Thursday, January 5, 2012

Vintage Thursday: Recent Finds

It's Thursday, time to link up to a few vintage sites like HerLibraryAdventures, Colorado Lady, A Vintage Green and ApronThriftGirl!

Here's what I've found recently:

Best find, I think, was two harp-based end tables with oval tops. I found these at a thrift store just before Christmas and had no idea where I would put them. A little scootin' around in the log room, and they had a home. Of course, now the couch is not centered under the wall hanging...
Ignore the mess on the coffee table! I'm working on eBay photos in that room and those blue bubble plates are part of the things I'll be listing. Aren't they pretty? Here's a better photo of them:
There are 6 of these; I wish I liked blue just so I could keep them. Now that's ridiculous, isn't it? The blue bubble pattern was made by Anchor Hocking in the middle of the last century.

Back to the tables: They were made by Mersman Table Company, probably pre-1927 because after that the company changed its name. Mersman tables are everywhere, apparently. They made millions of different ones and once boasted that one in 10 American homes had a Mersman table. Here's a closer look:
The tables are in solid shape; no wiggling or unsteadiness, although a little veneer is loose on this one but can be easily glued in place. The other one has a more serious cosmetic issue:


Yeah, that's a mess. Does anyone know how to fix such severe water damage? Apparent;y something was spilled on the table and it was left wet with even the books or whatever that were on it also left there, soaking wet. Fortunately the damage is all to the finish and the veneer did not lift or buckle. A friend said once if you can't fix it then decorate it, but for now I've just covered it up:


Still, at $5 each, I thought these were a steal. A few other recent finds:

This cuspidor was only on eBay about 10 minutes before it sold! Guess I under-priced it, but I was happy with what I made on it.


I do not know what these plates are made of. They seem to be Japanese and made of wood--they're black on the back; maybe they're lacquered? There is some gold leaf in the design and I think they are very attractive.

I liked this wicker basket with its green pockets for organization. It's already in use by my front door:


I found these snack plates for a song, and then found the cups to go with them. Do you see tons of punch cups in resale shops in your area? Some of them are so pretty I end up buying them even though I don't need them! I always wonder how they got separated from the punch set--maybe the bowl broke. There's a story behind all these orphaned punch cups. I don't know the name of the maker or the pattern of this set, so they will take some research if I decide to sell them.

Those are my finds to show this week. I hope some of you will share your finds too. And don't forget to visit the blogs linked above and see what other people have been discovering.

17 comments:

warren said...

I ruined a hope chest with water and had to have the white stain sanded and refinished...sorry for the bad news...

H said...

http://www.antiquerestorers.com/Articles/SAL/watermrk.htm

I have used both of the polish and alcohol methods to remove water marks. One was from a wet towel that had been slung over an old wardrobe door. I'm about to try it on a little bed side cupboard that someone left something wet on. It has a glass top to fit but hadn't been replaced. Goodluck! at worse it will have to be refinished anyway so it's worth a try.

Anonymous said...

I have tried polish (English Oil) for water marks. Heloise (remember her?) advocates putting mayonaise on it and letting it sit for awhile. I had a bowl that looked ruined, and it is getting better. :)

Granny Sue said...

Warren, I feel your pain!

I've tried the mayonnaise in the past; it didn't work on that table--it was a board room table and someone left a hot pizza box on it, so the steam from the pizza got under the varnish. We also tried (don't laugh) ironing it with a hot iron with a t-shirt in between the iron and the table. That didn't work either although it did help. We finally hired a guy to do it and he was successful, but he didn't let me watch what he did.

I might just try the mayo again. It can't hurt and it's cheap. Thanks for the idea!

Granny Sue said...

H, I have never heard of the alcohol method but it would be worth a try too. I will look that up. Thank you for suggesting it.

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

I'm at the decorate over the marks stage unless I paint over.

Michelle a.k.a. Farmchick said...

I really like those two tables. I have to admit that I would just decorate over it, just like you have done.

Angela said...

Love the new tables Granny Sue! That was a sweet find at that price too! Not sure how to fix the water stain except to sand and restain it. The blue bubble plates are very cute along with the snack plates. I haven't seen snack plates in that shape before.

I tried to go to my favorite thrift store I was telling you about. I was right. They will be closed until February 2nd. sigh...

Granny Sue said...

I wish I could paint like you do, Joy--I can just see these tables snazzed up with that kind of finish. I'm afraid to try it though; I'm sure I'd ruin them.

Farmchick, it's kind of like singing in a choir: if you don't know the words just sing "watermelon" and no one will know. I can't paint and don't know much about refinishing, so I'm watermeloning the tables :)

Granny Sue said...

We'll have something to look forward to then, Angela :) I can wait. When it comes to junking I can be oh-so-patient.

Mountainword said...

GSue, John removed a similar stain from the dining table by using an iron and a white cotton towel - ironing the towel over the stain. I've also used grain alcohol to eat through the varnish and help the trapped water evaporate.

Granny Sue said...

Thanks Jason! I'll give it a try. I'm thinking the grain alcohol might be what I need to do. This is a pretty bad stain.

Carolyn H said...

Granny Sue: My "chicken" giveaway package was at my door last evening! Oh my gosh, it's such fun! And I do love that basket!! Thank you so much!

Granny Sue said...

I'm so glad it arrive safely, Carolyn :) And I'm very glad the basket found a good home. It was so neat.

Jenny said...

I love the tables. I wish I knew how to fix them but I've been able to find answers to everything like this online - so I'd google it. I really like the little basket too. Such great finds.

Yes, the punch cups are everywhere here too. I don't get to use mine nearly as much as I'd like to.

Ronda said...

Your quilt wallpaper is beautiful! Nice tables. I saw two at a little shop in Waverly OH just this week! I used to know where to get small pieces of replacement vernier. Tricky to do.

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Great finds, I love that wicker basket!

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