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Some Favorite Rumrill Vases Available Today at the Long Beach Antique Market

We all have our favorites.  From early on beginning in grade school we witnessed the concept of the chosen few in witnessing or being the “teacher’s pet”.  Certain bonuses or advantages were awarded ones that attained that role and we learned to apply that concept in many areas of our lives.

Even in collecting pottery we apply the “teacher’s pet” principle to the items in our collection we value the most by rewarding them the most visible display shelf. For me a few of my Rumrill vases have become “teacher’s pet and they proudly great visitors to my home in a most conspicuous place of honor.

Three Rumrill vases, c. 1938-42 (from left to right) 9″ Pale Blue Art Deco Vase, mold # H-8, $ 75.00; Miniature 4.25″ Vase with Partial Original Label, mold #A-5, $ 45.00; and 6″ Fan Five Finger Bud Vase from “Manhattan Group”, mold # 541, $100.00 SOLD

Today at the Long Beach Antique Market we will be offering some of our very favorite Rumrill vases and yes they will be displayed in a very prominent location. The Long Beach Antique Market  is held in the Veteran’s Stadium parking lot just off Lakewood Boulevard at Conant Street and is open from 6:00 AM until 2:00 PM. (Visit the Long Beach Antique Market website for a discount entrance fee coupon.)  We are in space #A853, look for our familiar green and white tent.

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New Paintings by Anna Pap Make Debut at the Long Beach Antique Market

One of our favorite painters Anna Pap has been busy this winter painting some delightful new works that Billy Blue Eye is pleased to present this Sunday, April 29th at a special fifth Sunday Long Beach Antique Market Show.

“Still Life with Melon and Cherries” An original acrylic Painting on canvas by Anna Pap, 12″ x 12″, $129.00 SOLD

Anna was born and educated in Budapest, Hungary. She  currently resides in her hilltop home in Southern California where the beauty of the greenbelts and white water ocean views provide her with plenty of inspiration. Her love of nature is seen in her floral portraits.

“Roses and Pomegranate” An Original Acrylic Painting on Canvas by Anna Pap, 16″ x 20″, $259.00

These works as well as over 200 ceramic, stoneware and glass items including vases, bowls, candle holders, lamps and other wonderful collectibles from all of your favorite pottery companies will be available for sale under our green and white tent located this Sunday in space # A843.

“Floral Kimono” An Original Acrylic Painting on Canvas by Anna Pap, 12″ x 12″, $129.00 SOLD

The Long Beach Antique Market  is held in the Veteran’s Stadium parking lot just off Lakewood Boulevard at Conant Street and is open from 6:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Visit the Long Beach Antique Market website for a discount entrance fee coupon.

“Geraniums on My Window” An Original Acrylic Painting on Canvas by Anna Pap, 24″ x 30″, $399.00

For those of you readers that have never attended the Long Beach Antique Show I strongly urge you to get in your car, hop on the 405 and prepare yourself to enjoy one of the best Flea Market experiences in all of California.  Each and every event is unique and I assure you that there are some delightful treasures just waiting to be discovered by you.  Stop by talk some pottery with us and check out Anna’s work. We look forward to meeting you and seeing you there!

“Still Life with Blue Pot” An Original Acrylic on Canvas Painting by Anna Pap, 12″ x 12″, $129.00 SOLD

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Beswick Pottery – One of the Many Fine Ceramic Companies Available in Tustin Sunday, April 22nd

One of the very pleasant surprises for me in my own pottery collecting was the discovery of Beswick Pottery.  Beswick (1894-2002) was a family run business founded by James Wright Beswick with his son’s John and Gilbert, and John’s son John Ewart, they all played a part in the factories fantastic successes.

Beswick Pottery, c.1957-72 By Albert Hallam in ’57 6″ Double Handled Urn Vase, Mold # 1496-3, $80.00 SOLD

The business ran from the Gold Street Works as ‘J. W. Beswick’ until about 1918.  The firm gradually expanded its activities after the 1914-1918 war, in fancy pottery for the home and over-seas markets.

