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Meeting Highlights & Program

 

October 2010

 

Sandy presented a fun and informative program on her Autumn Leaf china, made by Hall China and offered as a premium through the Jewel Tea Company.  Autumn Leaf has a fascinating history and Sandy shared the highlights she had gleaned from her research in a few of the many books available on Autumn Leaf, Hall China, and the Jewel Tea Company. 
 
Jewel Tea started in 1899 with one horse and one wagon that went door to door offering fresh coffee to housewives.  The concept took off and the company rapidly expanded.  In 1924 they created the Jewel Homemakers Institute to develop housekeeping, cooking, and good living tips (and products).  The institute came up with the idea of the Jewel Tea Lady, who was a paragon of good taste and efficient homemaking.  She eventually acquired the name Mary Dunbar and the mark on most Autumn Leaf pieces indicates that the piece was tested by Mary Dunbar.  Autumn Leaf showed up in 1933 in the form of a large mixing bowl.  When it was successful, Hall and Jewel Tea added two more mixing bowls to the set and then the pattern took off.
 
Sandy started collecting Autumn Leaf in the mid 1970s when she won a door prize at a show that was a copy of The Autumn Leaf Story by Jo Cunningham.  She was intrigued and soon had a chance to buy the casserole and cover AND the large baker.  Sandy found the pieces to be extremely usable and she was hooked.  She uses them in the oven, but not the dishwasher (to preserve the gold decoration).  Sandy has focused on the serving and side pieces rather than the dinnerware set.  Because she remembers the visits of the Jewel Tea man from her childhood, Autumn Leaf represents warmth, home, and hospitality to her. 
 
Sandy shared some of her treasures, including that original casserole and lid (which Jewel Tea marketed as an extra pie plate), cake plate, salad bowl, pie plate, oval vegetable bowl, milk pitcher, ball jug, range set (salt & pepper & drippings jar), ramekins, custard cups, and the ghost salt and pepper shakers.
 
For more information, see the National Autumn Leaf Club’s website:  http://www.nalcc.org/.

 

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Show & Tell

Club members brought the following treasures for Show and Tell!  Here are some highlights from this meeting.  Descriptions of each treasure is found below the pictures using the corresponding number.

 

1.

On the left is a US Glass crystal and ruby flashed New Hampshire match holder, circa 1908.

On the right is a Red Wing rolling pin with advertisement for West Point, Nebraska.

2.
L.J. Houzex Convex Glass Company green onxglass (jade green) Spear powder jar, circa 1931, pictured in a 1931 Montgomery Ward catalog.
3.
Akro Agate child’s water set in original box, with pitcher and tumblers in rare colors.
4.
Viking Glass ruby #7351 pillar candleholder vase, circa 1973. 
Fostoria crystal American 7” round footed bon bon.
5.
Frankoma Pottery turquoise 1970 Collector’s Series vase with John Franks’ initials on the bottom.
6.
Heisey crystal Puritan ice tub #341, made between 1903 and 1938.
7. Imperial crystal Pattern 282 oblong relish tray (undocumented).
8.
Fostoria 2 ounce to 2 ˝ ounce bar tumblers:
  • #4020 ebony base with Club Design A (graduated black bands), 1929-1939
  • #4020 ebony base plain, 1929-1939
  • Spartan, orchid bowl and crystal foot, 1927-1929
  • Virginia, 1923-1929
  • Manor, crystal bowl and wisteria base, 1931-1935
9. On the left is a Fenton pink Ming one-handle console bowl.
On the right is a peach opalescent carnival 3-footed bowl (maker unknown).
10.
Westmoreland Glass marigold carnival Patter 100 (Basketweave) covered sugar and creamer.
11.
New art glass bowl from Crate & Barrel, made in China.
12.
Westmoreland Glass milk glass Volcano vase with American Indian decoration, circa 1910.
13.
Pressed glass pitcher, received in 1934 as a High School senior’s gift from a jewelry store in Hale, Missouri.
14.
Viking Glass ruby #7351 pillar candleholder vase, circa 1973.