Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Rising Dough in Vintage Bowls

One of the small but great joys of life has to be rising dough in vintage bowls.  Who doesn't love the soft, buttery curve of rising dough?  And the thought of what it brings?  And don't even get me started about vintage crockery!  Ever since I brought these bowls home I have been excited to do a post about them.  But before I knew it fall and winter arrived last year and I certainly couldn't do a post about these cheery, flowery bowls in the dead of winter.  So before the warm weather got away from me this year I asked George to let me know next time he was making any kind of dough.  Lucky for me last week, he was making bread and tortillas on the same day!

My mom and I found these amazing bowls at the Springfield Antique Extravaganza last spring.  We share a love of vintage bowls and we both had never seen anything like them.  The cornflower blue outer bowl and "gear" shaped base would have been enough to win me over, but add in the flowers around the rim and I fell madly in love.

Above you can see the label on the bottom of the bowls says "Hall's Superior, Tested and Approved by Mary Dunbar, Jewel Homemakers Institute, Quality Kitchenware".  When I googled it I found a very common Autumn Leaf pattern but the blue bowls were harder to find.  The only one I found on ebay was described as "uncommon." 

Apparently the company formed in the 1920's and offered a full range of dinnerware and accessories, plus a successful line of cookbooks (click here and here for more history).  I even found a website that listed all the pattern names but I couldn't figure out the name of this particular pattern.  If anyone out there knows , please leave a comment as I would love to know.

I originally intended to post George's new tortilla recipe but I think it deserves its own post.  So if vintage bowls don't float your boat, check back soon because George's homemade tortillas are incredible and worth trying.  If you can't wait then email me!

Every so often at a flea market you find something that makes your heart beat a little faster and if you are able to purchase it you feel like the luckiest girl in the world.  And the best part is, years later when you look at that purchase, you are reminded of that feeling and the wonderful memories of that day.  It was so much fun sharing that excitement with my mom and I think of her every time I see these bowls.  Thanks mom!


Margot Madison said...

I can completely relate to that kind of love and continuing to experience it every time it's used. I hope Mary Dunbar knows how much joy she continues to bring in the world!

Jim said...

I have two of these bowls with one lid. They were my Mom's as far back as I can remember and I am in my early 60s. As you describe it, my wife has used these to make dough for her bread. I just started trying to learn about them and you'rs are the first images I have found of this pattern & style though I do have two more pages to check on. One thing I learned was that Hall's used a firing process that made a finish that does not craze, unlike other china. That explains why so many pieces can be found in such good condition.
If I find out any more, I'll drop back and report it.

Nessy said...

Thank you for your comment Jim! Very interesting about the firing process. Do drop by again if you find more info on them!