From: Vintage Kitchen Mystery Series
Author: Victoria Hamilton
Book 2: Bowled Over
Pub. Date: March 5th, 2013
Bowls... they hold all manner of good stuff, right? Soup and chili and stew. Popcorn and chips. Fruit and pudding and ice cream. Candies. And if you're an animal, doggie food, kitty chow or bird seed. I call all that good stuff 'bowl food', and humankind and animal alike love bowl food!
Bowls have been around as long as mankind has been willing to stay in one place long enough to create them, but Wikipedia says that the oldest one found is 18,000 years old. And that's only the oldest one found! The very first material was likely wood, but man is inventive and probably quickly found natural clay easy to mold into all manner of bowls.
But enough of the history lesson. I just love bowls (among many, many other things) and collect them; there is so much variety from the rainbow of colors available in Pyrex, to the gorgeous pattens of china and to the durable beauty of Depression glass.
Typically, Depression glass is patterned with grooves or more ornate designs. It wasn't worth a whole lot when it was made, during the Great Depression of the nineteen-thirties, but now... well, it has become extremely collectible!
At first when I found it, I thought that the square base must have been made to fit into something, like a mixer, but it appears that that is not true. After some detective work I think that it is just a design element.
So... have you ever had to do detective work to figure out any of your antique or vintage items? I actually enjoy the research so much it's not 'work' at all! There are many kitchen utensils that took me a while to figure out, but that's for another day.
Right now I will treasure my bowls and keep on the lookout for more, one in every color, please!
Book 2 of the Vintage Kitchen Mystery Series Bowled Over, will be in stores March 5th, 2013, and is available for pre-order now! Notice the wonderful artwork on the cover, and the artist's depiction of my actual green bowl!! I love that touch.
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