Private Stash: Vanity Fair Caricatures


I found these antique British Vanity Fair caricatures in a pile of amazing newspapers and prints at a tag sale last year. As I was trying to search through the large heavy pile of miscellaneous papers, I remember Austin telling me to just see what they would price the whole pile at. I did and I paid $3.00 for the stack of papers. I was glad I asked because it was much more enjoyable to slowly flip though them at home instead of at a crowded tag sale!

I know little about these pictures but had seen ones like them at a local British themed restaurant. Vanity Fair started in 1868 and published a weekly magazine until 1914. It is famous for these often unflattering but totally amazing caricatures of prominent public figures of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Thanks to Wikipedia I was able to easily find out some facts about each individual pictured.

First up is the Jan. 8, 1870 caricature, “Judges No. 3, ‘The majesty of the law’.”

Judges No. 3 Vanity Fair

This is Chief Justice W Bovill who died in 1873. It is signed by caricaturist Ape.

The July 9, 1870 issue is “Statesmen No. 54, ‘Simple and unassuming himself, yet magnificent and generous toward his fellow men, he is the very Prince of Dukes’.”


The Duke of Sutherland, signed by the artist Ape.

This next one is my favorite. He is so cute! Dated Aug. 23 1873, “Statesmen, No. 152,  ’The Commodore’.”


This British nobleman held the title The Earl of Wilton. He died in 1882. The artist is Coide.

Jan. 25, 1873 issue is of “Statesmen No. 137, ‘The Governing Classes’.”


This statesman is The Duke of Buccleuch and Queensbury. He died in 1884 at the age of 77. The caricaturist was D’Epinay.

This last one is Aug. 27, 1870, “Statesmen No. 61, ‘A superannuated diplomat’.”


At first glance I thought this was Abraham Lincoln, but no it is Sir Henry Bulwer. Once again done by the caricaturist Ape.

My plan is to get these matted, framed and hung in my husbands office.

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A Polaroid Clue to the Past

While I wasn’t quite sure which model of Shasta my grandpa once owned, the mystery has been solved. My mom found this amazing Polaroid while cleaning.


This is his Astroflyte Shasta parked outside of the farmhouse my great great grandpa built, which is still standing next door to my parents’ house!

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Weekend Finds: Dansk Kobenstyle

This weekend was mostly a working weekend for me so I wasn’t able to get out to any sales. To avoid going into total withdrawal, I did make a quick stop at a thrift store and, fortunately, got my fix in the form of a sunshine yellow Dansk Kobenstyle 10-inch buffet server (often called a paella pan).

IMG_4963This enameled cookware is quickly becoming one of my favorite things to look for. Introduced in 1955, Kobenstyle was one of the earliest designs Danish designer Jens Quistgaard created for Dansk. The line was an immediate success and I suspect that had quite a bit to do with their bright colors and graceful three-point handles.

IMG_4965This is now part of a small but growing collection I’ve started. But I immediately noticed that the stamp on this piece was different than my others. While my other pans are marked “Dansk Designs France,” this piece had the older four ducks Dansk logo and was marked “Denmark.”

IMG_4956A quick search let me to a History Repeated blog post that revealed Dansk used a Danish supplier for Kobenstyle from 1955 to 1965 before switching to a French manufacturer from 1966 on. I also learned that this particular mark wasn’t used until around 1960, meaning this piece was produced between 1960-1965.

IMG_4951So, what about my other pieces? The gold casserole and bowl are both marked “Dansk Designs France.”

IMG_4959When production moved to France in late 1965, yellow and turquoise were dropped from the line and replaced with sun gold and a deeper blue. Gold remained a production color until the line was discontinued in 1985, however Dansk changed their name to Dansk International in 1976. That would place these two pieces between 1965 and 1976. The large blue buffet server is marked “Dansk International.”

IMG_4960Blue was discontinued in 1975 before the name change, but was reintroduced in 1977 and ran until 1985. That range is where this piece would fall. Not that the dates matter all that much compared to the beauty of these pieces. If you plan to start looking for these you should note that Dansk reintroduced Kobenstyle in 2012 in blue, red and white. A few colors of the original production were only made for a few years and may be harder to find. These include orange, black, white or any shade of green—each of which were only produced for one to two years.

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Easter Bunny and Some Needed Candy Dishes

Just in time for all the Easter candy this weekend will bring, I found two green 1970s candy dishes. These along with my mother’s amber one will give me plenty of candy storage.

Candy dishes 2

I also found this cute $2.00 stand-up pressed cardboard Easter bunny display. He stands 17 inches tall.

Easter bunny

Hope everyone has a wonderful Easter weekend!

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An Easter Egg Hunt Victory

Often the things I’m most excited to find are the things I wasn’t looking for at all. A few weeks ago while I was picking up a piece of furniture from a consignment shop, I took a moment to look around and spotted an Easter egg to end all Easter eggs.

IMG_4941It may be hard to understand its size from the photo, but this paper egg is about 15 inches long and 12 inches wide. For reference, here it is next to a grade A extra large chicken’s egg:


If you’ll remember back to last Easter, I shared my mom’s enormous collection of Easter candy containers. Naturally, when I saw the mother of all eggs, I had to grab it for her. I’ve seen a couple this size before, but the condition was nothing as nice as this and the prices were much, much higher. This beauty was a measly $25.

IMG_4944Like the smaller versions, this big gal hails from Western Germany. From the cartoon-like graphics I’d say this one is likely from the 1950s or 60s. Check out last year’s post to learn more about how to date Easter candy eggs.

IMG_4943The best part about a giant egg like this, at least to a collector, is the number of smaller eggs you can fit inside!

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