and was divided into two sections...
I think it was probably designed as a wine holder/carrier, as the other side was decorated with this...
Nicely hand painted, but not my style...so a makeover was in order. I could have painted the box, but I liked the play of the wood and metal...so I decided to simply cover it.
I had a couple of vintage honey tin labels, and decided to use one for this project. (I probably would have used a copy, if I only had one)
I just used the center of the label, and saved the side panels for another project...they didn't work with the hardware on the box.
I simply glued on the label with decoupage medium, to cover the grapes. Then I added a jar with water to each section...along with some little cherry blossom branches. They are starting to bloom!
(If you want to see some really lovely blossoming branches, be sure to check out this post from Pam @ House of Hawthornes)
I love how the box turned out...and it could be used to hold many other things, as well...utensils, guest towels, studio supplies...
Boxes and containers are always great quick makeover items!
I thought I would share my favorite source for vintage emphemera, and all kinds of goodies, with you today!
(I'm not being paid for this...just my personal recommendation)
Don and Chris' Old Stuff
They are always finding the best old stuff! They sell at wholesale prices to the public. Everything is guaranteed old. I have been a customer for years...my honey label was purchased there. That label isn't available now...but so many others are. And if you are on their email list, you will always be updated when they list new items. You will be surprised what you can find there!
Before I go, I'd like to thank all of you for all of your fun comments about this dish on my last post!
It was so fun to read all of your responses, opinions, and information...especially since all you had to go on was my photos, and couldn't hold the piece in hand.
Sandi @ Barberry Lane was able to recognize the mark as Franz Anton Mehlem (you can click the link to learn more), a company who also worked as Royal Bonn and later, Boch Villeroy. They perfected a special technique for earthenware, to give it more the look of porcelain during 1880-1910,
which is when I think the plate may date from.
I enjoyed the sleuthing with you so much, that I think I will share other mysteries with you here soon! Thank you again!
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Until next time...