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!