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Friday, October 19

Show and Tell Friday



I just signed up for Show and TellFriday at There's No Place Like Home. It sounded like a lot of fun so I thought I'd give it a try.

The photo at the top of this article shows one of the headvases that I collect. I received my first one from Grandma in 1962. She brought it to me when I was in the hospital recuperating from an appendectomy. This is a picture of the ladyheadvase. She is perfect except for one tiny flake of paint that is missing from her eye. She has her complete pearl necklace and earrings. When Grandma brought her to the hospital, she was filled with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. These headvases were manufactured in Japan (mostly) during the 50s and 60s. They were mainly sold in florist shops.





It's rare to have a headvase that is almost 50 years old in such good condition. Most have chips, cracks or hairlines and often the jewelry is missing. She was made by Relpo and is porcelain.



I also have a Nancy Pew baby headvase. It is not my favorite, though Nancy Pew's headvases are very popular. It is more of a ceramic type of material which is very thin.




I have other headvases as well. Most are made of porcelain. Those are the ones I like the most. I don't have a big collection, but the one that Grandma gave me is my most prized, of course.


I hope you enjoyed having a look at these beautiful headvases. Many people all over the world collect them and to find one in great condition is a very rare occurrence.















33 comments:

  1. So--what did people use these for--just for nicky nacky things? It is a strange kind of thing to collect!! But interesting!! I noticed something about AS below--I will have to check it out--my son has it---he is now in college after many many hurtles!!

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  2. nannykim,

    These are vases. They were sold mainly in florist shops in the 50s and 60s. Very interesting. If you google "lady headvases" you will find all kinds of them online.

    Thanks for dropping by. Have a wonderful day.

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  3. My grandmother has a head vase and as is her custom in old age if someone acts interested in one of her things she is most generous and will give it to you. One of her friends received her head vase after admiring it. Later on she brought it back and gave it to Mamaw saying she had had it appraised and it was a collectors item worth far too much and she didn't feel right taking it. Wasn't that nice?

    Yours are lovely!

    Have a great day!

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  4. t*mmy,

    Yes, some headvases are worth thousands of dollars. Mine are worth a little, but the sentimental value is priceless.

    Thanks for stopping by.
    Mary

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  5. Wow, the vases are really interesting my friend.

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  6. I love the head vase! I remember my Grandma having one. If I ever see the same one I remember I'll have to buy it!

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  7. Mary,

    These are wonderful. I especially love the first one your grandmother gave you, the lady with the pearls. Thank you for sharing these. :-)

    hugs,
    Tina

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  8. Denise,

    Glad you enjoyed the headvases. They certainly are something that not everyone has in their china cabinet.

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  9. Jean,

    Many grandmothers had headvases. Luckily mine are in very good condition. I keep an eye open for nice ones at a reasonable price. I love them. Wish I had more ladies. A lot of mine are babies.

    Thanks for dropping by.

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  10. Your vases are very pretty! Do you use them as vases now or just as a decoration? Thanks for sharing
    ~Amy

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  11. I display the vases in my china cabinet and throughout my home. However, they could be used as vases.

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  12. This is off the subject of vases but I have a lovely award for you over at my blog. Please come on over and pick it up! Grams

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  13. What a unique collection. I enjoyed my visit here to see them!
    http://happywonderer.wordpress.com/2007/10/18/show-and-tell-torch-relay-1984-olympics/

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  14. Thanks, Everyone for your kind comments. I'm glad you enjoyed seeing the headvases. How kind of each of you to visit and leave comments.

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  15. What a great collection. They are very interesting!

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  16. Melanie,

    I'm glad you enjoyed seeing them. Thanks for visiting.

    Mary

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  17. I love your headvases. I have a vague memory of someone in our extended family collecting them when I was a child but I simply cannot remember in whose home I saw them. I just remember being enchanted by them and examining each with a child's fascination.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

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  18. Joan,

    I'm glad you enjoyed seeing the headvases. Some headvases are antiques. Mine are from the 50s and 60s. I've seen beauties on ebay.

    Thanks for dropping by. I always enjoy your visits.

    Mary

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  19. Mary,

    I like the headvase your Grandma gave you the best. I have never seen a headvase before. What an interesting collection to have. They are lovely. Enjoyed learning about headvases, and the photos are nice. Your blog has the most intersting things on it, Mary.

    Have a lovely weekend.

    Renie

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  20. Renie,

    Thanks so much for your kind comments. I try to keep things interesting. Glad you enjoy it as much as I enjoy your blog.

    Blessings for a great weekend. Hope your weather is nice.

    Mary

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  21. Oh Mary, those headvases are just gorgeous! I've never seen any like these before...now whenever I'm in an antique shop I'll be keeping my eye out for them:-) That lady one is fabulous, she's so beautiful. A wonderful collection indeed. xox

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  22. Pea,

    I'm glad you enjoyed seeing the headvases. I do love them, though I seldom buy them anymore. Something to do with earthly treasures. I already have too many of them. LOL

    Hugs,
    Mary

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  23. I've never seen any of these. They are very cute!!

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  24. revee,

    Thanks very much. I'm glad you enjoyed seeing them. There's a lot of people that don't know they even exist.

    Have a great weekend.
    Mary

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  25. Oh, how special to have the originals! I have two skirt vases, but no head vases. I love the lady in purple!

    In one of the first Southern Lady magazines they featured a tea party with ten or fifteen headvases decorating the table! I fell in love with them then, but I was too late, they are way to expensive for me to buy now!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Katherine

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  26. Yellow Rose,

    Sometimes you can find them for a very reasonable price on ebay or other auction sites, such as yahoo. I paid $14.99 for the Nancy Pew headvase. Plus shipping it was $20. So that is within my budget. However, the really old ones are sometimes worth a fortune. If you like them keep a sharp eye at garage and auction sales.

    Have a great weekend.
    Mary

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  27. Hi Mary! What a neat collection :) I don't think I have ever seen anything like these before - so interesting. Thanks so much for sharing about them!

    I also wanted to welcome you to show & tell! We are so glad to have you along :)

    And, finally, congratulations on your award (post above). Blessings! Q

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  28. these headvases are beautiful. i don't think i've ever seen any before. i think i'll look into them a little bit more. i really like them. thanks for sharing.

    and thank you for visiting my blog today and leaving a comment. i hope you'll visit again. have a nice weekend.

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  29. My brother has a china cabinet, which was our great-grandmother's. It is filled with many items passed over the generations and we have 5 or 6 different head vases! I remember as a child looking at them at grandma's, they were a curiosity; but beautiful.

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  30. I have never seen these before. Quite interesting.

    Blessings and bliss

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  31. How neat, thank you for sharing!

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  32. I'm glad you ladies enjoyed seeing the headvases. Thanks so much for your comment.

    Blessings,
    Mary

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