Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Resale and Antique Treasures from Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania

I'm sad this is the last post pertaining to my recent trip to Wilmington, Delaware.  I've had a lot of fun sharing all the details of the trip with you, and I hope you've enjoyed it too.

We checked out of our motel right after breakfast on Saturday, September 13th, and headed back to nearby Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania to visit some antique malls that had been recommended. We always break for places that look interesting, and one was the Encore Consignment/Resale Shop. They're open September thru June, and the 13th was their first Saturday open for the new 2014-15 season. All proceeds benefit the Chester County Hospital, and the majority of their inventory is household items.  

My hubby will soon begin renovating our living room, and part of the plans are a wall of shelves to display my blue and white china.  [I'll be blogging about the project with before and after photos.]  I probably have more than enough blue and white dishes to fill the shelves, but I noticed two pieces at Encore that I liked, and since they were both reasonably priced [$4.00 each], they came home with me.  The porcelain piece below is unmarked. 

A Johnson Brothers blue transferware plate.

From the Encore shop we drove to the Brandywine River Antiques Market. 

I collect porcelain ramekins, so the blue and white one [below] caught my eye.  It was just $13, so it came home with me too.  

It had a backstamp I didn't recognize until I returned home and read a September 14th post at Antiques and Teacups blog.  Ruth is an antique dealer, and her posts are always so informative. She stated Noritake Company began as Morimura Company in Japan in 1876. They've had several different backstamps over the years. The M backstamp [for Morimura] could be found until 1934, and after that the company began using Noritake as their backstamp.  Based on her information I now know the origin of my ramekin, and that it's at least 80 years old.

Our last stop was at Pennsbury-Chadds Ford Antique Mall.  Don't be fooled by the beautiful blue sky in the photo below.  It was actually pouring down rain!  The photo is from the mall's Facebook page.  The antique mall is large with an upper and lower level.  I didn't purchase anything, but Linda and Barb about lost their minds [and pocketbooks] at a silver booth on the lower level.

Anything made in silver Inslee Antique Dealers are likely to have it!  I've never seen so many unique, hard-to-find pieces of silver in one place... Victorian ice cream forks and sippers, mote spoons, tea strainers, and on and on.  Linda was thrilled to find a lettuce fork.

The clock was approaching the time we needed to head back to Wilmington for our Afternoon Tea at Winterthur, so we didn't have time to look at every booth in the mall, but if we ever return to the area it will be on our list of places to revisit.


  1. What fun places to shop! I love your blue and white finds (and especially the $4 prices on the first two!). All that silver is more sensory overload, but in a good way. I've greatly enjoyed reading about your trip.

  2. I love your features on tea rooms and antique malls. Such happy moments and I am so glad you shared!

  3. So many beautiful pictures... lovely glassware. Thank you for sharing. :)

  4. I've enjoyed reading about your trip Phyllis. New shelves for your blue and white china sounds exciting and I look forward to seeing the renovation.

  5. Wonderful places and items! Good choices! Glad I could help...even if unintentionally! Lol!

  6. What great finds! And you know, I might've lost my mind in all that silver too!

  7. Didn't you just have fun! and great souvenirs of a fantastic trip!


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