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Emalox small blue enamel bowl Emalox small blue enamel bowl
Circa: 1960-1970
Manufacturer: Emalox, Norway  

Your Price: $12.50
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scarce signed 1972 Mark Peiser art glass vase scarce signed 1972 Mark Peiser art glass vase.
Circa: 1972
Manufacturer: Mark Peiser  

Your Price: $400.00
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Couroc Roadrunner center handle tidbit tray Couroc of Monterey History: Couroc was formed in 1948 by the husband and wife team of Guthrie Sayle Courvoisier (? - 1969) and Moira Wallace (~1910-1979) . Wallace was a gifted artist, whose early work included mosaic designs built from inlaid metal and plastic materials. Guthrie developed the technology further, and began Couroc company, which produced heavy, durable plastic trays with inlaid designs.

Guthrie Courvoisier had learned about plastic during World War II, when he was a contractor who manufactured certain plastic parts for military aircraft. (Plastics were essential to the war effort, for their rather unique qualities.) Like nearly all wartime plastics, Courvoisier's were probably jet-black, unlike the multicolored bakelite of decades prior.

In the mid-1950's the company's sales picked up, and it already had a few different designs in its product line. Sales seem to have been mostly in the California area at this time.

The company made a special effort to hire local artists for their design work. As the company slowly grew, it created numerous designs, and began expanding its product line beyond merely trays, so that customers could buy matched sets of trays, glasses, ice buckets, and even napkins. In the 1970's Couroc exploded in popularity, selling well in stores across the nation.

By the mid-1980’s, Couroc's popularity had dropped, and the company was shifting from producing items for the general public, to making promotional items (for sales to corporations or organizations commemorating special events.) In the 1990's, it turned almost exclusively to promotional items.

This Couroc center handled tidbit tray is in the famous Roadrunner pattern. It features three of the cool birds running around the center of the tray. On the back is the original gold foil paper label which reads: Couroc serving pieces are cherished gifts because of their variety and beauty of design. Hand inlaid by master craftsmen, shells, coins, woods, and metals are fused into satin black phenolic. They are impervious to alcohol or boiling water. Wash with mild soap and water.

There is also an in-relief molded signature in the piece itself. There are four very cool feet so that the piece sits absolutely flat on the table. The handle is brass plated. The piece is in excellent vintage condition.

Add it to your Eames era mid-century decor today. Give your place some Mad Men flair.
Circa: 1948-1990
Manufacturer: Couroc Company, Monterey, California  

Your Price: $16.00
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 6786: Set 4 mod floral midcentury footed mugs

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Set 4 mod floral midcentury footed mugs In the late 1960s the hot colors for decorating one's kitchen included avocado green and harvest gold!

Here we have a great practical set of retro vintage footed handled mugs. Each mug stands 4 inches tall and holds 10 ounces of liquid.

I love the mod flower power design of this set. On an avocado green background we have turquoise-centered flowers. Each of the petals of the flowers is done using negative space, that is, leaving the white underglaze showing. Funky and artistic both.

The set was most likely made in Japan to be imported into this country. They most likely had a paper label which is long gone. The quality of the china body is amazing. Find a great metal period mug stand and add them to your Mid-century Eames-era Mad Men decor today.

Price is for the set. Go green! Save resources and purchase a piece of America's past. Sturdy, dependable, dishwasher-friendly, it is ready for your kitchen table today. Hand wash to best protect the fired-on decoration.
Circa: 1960-1980
Manufacturer: unknown  

Your Price: $16.00
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 6144: Midcentury Italian small hanging retro plate

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Midcentury Italian small hanging retro plate Made in the style that Fantoni often used, this charming little 4 1/4 inch diameter hanging plate is marked "Made in Italy".

It features a design of a still life of a purple and orange wine bottle and a yellow piece of fruit or perhaps a round loaf of bread.

Much ware in this style was made in the San Marino area of Italy in the 1950s-1970s for the tourist trade. It is in excellent condition.

Put it up on the wall of your Midcentury bar
Circa: 1950s-1970s
Manufacturer: unknown  

Your Price: $20.00
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 8096: Diecasters Pincherette elephants ashtray

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Diecasters Pincherette elephants ashtray This combined ashtray and snuffer was produced by the Diecasters Company of Ridgefield New Jersey. The designer was Eric Wedemeyer.

This series of Pincherette ashtrays features many different animals: elephants, monkeys, cats, alligators, hippos, donkeys, and toucans.

The inside features concentric circles characteristic of the Art Deco age. The stylization of the animals is also typical of Art Deco.

It is in good vintage condition for its age. Great design to add to your Art Deco or Mid-century collection.
Circa: 1950
Manufacturer: Hamilton Art Metal Company,  

Your Price: $12.50
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Taylor & Ng bamboo handle teapot Japan This Taylor & Ng mottled surface bamboo handle teapot was designed by San Francisco potter and enamelist Win Ng and his partner in their consumer goods business.

