Anyway, this wee vase is my most exciting find of the summer. It is a tiny 8 cm tall, only about two-thirds the length of a ballpoint pen. And it has a Crown Lynn sticker. It's unmarked on the base, which makes me wonder how many other little vases just like this are lying about unrecognised.They would have come in more than one colour. I believe it is hand potted, probably by Daniel Steenstra. Sir Tom Clark told me that Steenstra was a prolific hand potter who made a lot of little items as well as larger vases.
This is what the label looks like close-up, and the (unmarked) base.
To my astonishment I only paid $35 for this vase, and from the same shop came another treasure - $5 this time. Yes, it's an early vase with the fractionated numbers on the base. There are still a few people who aren't aware of the significance of those marks! I love the shape of this vase, simple and clean. Shape number 43, with the tell-tale flaws in the glaze which are so common in early Crown Lynn. It's not worth a fortune, but certainly more than $5.
Below is another old vase, bought from a charity shop. It's shape number 63, but this must be an early one because it too has fractionated marks, not the impressed shape numbers that Crown Lynn/Ambrico used later.
Another summer find was this porridge bowl, in the 'Paris' dinnerware shape. This dinnerware was made from the late 1930s until after the 1939-45 war ended. A few are decorated with gold lines and floral lithographs, which places them after 1948; those decorating skills weren't possible at Crown Lynn before then. Anyway. I digress. This is just a plain, nice plate. I have four of these and friends say we should use them as pasta bowls, but they're a bit too precious for that.
(Added later: I WAS wrong.... reader Tony has pointed out that Pyrex stopped using that brand name in 1963.. see comments below for the Pyrex web address, it's worth a look!)
More next week
Take care meanwhile.