J. W. Beswick died in 1921 and his son in 1936. The Company was then made a Limited company – John Beswick, Ltd.  created with the Managing Director, John Ewart Beswick and his Sales Director Gilbert Beswick who introduced many new pieces to the range.

Beswick Pottery, c.1959-67 by Albert Hallam in 1959 10″ Gun Metal Luster Glazed Vase, Mold # 1654, $129.00 SOLD

Arthur Gredington was appointed modeller for animals of all kinds and is well known for this superb work of accurate and realistic animals. James Hayward also contributed to the high quality pieces as decorating manager from 1934 to art Director from 1957 he designed almost 3,000 decorations, patterns and glazing.

Beswick Pottery, c.1963-68 by Albert Hallam 8″ Goblet Vase with Original Label, Mold #1858, $95.00 SOLD

Albert Hallam contributed enormous skills when joined Beswick at the age of 14 as apprentice mold maker and he became head of mold making and a modeller, creating butterflies, horses, dogs and cats as well as fine art pottery vases, bowls and serving pieces.

Beswick wares were extremely popular in England and abroad offering one of the finest ranges available, they achieved remarkable success with highly specialized lines including life-like equestrian figures, dogs modeled from famous prize-winners, birds in great variety, wild and domestic animals, fish,  salad ware and cottage ware including Beatrix potter collection.

In 1969 Beswick was sold to Royal Doulton animals continuing to produce new models but reducing the number of patterns and withdrawing many pieces. By August 1989, the decision was taken for all Beswick to be produced under the Royal Doulton back stamp.

Beswick Pottery, c.1940-72 by Mr. Symcox in 1940 9″ Fan Vase with Scalloped Lip, Mold #844-2, $139.00 SOLD

Billy Blue Eye is pleased to offer a fine selection of vintage vases from Beswick Pottery today, April 22nd at the The Jamestown Vintage Flea Market   where 50 plus vendors set up shop at 474 El Camino Real, Tustin from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM.  In addition to Beswick we carry Roseville, Weller, Van Briggle, McCoy, Red Wing, Rookwood and many more fine American Art Pottery Companies. We look forward to seeing there!

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Long Beach Antique & Collectible Market – Sunday, April 15th

Dear Faithful Readers and Fans of Billy Blue Eye,

We have been very busy today loading the van with wonderful ceramic treasures and are looking forward to showing and selling them tomorrow at the Long Beach Antique Market. Now normally we’d post a number of photos to tempt you and entice you into visiting our green and white tent tomorrow. But today we’re not in a very normal mood.  In fact we think we should offer a bit of intrigue with this announcement and invitation.  So if you are prepared to be surprised, amazed and stunned please stop by tomorrow.

The Long Beach Antique Market  is held in the Veteran’s Stadium parking lot just off Lakewood Boulevard at Conant Street and is open from 6:00 AM until 2:00 PM. (Visit the Long Beach Antique Market website for a discount entrance fee coupon.)  We are in space #A853, we hope to see you there!

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Sunday, March 25th – Tustin Flea Market

As of 5:00 AM on Sunday, March 25th, it looks like the truce we bargained for with Mother Nature might just take hold for at least the morning hours. So please come and join us at Old Town Tustin’s best kept secret  The Jamestown Vintage Flea Market   where 50 plus vendors set up shop at 474 El Camino Real, Tustin from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM.  Billy Blue Eye has some terrific new finds guaranteed to make that “collectible and antique hunter” in you smile.

Roseville Pottery, c.1940 “White Rose” 10″ Window Box, Mold #382-9, $295.00 SOLD

Look for our familiar white & green tent. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Recent Weller Pottery Acquisitions

Every now and then when shopping for vases I  stumble upon one that really causes me to understand why I can become so very passionate about pottery and building a pottery collection. Frequently that vase will wind up in my personal collection or be offered to a specific client that may have expressed a strong interest in the maker or in the style of vase that I have come across.

