Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Head Hunters: Spaghetti

I have a modest collection of vintage head vases-- about 10.  If you don't know, these were popular in the 50s and 60s.  There are a myriad of styles from young girls to Christmas to a few celebrities; stylish hairdos, bonnets, earrings, umbrellas. Very cute.  Nowadays they are quite collectible.  I was lucky enough to inherit a couple, I bought a couple 20 or so years ago somewhat cheaply, but it has been a long time since I found one in person.  So what do you think of this one?

Wow, right?  To be honest, green is not my favorite color, and she is a bit garish, but at five dollars at an estate sale this fall, how could I say no?  I'm surprised it wasn't higher-- no chips or cracks either.  It has a paper Lefton label on the bottom.

There are a few reference books about head vases out there.  My sister gave this one to me in 2003 so the values are outdated, but the pictures are still fab!

So what's with my post title?  That "feathery" looking stuff on top of her hat is called spaghetti when referring to old ceramic poodles with that kind of stringy pottery.  So I guess that's what I'll call this vase: Spaghetti Hat.



  1. I love her!! I think the green is beautiful!! Thanks for visiting my bloggy! I appreciate it! :)

  2. That is a low price on the head vase. My mom has a special affinity for these, I wish I'd find some for her while hunting! This one is absolutely beautiful.

  3. Cool! I have never heard of such a thing - and I do like the green. Looks like the Dowager Countess in Downton Abbey. :-) (with a little imagination, of course.)