The Twelfth Batch

Category: What on Earth!?
Tonight, we are playing a NEW GAME here on WHAT ON EARTH??!! It is called...


I have a brother-in-law named Mark. And, although he is a pretty cool guy, this game is not about him.

A "mark" according to one of the MANY definitions of the word in the Oxford Dictionary means a "badge, brand, device, emblem, hallmark, label, seal, sign, stamp, standard, symbol, trade mark."

Many things have a mark or label or signature on them. Picasso's signature is a "mark." The words "Coca-Cola" is a "mark." Even "Made in Japan" is a mark. People who watch "The Antique Roadshow" dig marks.

Marks can help you to discover the story behind items, even if that story is as bland as "Hmm. She bought this at Walmart."

Item #1

A mark can be very clear...but its origins can still be pretty mysterious. (The writing on the front of the plate says, "Combined Thresher and Harvester at work near Connell Washington.)"

Item #2

The statue base is wood. I know the statue is not plastic, but what is it? Ivory? Something else? And who is G.R.? And what's with the fish?

Item #3

Why is this elephant doing aerobics?

Item #4

A blurry mark leads to frustration and speculation that you might need new glasses.

Item #5

Some marks are cooler than the actual item (to me, anyway. Though this is a really bad picture of this vase. The outside is unglazed and therefore shows fingerprints well. Especially dusty ones. The inside is glazed white. Who was Von Tury de Vegh?)

Item #6

Some marks make you take a second, than a third look. Is this a really good fake? Or does that really mean what it says..."1840 Italy"?

Item #7 < Virtual Estate Sale

Hedi Schoop in Hollywood, CA...glam!

Item #8

This is a brand I do not recognize. But maybe someone out there does? By the way, the "preserves" in these jars are little white tablets. That makes me wonder.

Item #9

No mark on the bottom because no glaze. That seems significant. Is the mark ON the main part of the piece? Argh. I cannot read Japanese...and I wish that I could!

Item #10

This is Royal Haeger's kidney bean shaped dish. And this reminds me...thanks mom, for never making me eat kidney beans.

Item #11

Now this is a mark!!! No guessing here!

Item #12

In a world before lighters were disposable...there was "Ronson"...I especially liked the "two-handed smoker" twin lighter set.

We really need to start thinking up prizes for these's bad enough that everyone is nervous about the possibility that I could pick their name in the Christmas name swap this year...

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On to today's challenge...I can clarify mark #7 in today's "name that Mark" contest. It's actually "Heidi Schoop," one of the many manufacturers of California pottery in the 40's and 50's. -KW

Slowly, slowly we are tracking this stuff down. The pottery and glass are especially difficult.

Geza de Vegh was a famous Hungarian-American Art Deco artist/potter/sculptor. Someone else had already identified the piece as Art Deco. The smooth white glaze on the inside of the perfect terra cotta piece seems like it could be his...but then what?


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