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Set of 4 Noritake dessert/salad plates

These beautiful 7-5/8" diameter Noritake salad plates have a blue and cream border with pink roses. I have searched in vain for the pattern name, but it, and these plates, must be old, because the original gold gilding on the edges is almost entirely worn away. Other than that, all four plates are in perfect condition: no chips, cracks, crazing, or discoloration, except on their back inner rims where they must have stood propped against a display stand for who knows how many decades. Their backs have a mark consisting of an “M” in a laurel wreath, with “Noritake” above and “Hand Painted Made in Japan” below. Price is for the 4-piece set. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $60.00 + s/h and insurance


  only 1 set available


Noritake Duetto serving platter

This 12" x 8-3/4" x 1-1/2" deep oval serving platter is Noritake’s Duetto pattern No. 6610 that was phased out from 1965-1984. The lovely design consists of a 1" border of wispy gold swirls intertwined with raised white scrolls, and gold gilding encircles the edge. The back carries the gold Noritake mark first used in 1953: an N in a wreath with “Noritake” above and “Japan” below, under which is the pattern number and name. Very good condition with no chips, cracks, crazing or discoloration. Slight wear to the edge gilding, and the 8-3/4" x 5-3/4" bottom base oval shows minor scuffing. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $40.00 + s/h and insurance


  only 1 available


Noritake vegetable bowl

This is a vintage 10-1/2" x 7-3/4" x 2-1/2" deep Noritake vegetable bowl whose pattern name I have been unable to discover. The design, which starts near the edge of the lip and continues down into the bowl, consists of a wide band of alternating flower sprays, one predominantly white, the second predominantly pink, both with additional small yellow flowers and green and brown foliage. Gold gilding surrounds the edge, with heavier gilding on the “handles” and a thin strip of gilding around the exterior base. The bottom stamp is the green and gold “M” in a laurel wreath (the "Morimura” symbol), with “Noritake China” above and “Made in Japan” below, both sets of lettering in black. This mark was first used in 1933, so this piece would date between 1933-1945, when “Made in Japan” gave way to “Made in Occupied Japan”. For a bowl that’s over 60 years old, this one is in amazingly perfect condition, and I doubt it was ever used. There are no chips, cracks, crazing, or discoloration. Even the gilding remains strong and intact! The bottom of the 6" x 4-1/4" bottom base oval shows minor scuffing. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $50.00 + s/h and insurance


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Small oriental pitcher

This is a positively gorgeous little vintage pitcher with vertical ribbing. It must have come from China or Japan, even though there are no markings whatsoever. The colors are brilliant, and the term “jewel tones” comes to mind. The rims at the top, bottom, and spout are a deep blue, as is the upper portion of the handle, all with plenty of gold decoration. This little beauty stands a shade over 3" tall with a 2-1/8" diameter base and 2" diameter mouth. It is in perfect condition: no chips, cracks, crazing, or discoloration. This is one of the most esthetically pleasing pieces I’ve ever seen. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $35.00 + s/h and insurance


  only 1 available


Blue Onion spice set with original wooden rack

Wow! Take a look at this! A completely intact set of 12 Blue Onion spice shakers straight out of the '50's, including their original wooden 2-drawer hanging display rack! The 4" tall x 1-1/2" diameter shakers hold (in alphabetical order) Allspice, Celery Seed, Chive, Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg, Oregano, Paprika, Parsley, Pepper, Salt, and Thyme. The unglazed base rings are somewhat discolored with age, but all spice jars are in perfect condition with no nicks, chips, or cracks, and all have their original plastic stoppers. Most even have their original paper “Japan” labels! Specific “defects” as follows: Celery Seed – one glaze pop and one manufacturer’s flaw, both discolored. Chive – one blue glaze pop. Cinnamon – discoloration at top and missing label. Cloves – discoloration at middle and manufacturer’s flaw on back. Nutmeg – discoloration at top rim and missing label. Oregano – blue paint “spill” on top rim and 2 glaze pops. Parsley – slight crazing on front. Pepper – four manufacturer’s flaws and missing label. Salt – missing label. The 13-1/4" high x 11-5/8" wide x 1-7/8" deep wooden display rack hangs on the wall via its two original metal fasteners on the back. Two shelves, each with a guard rail in front, hold six spice jars each. Underneath are two 5-1/4" x 1-7/8" x 1-5/8" deep drawers with tiny metal button knobs that have developed a delightful patina. The label on the bottom of the rack carries the crown and double A logo of Arnart Imports of New York and reads “Original Arnart Creation, Japan”. As you can see from the photos, the display rack’s white paint has discolored over the decades in a few places, and has peeled away in a few more, resulting in a lovely distressed or shabby chic appearance. The top crosspiece is a little wobbly and I would recommend securing it with two new nails if you intend to hang the rack on the wall. Whether you’re a blue-&-white fan, an orientalia fan, a blue onion fan, or “just” a lover of wonderful old things, this is a truly rare and remarkable spice set! (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $185.00 + s/h and insurance