I would estimate that the teapot holds 6 cups. The surface is a high gloss glaze, perhaps even a crystal glaze over a mottled underglaze. The handle is bamboo with wrapped bamboo accents. On the bottom it has a paper label which states simply Taylor & Ng Japan.

It is in excellent condition with no damage visible. The top has no damage and closes tightly.

This gorgeous example of Japanese work is ready for your home. Go green! Save resources and purchase a piece of the past. It is ready for your home today.
Circa: 1970-1980
Manufacturer: Taylor & Ng, San Francisco, California  

Your Price: $18.00
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Merritt Island Pottery Melvin Casper vase Here is the information I found about Merritt Island Pottery:


Melvin Casper and his mother, Peggy Jamieson, founded the Merritt Island Pottery in 1937, after moving there from Chicago. They built the pottery out of planks milled from pine trees cut on the property. In 1937 there was no electricity on the island and so the first pottery was unglazed. Melvin spent a few years in China with General Stillwell during World War II but returned to continue making pottery on Merritt Island. He remains there today, teaching and making pottery, at 84 a master potter, hardened by the fire of World War II and glazed by the beauty of Merritt Island. He came to Merritt Island in the mid-1930s with his stepmother, Esther Peg Jamison, who also was an artist. The two traveled to Florida just after he graduated from the Chicago Art Institute, where he had studied drawing, painting and pottery. They came to the isolated barrier island in Brevard County to live with his uncle, an ornithologist.

''There were lots of birds here, thousands of mosquitoes and only nine people,'' Casper said. ''My mother and I opened this shop in 1937 and became the first potters in Florida. People came in boats to buy our pottery. There were no books to be had on the subject in those days, so ours was one big experiment. But we survived anyway.''

Melvin Casper died in 2001.

This pot or vase stands 3 1/4 inches tall and is 3 5/8 inches across the top. It is wheel-thrown and glazed with a mocha overglaze over the reddish brown underglaze. Bands are incised into the lower part of the vase. It is hand inscribed Merritt Island Pottery. I don't know if this is a 1930s piece or a Mid-century piece. I DO know it is a gorgeous piece of 20th century Florida and American studio pottery.

Add it to your American studio pottery collection today. It is in excellent condition with no damage.


Circa: 1937-2001
Manufacturer: Merritt Island Pottery, Melvin Casper  

Your Price: $45.00
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 7828-7829:  Jonasson Målerås elephant bird glass figural

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Jonasson Målerås elephant bird glass figural Mats Jonasson Målerås is Sweden’s largest privately owned glassworks. Today it primarily produces art glass and decorative glass, which mainly is cut, painted and engraved. However, in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Jonasson's animal sculptures gained visibility, and designer/engraver Mats Jonasson made a name for himself on a wide front. This is said to be one of the reasons that Kosta Boda bought Målerås Glassworks in 1977.

When the purchase was completed, however, Mats Jonasson stipulated that glass he designed could be made only at Målerås. Mats was born and raised in Målerås, and that is where he learned to be an engraver.

The first figural is of a bird. It stands 3 inches tall. As you can tell from the photos, it is made of dichroic glass. According to Wikipedia, Dichroic glass is glass containing multiple micro-layers of metals or oxides which give the glass dichroic optical properties. The main characteristic of dichroic glass is that it has a particular transmitted color and a completely different reflected color, as certain wavelengths of light either pass through or are reflected. This causes an array of color to be displayed. The colors shift depending on the angle of view. Dichroic glass is an example of thin-film optics. The bird is signed on the bottom with an acid stamped mark.

The elephant stands 4 inches tall to the tip of its trunk. It is signed in an etched signature, hard to read but it says Maleras.

I love the fact that in the daylight or under flourescent lighting the glass is blue, but under normal incandescent lights the glass is a lovely shade of purple.

Add both pieces to your Swedish glass or Mid-century glass collection today. I bought them both very reasonably, thus the reasonable price. Price if for the pair.

Both are in excellent condition and ready for home or collection today.


Circa: 1950-1970
Manufacturer: Mats Jonasson Målerås  

Your Price: $50.00
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 7791: Vintage Achilles Rotating 10 Stamp holder

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Vintage Achilles Rotating 10 Stamp holder This is a used vintage Achilles rubber stamp holder which holds up to 10 stamps. It is in excellent vintage condition and is 6" tall by 9 1/2" round. There is a patinated finish on the metal base, both on the top and on the bottom. I have decided not to clean it in case someone wants the vintage patina as is.

Add it to your Mid-century Office collection today.
Circa: 1950-1970
Manufacturer: Achilles  

Your Price: $25.00
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 7358: Russel Wright Imperial Pinch glass

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Russel Wright Imperial Pinch glass This glass produced by the Imperial Glass Company is designed by iconic American industrial designer Russel Wright.

According to my Keller/Ross book, all glass lines except for the American Modern line are scarce or rare.

The Imperial chartreuse iced tea tumbler is listed at $25-$30. Prices have fallen since the 2000 publication of this book. So, my price for it is less than half of what the book suggests.

