Shopping Brimfield gives me the same sort of consumer apprehension that I get in Tokyo, I see so much great stuff I can’t pull the trigger. I’m afraid that I will spend my money before I come across something really amazing. With this in mind, I only made a few acquisitions at the show. However, I did pick up something that I have been meaning to buy for a long time — two Fire-King coffee cups and saucers in the classic green colorway. When introduced in the 1940s Fire-King was a cheap brand of sturdy dinnerware sold in gas stations, grocery stores and even given away in promotions by flour brands and the like.
The classic tableware (often refereed to as Jadeite) is, to me, the quintessential American coffee cup — which is great. Plus I have a personal connection to Fire-King’s maker, Anchor Hocking, the long time glass maker based just south of Columbus, Ohio in the town of Lancaster. When I was in college I must have seen their plant hundreds of times when driving between Columbus and Athens (where I went to school). That is when I first discovered Fire-King, and with this past Brimfield it is one less thing on my list.