Friday, June 25, 2010

Pictures of Pitchers: The Inadvertent Collector

As I was putting away dishes the other day, I realized that I have a LOT of little pitchers (and I don't mean the "little pitchers have big ears" kind!). I have big ones too but for some reason I seem to have collected a lot of the small, creamer-sized jugs. Here's a look at them, an a vintage table cloth I found at a yard sale last summer:


The "red" collection, although there's amber here too, another favorite color of glass. The one in front left we use regularly, the dark red with a clear handle was a gift from my sister Julie, and the two amber pitchers were my mother's.


Some are handmade pottery, some are restaurantware, one is cut glass and one is silver, some are old and some are fairly new and I just like their shapes, which is as good a reason as any to have them!

A recent Goodwill find. I liked the colors on this, especially the lavender on the inside of the pitcher. This isn't my usual style, but something about it really appeals to me, and I think it is probably from the 30's or 40's:




My mother gave me this red cranberry glass pitcher and its matching sugar bowl some years ago--I'd always admired it as a child. She said it is very old blown glass and I believe that because it's pretty delicate.




This was another recent find at Goodwill, a handmade pottery pitcher for 50 cents:


Here's a closer look at the pottery/china pitchers:


I liked the handle on the pitcher on the left and the lovely dragon on the one on the right. It has a matching sugar bowl that I use every day to make my morning tea. I bought the wee little restaurant creamer for Larry because he likes the old restaurantware--and so do I, actually. The thick coffee cups really keep your coffee hot.

After the "group" photos, I found more pitchers around the house. This was tucked away in a corner of the kitchen shelves...

This one was hiding in the log room...

There were a few others that I didn't photograph in various other places in the house. I might not call myself a collector, but it seems I've ended up with quite a collection.

7 comments:

Janie B said...

I have a bunch of old pitchers, too. I started collecting them and then realized they take up too much space. I love the red cranberry pitcher of yours.

Janet, said...

Yes, Susanna, I think you are a collector. I love those, especially the last two. And, I love your tablecloth!

Granny Sue said...

I think you're right, Janet. Funny how things creep up on us. And I don't like just any pitcher either. It has to be a certain shape and colors I like. You'll notice there are few with flowers of other ornamentation and most are either handmade, vintage, made in England or restaurantware.

Granny Sue said...

Space is always the issue isn't it, Janie? I've given away a few of my pitchers because of that reason. I also seem to collect bowls and have given many away because of space--I mean, how many mixing bowls can I use?!

Lucky13 said...

I love it!!! And am so happy I'm not the only one with Mom's affection of collecting those "pretty little pitchers". I'm not a collector either, but somehow I've managed to have quite a collection, and I love them!!!! It's something WE will ALWAYS have in common with our Mom!!!

Nance said...

I read once that you can have 1 or 2 of something but when you get the 3rd one, you end up with a collection and I have found this true. Sometimes when I come across that 3rd something, I yell at myself -- enough already -- 3 ends up 10 or 12 or more! I have a bunch of pitchers and creamers too. Mine are mainly from the 30s and 40s, the colored ware of that era with pointed spouts and fancy handles. And pleasing to my eye! Yours are too, pleasing to my eye.

Susan at Stony River said...

Well if I find any around my house, I know what to do with them! LOL

I was thinking of you again today, while cleaning out the basement and finding another pile of mason jars. You're welcome to them if you can use them?

(or is that I'll use any excuse to see you again, and soon LOL)

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