I so enjoy the appeal of a retro kitchen and retro aprons and linens. Retro is so colorful and cheerful! Retro encompasses lots of Anthropomorphic elements from vintage Anthropomorphic salt and pepper shakers, Anthropomorphic fruit and veggies embroidered onto tea towels, dish towels and aprons and even Anthropomorphic chalkware wall plaques. EllynAnne Geisel has a couple great books out that bring the love of retro and vintage kitchen linens and aprons to the forefront of today and her website has so many neat downloadable “how to” like making these fabulously neat Original Egg Warmer Designs. Visit here for directions for this fun project! Make the POLKADOT EGG WARMER, APRON EGG WARMER, EGG WARMER APRON, EGG WARMER DRESS.
When talking about vintage ceramic kitchen collectibles from the 1950s-1960s, a popular theme is ‘Anthropomorphic’ and it refers to ‘uniquely human characteristics and expressions’ and these ceramic are usually very colorful and animated – kind of like cartoon characters with big eyes and smiles. These vintage ceramics were mostly imports from Japan and made by the eras top manufacturers Holt Howard, PY, Miyao, Coronet, Napco, and Lefton.
You can find Anthropomorphic collectibles in the forms of: Condiment Jars, Salt and Pepper Shakers, Cruet Sets, Jam and Jelly Jars, Planters, Vases, Wall Pockets, Cake Stands, Dinner Ware Sets, Serving Bowls, Serving Trays, Butter Dishes, Teapots, Pitchers and more.
Today these kitschy anthropomorphic collectibles can be found online, on EBay, Etsy, Rubylane, and in antique and collectibles shops all over the country but in small quantities. Collectors tend to collect based on manufacturer or theme – say all red apple items or only the lemon heads. Be prepared however to pay top dollar on these items as they are very collectible today and can rage from $29.99 – $3,500 (for the rare Lefton Hot Dog Head condiment jar and Holt Howard Honey jar). I was at a flea market recently and spotted a pair of vintage 1950s anthropomorphic fruit head salt and pepper shakers in horrible condition with lots of crazing and paint wear and the seller was asking $40 for them and when I attempted to negotiate he just looked at me and said “Do you know what these are? They are from 50s and very collectible today” and he was not going to budge on price.
Collecting vintage anthropomorphic kitchen ceramics are a REALLY fun type of collectible as their bright colors and big smiles and expressive faces are so darn cute and charming so they appeal to lots of folks. Today, finding pieces to complete a set or add to a growing collection are getting more and more difficult and prices are climbing. Do you collect vintage anthropomorphic kitchen ceramics? Send us a note and let us know about your collection.
Aren’t these the cutest? This is the time of year for smiles and celebrations and adding color into our lives. These vintage and retro kitchen collectibles are all anthropomorphic and many made by PY Miyao and have such big eyes, are flirty, and will put a smile on your face. We were so lucky to come across the rare Py “Office Helper” series clock face shakers and the Lefton Pixieware boy and girl salt and pepper shakers too. Details Here!!
Lefton China was founded in Chicago Illinois in 1941 by a Hungarian named George Zolton Lefton, an immigrant sportswear manufacturer who collected fine china and porcelain as a hobby. In the mid 1940s Lefton began importing ceramic giftware and decorative items from all over Asia, and primarily Japan. Items are usually either stamped with the George Z. Lefton mark or have a red foil Lefton label. Today, Lefton items are becoming increasingly collectible and I am happy to share this adorable Lefton Dainty Miss marmalade jam jar. She is so cute!! Also, here are a couple super cute Anthropomorphic salt and pepper shakers by PY and Elbro. These are available here.