The Cream In My Coffee

Vintage Creamer Collection

Vintage Creamers

Rosenthal Porcelain Creamer
from North German Steamship Line Bremen 1930s

Small creamer in light gray and white from the Norddeutscher Lloyd Steamship Line with the company emblem in gold – a crossed anchor and the Bremen key surrounded by oak leaves. This vintage little creamer measures only 2 inches tall and is, I believe, from the 1930s. This vintage little creamer measures only 2 inches tall and is, I believe, from the 1930s. Rosenthal Germany is marked on the bottom. No chips, cracks or rough spots. The North German Lloyd S. S. Co. was founded in 1857 and quickly attained a dominant position in the transatlantic cargo and passenger business.

Listed for sale on Artfire ~

Fascinating accounts of the history of the North German Lloyd S. S. Co., Bremen can be found here:

The Norddeutscher Lloyd – Passenger lists and Emigrant ships from Norway Heritage

History of the North German Lloyd Steamship Co., Bremen (1898)

Vintage Syracuse China Creamer Pitcher
Dinkler Hotels Restaurant Ware

This creamer pitcher features the second logo, black and white with letters D and H, used in the Dinkler Hotels. This particular piece was made by Syracuse China in Syracuse NY in August 1956, according the 8-KK stamp on the bottom. (See photos)

A 1956 advertisement for The St. Charles in New Orleans, “one of the completely air-conditioned and modern Dinkler Hotels in the South!”, lists other Dinkler Hotels ~ The Dinkler-Tulwiler in Birmingham, The Dinkler – Jefferson Davis in Montgomery, The Dinkler Plaza in Atlanta and The Dinkler – Andrew Jackson in Nashville.

This creamer stands 4 inches tall and measures 4 inches from the end of the spout to the top end of the handle. Great piece of Southern hotel history.

Listed for sale on Artfire

Scammell China in Trenton made the lovely creamer with a blue scroll pattern, a basket of fruit and an urn. It’s called Derby Blue circa 1925 – 1929.

The Poetry and Song of Ireland

The Poetry and Song of Ireland by John Boyle O’Reilly

The Poetry and Song of Ireland 1887
The Poetry and Song of Ireland 1887

This is a First Edition, in remarkable condition, of The Poetry and Song of Ireland with Biographical Sketches of her Poets, compiled and Edited by John Boyle O’Reilly, illustrated with steel and wood engravings. There is an inscription written in pencil on first page that reads: “Mr. to Mrs. E Ibbetson 1892 “. The book was printed in 1887 by Gay Brothers & Co., New York. Corners of the green embossed and gilt hardcover and spine do show some wear, while spine is intact and endpages are attached. A small
dash of the gilt can be found on the bottom paper edge but the rest is gone. I found a half inch rip on the top of one illustration and Most of the engravings of the poets still have the protective paper in place, however, there are light brown spots on the margins where the protective paper didn’t cover the poets’ biographical sketches. Book measures 8″ wide, 10″ tall and 3” thick with 814 pages. This rare antique book of The Poetry and Song of Ireland is in very good condition and would make a fabulous addition to your library.

Available for purchase in my Artfire shop:

The S.S. Grand View Point

I found this interesting gravy boat at a yard sale this weekend. Restaurant ware 1930s made by Warwick China for Joseph Horne Co. Pittsburgh, PA. No chips, nicks or repairs. The ship on the front was nothing like I’d ever seen before but the words beneath it, “S.S. Grand View Point” gave me something to “Google” to find out more about where it came from.

S.S. Grand View Point


What I discovered is The S.S. Grand View Point Hotel, also known as the Ship of the Alleghenies, was Herbert Paulson’s vision and quite the roadside attraction on the Lincoln Highway in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. Built in the shape of a steamer ship, the Grand View Point Hotel officially opened on May 29, 1932, five floors with dining and sleeping quarters and a “grand view” of three states and seven counties from the observation deck – and docked on an Allegheny mountainside. In the late 1970s, Herbert Paulson died and it was sold, renamed Noah’s Ark and eventually fell into disrepair. The ship shaped building burned down to the ground in 2001.

Listed for sale in my Artfire shop

Be sure to check out this website:
The Grand View Ship Hotel Tribute Pages
Honoring the “Ship of the Alleghenies,” 1932-2001

And there’s a book!

Antique Bottles On My Window Sill

19thcenturybottlesThere are three 19th century antique bottles sitting on the window sill on top of an old Singer Sewing Machine cabinet drawer.  I’ve had them forever, never really thought about selling any of them until I started to do a little research and started asking around about them.

