Saturday, June 30, 2012

A Collection of Wastebaskets

      This is mind-boggling. Forty wastebaskets! At one time I may have owned as many as twelve––now reduced to tour.
   With these pictures, Charlie is sharing another group of his extensive collection.
Armour...World Map



Wendell August...Pine 
WA...Apple blossom
WA ....Pine

WA...square shape...Pine
Peoples Grove City  

WA....Fleur de Lis
WA..Crossed Swords & Crown

WA...Amish scence
WA...Alcoa Elevator Motif

WA...Wheat Sheaf

WA...Dogwood. oval

WA..Pine, oval...banded top
WA...Saguaro Cacti, oval

Clayton Sheasley...Coach & Four, hex

 Sheasley...Pine... hex shape

Sheasley...Coach..round shape


bekk tiwer,


DePonceau...described this as
a scene from his kitchen window.

Everlast...Poppy...wild flowers

John Findley...Butterfly
Findley...Stone house



Wilson Specialties....Flower Wreath
flat on back side

HC...Made by Pisconni and Rossi. An early
piece.  Calla Lily

When possible the company's catalog name is used, but many are yet unknown. Collectors have given names to many motifs, using what seems to be the most obvious feature.

I hope all the captions 'fit' the photos. This group has wandered around the page, determined to find their very own choice spot instead of the one I choose, and I can only hope they took their names with each move.

Again, I thank Charlie for sharing another large part of his collection with us. Sharing collections, or a recent purchase, was the purpose of starting The Aluminist back in the '80s. That, and publishing the continuing updates on the industry, remains our purpose today.

A few more items have been added to the sale list (see Sales on the list of pages above), and more will be added soon.



Monday, June 18, 2012

Catching Up

Of the 25,517 views of the Aluminist, over 3,000 were for Continental information and 1,590 were viewing Rodney Kent. Other company views ranged from Wendell August at 253 to Palmer-Smith at 1,122. Not exactly exciting information, but interesting never the less. The shopper-pleasing designs of the ‘40s and ‘50s are still holding their own, it seems.

Interested collectors having pieces of Rodney Kent have contributed information toward completing the numbering list:

# 463 ... this dish with the pale blue glass. It has also
              appeared with no mark, probably having a 
              removable tag at one time.

#472....a condiment set w/two covered jam or relish jars and
            triangular glass dishes, "U" shaped ribbon designed
            center handle.

 bucket, shown here as purchased recently along    
          with it box and tongs.

Thanks to the collectors who furnished the above information.

Now a question for you to consider: Is the lighter weight ribbon and center flower designed handle and trim that is used on some pieces a copy of the Rodney Kent heavier, more detailed decoration, or was it an adaptation by the company, as a money saving effort or to make it more easily fit some items? 
This is a lovely piece. The glass is of a quality Rodney Kent used. It is unmarked and the tab handles are different from the standard ribbon and flower designed trim. Yet I have seen this type on several pieces that seem to be authentic RK. 

Relish dish with glass 

Under side of handle

Top side or handle

Under tray w/o glass.

Your comments are welcome! There is definitely one line of products that were either copying Rodney Kent as near as the law would allow, or trying to follow the RK popularity by creating something similar. This dish above is much nearer to the           original than the products of other "knock offs."
A copy or an adaptation? Try out the comment section below and lets see what others think.