Friday, September 28, 2012

Picking & Junking ~ A BeeHive Teapot / Tea Kettle Is it a Rare Antique?

I've been sitting (well, Not literally) on this
Beehive teapot or Tea Kettle if you so choose,
Beehive Teapot
since my trip to Davenport, Iowa.  When we went to go see the "American Pickers"(Antique Archaeology)
 from the History Channel.
History Channel American Pickers
Whom, we didn't get to see :( 
 Mind you Mike, Frank & Danielle were all in town that weekend, but they're such big Celebrity's now,
that you only get to see them at paid events or perhaps if they are Picking at your door.
antique archaeology Leclaire, Iowa
If they are picking at your door, YOU have a Serious Junking Problem!  Just like We Do, since that's why we picked Davenport, Iowa for a mini vacation.  And guess what we did while we were there?  Yep, we went Junking!

Riverboat Gambling
OK, so we went River Boat Gambling Too!
Lost our butts, but whatever, we had fun.

Of course I found (just by chance mind you) a town wide sale just over the bridge in Milan, IL.  I know it just sounds wrong, doesn't it - especially being from Indiana.  What's even worse is I found an auction house that was having a sale that night, that we went back to later that evening.  Yes, Saturday night, on our vacation & we're spending it at an auction house.   What's really bad is we got like this VIP treatment.  I didn't find this out till much later, because the rest of the gang had already signed in & I'm by nature such a lollygagger.  So I'm signing in, like 30 minutes later than everyone else & they ask me if  I'm with the Indiana Tour Group?  Which I say No, not knowing what that is or who they are & thinking it's Ironic that there is a group of people from Indiana that are here in this small little town on a Saturday night to attend this quaint, but podunk Auction.  So after checking in the one of auctioneers, stops me as I'm leaving.  Mind you he's kind of cute, and said "Hey, I hear you're from Valpo.  I'm from Valpo too!  And you know the Birkey's (family name)."  Yep, lived next door & around several of them.  They're like a plague up here in the region.  Not a bad thing, love em dearly, but just saying, you can't grow up in Porter County without knowing a Birkey or two or at least hearing about them.  Now Led Zeppelin Dazed and Confused is rushing into my head; how the heck does he know all this? So I locate the  family, and find out that our whole life history has been has been shared with the auctioneers & we're all blood brothers now.  Good thing cause, cousin Tom is spending like BIG Time & doesn't hurt to be noticed.  Did I mention I was out with professionals?  Tom ate up ALL the jewelry, like gosh, $400 worth?  I don't know, but he got just about all of it.   Let's just say it took him several trips to the car to carry it all out.

My partner in crime, whom I sat next too all night was this lady from Davenport, Iowa who said she does a lot of shows (guessing fairs) in Chicago.  We kept bidding on the same items.  Meaning I was driving up her price.  Bless her heart, she bought me several items to take home with me. "Oh here, you just take this girlfriend, I didn't want this part of it anyway"  Saw her & her hubby loading up many items that they had won that night.  Heck, she even had me go check up on him at one point, to make sure he was doing their business right :0

So anyway I snagged this antique, guess I should say vintage, BeeHive Teapot or Tea Kettle.
BeeHive Tea Kettle
I think it's from the 1950's, but I'm not quite sure.  From my research, I think It might be a McKee.  It has a BakeLite knob. The ribbed glass handle & body is marked from a 4 cup to a 10 cup level. The bottom is very cool all dimpled for heat transference & marked USA GlasBake 104 on the bottom.
BeeHive Tea Kettle

I did a Google image search for a BeeHive Teapot & I'm not seeing a thing, but then again with them trying to cut out the small independent business owners, I'm not surprised.
So I'm hoping someone see's this, and has some more information that they can swing my way.  I think it's just adorable.  I use to sell Princess House & they had a glass teapot with an infuser - which everyone thought was so cool.  Just a new take on an old idea.  Soon this old tea kettle / tea pot is going to find a new home, since I don't drink tea.  But feel free to grab yourself a cup and check out the related articles on teapots, and If you have any information on this quirky old pot or if you just like old teapots, please leave a comment, & I'll join you with a cup of Java.

Ciao Caravan Cruisers!

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