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My name is Harry. I'm an older sort of poot that has been dealing in antiques and collectibles on some level for most of my life. For 18 years I had a storefront locMy name is Harry. I'm an older sort of poot that has been dealing in antiques and collectibles on some level for most of my life. For 18 years I had a storefront location, for twenty years before that I was regular swap meet seller. The shop closed in 2006 and I've been getting rid of the remainders ever since. Less a collector than an accumulator, I am not an expert on anything but I've seen a lot of stuff. This site has been helpful to me and hopefully I can occasionally return the favor. I appreciate your comments and "loves" for my posts here. Any further discussion - I can be reached at (Read more)


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Kralik "Iris" bottom-up spatter vase - Art Glassin Art Glass
Czechoslovakia hotwork vase - Art Glassin Art Glass
The History of American Crime - Paperin Paper
Difficult Listening 24 - Phil Ochs - Recordsin Records
Czechoslovakia "Tango" vases - Art Glassin Art Glass
Czechoslovakia spatter rose bowl with buttressed feet - Art Glassin Art Glass
Czechoslovakian glass group portrait - Art Glassin Art Glass
Czechoslovakian interwar pottery - same shape, different mark - Potteryin Pottery
Ditmar Urbach - Czech interwar pottery - Potteryin Pottery
Czechoslovakian spatter - one vase or three? - Art Glassin Art Glass


  1. I, for one, do not feel "hijacked". Any of my pictures that have been used were used with permission. Other than that, I have no idea what you mean.
  2. I should reiterate - it has been a while since I've done any serious searching and have been out of the pottery loop for some time. Still, I think it's a stretch to connect Gene Lodi with California A...
  3. Nothing better than a $2 Rookwood.
  4. Indeed, there are some great pictures of his work online. A good number of them are pieces I've sold and he has long been a favorite. I have tried, on and off, for probably twenty-five years looking f...
  5. I love the work of Gene Lodi but, unfortunately, there is zero information about who this is. Occasionally the pieces will also be inscribed "Calif", so whoever Lodi is, he was located somewhere in Ca...
  6. A beauty - one of my favorite decors. And congratulations for serendipitously landing in the right place. I hope you make a few more useful connections.
  7. Thanks all for the loves.
  8. Thanks Jericho. The pontil scar on this piece has been ground but not polished.
  9. The vase in the first two pictures was made by Ditmar-Urbach in Czechoslovakia. It dates from the 1930s.
  10. Thanks all- I appreciate the discussion.
  11. Thanks all for the loves and, IronLace, thanks for the compliment.
  12. I should add - these are quite collectable in their own right. I believe there is a book devoted to the "other Mexicanas". There were a dozen or more companies that used "Mexicana" style decals on the...
  13. This is an imitation of the popular Homer Laughlin "Mexicana" pattern made by Cronin China Company (Ohio) - late 1940s through mid-1950s.
  14. When I see these, I usually think Camark.
  15. I hear you - I certainly can't keep track of my keys, much less all the glass I look at.
  16. Though the mark is very light, here is the same shape and decor with a Kralik arch mark.
  17. Thank you Karen - I had pretty well decided this was Japanese. I have seen them now in several different colors.
  18. Love the mine - I wonder where you get one of those. :¬)
  19. But then - words to live by...
  20. Thanks Thomas - always good to hear from you. One critic described Ochs as "singing the frightening truth in an enjoyable way". Throughout his career though, he was "too controversial", dogged by the...
  21. Thank you - I've been wanting to see one of these since I learned they existed.
  22. Cowan bowl #B-15 with Plum glaze - dates from 1930.
  23. Enjoy your break - here's one for the lounge...
  24. Zelezny Brod (ZBS).
  25. These are referred to as "blood chits" among collectors.
  26. The style referred to as Egyptian Revival appeared in Europe in the 1820s following Napoleon's exploration of Egypt. There was a resurgence of the style in the 1880-90s, and again with the discovery o...
  27. Made by Spaulding China and marketed as Royal Copley - 1941-57.
  28. Great story - everyone should have a talking head. :¬)
  29. Super lithos! Image 1 and 2 belong together - excellent selection. Image 2 is hilarious - any idea what that title means?
  30. "John Wayne's teeth, Are they real? Are they plastic Or are they steel?"
  31. I like these old red clay flower pots too! I don't know if these "Fleur de Lys" pots have ever been definitely attributed - most likely California though. The "Greek key" and crenulated rim bands wer...
  32. Pattern is shown on Replacements but un-named, referred to only as GAB8. The pattern name is likely the same as the name of the plant pictured. Maybe someone here will know what plant that is. You cou...
  33. A little more information - Gabriel was the last name of the owners of Winfield Pottery in the 1940s. In 1946, the Gabriels made some sort of arrangement with American Ceramics of Santa Monica for the...
  34. A good load of information about Maddux of California can be found here...
  35. Gabriel China was the name used on dinnerware by Winfield Pottery from 1947 until they closed in the early 1960s.
  36. Thank you for the loves and nice comments.
  37. Personally, I wouldn't eat it either. :¬) I hear you about the critters. My yard has an orange tree which seems to satisfy the squirrels and opossums. For the rest of the yard, I grow cactus.
  38. I'll we have white folks pretending to be black... :¬)
  39. 10-15 years ago tile top tables were the rage here in California. I think interest has tapered off a bit since then but they still sell very well because they fit well with a variety of decors. Tha...
  40. Amanita muscaria? - look like the RIGHT kind to me. Did you take a bite?
  41. The ashtrays are usually attributed to Seguso as well.
  42. Thank you Craig. Not only can these relief marks not be tied to any particular producer, I question whether they can even be linked to the interwar period. Those orange JIPs in your second link look l...
  43. Oops - #236 porch pots. :¬)
  44. Please post a picture of the label - we like to see those too.
  45. Gladding McBean #235 porch pots - nice.
  46. Super and genuinely creepy collection - excellent work. I love that glass lamp shade, btw.
  47. I'm tired And I'm retired But I'll be standing in line for the doors to open When the Sudden Deflation occurs.
  48. Good news - bad news. I feel your disappointment. The last time I bought a lot of four items through the mail I received a lot of one item and a box full of broken glass. I joke that our local postal ...
  49. I'm going to have to agree with TOD on this one. I would be very surprised if these are Crown Crystal (or any other Australian glass maker) though the shape has some similarities. From what I've found...
  50. Good post Thomas!
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