** SOLD **


Blue Onion canister set

This is an authentic Blue Onion canister set with containers for Flour, Sugar, Coffee, and Tea, all of which are marked on the bottom with blue crossed arrows and the Blue Onion script. They also have their original paper labels that carry the crown and double A logo of Arnart Imports of New York, reading “Original Arnart Creation, Japan”. You will notice from the photos that the Flour canister has lost its lid, and I cringe to admit that I am the lowdown dirty polecat responsible for that. Here’s the story. Ol’ Swaphos’ grandma purchased this canister set new in the '50's and proudly displayed it in her kitchen for over 30 years until her declining health forced her to break up her household in the mid '80's, at which point it passed to us (along with the beautiful Blue Onion spice set listed immediately above). I displayed the canisters on top of my refrigerator. A couple of years later, while I was getting them down for cleaning, the Flour lid flew off its canister and crashed behind the refrigerator. I nearly had cardiac arrest on the spot, and was loathe to tell Ol’ Swaphos what had happened, fearing divorce at best and murder at worst! Luckily for me, he was distressed but very understanding, and even agreed that we needn’t admit my guilt to either his mama or his grandma. From that day on, the Flour canister became a utensil holder, and I managed to make it through the rest of Grandma’s life, plus that of my mother-in-law, without anyone ever asking, “By the way, Miss Kitty, where’s the lid to the Flour canister?” Whew! Nevertheless, I still feel guilty nearly 25 years after the fact, and my mea culpa is just between you and me, okay?

** Flash **

Three years after we sold this set, its story took an incredible turn. Click here -- this will warm your heart.

Back to statistics. The lidless Flour stands 8-1/2" tall with diameters of 4-1/4" at its mouth, 5-1/2" at its widest point, and 4-7/8" at its base. The lidded Sugar stands 9" tall with diameters of 3-1/2" at its mouth, 4-1/2" at its widest point, and 4" at its base. The lidded Coffee stands 7-1/2" tall with diameters of 2-7/8" at its mouth, 3-1/2" at its widest point, and 3-1/4" at its base. The lidded Tea stands 5-3/4" tall with diameters of 2-1/2" at its mouth, 3-1/4" at its widest point, and 3-1/8" at its base. The lid knobs are – what else? – little blue onions! After my flour lid mishap, you may be sure that I have zealously guarded these remaining seven pieces for over two decades, and all are in perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or crazing. Both the Coffee lid and the Tea lid have two old glaze pops at their respective edges, and the bottom edges of all four canisters show age discoloration, but surely I can’t be held responsible for “damage” that preceded my stewardship. Now it’s your turn, and we won’t even make you fill out adoption papers to acquire this wonderful canister set! (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $150.00 + s/h and insurance

** SOLD **


Pair of Collector lidded mugs

This is a set of two 3-1/2" tall x 3" diameter white lidded mugs with an overall design of red strawberries, white flowers, green leaves, brown leaves, and a brown vine. The 3-1/4" diameter lids have a 2-1/2" diameter base ring that fit inside the mugs, but also have a lip around their top edge that allows them to do double duty as display bases or coasters for the mugs. The mugs’ bottoms have the artist’s signature, plus the words “Collector Mug by Action; Made in Japan”. All four pieces are in mint condition: no chips, cracks, or crazing. A very pretty set. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $20.00 + s/h and insurance

** SOLD **


Beehive honey pot w/ Nippon ladle

This white beehive honey pot has a gold rim at its base, three gold bees on the pot, and one gold bee at the top of the lid. It is 5" high, 3" in diameter at the mouth, and 4-1/8" in diameter at the base. The purple mark on the bottom is a double circle with a flower in the center circle and the words “Hand Painted Made in Japan” in the outer circle. Assuming this pot originally came with its own ladle, this one is not it, but was with the piece when we acquired it, and coordinates well. It too has gold edges on both its handle and the rim of its bowl, plus delicate pink roses and more gold inside its bowl. Its mark is the green Nippon M in a laurel wreath, with “Hand Painted” above and “Nippon” below. All three pieces are in very good condition: no cracks, crazing, or discoloration. The gold on the bees and the edge of the ladle handle is worn, and there is one very small chip on the mouth of the honey pot. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $25.00 + s/h and insurance

** SOLD **


White oriental figurine

Here is a lovely Oriental lady in traditional garb holding two long-stemmed flowers and standing on a base with three more flowers. The piece is not quite 8" tall and the unmarked base is 2" in diameter. Color is a glowing white with beige shadings that I can’t tell if they’re supposed to be there or they’re age discolorations. Either way, they’re not displeasing and don’t detract from her appearance. At first I thought she was wearing a gold bracelet on her left wrist, but actually her whole left hand is a separate piece that’s attached to a little cork that has wiggled out of its hole ever so slightly. It doesn’t want to go back in all the way and I’m afraid to push it too hard for fear of breaking it. So for display purposes, I think I’ll go with the “gold bracelet” story! Heaven only knows how old this piece is, but at the very least, it’s certainly vintage and quite attractive. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $15.00 + s/h and insurance


  only 1 available


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