Mail order shopping, vintage style: Yenke Peddler



CLEVELAND, Ohio – It’s now officially fall, with all the glory of moms and changing landscapes. And Burton Antiques Market, 14373 N. Cheshire Court in Burton, is the perfect fall spot for outdoor shopping on Saturday, September 25.

Floral porcelain can be a lovely way to embrace the season. In the early 1900s, Larkin Soap Co. of Buffalo, NY, began offering Azalea China by mail order. They developed “The Larkin Idea”, offering a premium club plan. Members who purchased soap could also purchase many other selections. The Azalée China by Noritake was the starting point.

Larkin was so successful in bringing products into the American home that he hired Frank Lloyd Wright to design his office building in 1903. Not only was it functional, but it was extravagant – as were the special bonuses offered by the company: a Morris chair, Buffalo pottery and a Chautauqua desk. And, of course, China.

The Azalea pattern was offered from 1917 to 1940. The first porcelain marked has a blue rising sun with a Nippon mark. During this period, azalea flowers were a lighter pink color. The next mark is the “M” in a crown and, under Japanese symbols, the numbers 193221 in green or red. The last brand declared was “Noritake, Azalea patt”. with a sprig of azalea and “Hand painted”, Japan. The serial numbers on the back were 19322 and 252622 in red characters.

During World War II, the Noritake factory was destroyed and all records and models were lost. So if you have a cover for this porcelain, you have a piece of history!

Hi Brenda,

I have a few items that may be of value and I need your advice. The Currier and Ives glasses date from the 1950s to the 1960s, with a total of 16, large and small. Sealtest sold their dairy products in these Cinderella-style glasses. I have five from the 1940s to the 1950s. Finally, the Charles Dickens Limited Edition Plate and Box. Are they best sold at an antique store, garage sale, or donation?

A reader,


Hello dear reader,

Your collectibles are now vintage items and can be sold online or at a local store. The Currier and Ives frosted glasses would be valued at $ 6 per glass, while the Sealtest Cinderella set would be valued at $ 20. Spode of England made the limited edition Charles Dickens plaque in 1970, commemorating the centenary of his death. It is in perfect condition, valued at $ 45.

If you have an item to review, send a clear image with the history to Yenke Peddler, Brenda Yenke, PO Box 361633, Strongsville, Ohio, 44136. You can also send photos and information requests for Brenda to review To [email protected].



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