STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – A Wilkinson Tea Leaf mug consigned by a Massachusetts dealer and purchased by a Michigan collector was the item that sent the Tea Leaf Club International convention cumulative auction sales over the $1 million mark.
This exciting event occurred during the 305-lot auction at the latest convention, held Sept. 20-23 at the Holiday Inn in Strongsville, Ohio.
In addition to the anticipated annual auction, other events included a tour of the Cowan Pottery Museum at the Rocky River Public Library. This American art pottery was produced in both Lakewood and Rocky River, Ohio, from 1912 to 1931, and is displayed in glass cases throughout the library. While the library owns more than 1,100 pieces, only about 20 percent is on display at any one time, with changes made according to the seasons.
Attendees also visited Lakewood’s Oldest Stone House, built in 1838 and filled with relics authentic to the time period.
A “Nifty 50” sale, vignette display, nicker and quid boxed lot auction and Tea Leaf Giftique was also on the agenda at the convention, followed by an interesting and informative program “Dollars to Doughnuts.” This presentation featured information and photos of doughnut stands and compotes with the Tea Leaf motif.
The annual Regional Luncheon, held at the midpoint of the Saturday auction, was an opportunity to plan regional meetings for 2013 and to recognize hosts for meetings held in 2012.
Saturday evening provided a banquet meal following the annual business meeting. The well-researched program “Pennies from Heaven” educated members about copper lustre decoration from its very beginning and showed excellent examples of its use on ironstone. The evening concluded with a display of rare and unusual items.
Sunday table sales concluded another annual event for Tea Leaf Club International.
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