What: Noritake Azalea pattern teapot
Where: Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League Thrift Store, 1905 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561-833-8131
How much: $8
Why it’s special: The Azalea pattern is what made the Noritake company’s reputation in the United States.
Pieces of the hand-painted pattern, made in Japan, were used as premiums by the Larkin Soap Co., starting in 1918, and they included everything from teapots to trivets to dinnerware. More than 50 pieces in all were available in the Azalea pattern.
The market for Azalea dishes and other Japanese products evaporated with the start of World War II in 1941, but the pattern remains a popular collectible, both as a premium and as an utterly pretty artifact of another era.
It’s interesting to note that the china looks nothing like Larkin’s headquarters in Buffalo, which were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The demolition of the building in 1950 is one of the great architectural losses of the 20th century.
West Palm Beach Antiques Festival: Be sure to stop by and say Hi to me in Booth 123 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the South Florida Fairgrounds, West Palm Beach. Tickets: $7 adults, $6 seniors, free for under 16. Discount coupon online at wpbaf.com. Information: 941-697-7475.
Write to Scott at Scott@ScottSimmonsAntiques.com.