Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Vintage Things Thursday

Hello, and welcome to another fun Vintage Things Thursday. In August, hubby and I took a little weekend getaway to Lititz Pa. for our 32nd anniversary. They were having a HUGE craft show, and we decided to make a weekend of it. It went on for blocks and blocks and blocks! lol We stopped in the Wilbur Chocolate Company, and the smell was devine! One wall was completely covered in vintage chocolate pots. They weren't for sale, just for display. In case you don't know what a chocolate pot is, I will explain.

Chocolate was an important part of religious and royal ceremonies in 1521. The Maya and Aztecs experimented with different ingredients, along with cocao beans, and 100 yrs later the drink spread throughout Europe. It was then, that the Europeans had started to add sugar and cream to their cocoa. They decided that this drink needed a special vessel in which to serve it.

They designed special pots made with silver and copper. Later, European porcelain manufacturers, such as Limoge Co. in France began to make chocolate pots.

Although some manufacturers still make chocolate pots today, most are regulated to the status of antiques and collectables, and chocolate pot collectors, pay hundred's and even thousands to acquire one. They are different than a coffee pot, as the spouts are short. (click on any picture to enlarge)

On display, they also had hundreds of different kinds of cocoa containers.

Some look to be very old.

Another insteresting display, were these vintage coffee pots and things, that had Halloween theme's carved into them. This one I purchased, is a vintage aluminum flour canister. They spelled out the words "Trick or Treat". There is a hole in the back, so you can put lights in there if you wanted to. I just stuck a clear votive candle holder in there to show you how it lights up. I wanted to try adding some orange or purple lights in there. Set on the kitchen counter, I thought it looked kinda cool.

The girl who was running the stand, said she and her friend were just trying it out, and experimenting with some different kinds of vessels. She was very sweet, and let me take some pics of her creations. They are located in Reinholds, Pa and her e-mail is Neen5555@aol.com. In case you might be interested in purchasing something. I thought her prices were very reasonable.

This looks like very intricate work, and dangerous if you are not careful in cutting these. I wish them luck in their new business.

Here is another creative person at the show. These are banks, that are made from old post office box doors. One was nicer than the other. If you are looking for a unique gift for someone, this might be it. They are a little pricey, ranging from about $85 and up. This picture doesn't do them justice though. The woods are beautifully made, and are works of art. Each box has it's own unique combination, which means the maker has to sit and figure this all out. If you are interested in contacting them the web site is robinsonscustomwoodworking.com There are more photo's on the web site. I hope you enjoyed coming by for a visit, and don't forget to stop by Suzanne's http://coloradolady.blogspot.com/search/label/Vintage%20Thingies%20Thursdays for some more vintage fun!


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a fun way to spend your anniversary! I love traveling in that part of the country in the Fall! You found some wonderful things to photograph! Fun post! ♥

LV said...

Now that is the place to visit. I would love it and the story behind it is very interesting.

haizi daizi said...

What a lovely post, the chocolate pots and old cocoa containers look amazing when you see them all grouped together. I particularly like the floral pots with roses on the front, hmmmm .... I wouldn't mind a few of those! I can't think of a better way to spend a special day ~ thank you for sharing, Haizi.

jeanetteann said...

I had never heard of chocolate pots until on a blog recently. Also the difference between one and a coffe pot,so found this post very interedting. I will now be on the look out for a chocolate pot. Even the name sounds really nice. xx

Coloradolady said...

Looks like this was a fantastic day! I love the art of all sorts! Very cute. Happy VTT!

C'est moi Claudette said...

I do remember you and hubby going there. I didn't know about the choc. pot though? how neet.
I've missed you sweet friend.
I'm trying to get back to normal if this is what normal is. We are having a family burial with Sister Lolotte saying prayers for mom on Nov. 4th. I've been having very sad days and some ok ones. Going to N.C. helped, but it doesn't make it any easier when the heart hurts.
Anyway Deb, I hope you are having a good weekend. Our leaves are coming down fast, but no rain today for the first time since I got home.
Good news is that my first Grand Neice was born yesterday ; )
Love You
Love Me

bj said...

Happy Belated Anniversary..and what a wonderful and fun way to celebrate it.
Thanks for the tips on chocolate pots..I've wondered about that.:)
xo bj

Bella Vista said...

Happy belated anniversary! What wonderful pictures...so interesting.

I have one chocolate pot....love it.

Barb ♥

Leann said...

Oh I love to go to Litiz any time of year. Did you tour the pretzel factory? I bought a Moravian star there too. I meet my friend there and we shop then head to Stauffers of Kissel Hill.

Happy Anniversary - wishing you many more!


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

This just sounds like such a fun weekend and getaway. I love the history of the chocolate pots. I had no idea. The other crafts are so different. I am always amazed at so much imagination.

Thanks for your visit and gracious comments on my wall collage. I was amazed you noticed that I had swapped the kitchen and dining room chairs. Same table, just playing musical chairs. Hugs, Marty