Meet Our Dealers
Although Lewis & Joyce Newkirk are relative newcomers to selling vintage wares, they are old hands at buying it. Fifty years of ministry involving restoring troubled churches was often a lobor of love than prosperity. So they learned how to live graciously, buying at thrift shops and flea markets. After leaving their latest church in Austrailia, they retired to Florida. Lewis started selling at a flea market and decided that was something he would like to get into. He and Joyce have been dealers here at Mossy Oaks for several months now, where Lewis supplies the merchandise and Joyce applies her design skills in arranging it in their attractive booth.
Mossy Oaks Welcomes Linda Smith
Linda assured me that I would seldom find anything girlie in her booth. She and partner Dale have a flair for guy stuff, outdoor and rough stuff. They are just getting set up and we are looking forward to seeing what kind of treasures they'll be stocking their booth with.
Later this month when Americans set their Thanksgiving table, many of them will be using transferware china. The earliest transferware dates back to the 1700's where the process was developed in the Staffordshire area of England.
The process begins by engraving a copper plate with the picture or design. Next, the plate is used to print the pattern onto tissue paper, then the tissue paper transfers the wet ink to the ceramic surface. The ceramic is then fired at a low temperature to fix the pattern. Although this process can be applied to an already fired piece, firing after applying the design is more durable.
Previous to this development, only the very wealthy could afford to have decorated dishes, because each dish had to be hand painted. Transferware brought graciousness to the middle class by giving them access to beautiful table settings. Eighteenth century transferware is not always the best. Manufacturers improved their technique and transferware really came into its own in the 19th century, and has never looked back.
Although blue is the most common color, it has been produced in many other hues - pink (actually red), green, brown, lavender, yellow and black. Brown transferware is currently enjoying a surge in popularity. While it is usually done in a single color on white, multi-color examples have been done as well.
Antiques and Collectibles
Visit us at
Mossy Oaks Antique Mall
6260 SE 118th Place
Belleview, Fl 34420
Edward Scott Appraisals now offers Certified Appraisals for Antique, Classic, Vintage and Collectible Automobiles, Trucks, Golf Carts, Water-Craft, Aircraft, RV's and Mobile Homes.