"Hand Made" "USA" Green Oval Stamped 'Johnny?' California?
(Davenport CA USA)
I hope someone has an idea about this piece. I'd appreciate anyone's help if you have an idea of what the mark might be. I have tried to find out what this mark is for a while. It's not hard at all to read "Hand Made" at the top and "USA" along the bottom.
And it looks like a word beginning with "J' in the middle -- I thought perhaps "Johnny"? -- and then other writing that's just too faint to be able to discern.
This pretty little plate (size: 6 1/4" across) came from a box of old things in a garage that I cleaned out after my mom and dad passes away a couple of years ago. I'm fairly sure that the boxes had been packed up at least 20 years.
It's in good condition, with only a couple of tiny rough places on the curled ceramic "petals." I think it looks very modern in a way because it's so different looking, but I know it is at least 20 years old, because of the age of the packing in the box.
Some of the items in the box (old coffee pots and so on) were from the 1930s and 1940s
Also... I don't know if you can tell from the photo, but it almost looks as if the mark is repeated on the top, or as if something else made an impression. Or maybe that's just my eyes playing tricks on me, I don't know.
I'm an amateur collector but am very interested in vintage items, including pottery. My aunt gave me what turned out to be several dozen pieces of Fiesta Ware many years ago, and that started my
love of ceramics, and especially pieces that are beautiful colors.
The Fiesta Ware that I have is in the main, primary colors: red (which looks orange - I have often wondered, why do they call it red?) and cobalt blue and yellow and pale green and ivory and light blue. My favorite thing is the juice pitcher with six little glasses, all the colors that I've just mentioned: red, green, yellow, light and dark blue, and ivory. I like the salt and pepper shakers, too.
Not long ago, I also have started volunteering in a local nonprofit collectibles shop, and we receive items fairly often that we're unsure about, so this site would be a great resource in the future for that reason as well.
I grew up in Georgia and was surrounded by old china and various knick knacks, and I certainly do wish now that I had paid more attention to all of them! I know that many nice pieces that belonged to my grandmother and mother were broken, given away, or taken to Goodwill.
But at least I do have my grandmother's Hoosier cabinet, so I use that to put some of my pieces in.
Because I know so little about this plate, there's not much for me to write about it.
Thank you so much for any help you can give me! I really do like this little plate -- it's so different in the way that it was made. Also, the color almost matches my green Fiesta Ware, and it looks quite nice in the sideboard next to the Fiesta Ware.
Again, thank you for your time and attention to this note about a pretty little plate!