Dining in style with vintage pieces!

Here I am a couple of Thanksgivings ago, ready to welcome dinner guests while posing with my Lenox dinnerware.

By Kimberley Mathisen


As the Covid-19 pandemic forges forward, folks are looking for new and creative ways to have some fun at home. I came across an op-ed piece in the Chicago Tribune back a few weeks, where the writer, Mary Wisniewski, wrote about enjoying her coffee, sandwiches and dinners on her mom and dad’s good china from 1948.

That struck me as a very good idea, and being a person with several sets (not all complete) of china dinnerware that I’ve accumulated over the years, I have plans to try some fine dining in style. Put a lovely tablecloth on the dining room table, bring out the good silver, and set the table with some of the “good” china. And don’t forget the linen napkins!

Thanksgiving will be here in a few short weeks and I always look forward to setting an elegant table with my “finery.” Now, I agree with Mary and may start serving Sunday dinner with some of my china pieces. Dining on fine dinnerware is a great way to cheer up during these trying times!

If you are looking for fine china pieces, check out estate sales, thrift stores and auctions for some great selections on vintage china. And the prices may surprise you!

Here’s some information on upcoming auctions that will likely be of interest for our readers and collectors. Some of you may receive your Collectors Journal a couple of days early, for this online auction. A massive, 600-lot auction is planned for Sunday, October 18th, by Burchard Galleries, online and live at the gallery in St. Petersburg, Fla. Headlining the event is a pair of handsome, centuries-old chambers that were painstakingly disassembled in England and brought to the U.S. in the mid-20th century, when they were re-assembled and installed at the corporate headquarters of Schenley, the liquor company, and used as dining facilities in the Empire State Building. After that they were exhibited at the St. Petersburg Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. Online bidding is provided by LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Jeffrey Burchard at (800) 520-2787 or (727) 821-1167; or, you can email him at jeffb@burchardgalleries.com.

An online-only Canadiana & Historic Objects auction is slated for Saturday, October 24th, at 9 a.m. Eastern time by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd., based in New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada. The sale will be highlighted by the outstanding lifetime collections of Dick Withington (scarce American and Canadian clocks) and Brian Stead (Canadiana furniture and pottery). Internet bidding is via LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and the Miller & Miller website: MillerandMillerAuctions.com. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Ethan Miller at (519) 573-3710 or (519) 716-5606; or, you can email him at info@millerandmillerauctions.com.

A luxury jewelry and handbags auction is Oct. 24 at 10 a.m. Pacific time. GWS reserves the right to sell any Lot(s) through a negotiated transaction at any time prior to the conclusion of the auction. If a Lot is sold through a negotiated transaction, it will be withdrawn from the auction. All pre-auction purchases will receive free, overnight, insured shipping. Please email gwsauctions@gmail.com to submit a pre-auction offer. Some of the lots offered include: a 35cm Craie Togo Leather Birkin Bag Lot # 4B: Hermes 2019 30cm Polar Blue Togo Leather Birkin Bag Lot # 4C: Hermes 25cm Tangerine Niloticus Lizard Kelly Bag Lot # 4E: Bvlgari Serpenti 3.31ctw Diamond, Ruby 18K Necklace Lot # 30B: Bvlgari 6.00 ctw sapphire, 0.80ctw Diamond 18K Ring Lot # 41A: Bvlgari 18K Yellow Gold & Enamel Elements Necklace Lot # 6A: Vhernier 1.00ctw VVS1-VVS2/E-F Diamond 18K Ear Clips Lot # 6B: Vhernier 18K, Mother of Pearl & Rock Crystal Bracelet Lot # 6D: Vhernier Milano 7.50ctw Diamond, 18K & Cord Necklace Lot # 6H: Melanie Griffith de Grisogono 146ctw Ruby/Diam. Set Lot # 6I: More information about this auction is at (760) 610-4175; www.gwsauctions.com or gwsauctions@gmail.com.

An online only auction with pick-up only in Birchwood, Wisconsin is listed on W. Yoder website. The James Adams, Sr. Birchwood Auction includes: toys, boat motors, furniture, a tractor, Cub Cadets, tools, art, automobilia, crocks, bikes, advertising items for beer and gunpowder, a wooden row boat with a trailer, woodworking equipment and much more. Pick up for this auction is in Birchwood, Wis. We will not ship or transport items for this auction. If you cannot pick up in Birchwood on October 30th, do not bid. See our website for more information. W. Yoder Auctions LLC N 2475 13th Gateway,

Wautoma, WI 54982 Bid on this auction at wyoderauction.com.

Have an enjoyable couple of weeks as well as a “spooktacular” Halloween! Enjoy this issue, which is again filled with up-to-the-minute information and articles on antiques and collectibles. Please note that our next issue will be Nov. 3 (Election Day). Please contact us with any unusual collections; club and convention news; Auction Action news; mystery items or other antique-related issues. We can be reached at editor@collectorsjournal.com; meego929@aol.com or at (319) 472-4763.