Don’t confuse this antique ‘zhadou’ with your common spittoon

I saw a beautiful antique Chinese porcelain bowl at an auction. It was blue and white with painted dragons and it had an unusual shape – rounded with a flared edge. The description called it a “zhadou”, but didn’t say what that meant.

A zhadou is a bowl for disposing of used tea leaves and other table scraps. They usually have a rounded body, shoulders, a flared edge and a short foot. The shape resembles a chunky vase. They are often porcelain, but some are pottery or cloisonné.

Some auctions may list them as spittoons. At the beginning of the 20th century, the word “zhadou” was translated into English as “leys jar” from a Dutch term. Now it is usually translated as “waste bowl” or “waste pot”, but it is not the same thing.

European and American waste bowls, which are often part of 19th century silver or porcelain tea sets, are shaped like conventional bowls with straight sides and a round base. Some may be more elaborate, with features like a pedestal base, flared rim, or side handles. Wine jars are not part of a table setting. They usually have handles and often have lids. They are used in a bathroom.

Question: I have an old iron that belonged to my great-grandmother. It is cast iron with a wooden handle. It weighs 5 pounds and is showing its age. Can you tell me something about iron and its value?

Answer: Irons like your grandmother’s were heated on a stovetop burner or in a fire. The wooden handle made the hot, heavy iron easier to use. A characteristic of solid cast iron is heat retention. Today they are often used as decorations. They make excellent door stops and bookends due to their heavy weight and manageable size. A flat iron similar to yours recently sold for $30.

Q: I love vintage kitchen gadgets and utensils. One of my favorite kitchen gadgets is a Sunkist milk glass juicer. Can you tell me a bit about it?

A: Sunkist introduced glass reamers in 1916 to encourage the consumption of oranges. The first were transparent green. They were sold in variety stores and grocery stores for 10 cents. You can also order these reamers by mail, for 16 cents in the United States or for 24 cents in Canada. Sunkist sales skyrocketed. In mid-1926, McKee Glass Company of Jeanette, Pennsylvania began producing the Sunkist reamer. They produced reamers in a rainbow of colors that included clear and opaque glass. Color varieties included 18 shades: Milk Glass White, Transparent Green, Jadite, Pink, Custard, Yellow, Fry Opal, Dark Jade, Crystal, Caramel, Blue Milk Glass, Tuscan Crown, Fry Green, Ivory, Black, teal and butterscotch. Color mutations appear regularly and are unexplained, making them highly collectible. We recently saw a Sunkist milk glass juicer for $15 which was a great buy. Online, they sell for $25.

Q: Advertising for beer and other alcoholic beverages is everywhere. I have a Budweiser King of Beers lighted sign (still working) with pheasants eating corn on the cob. It has a curved plastic lid. Is it valuable?

A: Breweriana is very popular these days, especially the signs. While the neon signs are the most popular and fetch very high prices, yours is a popular brand, Budweiser, and is in working order. It is worth between $190 and $225.

Q: I have a very old chest that was already an antique when we bought it 40 years ago. I was told it was called a “beanie box”. It stands 56 inches tall and has nailed shiplap dovetail joints. I don’t know much about it or how to find out. I might be ready to sell it.

A: Bonnet boxes have a compartment or drawer large enough to hold a woman’s bonnet. Large bonnets were popular in the 1800s, but bonnet chests were made even after fashions changed. Shiplap joints have a recess in the edge of the wood, where it is joined to another piece of wood. This technique has been used since the 1400s and is still in use, so it does not help date the piece. Without the name or provenance of a manufacturer, it is not possible to determine the age or value of your beanie box. Value depends on style, wood and condition. English Regency mahogany chest of drawers with two hooded drawers, c. 1850, 56 inches high, sold for $406. A walnut and poplar chest, c. 1825, 49 inches high, sold for $175. You can get an idea of ​​the value by searching online to see what similar hood boxes have sold for at auction. It’s easier to sell furniture locally and save on shipping costs.

POINT: Use an old balled-up nylon stocking to clean a rough-surfaced mirror frame, carved piece of wood, or other uneven surface.

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