I'm pretty excited for a friend who has a home featured in the new issue of Country Sampler Home Tours 2019! But I'm also excited for me, because Vintage Gal Antiques is mentioned, too!! The article is called Sweet Sensation and Karlee's home is full of all the wonderful country store antiques that I love! An awesome antique country store bean counter, fantastic store bins and tins, a beautiful oak hoosier; everywhere you look there are some amazing pieces! Karlee purchased some bathroom collectibles and quirky quack medicines from me and they are displayed in one of the photos. Vintage Gal Antiques is mentioned in the Resource Guide and I'm thrilled to be included! Thank you Karlee! If you get a chance, pick up a copy of the Country Sampler Home Tours magazine. There are some other gorgeous homes featured and lots of great decorating ideas, too. Enjoy :)
Blue Ridge China was manufactured by Southern Potteries Inc.
from the 1930’s until 1957. Well known
for their underglaze decoration and colorful patterns, Blue Ridge pieces have
been popular as dishware for cottagey and country décor. The underglaze technique made the decorations
more durable and even though basic patterns were used, no pieces are exactly
alike due to all being hand-painted. Hundreds of patterns were made and, for the most part, painters freehanded the details.
These differences made each piece an original work of art and truly distinctive.
By the time World War II broke out, Southern Potteries was
one of the largest producers of china in the United States.Its workforce was completely unionized and
almost half of the employees were painters.Starting wages for painters was 13 ½ cents an hour during 1941!Although Southern Potteries employees over
1,000 workers and a leading producer of china, the company was unable to
overcome the onset of plastic dinnerware introduced during the 1950’s.By the end of 1956, Southern Potteries was
down to approximately 600 employees; many of them only worked part-time.In January, 1957, the board of directors
voted to close the doors and did so without resorting to bankruptcy, providing
stockholders with a final dividend.
Over the years, Vintage Gal Antiques has carried several
patterns of Blue Ridge China.Currently,
I have several pieces of the Chicory Pattern in the fluted, colonial shape,
including a sugar and creamer set.This
pattern, primarily in yellow and blue colors, is one of the more difficult
patterns to find.I’ve displayed it with
some Torquay glazed earthenware that is also very collectible. I love the rich cobalt
blues alongside the happy colors of the Blue Ridge China. Also featured is a large vintage ceiling tile and a new blue spatterware porcelain enameled cannister set.
All Blue Ridge China pieces available separately or as a
set. Please email for price list for all items.