Part Detective, Part Luck

Mrs. A. Vintage Finds

Hubby and I were making the estate and garage sale rounds one Saturday morning, but we weren’t finding many treasures.  One of our final stops for the morning was an address that had hosted many garage sales.  Familiar with the couple having the sale, we stopped to exchange pleasantries and then made our way through the tables and racks looking for something…anything…of interest.  I really can’t remember if Hubby purchased anything that day, but I came across the sweetest little serving bowl.  I knew from the markings that it was probably an antique.  It caught my eye because it reminded me of something my grandmother would have had in her cabinet.

Vintage Crown Pottery Dish

Crown Potteries Floral Dish featured at 2aEmporium

I bought that sweet little bowl and took it home to begin my research.  Most of the time, a simple Google search will turn up something or at least give me a trail to follow for more information.  Nothing!  Nada!  Zip!  I couldn’t identify it even with the markings stamped on the back for a clue.

Crown Pottery Manufacturer Stamp

The next weekend we went out in search of treasures again.  It’s something we enjoy doing together.  We look for all sorts of things.  Tools and computer stuff for Hubby. Organizers, jewelry, and household things for me.  Occasionally, we find a treasure we didn’t even know we needed.  Of course, at that point, it’s a done deal because we load it up and take it home.  Someone’s castoff just became our treasure!

Once again, we were on our last stop for the morning when we came across an interesting sale. It was full of beautiful pottery.  On one table off to the side, I noticed some books.  I was so excited when I realized that they were books to identify Antique and Vintage Glassware, Pottery, Depression Glass and a Dictionary of Markings.  These books had been well used. History doesn’t change though, so they held within their covers the information that I wanted.  It didn’t take me long to scoop them up, pay for them and head home.

Vintage Glassware Books

Armed with my new antique serving bowl from the previous week’s sale and my new book, “Kovels’ New Dictionary of Marks”, from this sale, the hunt began.  I knew I had a treasure in this serving bowl, and I was determined to identify it.  Voila!  Page 87, Square H!!  The identifying markings gave me what I needed to complete my search. Crown Potteries Company, Circa 1950 and made in Evansville, Indiana.  No wonder it reminded me of something that would have been found at Grandma’s house.

Treasure Hunting is quite rewarding, but sometimes it takes Part Detective, Part Luck to identify your treasure!



9 thoughts on “Part Detective, Part Luck

  1. Linda Stanchik| September 3, 2016 at 8:25PM

I love that too – it’s so rewarding to find the answer and know you did the research! Great post 

  1. Wanda @ Just VintageSeptember 5, 2016 at 11:04AM

Such a pretty bowl! We think everything is on the internet, but amazingly, sometimes it’s just not. Glad you found the books. 

  1. Mrs. A.September 5, 2016 at 11:24AM

Thanks so much for commenting Linda and Wanda!

  1. Laurie ThreeOldKeysSeptember 5, 2016 at 2:12PM

I love finding them used, too! I wish I had a giant library of them. The outdated “price guides” make people get rid of them. I just want the facts they contain. : )

  1. Mary| September 5, 2016 at 5:09PM

I feel like quite a geek with all my research guides, but I just love them!

  1. sally| September 6, 2016 at 11:49AM

fabulous finds

  1. JD at ThirdShiftVintage.comSeptember 8, 2016 at 3:42PM

Sounds like your shopping adventures were meant to be! That’s pretty cool how you find the books to identify your dish!

  1. Gail| September 8, 2016 at 9:56PM

The best part of the hunt is discovering all about your find afterward. I don’t think I could part with this bowl!

  1. Betty Powell| September 19, 2016 at 12:10PM

Isn’t that the way it goes for pickers? It’s really a little eerie, to tell the truth. Great find in both instances. Old books hold all the knowledge. 

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