I've only recently started taking chances
on buying box lots at auctions.
I mostly check them out first.
At an auction two weeks ago, Howard and I
paid a small amount ("One money! One money!")
for a box with some random china.
I wanted it for the 8 bright red, tiny Japanese cups and saucers inside.
They're destined for my dining room Christmas tree.
I noticed a white platter when I glanced in this box
during the auction preview time, but didn't realize this
was what I would pull out from the box when I got it home:
A gorgeous platter, glossy pure white, no chips or cracks,
but with most of its gold leaf edge worn off from use.
Nice deep shape. Perfect for grapes, or just on its own.
Turning it over . . . this:
The crossed sword mark. Meissen.
I like it 'cause it's pretty, but I also like it because it's Meissen.
I'm shallow that way.
Also in the box, a leaf-shaped platter. In perfect condition.
On its shapely backside, it's marked Stangl.
Made in Trenton, USA. Because as we all know . . . .
Stangl Pottery began life in Flemington, New Jersey,
but eventually took over a larger facility in Trenton.
Trenton is our state capital, and even served
as the capital city of the young United States of America in 1784.
It was also home to many potteries and china manufacturers,
ranging from Lenox to American Standard.
Think toilets. Yes, they are china, too.
But even I don't collect them.
I see this platter in a cottage or Arts-and-Crafts style home.
Maybe on an oak sideboard. It has that great rustic, organic look.
Good ol' Jersey clay.
And that's about it for today.
No, that is it for today.
I'm trying to make some sense of my dining room,
which is hosting the remnants of daughter Anne's office at Rutgers,
and also an overflow of small furniture pieces
waiting to find room in my antiques booth.
It ain't purty. Wish me luck. -- Cass
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