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Vintage Ceramic Swear Jar or Cuss Box Coin Bank with Appalachian Hillbilly Motif – Made in Japan

This is a quaint vintage ceramic swear jar, or ‘Cuss Box’ coin bank with an Appalachian hillbilly motif that was made in Japan. This penny bank is molded like a cross cut section of pine tree with pine cones decorating it, as well as the following poem:

Cuss Box
Cussin ain’t the nicest thing
And friends fer you it shore don’t bring
But, if you really gotta sayem
Heres the way you hafta payem!

This could be an effective part of some people’s economic improvement plan!

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Historic Admiral Beatty Hotel Sugar Bowl from 1939 Royal Visit – Heavy Silver Plate

This is a sugar bowl from the historic Admiral Beatty Hotel in Saint John, New Brunswick, built in 1925. This sugar bowl is part of the silver service designed specifically for the 1939 royal visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. The service was used in 1951 by Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh (now Queen Elizabeth II), with her husband, Prince Philip when they visited Canada on the King’s behalf.

This piece also is historic in the struggle for civil rights in Canada. The dining room of the Admiral Beatty Hotel was ‘Whites Only’ until 1959, when the New Brunswick government forced it’s integration on the request of Mrs. Lena O’Ree.

The Liberal party, in gratitude for the Black vote, asked Mrs. O’Ree if it could do anything for the Black community. She asked that Blacks be admitted to the dining room of the Admiral Beatty Hotel. It is somewhat ironic that today, the restaurant in the Admiral Beatty building is owned and managed by a Black female chef.

The sugar bowl is made of heavy silver-plate on nickel silver. It was made by Wm. A. Rogers Ltd. (then owned by the Oneida Community) in Canada. It is stamped as ‘Heirloom Plate’.

Vintage Midwinter Jessie Tait Design Ceramic Fruit Nappy – Ming Tree Pattern

his is an amazing piece of collectible ceramic art created by the famous ceramic artist Dorthy Jessie Tait. The design features a sparse tree with gigantic, multi-coloured lotus blossoms.

Tait was a prolific English ceramic designer working in the Stoke-on-Trent pottery industries, most prominently for Midwinter Pottery, from the 1940s to the 1980s.

This fruit nappy is a good size, at 5″ across and 1″ deep. It is in excellent condition. It is perfect for a scoop or two of gelato, or a topple of fresh fruit and whip cream.

Vintage Midwinter Jessie Tait Design Ceramic Fruit Nappy - Ming Tree Pattern

Vintage Midwinter Jessie Tait Design Ceramic Fruit Nappy - Ming Tree Pattern

Vintage Midwinter Jessie Tait Design Ceramic Fruit Nappy - Ming Tree Pattern

Vintage Midwinter Jessie Tait Design Ceramic Fruit Nappy - Ming Tree Pattern

Vintage Nu Jersey-Creme Company Soda Syphon / Seltzer Bottle Manufactured by British Syphon Co. Ltd.

This is a charming vintage soda syphon, also called a seltzer bottle, that was made by the British Syphon Company Limited for the Toronto company, Nu Jersey-Creme. The acid-etched logo of an elephant is in clear and striking shape.

This is delightful piece of history and will set off any bar that displays it.

Vintage Nu Jersey-Creme Company Soda Syphon / Seltzer Bottle Manufactured by British Syphon Co. Ltd.

Vintage Nu Jersey-Creme Company Soda Syphon / Seltzer Bottle Manufactured by British Syphon Co. Ltd.

Vintage Nu Jersey-Creme Company Soda Syphon / Seltzer Bottle Manufactured by British Syphon Co. Ltd.

Vintage Nu Jersey-Creme Company Soda Syphon / Seltzer Bottle Manufactured by British Syphon Co. Ltd.

Vintage Nu Jersey-Creme Company Soda Syphon / Seltzer Bottle Manufactured by British Syphon Co. Ltd.

Vintage Nu Jersey-Creme Company Soda Syphon / Seltzer Bottle Manufactured by British Syphon Co. Ltd.

Vintage Sterling Silver Birks Norman Pattern Luncheon Forks

This is a set of four vintage luncheon forks made by Birks in sterling silver. It is in their Norman design pattern and each are engraved with a ‘G’ in fancy script! These elegant utensils are in great condition and look and feel amazing!

Vintage Sterling Silver Birks Norman Pattern Sandwich Forks

Vintage Sterling Silver Birks Norman Pattern Sandwich Forks

Vintage Sterling Silver Birks Norman Pattern Sandwich Forks

Vintage Sterling Silver Birks Norman Pattern Sandwich Forks

Vintage Sterling Silver Birks Norman Pattern Sandwich Forks

Vintage Sterling Silver Birks Norman Pattern Sandwich Forks

Vintage China Kingfisher Salt and Pepper Shakers – Japan

This is a pair of vintage china salt and pepper shakers shaped and painted to resemble the common kingfisher bird. They are stamped as being made in Japan.

Vintage China Kingfisher Salt and Pepper Shakers - Japan

Vintage China Kingfisher Salt and Pepper Shakers - Japan

Vintage China Kingfisher Salt and Pepper Shakers - Japan

Vintage China Kingfisher Salt and Pepper Shakers - Japan

Vintage China Kingfisher Salt and Pepper Shakers - Japan

Vintage China Kingfisher Salt and Pepper Shakers - Japan

Vintage Disney Mary Poppins Plate by Sun Valley Melmac

This is a vintage Disney Mary Poppins melmac plate made by Sun Valley. This plate is part of a set that was released as part of the original movie merchandise that accompanied the release of the film in theatres.

Vintage Disney Mary Poppins Plate by Sun Valley Melmac

Vintage Disney Mary Poppins Plate by Sun Valley Melmac

Vintage Disney Mary Poppins Plate by Sun Valley Melmac

Vintage Disney Mary Poppins Plate by Sun Valley Melmac

Vintage Disney Mary Poppins Plate by Sun Valley Melmac

Vintage Disney Mary Poppins Plate by Sun Valley Melmac