It is in excellent condition and ready for your Mad Men Mid-century bar or rec room. Or simply put them in your dining room china cabinet and bring out when you use your Russel Wright American Modern or Iroquois Casual China!

Go green! Save resources and purchase a piece of America's past. Sturdy, dependable, dishwasher-friendly, it is ready for your kitchen table today.
Circa: 1950-1960
Manufacturer: Imperial Glass Company  

Your Price: $15.00
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5879: Martz Marshall M125-30 8 inch brown vase

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Martz Marshall M125-30 8 inch brown vase Marshall Studios was located in Veedersburg Indiana and stated in 1922 making lampshades, moving to Veedersburg in 1941. In 1951, Jane and Gordon Martz joined the firm.

According to Brochure #35 I have in my possession, they state that "stoneware is our specialty. The forms are simple, designed to be usable and retain the feeling of clay. The ware is hard, durable and subtle in color. Handcrafting is important -- all pieces are glazed and decorated by hand." They also produced all the solid walnut lamp fittings, plus walmut framer and legs or bases for the stoneware top tables.

This 8 1/4 inch tall tapered vase has a paper Marshall Studios label with the number typed in black ink M125-30. According to page 3 of the #35 brochure, the first number stands for the shape number and the second number is the glaze number. In this case, the glaze is their "dark brown" glaze. The glaze has a textured appearance to it with speckles of different shades of brown in it.

The piece is in excellent condition. Add it to your Mid Century American Studio Pottery collection today.
Manufacturer: Martz Marshall, Veedersburg, Indiana  

Your Price: $25.00
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Bay Keramik West German trumpet vase Made by the Bay firm and carrying its gold paper label which reads Bay Keramik, this 8 inch tall vase is in the classical trumpet shape, with three lobes. The high gloss glaze cascades from a cream brown giraffe like pattern to a deep chocolate brown near the base. The bottom is signed Kermaik and carries the incised shape number 551 over 20. West German Art Pottery is an up-and-coming collectibles categeory. Pick up a labeled piece now for a very reasonable price. Add it to your Mid Century Art Pottery collection today.
Manufacturer: Bay Keramik, Germany  

Your Price: $15.00
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Made in California 8" square funky ashtr Measuring 8 1/2 inches square, this 6 rest ashtray in chartreuse green and forest green screams 1950s! The inside of the well is done in a speckled pattern on the chartreuse and the raised border is done in a textured surface like a concrete block. The contrast between the forest green used for the rests and the rest of the ashtray is truly stiking. It is in excellent condition and would look fabulous on a glass top coffeetable or just filled with some soaps or bonbons. Add it to your collection today.
Manufacturer: California company, unknown  

Your Price: $10.00
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 3804: Freeman-McFarlin Space age small vase

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Freeman-McFarlin Space age small vase Dating most likely from the Mid-Century era in California this little gem is made by the Freeman-McFarlin company mostly known for its ceramics. As you can see by the photo, it is clearly marked F Mc F and Calif USA along with what looks like the number 202. It is metal most likely copper with enamel highlights. It stands only 1/2 high and is 3 3/4 inches in diameter. It stands on three feet which are part of the body. It is in excellent shape. One can see a very similar piece on page 114 of Jack Chipman's excellent 1999 book called Collector's Encyclopedia of California Pottery Second Edition.
Manufacturer: Freeman-McFarlin  

Your Price: $25.00
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Mark Bellaire 9 inch abstract figures vase This cone shaped vase was made and decorated by Mark Bellaire, another great Californian Mid Century designer.

This 9 inch tall vase features stripes of color, a chocolate brown and terra cotta red with a wild yellow blotch which could be the sun.

It measures 3 inches in diameter at top and 5 inches in diameter at he bottom.

Signed with standard black signature. Two black outlined figures with raised arms are on the vase. Excellent condition.
Manufacturer: Mark Bellaire  

Your Price: $90.00
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Raymor Bagni geometric cigarette box Raymor Alvino Bagni geometric covered cigarette box decorated in brown and black geometrical shapes in an abstract design on a white ground. . The covered box measures 6 1/2' in length, 4 1/8' in width and 1 3/4' in height. The covered box is signed MADE IN ITALY RAM/34 Raymor in black ink under glaze. The covered box is in excellent condition--free of chips, cracks and repairs.
Manufacturer: Italy, Bitossi, Raymor  

Your Price: $75.00
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Glidden pottery #58 concentric rings vase Glidden #58 concentric rings 5 1/2 inch tall vase. Stunning and scarcely found. The glaze is not Glidden's standard turquoise matrix but a combination of a darker blue over the turquoise . Signed with an incised signature and the number 58 on the bottom. No ram. Excellent condition. No chips, crack or crazing.

Add it to your American Studio pottery or Mid-century collection today.
Circa: 1945-1960
Manufacturer: Glidden Parker, Alfred University  

Your Price: $30.00
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