I was making my thrift shop rounds yesterday and came across this super cute little plate. I looked for more but couldn't find any. I wasn't familiar with this pattern, I was just instantly drawn to it. I decided what the heck and bought the single plate, figuring I could use it when I start putting together delectable vintage recipes, right?
There is a maker's mark under the plate "Salem Free-form Primitive" so I looked it up a few minutes ago and discovered that the plate was designed by Viktor Schreckengost c. 1954 and was designed and marketed to target the 1950s bachelor. Apparently this design is "one of the most highly regarded mid-century modern patterns."
So here is the bummer... as I was checking out the lady behind the register tells me that a guy was in the store just moments before me and bought a huge stack of dinnerware in this pattern and that he must have missed this plate. She added in hushed tones "he sells on eBay". She had a very disapproving look on her face and muttered eBay like it was a dirty word. eep!
Argh!! Why?! I would have bought every piece I found I loved it so much. Little deer in a cave painting style? Yes, please! I'm happy to have made it home with one plate, but ahhh.. I'm dreaming of what could have been!
Check out this Modish.net article and you'll see why I'm so incredibly bummed.