Collectibles of the Week – Covered Dishes


I  have so many wonderful collectibles acquired over the last 80+ years.  Some were gifts, some were part of my life growing up, some were inherited, some were purchased at antique malls, gift shops or 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, so each week, I’m going to pull out an item and post a COLLECTIBLE OF THE WEEK.

I love all of the covered dishes I’m sharing this week.  The rooster and hen are on my kitchen window sill throughout the summer …



In September, I take down the chickens and put up the squirrel and acorn …


In November, naturally, the turkey has the prize spot …


The mini-dishes which are about 3 inches across the bottom are perched somewhere in the kitchen year around – a hen


…and a cobalt blue scottie


All of these dishes were birthday gifts throughout the years.  The rooster, turkey and squirrel go back to the 80s and 90s and are reproductions.  The large hen and the two small dishes are vintage, probably from the 1940s.


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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.

10 thoughts on “Collectibles of the Week – Covered Dishes”

  1. I love the green glass, particularly. One thing I’ve never been sure about – what was the purpose of this kind of decorative covered dish? Did people actually serve food in them?

    1. I never saw anyone serve food in these dishes. I think they were mostly decorative although you could store a few small items in them.

  2. These are very special. I have never seen the squirrel on the acorn or the one with the dog. I have some chickens.

  3. Oooooo, color me jadeite GREEN with envy, Lillian! These are AWESOME little treasures & I’m thrilled that you USE them & keep them out to enjoy. I would, too. Very, very pretty!!!!

  4. Love your collection! I have a small collection of small hens just like yours. Most of mind are the smallest that they make. It started when my Grandma gave me a pink hen years ago when I was probably around 10. In the last 20 years I have added to my lonely pink hen and now have about 10 of them in different colors. They are all the mini size except for a blue one that is a little larger. Of course, the pink one means a lot to me. Thanks for sharing your darling collectables!

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