Collectibles of the Week – Vintage Wall Pockets

I have so many wonderful collectibles acquired over the last 80+ years. Some were gifts, some were part of my life growing up, some are inherited, some were purchased at antique malls and thrift stores – all are precious to me. Some items are kept up year-around while others are brought out seasonally and on holidays. Unfortunately, many priceless-to-me objects go undisplayed and unseen for years. Each week, I’m going to pull out an item and post COLLECTIBLE OF THE WEEK.

A vase usually with a flat back for attachment to a wall

I have a small collection of vintage wall pockets that are displayed year-around. Three of them were gifts from my daughter …





…and one pocket I bought about 25 years ago because it matched my 1952 wedding china.


These pockets hang on one part of the overhang in my kitchen.


Another pocket from my daughter is another horse/horse shoe combination that hangs over my living room door …

WP-horse-LRI’ve heard some people say the horse shoe should be pointing up to hold in all the good luck and others say it should be pointing down to pour forth good fortune. I have one of each, so I’m covered either way.

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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

13 thoughts on “Collectibles of the Week – Vintage Wall Pockets”

  1. Oh wall pockets! I love them too – yours are so pretty, especially the horseshoe ones. I have two in our house right now, they are pirates. My mom has two of my Nana’s which are ladies that look like they were from the ’20’s. Love this collectible of the week!

  2. I love your wall pockets! We have a collection of them too, but had to take them down during a construction project. Now, they are packed away in a box, and I have lost track of what cubby hole I put the box in. I am inspired to look for it. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Now I know what wall pockets are. =) The one you bought to match your wedding china would have matched what my MIL had, too. I think they bought that later because right after the war when they married, there was no money for the good stuff. =) What a nice collection. You are helping to make me so much more aware of the fun of collecting vintage items.

  4. Lillian, you have a very nice collection of pockets. What was the original pocket used for? I remember we had a horseshoe hanging over our front door, it was held pointing up to hold in the good luck.

  5. Hello, Lillian. I believe my mother had that pear ornament. It’s been many years since I’ve seen one, so it’s nice to see it again. May I ask the name of your china from 1952? It’s very pretty and I’ve seen it (years ago) in a shop somewhere, but I can’t remember exactly where it was. Thanks.

    1. My china is marked “California Ivy – Hand Painted – Poppytrail – California Made” with an outline of the map of California.

  6. Oh my… the ivy pattern was my mother’s… and I have the set now! Okay, I have most of it… my daughter is “borrowing” pieces each time she visits. I love that stuff…

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