Family Album: Canadian Connections
When I first began researching for my ultimate wish list, which turned into A Collector's Guide to Merry Mushrooms, I stumbled upon the answer to what was the deal with those pieces that sure looked like Merry Mushrooms but not quite. They were part of the Canadian line of Merry Mushrooms. More on them is the blog entry Family Album: Meet the Canadian Cousins.
But because 50-year-old foreign catalogs are difficult to find and those that are for sale are often very pricey, my wish list and book was limited to the two Simpsons-Sears catalogs I was able to find online. Since then, I bandied about the idea of acquiring what Canadian catalogs I could.
Five different types of spice holders were offered throughout the Merry Mushrooms line. The most common ones are the white two-tier rack with twelve embossed spice shakers and the spinning rack with six embossed spice shakers.
The Spice Box with eight embossed ceramic drawers pops up once in a while. The Spice Cabinet, today's featured piece, has been spotted in collector's pictures of their collection, but this is the first one I found for sale. Finally, the Spice Chest with a stained-glass look glass door has remained elusive. If you have one, please let me know!
Offered in just two Sears catalogs between 1976 and 1977, the Spice Cabinet was sold with a set of twelve clear glass spice jars. Sadly, this cabinet didn't include the jars, but it was an exciting sight to see, nonetheless! Were you the lucky one to win?
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