Thrill of the Hunt #128: Blue and White Series #1

September 5, 2022

Welcome, friends, to another fun-filled Thrill of the Hunt post where I share my latest thrifty (and usually) vintage finds with you. 

pink hydrangea bouquet in blue and white porcelain pitcher 
My hope is that by sharing my thrifty finds I can motivate and inspire you to explore your own local thrift stores, estate sales, flea markets and barn sales, and discover your own fabulous finds for yourself. So let's get started.

Normally I share pretty much random items that I've recently acquired through my thrifting travels. But today I'm starting a min-series of sorts to highlight the most lovely blue and white porcelain pieces I've been lucky enough to either be gifted or find over the past few months. The collection is large, so this mini-series will consist of at least 4 installments.

 
blue and white porcelain hen on nest

I was beyond stoked when I found this blue and white porcelain hen on nest at my local quarterly estate sale for $7.00. While I've managed to collect many blue and white porcelain pieces, this was a new one for me. 

aerial view blue white porcelain hen on nest mantel decor

Not only did it check the box for blue and white porcelain, it checked the box for my hen on nest collection as well!

blue white hen nest lid bowl porcelain



Hen on nests have been around for over 150 years, although most of them are made of glass -- which is what made this one all the more special since it's made of porcelain.

blue white porcelain bowl dinnerware

I can even use the very pretty base alone as a bowl without the hen lid.

This is by no means my first vintage hen on nest. I have a cobalt blue hen on nest, milk glass hen on nest, mini porcelain hen on nest and clear glass hen on nest.

I've collected so many I need to do a "hen on nest collection" blog post!

pink hydrangeas blue white porcelain pitcher vase

While this beauty is technically my daughter's, I had to add it to this Thrill of the Hunt blue and white series.

pink big leaf hydrangeas in blue vase pitcher

I was with her when she bought it. We were on a girls' shopping trip to a local vintage emporium.

brass candlesticks mantel mirror flower vase

When she grabbed it and said she had to have it I knew I'd taught her well! Our garden hydrangeas look beautiful in it! 

There is a blurred makers mark on the bottom that I'll have to investigate. It looks like two lions -- which reminds me of many of the English pottery pieces I've collected over the years. 

TIP: If you plan on using a pitcher as a vase, you can always fill a large plastic cup with water and place that into the pitcher, then add the flowers. That way your pitcher stays clean from dirty floral water and gunk and you can feel confident using it as a drink pitcher.     

Tom Fillery candy tin

I got this one for myself at the same place that day for $8.00. 

Tom Fillery rum & butter flavored toffee tin can

While it's not blue and white porcelain, it IS blue and white. And vintage. How old I don't know. I do know that the company ceased to exist in 2000 so it's at least 22 years old.

toffee tin with hinged lid

It's an embossed Tom Fillery's Rum & Butter Toffee Tin, with a Greco-Roman design and hinged lid.

Greek-inspired art on candy tin



Grecian goddess playing lyre angels overhead

The lid shows a woman playing a lyre. The sides show an image of a woman in a garden. It appears that the company was established in 1923 in England.

I can see me using it for, well, candy of course, and other seasonal goodies like mini pumpkins or bottle brush trees! Stay tuned to find out! 

Well, that's it for today, friends!

I hope you've enjoyed reading 

Thrill of the Hunt #128:

Blue And White Series #1 

and that I've inspired you in some way. 

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Unknown said...

Kathleen, Absolutely gorgeous pieces, I'm always so happy to see blue and white ceramics. I had to laugh when you you said you knew you taught your daughter well because it's my goal for all our kids to be great thrifters and I had a moment like that as well. The other day my son who's a Freshman in college called me from the thrift store. He had taken a bunch of his new friends out thrifting for the first time! :)

Maria said...

That was me as anonymous, sorry still figuring this blog thing out! :)

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