The Royal Treatment

Take a look at this absolutely adorable creamer I picked up this weekend to put in the Vintage Eve’s Shop! I passed it by at the flea market and then went back, put it down and finally gave in because I love the colors and just its general adorableness. Look at that hat!

Spaulding Duck Creamer circa 1940s (photo courtesy of Vintage Eve’s)

There are no markings on it but it’s easily identifiable as Royal Copley Spaulding. So you know I had to research it to share with all of you!

Royal Copley Spaniel circa 1940s (photo courtesy of AJ’s Vintage Treasures)

In researching, I found a very informative site for the Royal Copley collector. Please check them out! They have some great information. What they say is that Royal Copley was actually the Spaulding China Company’s most popular line but because it was so popular, most people refer to Spaulding China as Royal Copley.

Royal Copley Rooster circa 1950s (photo courtesy of Cindy’s Cozy Clutter)

Spaulding China, Co. ran from 1942 to 1957. Not a long time compared to some of the other potteries I’ve blogged about here, but they were prolific. They were located in Sebring, Ohio. Their pottery was marketed to high-end stores and, according to the website Royal Copley Collecting, “85 % of the product was marketed as “Royal Copley.”” And the name seems to have stuck.

Royal Copley Wall Pocket circa 1940s (photo courtesy of Barnshop Antiques)

Digging further, the Spaulding China Co., whose headquarters were actually in the Empire State Building, was created due to a need for ceramic clock cases like the ones they had gotten in Europe.

Spaulding China, Co. Pig Creamer (photo courtesy of Curio Cabinet)

Five guys formed the company. According to the Sebring Ohio Historical Society, “the officers of Spaulding China were Irving Miller, of Jamaica and Long Island, New York, vice president,  Morris Feinberg, of Mount Vernon New York, president, Daniel Eisenberg, of Plainfield NJ, vice president, David Borowitz, of Chicago, IL, secretary and George Stanford owned the Spaulding China Company.”

Royal Copley Wood Duck Planter (photo courtesy of Brilbunny Selections)

They go on to say that Miller and Feinberg owned an import business selling clocks. So they set up the pottery to make the clock cases, however, when the WWII started, they had trouble getting the rest of the metal parts so they decided to just turn their pottery into something else.

Royal Copley Baby Circus Elephants (photo courtesy of Mabel Street Miscellany)

Then, in the post-war, post-Depression 1940s, people wanted items to brighten their home. That’s where Spaulding China began to shine. It was a “hot” place to work, literally, when they got their circular kiln going and could make product 24/7, the temperature in the plant was between 103° and 130° F.

Royal Copley Head Vase circa 1950s (photo courtesy of Square Toe Shop)

They made a lot of items from low-end to their Royal Copley high-end lines. As Sebring Ohio Historical Society states, the Spaulding China, Co. motto was “‘gift shop merchandise at chain store prices.'” As they got going, they realized that they could just as easily make high-end merchandise as they could junk.

Royal Copley Carp Planter (photo courtesy of Poetsy)

At their height, they had about 50 casters and 35 artists. They were most famous for their birds. Apparently, at one point it was estimated that they churned out about 6,000 birds a day! It isn’t clear as to what caused them to go under. It seems they were unionized, though, and they paid top dollar to their employees. Also, as we have seen with a number of these companies, they began to lose a ton of business to cheap imports that flooded the market. Unfortunately, that spelled the demise of the Spaulding China. Co., as well.

Royal Copley Cat Planter (photo courtesy of Jannie’s Attic)

Please check out the Sebring Ohio Historical Society and Royal Copley Collecting for more in-depth information.

Royal Copley Cockatoos Bud Vases (photo courtesy of Aunty Nell’s Closet)

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The Lesser Known Sister

In my pursuit of vintage, I frequently come across a sister to Pyrex known as Glasbake or Glasbak, depending on the vintage. I thought I would do a little research on this lesser known sister of Pyrex.

Glasbake Made for Sunbeam circa 1950s (photo courtesy of Vintage Eve’s)

The Glasbake bowl above I picked up a few months back. On the bottom it is embossed “Glasbake Made for Sunbeam.” It was part of a mixer set. Turns out Glasbake was created in 1917 by McKee Glass Company to compete with Pyrex.

Glasbake Covered Bowls circa 1950-1960 (photo courtesy of 4 The Love Of Vintage)

The spelling was originally “Glasbak” for “Glasbak Ware” but was changed somewhere in the first few years putting the name change somewhere between 1918 and the early 1920’s.

Glasbake Divided Dish circa 1960’s (photo courtesy of Trashtiques)

According to a very informative blog on the subject, C. Dianne Zweig, she says that Glasbake went through a few incarnations. It started as “Glasbak Ware” from 1917 to somewhere in the early 1920’s, to “Glasbake” until 1953.

