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Lovely Ladies: Vintage Head Vases


Lovely Ladies: Vintage Head Vases

Collectors of Ladies Head Vases from the late forties, fabulous fifties and hip sixties.

Members: 52
Latest Activity: Mar 27, 2016

About Your Moderator Marlin Martin

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Meet your moderator Marlin Martin. . I collect a variety of things but ladies head vases have become a real passion of mine. I purchased my first head vase in 1999 and over the years I've added about 750 vases to my collection. I now have several curio cabinets in my home filled to capacity with vintage ladies. I have had the good fortune to have attended the annual head vase convention a couple times and I’ve met several really nice collectors that share my passion for these lovely ladies. In addition to collecting head vases, I also have a small collection of head vase identification and price guides. Some of these books are now out of print and very hard to find.My interest in head vases dates back to the 1960’s. I fondly recall my Father’s older sister, Aunt Nellie, having several of these odd ladies sitting around her front porch. In particular, I remember several vases that I later learned were “Glamour Girls” being filled with dirt and live plants. There were a couple more fragile and detailed vases that she kept in her kitchen and sewing room. They held various items including pencils, feathers, and crochet hooks. She felt these vases were too pretty to be filled with dirt and I could not agree more.

Discussion Forum

Children and Teen Head Vases 14 Replies

Started by Marlin Martin. Last reply by Sue Cunningham Jan 11, 2014.

Don't forget to share some your love for Ladies Head Vase

Started by Marlin Martin Dec 29, 2013.

Were plastic flowers frequently used with head vases? 3 Replies

Started by Marlin Martin. Last reply by Donna Marie DeMoulin Nov 28, 2013.

Cleaning Head Vases 4 Replies

Started by Marlin Martin. Last reply by Donna Marie DeMoulin Nov 28, 2013.

The Winner of the Head Vase Drawing is.... 6 Replies

Started by Marlin Martin. Last reply by Karen Santamaria Nov 20, 2013.

New Member Contest 12 Replies

Started by Marlin Martin. Last reply by Marlin Martin Nov 1, 2013.

Thank you for sending out the email! 7 Replies

Started by Deborah Payne. Last reply by Shirley Grundman Oct 17, 2013.

Lovely Lady Head Contest 3 Replies

Started by GG Bower. Last reply by Marlin Martin Sep 22, 2013.

lady mug or creamer? 4 Replies

Started by Kelly Stine. Last reply by Kelly Stine Sep 21, 2013.

Head vases 1 Reply

Started by Lisa Sanborn. Last reply by Marlin Martin Sep 21, 2013.

Head Vase Identification and Price Guides

Started by Marlin Martin Sep 15, 2013.

Golden Rules for Collecting Head Vases

Started by Marlin Martin Sep 15, 2013.

Books on Lady Head Vases 2 Replies

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk. Last reply by Julie Clark Jan 15, 2010.

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Comment by Miriam E (Miki) Felseburg on March 27, 2016 at 8:49am
I am new to this forum, so please forgive me if I'm doing this in the wrong place. I have an inherited collection of 101 head vases that I would like to sell as a whole collection. Anyone out there who would be interested?
Comment by BikerBonnie on March 23, 2015 at 9:11pm

Thanks C. Diane.  Recently, I was looking over an online auction, Auction Zip, I have bid and won or lost on there over the years, but they had a head vase, which I looked up and found a statement from someone, online, that NIPPON, never made head vases, which this one in auction was.  I wrote the auction and told them what I had read but no reply............

Comment by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on March 23, 2015 at 9:05pm
Comment by Marlin Martin on December 1, 2014 at 2:17pm

I purchased a 300+ collection a little while back and I've been busy selling most of them. Here are a few that I've kept!

Comment by Marlin Martin on December 1, 2014 at 2:05pm

Wow! What lovely planters Bonnie and Lillian. I've never collected these ladies but they are really pretty.


Comment by BikerBonnie on December 1, 2014 at 1:32pm

not a head vase either, but bought at live auction as"1930's French Glazed Porcelain Dresser Box".  What do you think?

Comment by Lillian Dunbar on December 1, 2014 at 12:25pm

Not a head vase but definitely a lovely lady with a retro look. She's 8 inches tall.

Comment by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on June 29, 2014 at 9:53pm
Time for some new pics in this group..... Anyone want to share more photos of their collections?
Comment by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on May 29, 2014 at 4:26pm

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Comment by Shirley Grundman on April 6, 2014 at 7:30pm

Marlin, I just washed my head lady and found this crack.  How much of a price difference is it going to make.  Here is a inside view and an outside view of the same crack.  The brown on the cheek, looks like brown paint from the eye lashes.  I'm very honest with my items when I sell them at my booth.  And if this hair line crack is a flaw, I want the buyer to know about it. I would appreciate any input you can give me.


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