Coloradolady hosts Vintage Thingie Thursday which is a lot of fun and causes, or may cause, severe envy, depending upon what thingie your heart loves that is vintage. I adore old stuff which used to be called antique but is now called vintage. Most of the farmhouse at Thistle Cove Farm is full of old stuff. We’ve stuff from Dave’s family, my family, Dave’s previous homes, my previous homes, thrift stores and consignment shops and stuff picked up alongside the road put out for trash pick-up. One man’s trash is another woman’s treasure, eh? -smile-
The beautiful bowl, above, is a Kitchen Kraft, proudly made in the USA by the Homer Laughlin Company in West Virginia. The HLChina Company has been in business since 1873 and has produced quantities of lovely, functional china. Depending upon what, and where, you read, Kitchen Kraft was introduced in 1937 or 1939 but was discontinued by 1945. I have never seen this pattern; it looks to be Japanese in flavor with a pagoda and geisha women standing on a bridge, waiting for a ship or boat to sail into harbor. This fascinates me as I’ve always associated both Kitchen Kraft and Homer Laughlin with more traditional patterns such as gold filigree, nautilus, roses or other florals, solids, equestrian and many more designs.
In earlier years, the HLChina Company was known for a variety of china, now they are known, primarily, for Fiesta Ware. Perhaps it’s just me but I find the Fiesta Ware of earlier years to be preferable to the Fiesta Ware being produced now. The colors of yesteryear are muted, softer and more pleasing to my eye while the colors today are…in a word, garish.
Sorry. It’s true though, the colors today are a bit harsh, loud, crass and in your face. They tend to make the supper table scream, “have a good meal!” while yesteryear’s colors murmur, “so pleased you’re here, enjoy our hospitality.”
The most interesting thing, to me, about the Homer Laughlin China Company is their Food Service Division‘s ability to do custom designs for restaurants, hotels or anyone else who wants china with their own logo. I can just imagine a set of dishes with a thistle, the logo for Thistle Cove Farm!
I did a web search but couldn’t find anything about my particular bowl. It’s about a three quart mixing bowl and has two, quite small, chips that in no way effect the usability of the bowl and will, probably, be put on the shelf and simply enjoyed visually. Oh, the best thing about my Kitchen Kraft bowl? I found it at a thrift store for less than two dollars! Someone else’s trash is my new treasure -smile-.
Blessings ~ little things that bring such joy and pleasure into my life ~ Kitchen Kraft bowls ~ thrift stores ~ thistle ~ Homer Laughlin China Company ~
Soli Deo Gloria,