Glasbake Loaf Pan circa 1960’s (photo courtesy of The Velvet Rooster)

It was then changed to “Glasbake by McKee Division of Thatcher Glass Corp.” from 1951 to 1961 and finally “Glasbake by Jeannette Glass” from 1961 to 1983. As a side note, Jeannette was not a person’s name but the name of a town. Jeannette, Pennsylvania was where Jeannette Glass was located. You can tell the age of your Glasbake … if it has a “J” pre-fix to the numbers, the “J” denotes Jeannette Glass Co. and puts the age of the piece after 1961.

Glasbake Baked Apple Dish (photo courtesy of Mike N Annie’s Treasures)

As I said, Glasbake was meant to compete with Pyrex so you are able to cook with it and put it in the refrigerator. I am not sure about the microwave as it stopped production before the wide-spread use of microwaves.

Glasbake 1 Quart Casserole (photo courtesy of Beard Magic Vintage)

Glasbake came in lots of different, colorful patterns; florals, fruits and seasonal motifs. They also created more than bowls. There were Hottles which could hold hot things.

Glasbake Hottle (photo courtesy of Many A Moons Vintage)

There were measuring cups…

Glasbake Measuring Cup (photo courtesy of Granny’s Back Porch Vintage Collectibles )

Percolators …

Glasbake Percolator circa 1940s (photo courtesy of The Little Lemon Shoppe)

Individual covered casserole dishes and lots more! They were very creative.

Glasbake Covered Casserole with Fin Top (photo courtesy of Digatomic)

You can also find Glasbake items under Flamex and Range-Tec.

Range-Tec Skillet (photo courtesy of Fybster)
Flamex Sauce Pot (photo courtesy of Quirky Cottage)

I hope you have enjoyed this look at a lesser known brand that created some pieces that have certainly stood the test of time. Along with Pyrex and JAJ, you can add Glasbake to your cool kitchen collectibles!

Glasbake Ovenware in Blue and White (photo courtesy of Its Just StuFFFF)

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Hip Hull-ray!

When I found this bowl under a bunch of stuff in a box in the back room of a store, I fell in love. The look of this bowl just makes my heart pitter-pat! Between the colors, the size, and the design, it’s just a perfectly classic vintage bowl.

Hull Sunflower Daisy Bowl (photo courtesy of Vintage Eve’s)

The bowl is by Hull Pottery. You may have heard of it. I had heard of it but wanted to find out some more to share with you.

Hull Creamer in Brown Drip (photo courtesy of Atomic Retros)

If you go on the Hull Pottery website they say that the company began in 1905 in Crooksville, Ohio. Addis Emmet Hull founded the company. At first the company created utilitarian stoneware, as did many pottery companies at that time. They established an excellent reputation quickly.

Hull Pottery Crescent Pattern (photo courtesy of At-Tiques Vintage Treasures)

They expanded through the early 1900s opening a large warehouse in New Jersey along with their showroom in New York. They had offices in Chicago and Detroit, as well.

Hull Pottery Divided Casserole dish (photo courtesy of Kims24)

As the century progressed into the 1920s, Hull began a line of art pottery along with more glaze colors and techniques. The company continued to be very successful.

Hull Mirror Brown Hen Casserole Dish (photo courtesy of Syl Cameo Jewels Store)

When Addis Hull died in 1930, his son, Addis E. Hull, Jr. took over the management of the company. However, he left in 1937 and became the general manager of the Shawnee Pottery Company ( When he left, Gerald F. Watts became the new manager.

Hull Pottery Bowl Sunglow Yellow with Pink Flowers (photo courtesy of Store Four and More)

From the 1930s to the 1950s Hull continued to produce a number of different items. One of their most popular lines was the Little Red Riding Hood line. It included cookie jars, which are very much sought after today, canisters, sugar bowls and creamers.

Hull Little Red Riding Hood Cookie Jar (photo courtesy of North America Retro)

They also had a line of floral items that sported a matte pastel finish. These are popular pieces for collectors to collect, too. They also had a florist line that was wildly successful. Many flowers were delivered by florists in Hull containers during the 40s through to the 60s.

Hull Barefoot Boy Cookie Jar (photo courtesy of Dutchie Loves Vintage)

Interestingly, the plant burned down in 1950 but due to their successful reputation they were able to rebuild and reopened in 1952. They reopened as “The Hull Pottery Company” run by J.B. Hull (

Hull Nu-Line Pottery Bak-Serve Casserole Dish (photo courtesy of Jenzart)

They continued on through the 1950s and 60s expanding their lines, becoming mostly House and Garden serving ware and Imperial florist ware. In 1978 J.B. Hull died. A couple of other men would serve as president of the company until the mid-1980s when, a combination of union strikes and foreign competition caused the company to close it’s doors.

Hull Art Pottery Basket (photo courtesy of Time Gone By Vintage)

It was an interesting history as so many of these companies seem to have. If you visit the links in this post you can find out even more about the Hull Company. I am so glad they were in business because I love their stuff!

Hull Cat Planter (photo courtesy of Vintage Coco By The Lake)

If you have enjoyed this week’s post, leave me a comment! I love to hear from you. Also, if you are looking for any vintage Hull, check out the shops featured in this post. Just click on the picture or the shop name.

Have a great week!

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