Thrift Share Monday: solve my mysteries?

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I thrifted like a mad woman last Monday--President's Day meant 50% off at Unique and Value Village. And I got a ton of great stuff, some of which I'm going to have to show you later. Why? Because this post is dedicated to my current crop of mystery items--things I think are really cool, but can't exactly figure out. If you have ANY idea what/where/when any of these things are, please comment!

Mystery tin trays
I am honestly not sure why I picked up this set of six tin trays--I think I mostly liked their shape and saw craft potential. The design on them is odd, too, though, and they look old. They are unmarked on the back.

Mysterious frog pot
I bought this little froggie pot because it's adorable, but I am hard pressed to figure out from when or where it came. It looks handpainted, but I don't think it is, because there is a stamp on the bottom:

Frog pot bottom

Anybody know?

Orange mystery pitcher--made in Czechoslovakia
This orange ceramic pitcher or carafe is my new favorite find, but I have no idea what era it's from. The bottom says "Made in Czechoslovakia," but that's the only clue I have.

Arabia Finnish jam pot
I know this little jam pot is from Finnish company Arabia, and I've found tons of other pots from the company online, but none with this single orange design. My guess is that this one is more recent than the multi-fruit ones I'm finding elsewhere, but I'm not sure. Anybody a collector?

American Tempo Flatware cocktail forks--16
Because they are marked, I know these are cocktail forks from American Tempo flatware. What I can't figure out is when they were made, or why in the world I'd see a bag of 16 of them, in individual plastic bags. They're adorable, if completely impractical, and I just couldn't help but pick them up for $1.

Vintage travel clothesline

Travel clothesline underside
I absolutely adore this little clothesline kit, which I actually thrifted months ago but just re-found in my house. The looks of it have me guessing it's mid-century, but I have no idea if that's actually the case and haven't be able to find anything similar online.

Finally, a repeat of last week's mystery, just in case. Anybody see a casserole dish like this one?

Unmarked covered casserole dish

Happy Thrift Share Monday! Don't forget to head over to Apron Thrift Girland check out all the other great things people are sharing today!

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Whoahhh... Good finds!

There's a pdf linked here to figure out the age of the Arabia of Finland piece:
http://www.finnishdesign.com/finnish-design-companies/iittala/arabia

Love that covered casserole. I'm sorry I don't know anything about it, but your first photo shows 6 canape trays, which were very "must have" in the fifties when everyone entertained with cocktail parties and bridge parties. Place your little cocktail napkin on top, load it up with a few appetizers, and you can walk around with your nibbles and your martini with a twist at the same time. Hope you remembered to change out of your cotton shirtwaist dress and into your two-piece cocktail sheath first (with little matching pillbox hat if you have any style at all)!

The frog planter is cute! I have a consignment shop in Deale, MD and I just found your blog while doing a search on "Misty Morn" by Shafford. We just got in dinnerware and cups from this same set #and have had plates before#. I don't know much about them but, yes, they are hand painted because every dish and cup is different. I LOVE the character of the pieces. Thanks for sharing.

I think that covered casserole dish looks like Royal China. We have one that looks similar in Blue.

A little late responding but wanted to provide info on some of your photos. The name of the pattern for the Royal China bread plates and desert bowl is called “Royal Maytime.” This pattern of teal flowers with gray leaves and stems was produced in the late 1950s. I think pieces were offered to Colgate/Palmolive dealers and individual pieces came in boxes of Colgate – Palmolive detergent. They’re hard to come by for those collecting this pattern. The gold round covered vegetable bowl is also made by Royal China on their Futura line. The pattern is called Star Glow, and though the solid color does not scream the atomic age, the star pattern on other pieces does. Danyel’s blue version of the covered vegetable bowl is called Blue Heaven, with other pieces having blue geometric patterns. Star Glow was very popular, and more than 40 different items were available in this pattern, including glassware and pie plates, ashtrays, pitchers and casserole bowls. The main pieces are not hard to find at thrift shops or online. The Cathay pieces are wonderful, and not to difficult to find more of this Taylorstone ware pattern.

Did you ever find any information on the orange Czech pitcher? I have one just like it, except mine has a saucer that sits underneath the pitcher.

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