Thursday, February 17, 2011

Collecting Shawnee Miniatures

I thought it would be fun to share some photos of one of my favorite collections.  These Shawnee Pottery miniatures live in a vintage cupboard in my kitchen and I just love them.
The Shawnee Pottery in Ohio started making miniatures of their full size vases and pitchers in 1937 and continued through the late 40's. Each miniature is no more than 3" high but the detail is amazing. They were made to be given away as party favors, premiums and souvenirs.

Aren't these green ones adorable?
The miniatures originally wholesaled for $1.87 per dozen. They are now difficult to find and, unfortunately, no longer cost $1.87 per dozen (just my luck!). I see them on e-bay occasionally for $20.00 to $30.00 each but prefer to look for mine at flea markets and estate sales.

I love the vibrant reds of these...

Since I collect peach McCoy pottery, I was excited to find the miniatures in peach...love the little planter and basket...

This is a tiny version of the popular cornucopia shape made by many of the early pottery companies at the time...

and a little peach polka-dot basket...

Here is my McCoy swan vase next to its miniature cousin...

Each little vase is marked "USA" on the bottom...

My book on Shawnee Pottery (Mangus, 1994) is a good resource...
I love these rich greens...

and sweet blues.

Who could resist these creamy yellows?



These little mini's have captured my heart.  Now I only wish I could have a tiny little tea party and invite all my blog friends to come!


I am linking this post to the following Blog parties:
 Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Show & Share Day at Just a Girl
Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground
Inspiration Friday at At the Picket Fence
                Junkin' Finds Friday at A La Carte.
Show Off Your Cottage Monday at The House In the Roses
Trinket Thursday at My Cottage Charm


I hope you will consider becoming a Follower of My Sister's Cottage...only five to go to get to 50 Followers and give away this vintage collage magnet!

25 comments:

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

very nice! thanks for sharing!

Linda said...

OH I LOVE this collection...I can see how it captured your heart!

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

This is such a wonderful collection. I have enjoyed your post on the history of them. ~~Sherry~~

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

oh dear! what a beautiful collection! love the colours and so eye candy! love love love them all! great collection!

Jeanne Selep said...

Beautiful collection. Great colors. Did they make a tiny tea set that does not pour?

Sadie@Serendipity said...

How fun! I collect the same miniatures and now I would love to find your vintage cupboard to store mine in-they have taken over the antique sewing machine shelf they now call home. Thank you for sharing and the additional info on them!

Debra@Common Ground said...

These are wonderful, you have an amazing collection! Thanks for the history on these. I haven't seen many of there around. Thanks for linking up for VIF!
hugs,
Debra

Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures said...

I LOVE your collection!!!!
Great colors!!

And hello, nice to meet you!

I just found you over at Common Ground! I love these parties so many great ideas and new friends!

I am now a follower of yours!
Please stop by and say hi!

I have a dollhouse I've been working on FOREVER!
Patience, patience!

Claudia said...

oh my goodness! I feel another collection coming on! I love, love these miniatures, Cheryl! You know I love pottery and these would be the perfect addition - and they wouldn't take up much space!

I used to have a miniature Fiesta pitcher in green that I loved and I have no idea what happened to it.

xo
Claudia

Anonymous said...

I'm a new follower of your blog! Love the collection ----- such yummy colors! Thank you for sharing! Jana in Texas

Ann said...

Are they just for display or do you use them?

In Singapore, next tot he university where I used to live, there was a pottery selling cheap stuff from China and Vietnam.

I am not a collector, but over the years, special friends have given me miniatures which I keep.

My Cottage Charm said...

Thanks so much for linking your lovely pottery to my linky party! I didn't even know these little miniatures existed, thanks so much for sharing! Hope you'll come back again!
hugs
Missy

Becca said...

Hi Cheryl, I think my grandmother had Shawnee pottery. I like the green ones. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving me a comment! I would love to see more of your photos of the coast of Maine. I have always wanted to visit there. :-)

By the Bluegrass said...

I love anything miniature! These are so pretty and colorful. They look great in your cute little wall shelf!
xo,
Sena

By the Bluegrass said...

p.s. I'm your newest follower!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Oh my goodness! These are amazing. I may have just found my newest love! I love pottery but it does take up so much space and the miniatures are so sweet and little!! Thanks for linking up to Junkin Finds Friday! Hugs, Linda

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I knew I had some little pitchers and I looked and they are Shawnee miniatures! Thanks for this great info.

AuntLou said...

Uh oh! I love miniature pottery, especially pitchers & vases. I love putting the tiny wild violets that grow under my clothesline into them. I can see I am going to be looking for these, everywhere I browse! Thank you for this information. :)

Coloradolady said...

What a wonderful post, I have a lot of these but knew nothing about them, now I am off to check the ones I have. Love it. I host Vintage Thingie Thursday every week, your post would be a welcome addition as I am sure each week you'd have great thingies to show! I am clicking follower ....we have very similar taste!!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I collect usa, mccoy etc too. your collection is great, I have a wheelbarrow and water can minatures. love the post!

Faithful Crafter said...

Hello Cheryl, I just found your blog. Signing up as a follower. Love all your vintage items. Thanks for sharing too about your beloved sister. Valerie

birdie blue said...

love your collection. it's lovely.

i'm so happy to have found your sweet blog. i'm off to peruse your past posts.

xo
~molly

Cyndie said...

Just found your blog thru Mockingbird Hill Cottage - and I enjoyed your pottery miniatures....I have collected the larger ones in the past but the minis are adorable! Love the soft colors - and that cabinet you have them displayed in is the cutest I've seen. Be back soon!

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

Amazing the quality of what used to be made here in the US. I have never seen these. How fun to collect.

Debbi said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE YOUR MINATURES. I KNOW SOMEONE WHO COLLECTS THE ANIMALS. THANK YOU FOR SHARING. debbi