Fire King, Cats, and a River!

What do these disparate things have in common? Jade green, of course!

I’ll start with Jadeite Fire King – have you heard of it? It’s collectible glassware from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. My first piece was a classic coffee mug which friends remembered getting for free in a box of laundry detergent! Not me, I paid a respectable $12 for mine, and it got me started collecting. I love its milky green color though I now prefer a larger cup for my morning coffee.

After many years I’m in the process of ‘de-collecting,’ selling off most of the dishes, bowls and mugs I’ve acquired. No place to display them! But I’m keeping a few of my favorites including the batter bowl, a gift from my mom, which my husband uses for making pancakes and waffles.

Next up are my two favorite felines – Tiger and Benji. Did you notice their green eyes?

I never miss a chance to showcase them. Why not? They inspired this blog.

I’ll close with some shots of the appropriately named Green River, which flows 65 miles from the western slopes of the Cascades before emptying into Puget Sound.

I took these pictures of the river at Kanaskat-Palmer State Park earlier this year. No matter how many times I see it, I’m always amazed at its gorgeous color!

Kanaskat-Palmer is downstream from the Green River Gorge; I shared some of its secrets here if you missed it.

And that’s enough green for today!

Sharing with Sunday Stills Monthly Color Challenge, Jade Green.

~ Susanne

27 Comments on “Fire King, Cats, and a River!

  1. I have 2 bowls like that ,I inherited them from my grandmother. I love seeing your kitties, they are adorable.

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  3. Oh my gosh, Susanne, your jade is so gorgeous! To me, that is exactly what jade green embodies–that soft, milky green color. That must be an amazing collection! BITD, my former MIL collected depression glass which I’m told you could get out of cereal boxes! She collected a lot for my two daughters who have theirs displayed. Neat to collect these types of items. Love your kitties’ green eyes and the gorgeous water shots!

    • Thanks so much! I fell in love with the Fire King jadeite years ago, then expanded to the brilliant orange peach lustre! I’ve already sold off some of it as I don’t have the space to display it and didn’t want it just sitting in my garage. But I’m keeping my favorites! πŸ™‚

  4. I have a few pieces of the green Fire King Jadeite from my mom’s house, a couple of plates and little bowls. I think that kind of stuff is so cool πŸ˜€ Then of course the kitties’ green eyes are so cute. I also really like the river photos.

  5. Love the glassware. Such a cool color and retro design. I never hang onto anything long enough for it to become collectible!

    • Thanks! I love the color too! I started buying Fire King from collectible stores a long time ago but started running out of room. So now I’m just keeping my favorites and what I actually use.

  6. Beautiful green colour of cups and the kitties are so cute well shared with the photos of nature πŸ‘πŸ‘ŒπŸ˜Šthanks.

  7. I’ve never heard of Fire King Jadeite – maybe it’s never made an appearance this side of the pond? I understand your dilemma over your collection as I have one of old books I feel I should at least thin down πŸ™‚ Always lovely to see the cats and their beautiful green eyes, but it was the river that I loved most this time around – such a stunning colour!

    • Thank you! You may be right about the Fire King. Made by Anchor Hocking, it’s very collectible over here; most of my American readers remember it or have some of their own. The Jadeite color is my favorite, but I also love the peach lustre, a brilliant orange. And I never get tired of the Green River!

  8. I also collected glassware though from earlier decades – so-called “Depression Glass.” Similarly, the glass collection soon needed more space than I had at the time. I kept a few treasured pieces and sold the rest to a dealer who scalped me as I found out later when I finally researched, with the advent of the internet, the actual values of the patterns and pieces I collected. The few treasured pieces include a sugar bowl with an intact lid, the pair now worth over a validated $500. The treasured pieces also mistakenly included a repro piece as I unwittingly let its original “twin” go to the dealer. Moral here is that a collection once love will eventually be loved by someone not a collection-flipper. In short: keep it and bequeath it!

    • I enjoyed collecting various types of glassware over the years, mostly Fire King but others as well. Including cream and sugar sets. At a certain point I couldn’t keep it all and have been happy selling it on consignment at a nearby collectible store. I agree it makes sense to know the market value before setting your prices. We all have to do what makes the most sense to us. I know that whoever buys it will enjoy it as much as I did. And in the meantime I keep my favorites to use and enjoy.

  9. I have some of that Art Deco-era green glass, predominantly dressing-table sets. It is mostly known here as ‘Uranium Glass’. I have no room to display it, and it is in boxes in the garage. I might get around to selling it one day, or I might leave that job to my wife when I am gone. πŸ™‚
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • I guess I’m not alone! Those boxes in the garage weigh on my mind. So I’m having fun going through them to sell what I can. In the process I’m finding the pieces I like the best and bringing them out to use. 😊

  10. You got the jump on St. Patrick’s Day I see. Lovely collection of images. Just seeing that mug I could remember just how it felt to drink from it.

  11. Those were all great choice. I LOVE fire king. I have a few pieces but for some weird reason I couldn’t find them.

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