One of my best finds of 2013Posted: January 23, 2014 Filed under: Fun Finds | Tags: Bakelite flatware, Gold Bond suitcase, vintage picnic basket, vintage picnic suitcase 1 Comment
Luray and I went on an epic vintage shopping trip at the end of December when I bought one of my best finds of 2013. From the outside it doesn’t look like much. A slightly battered old suitcase:
It was mostly hidden under a pile of stuff including an ugly fan. I’m sure lots of shoppers overlooked it just as I did the first time I was in the store. I thought it was a portable record player which would have been pretty cool. Nope! I nearly squealed when Luray opened it.
It was a vintage Gold Bond picnic suitcase that belonged to a Philadelphia couple.
Their address label is still intact with its later-than-1960 zipcode.
And it had forks and knives with Bakelite handles! So how old is this suitcase? 1940s 1950s? The colors seem earlier than the 1960s to me. I wish I could find more information about Gold Bond! If was truly “an investment” then it must have been pretty swanky in its day. Maybe it was a wedding present?
From the size of the loops that held the spoons I can tell they didn’t have matching Bakelite handles. Two ordinary spoons fit perfectly in each of the two slots.
Now I have the fun of outfitting the rest of the case. I have a plaid blanket, red plastic containers and an old thermos, but I’m not thrilled about the mix of yellow, burgundy, red and green. Too many colors. I’d like it to look a little more authentic somehow.
What would that look like? I know the plates can’t be very thick or four of them won’t fit in the straps. Should they be plastic? Enamelware? I have no idea. Makes me wish I knew someone with a library of vintage magazines and advertising!
What would you be looking for?
So hmmm, why slots for four knives and four forks, but only two spoons? Seems odd, no? Maybe the two slots were for, I dunno, a corkscrew and a martini stirrer? And the spoons were stored separately in a little case or something?