Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Vintage Thingie Thursday - Bakelite Tableware

Welcome to Vintage Thingie Thursday! Don't forget to visit all the great contributors over at Colorado Lady! This week I'm showing my vintage Bakelite Tableware. Below is service for 6 which I keep in one of my vintage Shawnee vases. When I first combined households with Mr. Squash, I put all of my things in storage as I was working so much that I didn't have time to sort through it all before moving. The best solution was to have a moving company pack it up and put it in storage until such time we could "sort and combine". Mr. Squash seemed to have everything we both needed, so all I took with me were my clothes. Well....it seemed that the tableware Mr. Squash had was rather - shall we say - inexpensive, and if you weren't careful, you could cut yourself on the sharp edges of a fork handle! So off I went to the antique malls and eBay in search of Amber Bakelite flatware! I had seen it in various magazines and always loved it.
The first pieces I managed to find - in two separate purchases - were this matching set of knives, forks and spoons. There are many different patterns in bakelite flatware, with subtle variations and I just couldn't believe I scored a matching set! I even have a second set, but it is currently at the Squash House so we have something other than plastic to eat with when we stay there!
One year I was shopping in a local antique mall for something else when I stumbled on this very rare complete set in it's original box of Amber Bakelite Corn Cob holders! We use them frequently!
Below is a Bakelite salt and pepper holder with its original glass salt and peppers and a nakpin ring holder. I decided to begin collecting the myriad of fun napking ring holders - birds, fish, elephants, Scottie dogs, etc - and found this one on eBay from a seller in England! Unfortunately they are extremely collectible (translates to VERY expensive) so I stopped here. I keep hoping that someday the prices will drop and I can collect more of them.
Here are some serving pieces. Some were gifts, some I purchased. There are more steak knives, but the rest are at the Squash House for when we barbecue steak!

Before I go, I want to tell you about the First Friday Freebie beginning tomorrow over at The Painted Quilt! Kaaren is going to offer a free design the first Friday of each month! Go on over and join in the fun!

27 comments:

Stephanie said...

My daughter has terrific taste...LOVES bakelite...especially the bracelets. Very pricey. I hope she gets a good job one day. What a great collection you have.

Diann said...

Very nice finds. I love the look of the last set of utinsels.

AnnieO said...

How wonderful that you USE your collection. I doubt seriously that prices will ever drop on Bakelite; they seem to have steadily risen as the decades pass. Glad you get to enjoy them so.

CC said...

What wonderful finds.. I love both sets and the little corn holders..that's almost too much to hope for. Happy VTT..have a wonderful weekend.

Ulla said...

Wonderful bakelite collection. I like the way you store them.

marian said...

WOW i am SPEECHLESS!!..i ADORE bakelite and i must say i LOVE all your treasures..esp the adorable S&P set and the darling napkin ring!!..btw i LOVE your shawnee vase, it's GORGEOUS!!

Coloradolady said...

I am impressed that you actually use these and enjoy them, so many times we have things and don't use them...I know I am guilty of that. You have a really very nice collection. Have a great weekend and a Happy VTT!!

Postcardy said...

That's a beautiful collection.

~~Carol~~ said...

Wow, you've got a great collection! I love that first picture, of them in that beautiful Shawnee vase! I've seen the flatware before, but I've never seen cob holders, or S&P holders. I think you have a very valuable collection there!
Happy VTT!

Sarah said...

The amber color is so warm and inviting. You are fortunate to find so many matching pieces. Pretty stuff!

Nadine Hogrefe said...

Lovin' the Bakelite! I have a couple pieces but you definitely have been busy shopping!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Oh wow Candace these are so cool. I remember my Mom having some of those steak knives when I was little. Glad that you are finding such a nice collection.
Jocelyn
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

Carrie P. said...

What cool stuff you have. I have not seen those around. Those corn holders are so neat.

Rannyjean said...

Candace, I second Annie O.'s comment on how great that you use it. I have a large collection of Franciscan Desert Rose and we use it daily! Lifes to short to eat off paper plates!

jodi @ Pleasant Home said...

It's beautiful! In my family we put tape on things. With our name on them. Things we like. Things that are given to us when that person isn't around anymore. Hint. Hint. LOLOL ;o) Slap a piece of tape on those with my name on it, would ya. LOLOL.

JEWELGIRL said...

I love Bakelite jewelry and have
been collecting for years. I don't
have any of these neat items! YET? What a super colorful fun post!

PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood said...

Not only do you have a great collection, but you put all of it to use.
Thanks for sharing!
Living it up Lakewood,
Cindy

Kaaren said...

What a super collection, Candace. I'm sooo envious. They would go perfectly with my Jadeite dishes, dontcha think?

It's getting better every week. Can't wait to see what other treasures you have to share with us.

Joan@anthinggoeshere said...

Love the butterscotch bakelite. It is just as cheery as it was when it was originally sold...that is why it is so popular!

Jane said...

I love your bakelite tableware! My favorite was probably the corn holders...great pieces!!

Roslyn said...

That is quite a collection, very pretty. I love the green jug too.

Karen said...

Wow! What a set. I hope you find more napkin rings in your journeys :)

Elizabeth said...

That's a great collection, especially the napkin holder. I can see why they are so expensive.

Bea said...

WOW! What a collection. I love the salt and pepper holder.

Lisa said...

I love your bakelite and pitcher. Those pieces are really unique. Thank you for stopping by and leaving your nice comment

Barb said...

love the colors. also love the banner you have. beautiful.

blessings
barbara jean

DeniseMarie said...

bakelite LOVE, girlie...how fun is all of that.