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DECO DISPENSER THINGIE
A puzzling item. I have no idea what it is. I've done much googling and ebaying and I can't find another one like it. Is it is a dispenser for some kind of liquid, perhaps maple syrup? It has a very art deco design. I would probably put it in the catergory of Depression glass. Red plastic top with pressed glass bottom. Bottom globe has a seam. Spout reminds me of a bird. Is it meant to cheer up a breakfast nook or perhaps it is some form of barware? Would it work with liquid soap? Experiment in your vintage kitchen and get back to me.
CONDITION: Slight wear along plastic seams and edges. $25

 
 

BIZARRE SCARF FOR PERFUME PROMOTION
11 " by 16". Another item that I am stumped about. This elfin lady napkin (or is it a placemat?) seems to be a promotional item for a French perfume store. Lower right corner reads "Parfumerie Puttner". The cloth feels similar to a linen napkin. The artwork is rather quirky and sly. Would look great framed. Even if no one buys this, I just wanted to share her with you.
CONDITION: A bit faded, but this may be the quality of the fabric, rather than the result of washing, etc. I'm just not sure. $20

         
 

ROSENTHAL KEWPIE CUP
Playful and clumsy little Kewpies decorate this adorable teacup. They seem to lose their grip on the floor--whoops! This is a piece of Royal Rudolstadt porcelain from Prussia. Kewpies were created by poet/artist Rose Cecil O'Neill, who made $1.5 million from the dolls and other merchandise. The Kewpie concept began with a bisque statuette of a puppy, called "Kewpie Doodle Dog." O'Neill began using the Kewpie concept in her stories and drawings for The Ladies' Home Journal. They became sentimental favorites of the magazine's readership. From 1912 to 1914, the Kewpie doll was an absolute craze. No wonder--who can resist a chubby naked cherub with a topknot?
CONDITION: No chips or cracks. Gold is partly worn off along the top edge. $25 SOLD!

         
 

STARBURST ATOMIC SALT AND PEPPER SHAKERS
Franciscan Starburst Pattern. Quintessential Fifties casual dinnerware. Decal designed by Mary Brown. Starburst was manufactured from 1954-1957 by Gladding, McBean & Company. Starburst was one variation of the Eclipse "American Modern" line. Starburst would prove a radical departure from prior tradition, with its irregular shapes and radiant stars resulting in a very modern and funky look. There were fifty different pieces available. These are the small salt and pepper shakers--there's another version of S+P shakers that are taller and less egg-like. A great gift for that special retro person in your life, or, if you go for atomic style spice shaking, why not treat yourself?
CONDITION: No chips or cracks. Missing the plastic stoppers for holes in the base. Pepper has a couple of tiny blueish spots that appear to be in the glaze. $25 SOLD!

         
 

NICHOLS SYPHON (NASAL DOUCHE) IN BOX
This is a very lovely illustrated box containing a very intimidating item. It is quite popular among yogis and other health-conscious individuals these days to indulge in nasal douching. You basically run warm water in and out of your nostrils. But who knew that such a beautiful art nouveau style box could make this intrusive act seem downright classy? The box is 7 1/2 by 16 inches. It contains the whole set-up: long red hot water bottle for the soothing liquid elixir, two hoses, a metal clip, and a plastic clip. It also has the instruction booklet, which includes a great illustration of a cute girl sticking a hose up her nose. NOTE: It is NOT usable as the plastic hose is brittle and broke off in one place. But it does make a fetching display item!
CONDITION: There is taping to two of the corners. Some minor wear, a couple of creases, a few smudges. $22

         
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