Sunday, September 25, 2016

Look What I Saw at the Green Center - Old Stuff Edition


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Good morning,

The Green Center had some interesting items that appeared this weekend. This is a look at some of the older items that arrived.

Couroc Tray



Formed by Guthrie Courvoisier, owner of Courvoisier Galleries in San Francisco the Couroc Company (1948-1990s) was a Monterey California company that produced many different types and shapes of trays, boxes, ashtrays and glassware from 1948 until their closure.. Courvoisier developed a secret formula for phenolic resin which was molded into these item. Designs were created with metals such as this owl which could be embedded into the material.

Couroc of California pieces were the wedding and shower present of choice from 1950’s to the 1980’s.

 1864

We get old books on a regular basis but this won the prize from 1864, wonder if anything has changed in the Congress since then

 Antique Plate

Antique Plate

Curious why this plate is marked Antique Ivory, was it an antique when it was first fired? One of the many mysteries of the Green Center

Collection Letter

Inside the 1864 book I found a letter from the publisher of The Gospel Banner. The Gospel Banner was a family paper "devoted to universalism, moral reform, literature, education, agriculture and news". He was writing a subscriber asking for payment explaining that he has just purchased new type.  Not exactly a form letter. The good news is that he was paid as indicated in this receipt . 

The Staples family finall paid their bill. The Gospel Banner was in operation from 1842 - 1897.
Notice the nice typeset