Wednesday, June 27, 2007

ten pounds down now

I fell in love with this teapot. It has no lid. But the crackle finish the stains, the chipped orange accents. I love it.

What is this thing? I thought at first it was a floral frog but now I am not sure - it could hold cigarettes? It is Norcrest Fine China 'Sweet Violets' 7/745. It is broken.

BTW I love floral, glass, and figurative!

The inside of this book is signed Emma B Greve, 552-11tb Ave. Milwaukee, WI 11/4/17

The title page reads

Containing methods of teaching all subjects commonly taught in the public schools, together with questions and answers fully covering ... for the recitation or in actual class work

I can't resist these books. These are the books I would check out of the library over and over when I was a child - probably the same editions or close too as they look and feel the same. I bought the red one titled "Hey! Horses!" yesterday.

I thought, I thought, I thought in vain,
At last I thought I'd write my name.


  1. Congratulations on both your weight loss and your reward. Cool stuff [love old books]! :o)

  2. WOOHOOO and goodbye to the 10, but hello wonderful little finds.

    I'm encouraged - will let you know how it goes.


  3. My guess is that you are right, that it is some sort of fancy ashtray. One made so that it was easier to chain smoke. Interesting items! great job on the weight loss!

  4. Bravo big time, my lady on the weight loss. And truly, hauling your little treasures on your bike/their trailer surely has made a difference.

    Again I say. Bravo!

  5. Anonymous4:39 AM

    Lol, when I read '10 pounds down now' being English I immediately thought that your finds had cost you £10! Doh! I have no brain. You've lost a great deal of weight in a short time, well done!

    I love your finds, that fancy ashtray is just cool, makes me almost want to take up smoking again in a romantic 1950s kind of way before we found out how bad it really is.

    And I LOVE the Christmas card you show in one of your previous posts, it's just gorgeous!


  6. All right--I do research for a antiques and decorative arts appraiser so have a huge list of resources for checking unusual shapes in china and pottery (it is amazing how many people collect them.:)) I believe you are right. There is a "cigarette holder" in the Sweet Violets" collection by Norcrest. I couldn't find a picture but the style and shape match the small ashtray in the same set. What I find interesting is how similar the cigarette holder shape is to lipstick holders of the same period. If the holes were wider I would say it was a lipstick holder and in fact I suspect that it was designed after the lipstick holders of the same style.

    The books, wow. I adore old books and have way too many that I never pick up. :) I have a few very fun teacher books from the early part of the 20th century. :)