Thrill of the Hunt #52

June 26, 2017

thrill of the hunt #52 keyboard and cactus

Welcome, friends, to another fun-filled Thrill of the Hunt post where I share my latest thrifty (and usually) vintage finds with you. Today it's all about Homer Laughlin china, Mitchell Corn Palace memorabilia, and souvenir plates. So let's get started.

Homer Laughlin Eggshell Theme flowers plate

I wasn't even going to LOOK at plates the day I found a trio of these at Goodwill.

creme eggshell Theme china plate flowers

Not only did I love the delicate floral pattern, but I also loved the raised fruit and leaf motif all around the border.

raised fruit motif floral plate

I still have a dream of putting up a plate wall in my dining room, so after the walls are painted I'll be starting in on that project.

Homer Laughlin china makers mark

I love that they have a maker's mark and I was able to trace a bit of history about them. They were manufactured by the Homer Laughlin China Company in June of 1939. You can tell this from the "F39 N5". The pattern is Theme Eggshell TH5. It was discontinued in the 1950's.

trio creme floral plates

Eggshell refers to the lightweight thinness of the china.

Homer Laughlin Eggshell Theme TH5

Not too shabby for 78 years old, huh?

floral china

They remind me of the Havalind china pattern of my mother's. If I remember correctly, my parents were married in 1948 -- so their china is 69 years old. It's all with my sister now. Homer Laughlin Theme Eggshell Plates are SOLD.

Mitchell, South Dakota Souvenir metal tray

Some might call this a metal serving tray, or plate. Either way, there's no mistaking that it's a souvenir from Mitchell, South Dakota.

Mitchell, South Dakota metal tray Corn Palace

Mitchell, South Dakota Corn Palace 1892

I have to say that I had never heard of "The Corn Palace." Apparently it's been quite the tourist destination since 1892.

Mitchell, South Dakota Souvenir Plate

Once a year the outside of the building is covered in corn murals (yes, they're actually made of corn), following a different theme each year. It's also a venue for popular musical groups to perform.

Washington, D.C. souvenir plate

Now this is definitely a plate. It's a Washington, D.C. souvenir plate.

U.S. Supreme Court souvenir plate

Having lived and gone to law school in Northern Virginia, and having worked in D. C. for 5 years, these scenes are especially near and dear to my heart.

U.S. Marine Corps War memorial souvenir plate

It also shows the Lincoln Memorial, the White House and the Jefferson Memorial.

cherry blossoms Washington D.C. plate

And of course, the entire plate is embellished with cherry blossoms. If you ever get the chance to see them in the spring, well, it's a glorious sight to behold. Enough of my reminiscing. It should make a great addition to my state plate collection.

Well, that's it for now, friends!
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My thrift store addiction said...

Fun finds, Kathleen! I couldn't have passed on those floral plates, either!

Parsimonious Décor Darling said...

Those plates are adorable! said...

I've never seen the cherry blossoms in Washington, but I have seen the Corn Palace. It's quite a place, and we went out of our way to get a glimpse of it. I can't imagine putting all that corn on it! Your HL plates are very pretty! They remind me of some Wedgwood pieces I've seen.

Cecilia said...

Oh, I love the floral plates! So pretty! The souvenir platter is fun and colorful and the Washington DC plate is way cool. You definitely need to do a plate wall in your dining room! What a great way to display your finds.


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