Antique Hand Painted Nippon Porcelain Footed Hair Receiver or Trinket Box

Antique Hand Painted Nippon Porcelain Hair Receiver that is footed and decorated with gold gild and floral pattern. Beautiful piece! Measures: 3.25" tall by 4.5" wide Condition: Very good antique condition - small chip noted to inside of base rim -see photos


Hi, This is Jennifer with City Farmhouse Antiques and I am here on a Friday with a video.  This week I want to talk to you about antique hair receivers. They are really something you don’t hear about very often anymore.  These are really neat pieces of antiques especially with their history as it pertains to women. I have a set here of several varieties.  You will notice that they all have holes in the top.  The hole was used for hair.  Back in the Victorian era up until the 1950’s you would see women that would brush their hair and place the hair inside the receiver. Many times, because they did not have a lot of perfume, women would put perfumed oil in their hair because they didn’t wash their hair as often as we do now. They would brush their hair and then stuff all of their hair down in these holes. The lids come off, and when they filled the jar they would sew the hair into pin cushions.  The oiled hair would be a nice lubricant for needles when put in the pin cushion to keep them sharp for sewing. Probably the most interesting use of the hair was to make what was called rats.  They would take the hair out of the jar and sew it inside a sheer netting to make a small pillow.  Back in the Victorian era, women didn’t want to use a lot of makeup because they could be accused of being a “painted lady”, and so the hair was that much more important to make them look attractive.  They would use these pillows to fluff up their hair so to have big hair.  It was considered attractive to have your hair pulled away from your face to show a big broad forehead which was a sign of virtue, but made for a very plain looking woman back then, but all they could do about it was to puff up their hair. Neat tidbits of history. These pieces were made out of cut glass or commonly porcelain.  There are a lot of them that were hand painted and signed by different makers.  This one actually looks like R.S. Prussia, but it is actually P.K. Silesia.  Here you can see a powder jar as you could sometime find them in sets. Many of them were made in Germany, Bavaria, Limoges, and Nippon in a lot of different styles.  They are neat accent pieces to use in the bathroom on the vanity especially as a woman knowing their history. You can use them to keep q-tips on your vanity instead of a little ugly plastic box like I have here, or you can even use them to store cotton balls for pretty and easy keeping on the vanity.  My favorite use for these, and what I use them for here at home, especially since they have a lid, is I like to keep my rings in them.  I can keep one of these on the kitchen counter and I can take the lid off and put my rings in them and they are safe.  They are not going to slide out and go down the drain because there is a lid. When I am ready to leave in the morning and put my rings back on, or if I go to cook and want to take my rings off, they are right there by the kitchen sink. I put my rings in and close the top.  They can’t slide out.  Nobody can get to my rings and they are safe in here because it has a lid on it. There are all kinds of different fun types and styles.  Some are footed, hand painted, made of crystal.  They are just fun and not something you see that often anymore and they are a neat thing to bring back and use as a woman.  You can check out part of my collection on the website at where we have more than just antiques. Come check us out and like us on Facebook.

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