such a passion for vintage or antique dishes is the enjoyment I get from finding out all I can about them. Recently I’ve been searching for information about this very colorful vintage dinnerware set. Each piece is marked with the distinctive Hazel Atlas “H over A” trademark, so that was a good place to begin.
Antiques & Simple Treasures
This butter mold was made by a New Hampshire company called Blanchard and Sons. It is made of white birch and is actually three separate pieces. Two of the four sides of the mold are permanently held together with dovetail joints to make an “L” shape… the flat piece with the design fits into grooves in the sides of the two “L” shapes… and all three pieces are held together by brass hooks that fasten onto large threaded brass pins.
A few years ago we met up at the local post office with a distant neighbor who commented on how huge our pig was getting. She went on to tell us that she always looked for the pig each time she drove past our house and that she was almost always able to find him moving around somewhere in our fenced-in gardens or yard. She said she had always thought that pigs were destructive diggers, and that ours must be a most unusual pig to be allowed to roam freely throughout our gardens without damaging our flowers and plants.
This pitcher and I have a history. The first time I saw it was after an elderly aunt asked me to feed the cats and dog, gather the eggs, and take care of the chickens while she was recuperating from a broken hip. Every morning and every afternoon for over three months I walked up the hill toward the old homestead to “do the chores,” and I would see this pitcher way up in the loft window of the barn, perched rather precariously on a huge pile of what appeared to be just junk. Even from that distance I could tell that the pitcher was old, and I often thought what a shame it was that it was part of my family history and it had just been thrown away.
With Thanksgiving almost upon us, and a big pie-making day looming in the very near future, it seems an appropriate time to write about my favorite rolling pin. This rolling pin is old and is made of stoneware, with a blue wildflower design. This particular rolling pin was made around 1880 by the Fulper Brothers Pottery Company in Flemington, New Jersey. Another company, called the Brush Pottery Company, also made stoneware rolling pins with the same wildflower pattern, but these seem to have been made a few years later and there is an obvious difference in quality of the wildflower design, with the designs on the Brush rolling pins being a darker blue with thicker lines that are often smeared.
I have always wanted to learn more about this bowl, but unlike my Neu Deel Cookin Ware, I have been unable to find any information about this one. The words “The Pure Food Sanitary Cooking Ware” are stamped on the bottom of the bowl, with the “N” in “Sanitary” written backwards. The inside of the bowl is glazed and very glossy. The outside of the bowl is not glazed, and the stoneware has the typical uneven coloring caused by the impurities in the clay. The rim of the bowl has a very unevenly applied thin dark glaze, and the same glaze has been applied to the indented lettering on the bottom of the bowl. There is a simple pattern etched all around the lower portion of the outside of the bowl.
I find this Neu Deel Cookin Ware earthenware dish intriguing because it has so much decoration and design for a dish with such a simple function. It obviously was made for use in the oven and has a tight-fitting lid, so I guess it would be called a dutch oven. Interestingly, the lid is glazed on the inside and is the right shape and size for a second use as a ten-inch diameter pie plate.
My Swans Down cake pan is 8 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches and it is in very good condition. The interior of the pan is bright and shiny and I still use this pan whenever I bake a sponge cake because the sliding side panels make it so easy to slip a knife inside to loosen the cake. When you slide the side panels up after the cake has baked and been taken out of the oven, it also helps the cake to cool more quickly than a conventional tube cake pan.