When I first saw this blue Weller “Bouquet” vase I was initially drawn to the color. If you have read my past blog entries you know that I love blue and all things blue. This blue Weller vase is that special blue that immediately transports me to a summer sky or to the calmest of mountain lakes. I was immediately hooked and knew I had to have this vase and I had to share this vase with my customers. So it is making its debut at this Virtual Flea Market and I hope you see just how beautiful of an example it is.

Weller Pottery, c.1935-39 “Bouquet” 12″ Art Deco Column Vase with Tulips #B-11, $275.00 SOLD

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Weller Pottery, “Darcie” c.1935 6.5″ Light Blue Vase, $100.00 SOLD

Weller Pottery, c.1914-27 “Roma” 7.75″ Double Bud Vase, $130.00 SOLD

The “Hudson” series of vases all have some hand-painted elements to the design. Each vase is therefore unique and unto itself. The 1920’s releases of “White and Decorated Hudson” and “Blue and Decorated Hudson” vases have a special charm and the delicate usage of simple brush strokes make them exceptionally unique. This example, which has been pictured in this blog before, is truly a wonderful find and deserves a prominent home in one’s collection.

Weller Pottery, c.1920’s “White and Decorated Hudson” 8.5″ Cylindrical Vase, $259.00 SOLD!

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Billy Blue Eye’s Virtual Flea Market Now Open!

Recently Acquired Van Briggle Pottery

Van Briggle Pottery, c.1940-60’s 7.75″ Calla Lily Vase in Ming Turquoise Glaze, $ 139.00 SOLD

Welcome to our First Virtual Flea Market. Throughout the next seven hours we will be posting photos of our very best ceramic and stoneware items from all of your favorite pottery companies. They are being offered today at special Flea Market prices that reflect a substantial savings from the suggested retail “book” prices. (March 25th, 2012 Please note that special “Virtual Flea Market” prices have ended.)

See something you like, call us now and we will wrap, box, insure and ship your selection free of charge ($75.00 minimum please). We guarantee that all items are in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, previous repairs or other damage unless fully disclosed in the item’s description. We stand behind our product and if you are not fully satisfied, return the item to us for a full refund. (Buyer to pay return shipping or you may return the item to us at one of our upcoming outdoor Flea Market events.) For your convenience we accept MasterCard, Visa and Pay Pal. We process under strict security guidelines.

Van Briggle Pottery, c.1970-80 3″ x 4.25″ Hand Thrown “Original” Low Vase with Floral Design Imprint, $ 85.00 SOLD

Van Briggle Pottery, c.1980’s 8.25″ Bud Vase/Candle Holder in Ming Turquoise Glaze, $65.00 SOLD

Call Now 949-842-8732.

Van Briggle Pottery, c.1946-48 5.5″ x 2.25″ Original Hand Thrown & Hand Pinched Ruffled Bowl by Clem Hull in Ming Turquoise Glaze, $140.00 SOLD

All four of these newly acquired Van Briggle pieces are in excellent condition.  The two “original” hand-thrown items are especially sweet and have the hand-made feel that Van Briggle creates so beautifully.

Questions??? Ready to Buy!!! Call us Now 949-842-8732.

Much, much more to come!

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Our First Virtual Flea Market Opens at 7:00 AM Sunday Morning

We are rained out of the Long Beach Flea Market and are setting up the Billy Blue Eye Virtual Flea Market for you to shop Sunday, March 18th beginning at 7:00 AM. We will be featuring selections from our recently acquired inventory from all of your favorite pottery companies including Roseville, Van Briggle, McCoy, Haeger, Red Wing, Hull and Weller to name a few.

This is an easy and fun way to build your collection with terrific incentives to acquire beautiful ceramic and stoneware items at special one day pricing.

 This is what the Billy Blue Eye Virtual Flea Market offers to you

  • A friendly shopping experience from your own home protected from today’s drenching rains and winter storm.
  • All items offered at special one-day pricing of at least 25% off the Book Value.*
  • Easy, safe and secure payment options – MasterCard, Visa and Pay Pal accepted.
  • All purchases will be wrapped, boxed, insured and shipped Free of Charge. (A minimum order of $75.00 please)
  • Our five years of knowledgeable, customer service with our guarantee that you will be satisfied with your selection.

