Monday, January 24, 2011

1950's Sputnik Starburst Vases or Candle Holders



I've seen these quite often on eBay, and I couldn't resist this pair for under $10. Seller claims they are pink, but we'll see when they arrive.

These were also described as 6" tall and 1 & 1/2" openings. The openings are bigger, I'm sure.




At any rate, I will burn little votive candles in them as I adore having candles burning. I like to be safe, so don't use any candles unless they are set down inside protective glass containers.


Mom used to have a few candles in this glass shape, a red glass with a sort of netting pulled over the glass. You know, like the plastic netting they still use for bags of onions and such at the grocery store?

They were very common in restaurants and such back in the 50's-70's or so. Does anyone remember?

I haven't specifically searched for those, and places that sell tiki stuff might carry them, but I have not seen any for sale in all my vintage and mid-century searches.

A quick google search didn't bring any up either.

If you know what I am talking about, and have seen them, let me know!!


Happy Monday, how is everyone doing?
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23 comments:

  1. Love those, what a great idea for candle holders. They look a peachy pink rather than actual pink don't they?

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  2. I love your sputnik candle holders, I hope they arrive in perfect condition. I just saw a candle holder with the netting. My sister and I were helping my dad clean out his basement, oh boy lots of treasures. I took a box over to bring home my finds, funny how it turned into 5 boxes and a call to my husband to bring the van to load everything. The candle holder was red with white netting, my sister said "yuck" I said "it's mine"! I also found a Hall China casserole dish in turquoise, it's a real beauty and some pyrex.

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  3. Ah ha! So Donna knows what I am talking about! I used to have one in a kitchen cabinet, will look and see if I still have it. =)

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  4. I remember those candle holders, the red ones with the netting, at restaurants in the early 80s too. Pizza Hut had them. I remember Pizza Hut on Rucker Blvd. in Enterprise having them, but I'm pretty sure I saw them elsewhere.

    The lighting isn't very good in that seller's photos. I do hope they turn out pink for you!

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  5. They are gorgeous! I'm sure you'll get good use out of those lovelies.

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  6. Oh - those are cool! I just recently found a ceiling lamp cover that has similar sputnik-like stars on it.
    Neato.

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  7. I love these! I know what you're talking about with those netted candle holders. I've actually seen them in a few roadside diners and I think my aunt used to have some too. If I ever spot them, I'll let you know!

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  8. I have never seen the sputnik ones, but I do remember the netted candle holders. Those are cute, but I hate that you tease us and never say what you paid!!!

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  9. Hi, hope your well, sorry I haven't commented in a long time!

    I remember those net candles, we had them too! Hmm, maybe check places like grocery or drug or party store, especially in summer? I can't think of when I have seen them recent since I wasn't looking for them, but I vaguely think I've seen them. If I do I'll let you know!

    Those pink starburst vases/candleholders are awesome, I adore them!!!! Yes it looks like it has that typical 50's warm pink, I love that shade, usually is more a peachy pink than the cool side.

    I know what you mean though, years ago I bought a little bit of fabric on ebay, the seller listed it as pink and blue, it looked like a peachy pink, def more peachy, but nice, and a light blue, she did say it was more vibrant in real life, but when I got it it was nowhere near pink, it was orange, TERRA COTTA orange and royal blue, ugh. I have no idea how she could have even thought it was any type of pink, I think she was just trying to "sell" it and knows pink sells.

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  10. Oh I love those candle holders GoRgEoUs!!

    I know what your talking about having to o with those net looking candle holders. I too have searched them up on e-bay months back and nothing ever turned up. When I was younger my family would visit a Italian restaurant that had red ones at every table. =)

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  11. Hiya Barbara, lol I paid $7~~ Didn't think it mattered if I said =)

    Hi Erin, gee, I have the same issues buying material on eBay too =/ Other things as well. A pair of black, turquoise and pink curtains turned out to be GRAY, not black. A red black and white tablecloth turned out to have dark green in it! Ugh!

    other things that look one color in a photo, but arrive a very different color...

    Thanks everyone, if you find a resource for the net candles, please let me know!

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  12. Im loving those i bet there going to look gorgeous at night with candle light. Dee x

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  13. Yes it does, at least to me!

    That way, if I envy your purchase, I can say to myself "I would never have paid that" or if I'm really, really jealous, I would say to myself "oh, she got ripped off".

    But you keep getting great deals!!

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  14. I've ran across the old restaraunt-net-covered candles before. It seems like the tiki-types are your best bet for hunting too.

    Great snag! Love the starburst candle holders! They remind me of something my Grandma would have had (that's a compliment, btw) :D

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  15. those are so pretty. i love them!

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  16. Beautiful! I have a candle in my new home in glass container, I love the house smell of vanilla.

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  17. I know exactly what you are talking about. I always wondered why the netting didn't melt from the heat! I haven't seen any of those around lately....can't imagine many survived....that netting was so much fun to 'fiddle' with!
    I just purchased a Pyrex Carafe with a 'Starburst' motif on it.....very 50's.

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  18. I love the candle holders. They look to be the same as a vase I saw earlier today while at an antique mall...now I want to go back and buy it. LOL. It was a pink, but a very dusty muted pink and had the same atomic print on it.

    I remember seeing the net candles at a few places while growing up. Have you tried restaurant supply companies for your net candles? We did an event and if I am remembering, they were a choice of candles that we could choose...either from an event supply or restaurant supply company. I am sorry that I am not sure which....?

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  19. Really cute! I bet they turn out to be the color you want.

    I remember the netted candles too, but I haven't seen them in ages either.

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  20. Love those! I'll take some pix of all the stuff that has those patterns. And the candles with nets, I see em at the thrift stores all the time, I'll pick some up for you. I even saw them with Christmas themes. Zoot

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  21. Wow, at last a reference to those netted candle holders on the internet! Like you I've searched all over the web and can never find even a picture let alone a reference. It's so odd given that they were apparently everywhere back in the day.
    My interest was sparked by the fact practically every tv series in the 1960s has them on tables in restaurant scenes.
    Should anyone ever find a link to a supplier or even some vintage ones do please share.
    Best

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  22. Hiya Grant... Funny, isn't it? I might have one in the back of a kitchen cabinet, so I will look for it and take a photo if I find it!

    Yeah, they were sooo common, yet they seemed to have vanished without a trace... =/

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