Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Thrift - Huge Pawn Teak Shakers & Post-Modern Nan Swid

Ernest Sohn "Copper & Color Coffee Set" image courtesy of MODish.net
"Tawny Owl" & "Mourning Dove" French Bird Calls

The black handled creamer is part of an early Ernest Sohn line marketed under the name "Copper and Color." The Copper and Color line was introduced mid-year 1952. The pieces featured black iron (or painted steel) frames and stands and also had copper covers or lids. The nobs are black painted wood. The white ceramic was apparently offered in a number of colors. I am missing is the coffee pot and stand with sugar bowl. These items only had a foil label on the side and the bottoms are umarked.

Pair of French Oiseaux (bird) calls in slide wood boxes. "Tawny Owl" & "Mourning Dove" Distributed by "Quelle Est Belle Company" Handmade in France. Retail new for $36 each. SOLD

1972 & 1982 Pink & blue cutesy Hallmark plaques. Four vintage orange plastic Tupperware containers, can't decide to keep or sell? Had to pass on a huge bright yellow Tupperware container because it had a melted hole on it, so sad.

Teak Salt & Pepper,  Nan Swid Creamer

Huge pair of chess pawn shaped teak salt & pepper shakers. Because they have such a rich patina & are so heavy, I'm guessing they are 1960's? Signed "Thailand" For sale in my Etsy shop.

Another pair white lotus bowls. Made in Japan. (I'm going to have to sell my collection very soon) "Fairies" book, used to drool over this as a kid though my favorite is still "Gnomes"

Post-modern (that means 80's) tabletop designer & mixed media artist Nan Swid's simply white porcelain creamer for Crate & Barrel. Signed "Nan Swid" "Crate & Barrel." Probably early to mid 90's. Made in Thailand. Company existed from 1982-mid 90's. (Also have a pair of statuesque nickel candlesticks designed by architect Richard Mier for "Swid-Powell Design" purchased 15 years ago.)

Pair of  1960's "On The Rocks" gold drink glasses. Found the matching pair a couple of weeks ago at the same thrift.

Massimo Vignelli designed "Colorstone Sapphire" service ware for the Japanese company Satsuma. Signed "Made in Japan, 1986." Four stoneware plates and six cups & saucers. Mint condition. Absolutely no wear. (Funny, found 2 white cups a couple of weeks ago) He also designed plastic Star Wars stacking plates & mugs for Heller.


  1. I specially like the handles and design of the coffee and creamer set.I love the teak pepper and salt shakers, the patina is very good and somone used them alot. Your researsh and history of all the items is much appreciated and enjoyable. keep it up!