We open at 7:00 AM and for you early birds here is a great McCoy Arcature vase that we just acquired. First to claim it by e-mail will be very pleased with this 1951 McCoy treasure.

McCoy Pottery c.1951 6.75″ x 6″ x 2.75″ Arcature Vase in Green with Yellow Bird, $90.00 SOLD

E-mail us direct with your questions or to hold this vase at BillyBlueEye@cox.net.

McCoy Pottery, Arcature Vase Bird Detail

We will be busy tonight gathering inventory and setting up our shop. We hope to hear from you tomorrow!

* Please note that special “Virtual Flea Market” pricing has ended. Please contact us for current special offers.

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This Time Mother Nature Wins! Threat of Heavy Rain & Strong Winds Keep Us from the Long Beach Flea Market Tomorrow, March 18th.

Laguna Niguel is blanketed in fog and drenched with rain on Saturday, March 17th. The forecast calls for more of the same on Flea Market Sunday.

As many of our loyal customers and fans know, we look forward to working the monthly Long Beach Flea Market. It has always been our favorite event as in the past five years we have not only met wonderful clients and assisted them in building their pottery collections, but we have also developed many cherished friendships.

In the last six months Mother Nature seems to have decided that the third Sunday of every month is a wonderful time for the skies to open up and drench the pavement at Veteran’s Stadium in Long Beach. Sometimes her threats have turned out to be just that (like last month – a finer February Sunday does not exist) and other times we have found ourselves standing in three inch puddles of water with wind driven rain finding new and creative angles to fall from the sky. (Anyone  remember this past November 20th? Well at least all of our vases, plates and candle holders were washed clean; pass the Dawn Detergent!)

"...the skies to open up and drench the pavement at Veteran's Stadium in Long Beach."

Most of the time we take Ma Nature’s threats and the TV Weather Persons promises of ….BREAKING NEWS…..The Storm of 2012 to Hit the Southland on Flea Market Sunday…in stride and usually give it the ole’ College try and set up shop under the drizzle and threatening skies.  But somehow this threat seems real and as much as we hate to give in to the hocus-pocus of weather prediction we have decided that we will not be at tomorrow’s Long Beach Flea Market.

One of our Aleppo Pine trees during a short break in today's storm.

Now for some good news.  Since the weather will keep us from setting up shop in Long Beach tomorrow, we are going to launch our first Virtual Flea Market at this website tomorrow morning beginning at 7:00 AM. We will offer to you all of the new acquisitions we have purchased for tomorrow’s event here at BillyBlueEye.com. Additionally all merchandise offered tomorrow will be available for purchase at 25% off the ticketed price and we’ll professionally box and ship the items free of charge!

So set you clocks, Pottery fans. No need to pull out the yellow slicker or grab the galoshes, come shop Billy Blue Eye’s Virtual Flea Market from the comfort and warmth of your dry home tomorrow morning. More information will be posted later today as well as advance postings of some of the terrific treasures we will be offering. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

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The Jamestown Vintage Flea Market – Tustin’s Best Kept Secret is Out!

For those of you that enjoy the hunt for antiques and collectibles,  a great place to find those special treasures is the The Jamestown Vintage Flea Market  in Tustin, California where 50 plus vendors set up shop at 474 El Camino Real, Tustin from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM on the fourth Sunday of every month.  This month’s event is on Sunday, February 26th and admission is always free.

Roseville Pottery, c. 1943, “Magnolia” 8.25″ Basket, mold # 384-8, $325.00 SOLD

Billy Blue Eye Pottery will be offering a fine selection of pottery from all of your favorite pottery companies including Roseville, Weller, Monmouth, McCoy, Beswick, Catalina, Sascha Brastoff, Red Wing and Van Briggle. We are located in space #45, just look for our familiar green and white tent.

The secret is out and this event was recently named the “Best Flea Market in Orange County”  in Orange Coast magazine. We hope to see you there!

Roseville Pottery, c. 1943 “Magnolia” 5.5″ Hanging Basket, mold # 469-5, $300.00  SOLD

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