18 Feb Jadite!
Happy Monday, everyone! How was your weekend? This weekend was a good one for me – lots of great family time, homemade pancakes, my oldest son’s first baseball “tryouts”, finding the perfect item for a client, some goodies to list on Gypsy Soul’s Facebook page, and drumroll please…a beautiful set of vintage jadite dishes found at an estate sale. Pinch me, they were a steal. I first saw jadite in college when on one of my “clear my head” antique mall trips. Immediately, I was drawn to their beautiful translucent mint green color.
I wish I had bought them in college since a few years later, Martha Stewart had her jadite collection on her show, and everyone went nutso for it! And of course, up went the prices. Now whenever I see it in a store, a plate is $40! So I have been content to admire it from afar, though it’s hard to get that lovely hue out of one’s mind.
Jadite, also known as Jadeite, was a popular form of dinner ware and restaurant ware beginning in the late 1930’s to early 1970’s. McKee was the first to manufacture it, though Jeanette Glass Company is credited with giving “jadite” its name. The Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation was jadite’s largest producer, renaming it “Jade-ite” and launching several colors under the “Fire King” name in 1942. Literally given away in oatmeal boxes and grocery stores for buying a certain amount of an item, it was touted as your go-to, heavy-duty, can’t-hurt-it dishware. It was not fine china by any means, so as you can imagine, its popularity is confusing to many that were eating off of it at their local diner in the 1950’s. In fact, a lady at the estate sale was so surprised at how excited I was about my purchase, she said, “Well, my goodness, I have had two huge boxes of that stuff in my attic for thirty plus years!” I then asked her where she lived. I’m kidding. Sorta.
Which reminds me…this weekend, my father informed me he had two huge mid century abstract paintings in his storage unit, where they have been sitting for 30 years. Ummm, hello! Don’t worry, I’m on it.
Back to jadite…I love the freshness it gives a space. It is just so happy and clean and bright and pretty.
The collection that began the craze.
Apparently, the egg cups are rare and valuable. On a side note, does anyone know what the dish they are serving from the egg cup is called? It looks yummy to me, and they eat it on Downton Abbey all the time.
I LOVE when plates are displayed this way!
How gorgeous are these kitchens?
My favorite (and what I hope to do in a couple of cabinets in my own kitchen) is mix my jadite with vintage Fire King turquoise and white ware. I like the collected look, and those colors together are right up my alley.
If you see jadite in a store, it is usually fairly pricey, unless you stumble upon someone who doesn’t know what it is. Score! But you can occasionally find some good deals on CraigsList and Ebay, so if you love it, keep an eye out.
Do you love jadite? Do you have any in your home?
P.S. I also wanted to tell you I am having vascular surgery tomorrow bright and early, so if I am not around tomorrow or the next day, you will know why. I am having some blood clots in my legs and malfunctioning veins removed, plus my doctor is re-routing some other veins to help my vascular system function better. I should be fine and dandy, but if you think of it, I would appreciate the prayers. Knowing myself though, I will probably be at the grocery store with the kids the next day, ha! xoxo
ARPosted at 10:18h, 18 February
Oh my! Wishing you a swift and painless recovery!
The egg dish is called eggs and soldiers…basically a soft boiled egg served with toast sticks to dip in the yolk.
Awesome find on the jadite! So jealous!
GracePosted at 14:14h, 18 February
Adrienne, thank you so much for your kind words. I am a bit nervous, but I am sure it will be fine.
So good to know on the dish, I may have to try this! G
LizPosted at 12:31h, 18 February
Love the jadite- great post!
Prayers for a speedy recovery!
GracePosted at 14:14h, 18 February
Thank you so much, Liz! I so appreciate your support! xoxo, G
JenniferPosted at 16:52h, 18 February
How awesome you scored some jadite! Makes me want to hunt for some. Prayers for your surgery and a quick recovery!
GracePosted at 07:18h, 19 February
Thank you so much, Jennifer! I so appreciate the praters! xoxo
LynnPosted at 22:25h, 18 February
Great post on the jadeite! I am more of a blue transfer ware person myself, but jadeite is very pretty too. I will say a little prayer for a speedy recovery. I know how hard it is when mommy is sick. Take care of yourself :0)
GracePosted at 07:23h, 19 February
I hear ya, Lynn. I do think the blue is beautiful, too!
Thank you so much for your kind words, I so appreciate them! Thanks for reading! G
Mommy ChicPosted at 23:49h, 18 February
Prayers for your surgery! If I tell you that HomeGoods has additional markdowns and a 25% off coupon on Friday, will that help speed up your recovery? 😉
GracePosted at 07:25h, 19 February
Thank you so much, Mommy Chic!
And whaaaat??!! Yes, that will definitely definitely help! I’ll probably be first in line. 😉
Sarah (matters of style)Posted at 19:54h, 19 February
GracePosted at 01:46h, 22 February
Thanks Sarah! I am having so much fun watching for your awesome finds on One Kings Lane! Keep up the good work!
VictoriaPosted at 12:23h, 21 February
Gorgeous pictures! I love jadeite and your post tempted me into a spot of ebaying. A platter and some dessert bowls are winging their way to me now!
The egg question was so funny. That’s such a common dish in England I could not figure out what you were asking. In contrast, I have no idea what grits could be 🙂
Saw your later post so I’m glad the surgery went well.
GracePosted at 01:50h, 22 February
Hi Victoria, thank you so much for your delightful comment! It makes me so happy to hear from UK readers! I must try your egg dish – it looks so good to me! I hope you enjoy your jadeite – I would love to see a photo of how you display it. Thank you so much for reading! xoxo G
P.S. Grits are ground corn kernels cooked in milk. They are DELICIOUS, and I love them with cheese and a little salt and pepper. You should try them! Let me know what you think. 🙂
EilénPosted at 17:11h, 22 August
Hi! Love your blog 🙂 I was wondering if you knew what size bowl is the largest that is made. I do not mind if it is a 2000 edition. I have a 6-9 inch set, but find that I often need a larger bowl. I am going to the Stats in september and hope to find some new pieces:) Thank you 🙂
GracePosted at 10:15h, 23 August
Hi Ellen, truth be told, I have never seen a really big mixing bowl in jadite. I think the biggest I have seen is 10 inches as far as the true vintage ones go. maybe a newer maker of jadite makes larger size bowls?
Hope that helps and good luck with your hunt! 🙂