A couple weeks ago we were in an estate sale kind of mood. We grabbed coffee and headed out for a couple sales we looked up (estatesales.org is my current favorite). We had planned to head up to Palos Verdes for a sale, but stopped in Naples since we were driving right by there. Naples is the Venice Canals of Long Beach; a great spot with beautiful homes. I love the Naples / Belmont Shores area of Long Beach and enjoy any chance I have for a “home tour” along with a side of estate sale. When we walked in, we were the only ones at the sale. We are not those early bird shoppers to put our name on an entrance list at 5 am, so we were surprised. The house was virtually empty, but the selection was pretty much non-existent too. Except for……a set of Hazel Atlas Platonite Moderntone. AmazeBalls, Yahoo!
Platonite is basically Hazel Atlas’ version of milk glass. Companies had their own version with varying levels of opaque, and Hazel Atlas called theirs Platonite. The company had previously been using the Moderntone molds with colored glass a.k.a. Depression Glass. When Homer Laughlin launched Fiestaware cir 1936, two years later Hazel Atlas utilized the Moderntone molds to make their Platonite dinnerware; similar styling to Fiestaware. The white glass dishware has color fired on to the glass. Based on what I stumbled across there were three different collections of the Platonite Moderntone. The “Pastels”, which you see boat loads of, then there is “Carnivalware” a.k.a. primary, and the most rare is the “Deco” collection (white with a blue or red trim). BUT I saw some other colors that don’t fall into any of these three collections, so I’m guessing I would stumble across more if I kept going down the rabbit hole.
After I did a home tour, took lots of pictures, and paid for my dishware, the ladies from the estate sale company, Grasons, told us about another estate sale down the street in Seal Beach. It was a great day and we filled the truck before we ever made it to Palos Verdes.
Set available in the Atomic Hostess Etsy shop (click for link)
I’ll share our Seal Beach estate sale haul later this week. Vintage barware Ga-LoRe!