Thursday, March 8, 2012

A Shawnee Surprise

Last weekend, my friend, Sandy, and I met at the local flea market for a morning of thrifting and catching up. At lunch, Sandy surprised me with a belated Christmas present...


A  perfect piece of Shawnee miniature pottery to add to my collection. The "USA" mark on the bottom authenticates the piece.


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. I wrote about collecting Shawnee miniatures in a February 2011 post; if you would like to learn more about them, you can read the old post here.

Sandy also brought me this little pitcher to add to my collection of M.E. Hadley pottery. The Hadley Pottery Company is located in Louisville, Kentucky, and the designs on each piece are hand-painted.


Since we live in an old farmhouse, the rural country scenes depicted on these pottery pieces really appeal to me.


I'm not sure how Sandy finds these little treasures. I literally look everywhere I go for Shawnee miniatures and have not found one in recent years...Sandy has now found two, which she very thoughtfully has given to me. (Don't you love flea market friends?)


My "new" Shawnee piece will now live with my other Shawnee miniatures...


 in this little cupboard...


in a corner of my kitchen.


Mark Twain said, "The very marks on the bottom of a piece of rare crockery are able to throw me into a gibbering ecstasy."  Mr. Twain...I agree!

Yours in gibbering ecstasy,


This post is linked to:
Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground
Potpourri Friday at 2805

13 comments:

Cozy Little House said...

Your shelf in the kitchen is adorable! And the gift was both sweet and such a wonderful color. You look like you have a "real" farmhouse kitchen, you lucky girl!
Brenda

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I adore your collection, I have about 4 pieces I have found over the years..few and and far in betwen. I have the same one with the moon and stars in pink.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

You know I love this collection of yours! I have three pieces and have not found anymore in a couple of years. Oh well...glad your friend has found some for you! Hugs, Linda

Pamela Gordon said...

What a sweet friend! I think that pottery is really cute but I don't think I've seen it here. I like your cute cupboard display. I think I'd agree with Mr. Twain too. :) Hugs, Pamela

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

What a nice display of your Shawnee miniatures. I don't think I've ever seen any.

Claudia said...

You know I love your miniatures! How thoughtful of your friend.

xo
Claudia

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

What a lovely gift from a thoughtful friend! Do you know haow many of us would LOVE to have that little wall cupboard?!

Town and Country Gals said...

Your collection of minitures is lovely! How lucky are you to have such a good friend! It's always fun to have a "buddy" to go out hunting with, especially one who brings you little treasures!
Thanks for visiting!
Rebecca

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

You have an awesome Shawnee collection! You are so lucky to have a friend that finds treasures for you! Congrats on the new addition to you collection!!!!

Jane said...

Your collection looks fabulous in that shelf! Your friend definitely knows you!!
Jane

CraveCute said...

Found you through Common Ground. Love your pretty blog. I am you newest follower!

Sunny said...

Hi! Love your blog post. Great pieces, I will be watching for Shawnee pices. (I live in Ohio). Sunny109

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Cheryl,
LOVE your collection and I LOVE your Kitchen but then again , I am so partial to red in a Kitchen!!
Am I wrong or does Mc Coy also have USA on the bottom too?

Hugs,
Deb