Why is there a U.S. embargo on Cuba after all these years? But why is there still an embargo on Cuba after all these years? I believe there could be a deeper reason that the U.S still has an embargo on Cuba, and it could date back to Kennedy’s Demise, but that’s a conspiracy theory left for another day. Continue reading
It’s Valentine’s Day again and it’s only appropriate to think of flowers. Myself, I think of my Anniversary, Valentine’s day and this is my next edition to THE LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW SERIES of 50 articles. This topic in the series is about Collecting Head Vases and in case you don’t know what I’m talking about, flowers and head vases go together, and in the same sentence.
Head Vases where first introduced in the 40s for the florist and boutique industry as give-always to complement flowers with these stylish vases. They were a drawing card to bring in new customers to there brick and mortar store. Grouping beautiful bouquets of flowers together in a classy looking vase known as a Head Vase was a big success. Like today, it’s not uncommon to buy your darling flowers already put in a “plain” ordinary vase. But these weren’t just any vase, they had a look all of their own.
Head Vases and Flowers go together.
Here is a little history. The term head vase was referred to a special style of ceramic vase. Most, to all these vases as I mentioned, had a distinct look about them. They generally featured the head or bust of a person, but they also came in an animal theme, babies, children, men and some had a religious tone to them. (Nothing ordinary about these vases). So the porcelain head vases where not strictly of just beautiful women but they were the most popular of all. In the same category of head vases, they were sometimes known as head planters but in my estimation, there is no comparison.
The Americans introduced these gems to the market before WW2 in the early 40’s, but after the war, they were made by many off shore companies. (Mainly Japan) By the mid 70’s the market was flooded with head vases and the fad peaked. Now they are just a neat, hard to find, collectable.
There were also many companies that produced HEAD VASES just to hang on the wall. There was a pocket in the back for the flowers and they were referred to as “WALL POCKETS” (still seen today).
Point of interest: like I said, many of the most desirable and collectable head vases were of FAMOUS WOMEN like Marilyn Monroe, Joan Crawford, Jackie Kennedy and the likes. They were featured with fancy hats, realistic facial features, and even pearl necklaces with matching dangling earrings. Some even had a shapely hand with painted nails delicately framing one side of the face. By looking straight at these facial art pieces, you don’t notice there is an opening in behind for the flowers. In the 60’s they were hot items sold at five and dime stores such as Woolworth’s and Kresge’s. Some of the prices being $3.00 or less.
Did you know there are popular “HEAD VASE” CONVENTIONS around the country?
Here is a helpful tip. When on the hunt for theses unique gems, one way you know they are Head Vases is by putting your hand in behind the head and checking that opening for the flowers. Other than that, you could be fooled thinking it to be just another nice piece of Porcelain.
“One collector said they all have something in common. They are all someone’s fantasy of a beautiful woman”.
ON ANOTHER NOTE: HERE IS A HAMILTON, ONTARIO COUPLE WHO COLLECT HEAD VASES — THEY ARE UP TO 1,200 AND COUNTING, and that was in 2012. Here is a (link) to their collection.
Now you’re all pumped up about your new found adventure, collecting Head Vases. Now what? You can find them at antique malls, flea markets, garage sales, and even at auction sales. The best part, most people don’t even know what they are or have never heard of them.
Does that make them collectable or just scarce?
When you’re looking, or hunting for these rarities, get in the habit when seeing a porcelain head or bust of some description sitting on a shelf with all those other pieces of glass ware, to place your hand behind the head to feel for that opening. ∞ ∞ FROM THE FRONT IT IS HARD TO TELL. ∞ ∞
The most popular brands to look for are, Napco, Relpo, Rubens and Lefton. But beware there are a lot of reproductions out there.
SO … ARN’T YOU A LITTLE MORE INTERESTED IN COLLECTING “HEAD VASES” THAN YOU WERE BEFORE? . . . . I HOPE SO!
LET’S START COLLECTING “anything” and read my series of “THE LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW” for other collectable information and, if you have any more than 3 items the same, you are already a collector. You just don’t know it!
Hope this site was helpful on this Valentine’s Day and I say to you, why settle with an ordinary vase when these collectable Head Vases have a little more …. Buzz.
