Thrill of the Hunt #135

July 29, 2023

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

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 make your own fabulous finds for yourself. So let's get started.

My first thrifty vintage find is not something you would expect to find at your local Goodwill. Yet I did just that.

porcelain Chinese snuff bottle

My eyes were immediately drawn to this cute little chinoiserie bottle. Blue and white is my jam! 

small blue white Chinese chinoiserie snuff bottle

The tiny white lid was taped onto it to keep it with the bottle. I paid 99 cents for it.

Chinese snuff bottle with  lid

When I got it home I untaped the lid from the bottle and found this. I was curious so I Googled it (of course) and found out that it is actually a Chinese snuff bottle! How cool is that for a Goodwill find?  Unfortunately, the small tube-like piece of plastic attached to the lid is the top of what used to be a long spoon used to retrieve the snuff out of the bottle. Apparently it broke somewhere along the way. 

According to Wikipedia:

Snuff bottles were used during the Qing Dynasty to contain powdered tobacco.Smoking tobacco was illegal during the Qing Dynasty, but the use of snuff was allowed because the Chinese considered snuff to be a remedy for common illnesses such as colds, headaches and stomach Therefore, snuff was carried in a small bottle like other medicines. The snuff bottle replaced the snuff box used by Europeans.

Some Chinese snuff bottles are highly collectible and worth a lot of money. Mine is probably not worth much, especially with the broken spoon, but I LOVE it! It will join my collection of blue and white porcelain pieces like vases, ginger jars, cache pots and tea pots.

classic French pineapple quilted butter dish brass plate

I found this butter dish years ago at a thrift store. I was enamored of the pretty overall quilted pattern and brass plate on the lid.

butter dish cover and plate

After some research I came to find that it's a THL brand butter dish, also a collectible. 

bottom of THL made in China butter dish plate

brass plate butter dish lid

The decorative brass plate on top of the lid says "Butter."

Grade AA butter sitting on butter dish plate

It's the perfect addition to any set of white dishes, or as a stand alone butter dish for everyday use. It's been a long time since I've shared my new Etsy shop listings -- but you can now find this French pineapple quilted butter dish for sale in my Etsy shop, Vintage Farmhouse Love. 

Limoges porcelaine candy dish bowl

Another recent addition to my Etsy shop is this scalloped Limoges candy dish. I call it a candy dish but really it can be used for anything. 

scalloped details of Limoges bowl

I think the scalloped details make it unique. 

porcelaine Limoges Castel France

According to its maker's mark it appears to have been made sometime between 1944 and 1963 in France.
Limoges scalloped dish filled with beach soaps

Here I'm using it as a lovely soap dish. It can also be used as a candy dish, nut dish, office supply dish (paper clips, thumb tacks) or any other type of "dish" that your little heart desires. It's now for sale in my Etsy shop, Vintage Farmhouse Love. You'll find it along with  many other vintage finds -- the inventory changes periodically, so stop back from time to time and see what's new there!   

Well, that's it for today, friends! 
I hope you've enjoyed reading about  
 Thrill of the Hunt #135 
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Rita C at Panoply said...

Kathleen,that snugf bottle is everything! Wow, awesome Goodwill find. I knew what it was as soon as I viewed the photo. One of my Panoply sisters collects them. I found a cool pair at a recent estate sale, but certainly not at that price! The spoon is broken in mine also, but who cares, right?

Junkchiccottage said...

Good morning Kathleen. What a cool find. Love that it is in your blue and white that you love. Happy New Week. Hugs. Kris

rush said...

Your link to your Etsy store brings us right back to your blog. Thought you would like to know.

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