3.21.2012

Vintage 101: What I Learned This Weekend


Those of you who tuned into my first Style Spots on Monday might have seen that wonderfully kitschy set of Waechtersbach that I scored at the last estate sale of the day. I was familiar with the pattern only because I'd thrifted a big mug of the same Heart pattern some years ago, but I didn't really know anything about it. Seeing as I'd like to put the set in the store, I figured it was a good time to school myself.


From what I could dig up, Waechtersbach was established in Germany in 1832, and added U.S. manufacturing to its repertoire in the 1970s. I'm going to gamble and say that most of us younger folk are familiar with their Heart pattern, which was produced from 1988 and recently retired this year, but the company is also known for "The Red Plate," which has the phrase "You Are Special Today" printed along the rim.


I was a little surprised the Heart pattern isn't older than the late 1980s, mostly because it has that mod vibe in the design, which I thought would have placed it in the 1960s...but that's why we research! :) I shopped around a little on Etsy and eBay to see what other patterns Waechtersbach has produced, and there are some beautiful light gray bowls with yellow dots, and gray mugs with white rams on them that are too cute! There is also a pattern of white with red dots that says it was made in the 1930s that I would love for our kitchen...maybe one day. :)

Do you have any experience with Waechtersbach? Any favorite patterns or collections? Or useful tidbits to add to what I've researched? Would love to hear about it!

8 comments:

  1. Waechtersbach has a very distinct Christmas tree pattern that is red with a green and white tree. It was lisenced out to other companies that make things like plastic trays and other decor (things that aren't ceramics). That's all I know!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Great! Thanks for sharing that tidbit with us! :)

      Delete
  2. Hello, I also found some dishes of this design this weekend at the fleamarket. I am not sure but I think you were right that the design is earlier than 1988, because in Germany they had it in the 70ties. They probably took this design to the States because it is so nice.
    We also have another cup design without handel which I love very much. Thank you for showing your finds. Have a look at http://minimatriarchin.blogspot.de/2012/06/schatze-vom-grafflmarkt.html
    Greetings from Germany!

    ReplyDelete
  3. wonderfull!!! I like W├Ąchtersbach.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Love these. What a find. Waechtersbach make beautiful patterns. I have quite a few of their checks. Stumbled across your blog doing a google search for them. Very happy to find your lovely blog. Cheers

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you for the kind words! :)

      Delete
  5. Hi! I'm trying to do a little bit of research after finding a Waechtersbach set at Goodwill this morning. It has a tea pot, two small mugs and saucers, sugar holder, and an oblong plate (maybe for cookies?). The pattern is all red, except for cherries, or possibly apples. I can't find ANY information or pictures of this pattern online. Any ideas?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Is the color and pattern like this one?

      http://www.etsy.com/listing/152165324/red-pitcher-waechtersbach?ref=shop_home_active

      Delete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...