Let's talk turkey here.
I'm going to be honest, I love vintage Thanksgiving turkey decor.
Tableware to be specific. They're such a fun retro reminder of simpler time have turkey dinner at Grandma's house.
These two colorful guys are vintage Napcoware candle holders. I have them in both the dark meat
and the white meat variety.
The white turkey in the middle is a matching planter-like thing.
Napcoware made salt and pepper shakers, napkin holders, soup tureens and sugar and creamers all in this same pattern. You could have your own little posse of turkeys on the table if you wanted.
These guys just have a paper sticker that says "Japan" on the bottom, so no idea who made them.
I have seen others of them out in the wild (at antique malls), so they were mass produced. By someone. Somewhere.
And this guy is in the same gravy boat, he is also unmarked and not one of a kind.
I love the more rustic look to him (as if a turkey isn't rustic enough in the first place).
Another unmarked turkey friend I found recently at the thrift store is this colorful guy!
I've seem more modern Thanksgiving table accessories at Home Goods and such, but I'm sort of partial to these old ones that have gone through ½ a century of bone dry turkey, cold mashed potatoes and Uncle Sal spilling wine on the tablecloth.
There's something about the history of how many Thanksgiving dinners these little guys have seen.
OK, I've never thought of it before, but these little guys are forced to watch you devour their kin. It's sort of like their own little private turkey hell.
I would give them a pardon this year, but they look so darn festive on the table.
New to vintage Thanksgiving turkey decor? If you want to start your own collection, they can be found at thrift stores and antique malls with a little digging and persistence. Or on Etsy or Ebay.
Do you collect vintage Thanksgiving turkey decor?
Or do you stick to the kind you can eat?
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Kris @ Junk Chic Cottage
Love all your sweet vintage Turkey's especially the white ones! Happy Sunday Pam.
I knew you'd like the white ones! The white planter was my grandmother's and that's what started the whole turkey obsession!
Thanks so much for the lovely post! I love Thanksgiving and I cringe to see all my fav people/pages on FB already posting Christmas décor! I love Christmas, but let's give Thanksgiving it's due. I was married the day before Thanksgiving (36 years ago this year) so it's special to us! I love all the turkey planters and turkey plates - I have a few but my house in in shambles from new windows and decorating is at the bottom of the list this year!
Well congratulations on your upcoming 36 year year Anniversary!!! That's fantastic! I hear you on the new window situation. I'm thinking of painting my dining room before Thanksgiving, but the mess right before the holidays is giving me hives 🙂
I have been collecting the planters for several years. Love the colors as they flock on my mantle.
How fun! I'd love to see a photo of your birds one day! I see the salt and peppers all the time, but find the planters are harder to locate!
I love Thanksgiving decor....so I say thank you for keeping it front and center....plenty of time for Christmas.....
My sister and I gave each other hand-painted vintage turkey platters that we found while thrifting. We fondly refer to these as our tacky turkey platters. Ha!
Thanksgiving is the time to let your tacky/freak flag fly!
Oh how fun, I love them all
Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces
I love your vintage turkeys! I do collect them also...we have many of the same styles! I love the way you displayed the turkey under a cloche, on the little stand! So cute!
I am so glad that you show the pride of a Holiday that is so overlooked. The other day in the supermarket all the Christmas décor was out and sad to say, nothing but napkins and paper plates showed Thanksgiving. While I have downsized my decorations, I still have 2 totes of Thanksgiving Turkeys and pilgrims. Its one of my favorite holidays of family and the no stress of getting gifts, wrapping them etc. Its one of feast , family and relaxation unless some go to the Black Friday sales. But love your flair for showing the Tom turkeys. Enjoy your holiday.
Sure, I just sold my cloche that I could never quite figure out what to put under it, and you show us your vintage turkey sitting on that adorable cake stand covered with the same cloche I had. You've got a fun collection to display on turkey day, Pam! Just make them little blindfolds to wear while you eat.
FLORENCE L SALMER
You know I seldom see vintage turkey or Thanksgiving decor, unfortunately. I don't think I've ever had any. All I have are a newer Pilgrim couple that came from Cracker Barrel one year. Someone gave me that, or I wouldn't have anything Thanksgiving-related. They usually spend every year wrapped up in a box in the attic...LOL. Your turkeys are very cute though. In our house, we would probably let the turkeys rest & have ham instead.
OMG....I am so excited that I found your post! It's exciting to meet someone else that has a turkey collection. You have inspired me to write a post and share my turkey collection. Thanks for sharing.
Turkeys! They are sure cute, don't have anything like them and usually stick the the kind you can eat. I only have a big white Turkey plate I always use for "the Turkey"!
My oldest daughter has one of the vintage turkeys just like the one you show under the glass dome, she got it her first Christmas as we all exchanged names, she is 63 now and I know she must still have it.
I do not recall a maker or mark on it.
It is cherished.