I recommend this excellent book on “Head Vases Identification and values”. By Kathleen Cole
A Real Slump in Auctions
There’s been a slump in our regular live auctions lately and I guess the baby boomers. aren’t retiring and downsizing as they have in the past. There’s been a good run of quality items for that very reason … well… I” ll just have to wait for the second wave.
So, I’ll go to plan B, that’s what I’ll have to do, go back to my favorite, the Storage Auctions.
You know the reality show that you watch on TV. You know, where the auction junky finds a fortune by sticking their bare hands into an unknown container?
That part is just silly, Eh!
For a blog writer, if you are ever in a slump for something to write and you need inspiration, check out the storage locker circuit. Some of the lockers have a lot of good, bad or ugly stories to tell.
Open the door to nice, neat looking boxes, and a couch and chair which are surgically wrapped in plastic Or, open the door and it’s as if somebody stood in the doorway and just threw the items in. (Now there is one upset person)
Taking the fun out of the auctions
A lot of these locker auctions are now being sold online with only a couple of terrible-looking pictures to go by.
So, buying these lockers is not for everybody.
Live storage auctions were bad enough before with only a flashlight to find your prize, so, number one rule at those auctions is to bring a really good flashlight and a good imagination.
Now,… how do these companies expect you to bid on something with a blacked-out picture that’s taken upside down?
You have to be either stupid or nervy.
Must be a lot of nervy people out there, the online delinquent storage business is doing good, so, call me “Nervy”
But, these delinquent lockers could be a lot of work, and did I say … you’re bidding on these lockers with very lousy photos.
As we speak I spot this large locker with skids. Why would they pay $700? rental a month to store skids? And why would somebody buy these skids? No money in skids! So. Call me stupid.
“I just bought a job “
I did find some gold once… I think?
“Future POST” Finding gold in a storage locker.
It’s not for everyone.
So, you’re a collector of old things or just have a fascination with the past
Maybe you’re a history buff or just occasionally go down memory lane. Maybe you just want to decorate your rec. room/man cave with unusual things, well, … then you’re not alone.
Collecting unusual items from your past and collecting Antiques are the latest craze. We all love artifacts that we see, touch, and remember from days gone by like that heirloom broach grandma gave you, you know, the one that was handed down to her from her mom. Ah … ”There’s one just like it”!
Look at that Roy Rodgers cowboy suit. I remember wearing one when I was a lot, a …lot …younger.
So here’s a story of a lady walking down the aisle at a Big Antique Mall. She looked like she was a little distressed so I asked her if there was anything I could do for her. She turned around and said that she was having one of those memorable moments from years gone by, and a few tears ran down her cheeks.
- Now there’s a lady that had a good childhood, so yeah, some things do have a good effect on people.
- It’s healthy to jog the good memories of your days gone by.
The Hard Work
Look at how simple the machines were made back then. No computers to do the math, lasers to form, shape, or cut out your parts. They were all calculated by slide rule (you know a tool that looks like a piece of wood with numbers on it. How could they have done that?
Did you ever look at an Apple Peeler from the early days? The machine peels one apple at a time, not 50…….ONE at a time!!
Look at those ordinary house nails. Before the industrial revolution, they were made one at a time, hand-forged, shaped …. one nail at a time and not a thousand nails an hour … but one nail at a time.
These handmade square shank nails are collectible items on their own. In 2017, they were being sold for $1-$2.00 a nail.
Look at that big sturdy looking antique picture frame. You’d have to mortgage your house for it today and look how solid that kitchen table is for being 100 years old.
How about that porcelain service station sign. That would look good in my Mancave/garage!!
But you have to dig real deep to buy those signs. They are really pricey.
Some people collect because it could be a good “investment”, but most collect because of the beauty, the history, or stories these antiques and collectibles could tell.
Whatever the Reason,
Collect and buy antiques because you enjoy the hunt, the fun, the nostalgia, and the memories, and let’s not forget the hard work that went into everything made in those days. so … “HUNTAWAY”
REMEMBER WHAT THEY SAY
“If you have any more than 3 items the same,
“You’re already considered a collector.”