Sunday, April 27, 2014

Displaying Advertising Transferware in the Kitchen & Family News

 When we first walked through this house immediately I imagined using the portion of the kitchen with glass front cabinets for displaying my advertising transferware.    This house has so many little nooks and crannies which suit my decorating style perfectly because I have always loved creating little vignettes, displaying various collections here and there.

These cabinets were the first thing I organized (well, the first thing I organized that was mostly for decorative purposes!), and now that they've been here a few weeks I'm tweaking them a little here and there but overall this is how they'll stay for awhile.

Notice the latest addition to my collection below?  Over on the left, you can spy it there in the back.

It is a rare, unique bank personalized with an awesome name on it =) and dated 1929.  This piece was probably given as a gift or reward of achievement to a child as this was a common practice in Victorian England.   I saw this piece and figured I'd probably never find another one, especially something with my name on it, so Shawn got it for me.

Since my shop inventory is ever revolving I like to let some of the pieces live in the house with me so I can enjoy them myself until they are sold.  I actually do this quite a bit.   The Spode Blue Room platter, the big James Carberry Marmalade crock, the Lemon Marmalade jar and preserves pot are a few such pieces.  They are listed on my website along with some other advertising pieces.

This is the left side of the cabinets…

and here is the right side….

These old crocks are great for kitchen utensils, flatware, pencils or flowers, even rolled up tea towels stored upright look cute in them.  I think this marmalade crock is so pretty filled with dried roses.

Some of them are just plain and simple fun.  They stand out regardless of whether you add anything to them or not.  This big handled mixing bowl is one of those pieces, although I did use this as a planter for awhile and think it looks great filled with trailing ivy.  I found two of them, so one is for sale on my website. 

One of my favorite pieces still is the Millennium Mills flour canister.  You can read more about it here.

My collection of advertising transferware includes an array of utilitarian pieces, shortbread and jelly moulds, flour, tea and coffee  canisters, condiment jars for things like pickles, mustard and anchovy paste, marmalade pots and store shop display signs.  Some of these are pieces you'd find in a Downton Abbey style kitchen.  In fact, every time I watch that show I'm looking out for some of these pieces and quite often I spot them in the kitchen scenes.  I get excited seeing things some of the same pieces I have being used on the set.  Though most of them were designed for practical, everyday use they are nostalgic little bits from a time gone by and make attractive but cozy kitchen decor.

I did want to mention one of the big changes in our lives recently.  I might have touched on the fact that besides moving both business and household that we had some major things going on with a couple of our kids.  One of those things is that Jonah has decided to join the Army!  He leaves for basic training on May 18th.   He scored very well on his ASVAB test and was able to qualify as a crew chief for an Apache helicopter.  His end goal is to be a Black Hawk pilot.  It will be a big adjustment not having all of my kids so close by and I will  miss him greatly, but I have a feeling that military life will be an even bigger adjustment for him. =)   Please wish him well and keep him in your prayers.

Be Different Act Normal for Show & Tell Sat.
Natasha In Oz for Say G'Day Sat., Tater Tots & Jello for Weekend Wrapup
 Pieced Pastimes for Saturday Sparks Linky, Funky Junk Interiors for Party Junk,
One More Time Events Linky Party
It's Overflowing for Overflowing with Creativity Sat., 
 Silver Pennies for Silver Pennies Sunday,Twigg Studios for Sunday Showoff Party
The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday,Stephanie Lynn for Sunday Showcase
Three Mango Seeds It's Party Time,  DIY Showoff for DIY Showoff Party
Thoughts From Alice for Sunday At Home


  1. Oh Nancy....I love everything in that cabinet. I love anything with writing on it. I have one marmalade jar....but boy, you have some fantastic ones. I have looked at your etsy site....and if I was a working woman still, you will probably have my address memorized!! But, I will just look and drool. Glad getting settled is going well.

  2. My thanks to Jonah for serving our country and prayers for him as he embarks on this new adventure! Prayers for his mama, too!!! Your advertising cupboard is great -- reminds me of an old timey store! Glad you are finally settling into your new home!

  3. Nancy, I'm thrilled to see your beautiful cabinet filled with your advertising pieces. They are some of my favorites. I'm going to set up a PInterest Board just for these. Thank you for sharing. I'm eager to see more of your beautiful new home. Glad you are settling in. Congratulations to your son. ;-)

  4. I just love the cabinet displayed with all your goodies. Tell Jonah thank you for his service. My youngest daughter is currently at Marine boot camp on Parris Island and will graduate May 9. Prayers for you momma!

  5. Oh Nancy, I wish only the best for your son and pray for his safety and health. I am in awe of the military. The men and women that serve make such a HUGE sacrifice to keep us safe in t his country. I admire their dedication and the ability to do what they have to do to keep us safe and themselves. ll the best truly to him.

    What fantastic collection you have and I LOVE that new piece and what a bonus with your name on it front and center. Your display in your cabinets are gorgeous. We are moving into our new home soon and I'm going to start a collection of transferware slowly and guess where I am getting it from??? You of course, the best selection in town. I can't wait, it will be a slow process since I would like to get the pieces I really want but so much fun!!!


  6. Such wonderful collections!! Best wishes to Jonah (and his parents)! I will pray for all of you. I know it will be an adjustment! My grandson, Blake, 22, just got his first full time job as a Worship Pastor for an 800 member church, and moved into his first apartment (that isn't shared with friends). He's been on his own with college for 5 years, but always had room mates. He makes us proud everyday, as will your Jonah! May God have his hand on both of these fine young men!! Take care!

  7. Oh congratulations to your son and thank him for serving our country.
    I love this cupboard, it is totally amazing and everything in it is wonderful. I would love any of it. So glad the move went well. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me

  8. Your cupboard with the advertising transferware is so eye catching and unique.You have an amazing collection!

  9. I just stumbled onto your blog through a Pinterest board and I love it! I see you have some of my favorite bloggers on your sidebar as well so I don't know how I've missed you! I love your transfer ware and I've never realized you could collect (my favorite word) the advertising pieces. I definitely have some cupboard envy!

    Congratulations to your son! My son-in-law is in the military and it is an adjustment to have my daughter and grandkids so far away all the time but how grateful I am for all of those who serve and protect our country! I'll definitely be back for a visit here at your lovely blog!

  10. Have you ever known anyone to mix and match Tonquin for daily use? I have it in brown but I need to increase my set. I'm considering adding blue. Would that look good, to use both on the same table?

  11. So many beautiful pieces!! If I weren't retired and on a fixed income, I would be so in trouble. :)



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