I had come across a very different looking bowl while at an estate sale this month. I had no idea what I was looking for when I spotted a table loaded with tons of old kitchen dishes. MY KIND OF TABLE. I digress.......all other people were quickly moving through the items which were in plain site; me, on the other hand as slow as molasses in the wintertime, took my time to belly up to the table and methodically placed my purse on one side of the pile of bowls I wanted to look through. Most of the items were gouged with utensil marks, were chipped, or were from a Family Dollar store. I kept at the slow process of picking up each piece, noting it's peculiarities (to say the least) and setting them down, people came and went as quick as the wind, but I kept slowly progressing to the bottom of the pile of particular bowls. Finally, last but not least, was a dirty, greasy pink ugly 10 1/4" bowl. At first I didn't recognize it through all the grease. I initially almost put it down in the "Discard/leave" pile--but something told me to take a closer look. I held it up to the light and noticed it had no chips! Closely I pulled it closer as I got that feeling of "AH HAAA!!!" I found it!!!! I quickly checked it at least two times for chips, scratches, flea bites, all the usual casualties the years of serving brings.....and it had none! I took a small rag out of my purse and wiped off some of the grease to discover it may have been depression glass. How excited I was -but almost in disbelief -this little jewel was sitting at the bottom of all the real junk....After wiping a small spot of grease off the glass, I noticed it was pink, not orange and that it had "possibility"! As the story goes.....I brought it home and cleaned it up. It is an Anchor Hocking Oyster and Pearl Pink ca1938-40 10 1/4" bowl It was and is beautiful. Gorgeous. It sparkles as if it was brand new. It is in mint condition. Even tonight, as I took pictures of it to sell, I kept thinking I had to find something wrong with it...and I haven't yet. The ending to this story of a great find is I just can't let it go. For a while at least. I think I am going to keep it just for decorating....I love the thought of having a pre-WWII glass item...so, I am replacing one pink bowl with this Oyster and Pearl bowl....and placing it on top of the china cupboard in a place of honor. Maybe I will sell it next year..........did you ever feel that way?????
Oyster and Pearl, Anchor Hocking ca1938-40, Pink 10 1/4" bowl. MINT
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