Let us put by some hour of every day for holy things...

I will not doubt, though all my ships at sea
Come drifting home with broken masts and sails.
I will believe the Hand which never fails,
From seeming evil, worketh good for me.
And though I weep because those sails are tattered,
Still will I cry, while my best hopes lie shattered:
I trust in Thee.
--Ann Kimmel

Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines, the labor of the olive shall fail and the fields shall yield no meat, the flock shall be cut off from the fold and there shall be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. Habakkuk 3:17-18

Saturday, October 15, 2016

My Latest Find

A week ago I was out with my sister-in-law again on a junking foray. It's the first time in a while I've nabbed items that, on researching, have really surprised me. It seems I hit on some valuable items without even realizing it--keeping in mind that "valuable" is a relative term.

Today I want to show you this rather striking china piece. Or pottery piece. Or ceramic piece. (Is there a difference? Beats me.)

Inside the lid one finds the maker's mark, it's "Toyo".

The whole piece has that sort of atomic feel to it, very mid-century. Modernist, maybe? Anyway, it's pretty cool. I found one little glitch in the lid, where there appears to be a tiny chip-like dent, but as it's beneath the glaze and smooth to the touch, this must have been a flaw made in manufacturing and not actual damage:

You can see it somewhat in the very first photo also, if you look closely.

Anyway, I went to the web to find out something about "Toyo, Japan" but, while I found some examples of other works they produced, I haven't been able to learn a thing about the company, itself. When was active? Is it still active? When was this intriguing little dish produced?

I did find three items which appear to be of the same design line, or quite similar. 

I found photos of two of these ball vases on ebay. One sold for about $33. And the other for about $25.

Then I found this stunner on a site called Chairish, which sold for $48. From this site I learned that the pattern is called "Velocity" and that it was made in the 1970's. That's a bit later than I would have thought. I was guessing late 1950's, early 1960's.

Right now I see one active listing on ebay for this Velocity vase/, for sale as a "Buy It Now" for $33.99. (Pity the seller didn't wipe the fingerprints off the vase before photographing it!)


Anyway, here I am now with a lovely, obviously collectible little covered dish which I picked up for a song at a thrift shop, and now I have to figure out a reasonable resale price and decide whether to go Etsy or eBay with it. Any advice welcomed!

Next post I hope to show you some quite captivating little books I picked up on the same outing, which have also turned out to be worth way more than I paid for them. Right now the computer's moving like a turtle and the winds are kicking up for a storm, so I'm going to sign off. 

See you soon, again, I hope!

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  1. Stopped by here from EPSteam blitz to say try here:

    From the home page do a search for TOYO ~ you will get 5-6 different links to check out ~ Have fun!

    1. OH and I am "Across The Gap Vintage"


  2. Renee, you rock!! Thanks so much, I will pursue this. You have a fun shop--I've been prowling around there before!