One of them, the teal Gargling Oil bottle made in Lockport New York, is rather common.  This one I have listed in my shop on Artfire ~ PattyAnn’s Vintage and Other Cool Stuff.

The other two are not so common and would make a fine addition to someone’s antique bottle collection.  They are not currently listed for sale but I have gotten a few offers.  Interested?  Make me an offer I can’t refuse – Contact Me Here

Antique Medicine Bottle Dr. Hoofland’s Sudorific C M Jackson Philadelphia

This antique pale green bottle of Dr. Hoofland’s Sudorific For Any Disease of the Lungs or Throat was manufactured and distributed by CM Jackson Philadelphia. Rectangled antique bottle has beveled corners, opened pontil scar  and recessed panels on all four sides with embossed letters:

OF (on bevel)
THE (on bevel)

The cork is still inside the collared top. Visible inside the neck are cracks, swirls, bubbles. Open pontil scar is sharp as well as a small chip right below the collar on the outside. This 19th century medicine bottle measures 5 1/2″ tall and 2″ wide.

Sudorific, relating to or causing sweating, would have been used to reduce fever and aid in eliminating toxins in a patient’s body?

Dr. Hoofland (Dr. Christolph Wilheim Hueflin) was a German doctor who introduced his Celebrated German Bitters to America in 1850. C.M. Jackson (Charles M. Jackson) located at 120 Arch Street in Philadelphia, began manufacturing and selling his products until 1863.


Aquamarine Antique Bottle Rare Find Crocker’s Gum Elastic Self Polishing Blacking

This one, apparently, is a rare find! Made between 1856 – 1860 at New London Glass Works in Connecticut, this light aquamarine, rectangled antique bottle has beveled corners and recessed panels. The front panel has embossed letters:


Open pontil scar on the recessed bottom has sharp edges and a few rough spots on the lower outer collar of inward rolled top. No cracks, minor scratching. Measures 5 1/2″ tall and 1 3/4″ wide.



Let There Be Light

solar lights inside


On Tuesday night, around 6:00, the weather here in southern NJ went medieval on us. Heavy rain, crazy wind, thunder, lightning, and the sound of a freight train barrelling towards us left a path of destruction along the way. The top of one of our old oak trees snapped right off and landed in the middle of the back yard. Another huge branch harpooned the top of Roy’s “man cave”, just missing the gas grill. Not too bad but for miles and miles around us, giant trees rested precariously across electrical wires or had crashed onto cars, homes and major roadways. No power for more than 48 hours.

On Wednesday, the sounds of chain saws and generators filled the air. Friends across the street offered me a cold beer, actually Cidre (yum), and an outlet so I could charge my phone. Someone remarked that the only thing lit and visible the night before were the solar lights in our neighbor’s front yard. A light bulb went off, in my brain. My son, Mike, had given me a box of solar lights and they were still in the box – waiting for me to finish planting whatever I thought I was going to plant along the steps to our front door.

So, yesterday morning, bright and early, Matt and I assembled and planted 8 solar lights and by dusk, they were ready to shine through the darkness in our home. I had so much fun creating emergency lighting by placing solar lights in stemware filled with colored marbles or sea glass, plastic tumblers (in nice fiesta colors), candle holders (fit perfectly), that I just had to share.

Right now 6 solar lights are back outside along the walk recharging and two of them I will keep on my sunny windowsill. One was placed in an old ice cream sundae glass with a scoop of marbles half way up and the other one I filled with clear glass rounds, screwed the top back on and placed it in my favorite cut glass candle holder. Both look beautiful with the sun shining through them (and recharging) and will look beautiful when the sun goes down tonight. Brilliant!

Keep On The Sunny Side!

Manasquan Beach in a Bottle

While looking through a bag of shells for the right size to incorporate into one of my Eyecatchers, I realized that all the sand in the bottom came from the Manasquan Inlet Beach.   Sand from the beach before Hurricane Sandy,  the storm that ravaged and changed my Jersey Shore forever. I filled several small glass bottles, put a cork in each one and placed them on my windowsill while I thought about what I would do with them.

Here they are! Four Manasquan Beach in a Bottle Eye Catchers, made with brass or copper wire and sea glass, prisms, shells, marbles and other shiny treasures to hang in a sunny window. Shine On!

You can find them in my Artfire Shop under EyeCatchers