My good friend, Bernice, decided that she wants to learn more about antiques and collecting and has decided to accompany me on treasure hunting excursions.  As she is learning, she has become a great second opinion.  This week the weather remains cold and rainy, so we had to cancel our trip to the famous Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market in Connecticut. Instead, we decide to hit a few thrift shops closer to home.

Our first stop is a thrift shop in Mt. Vernon. It is the first time we are here and it will probably be our last.  It is a huge place but it turns out to be colder on the inside of the store than on the outside.  We did not warm up to the place because anything of interest had antique shop pricing. Not good for us as we look for good deals. Disappointed, we started to leave the store when our eyes hit this cast iron cat doorstop, which we decided not to leave behind.

After leaving that chilly store behind, we ventured into the Bronx at one of our usual thrift stops and were lucky to find a couple of small prints by artist Howard Behrens, a landscape and sea scape artist. His work covers art publications and he was the official artist for the 2002 Olympics.  We also found some unusual pink plates that had a silver overlay that we decided to pick up.  The proprietor said they were taken from the estate that was being demolished. Having never heard of silver on Depression glass plates, more research was needed.   Apparently, when this process was first developed in the late 1800’s, the technique had not perfected and the silver turned black on both sides of the plate.  Only the topside could be polished, and the underside remained black.  However, in the early 1900’s a new technique was developed where the underside appears white and never tarnishes.  Applying silver to glass became less popular once the depression hit when glassmakers turned to making cheaper products. Therefore, with this information, I believe these plates are pre-depression plates made in the 1900’s, as the underside appears white.  More research is needed to identify the glass company and pattern. should be able to help with that.

At our last stop for the week, we found two blue and white divided dinner plates that appear to have the same pattern, identified as “Old Willow”.  However, on closer inspection it appears that one plate is by John Steventon & Sons Ltd. Manufacturer of earthenware at Royal Pottery, Burslem from1923 – onwards, but from 1936 the firm mainly concentrated on the production of tiles and sanitary wares. The other plate was by Rowland & Marsellus Company and is part of a mark that appears on historical Staffordshire dating from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The company worked from 1893 to about 1937. Two great finds, but still want to learn how they were both producing the same Old Willow pattern.

Feeling this week’s treasure hunt was a success; warmer weather will be here soon.  With that come garage sales, estate sales, flea markets and more. Looking forward to more treasure hunting.






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