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Vollrath Bowls On Ebay | Bolta Bowls On Ebay
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Vintage Vollrath Bowls
Vintage Vollrath And Bolta Bowls
Bolta and Vollrath are both manufacturers of a very similar bowl which feels much like Littonware but is perhaps just a bit more woody than plastic. They have a very interesting texture which feels more organic than Littonware. They both have a rich American history. Bolta, like many other brands of its time is known for making kitchen dining ware but in the 70s was bought out by Vollrath. Vollrath is still in business today and has been around since the early 1900s although the production of these bowls has ended long ago.
These bowls, among many other items created in the 70's, have a very interesting appearance which just screams "old school vintage" which makes them very collectable. They appear very fragile, almost like a thin earthenware, but they are more durable than it would appear. I picked up some of these for a mere $1 each, and that was a bargain. They routinely sell on Ebay for $5 each and perhaps even more at a vintage shop.
It is not uncommon to find these with small chips or even crazing. Some of the bowls I picked up have crazing on the bottom, which look like cracks but do not go through to the other side. They are still structurally decent, but are certainly weakened through age and use. They stack so nicely and are gentle to the touch. If you have ever had wooden bowls in your kitchen, then you can feel the resemblance. Their value and rarity continues to go up as each passing day another one of them gets broken, chipped, or finds its way into a landfill unknowingly. Such is the fate of so much cool old stuff unfortunately.
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