Sunday, October 30, 2011

Prayer Ladies

Like many of you, I have many collections displayed throughout my home, but one of my favorites is my collection of Prayer Ladies. Also known as "Mother-in-the-Kitchen," they were made by Enesco and sold in department stores, dime stores and gift shops in the 1950s and 1960s. 

My first discovery was the salt and pepper shaker set. I was drawn to it because of the soft pink color, the way the ladies' hands were clasped in prayer and the fact that they were wearing aprons. I also loved the sayings on the aprons. They reached me on an emotional level because they reminded me of my youngest daughter, who often wore her brown hair up in a bun.

At that time, I didn't realize that there was a whole collection of these ladies, but it didn't take me long to find out. I've been able to find most pieces at a pretty reasonable price, and hope to add more. Some day, I'll pass them on to my daughter.

Below is the scouring pad or soap holder
           


This one helped mother save her pin money


The napkin holder is pretty common



My original purchase


The toothpick holder

And finally, the set I splurged on because I had never seen one--the sugar and creamer set. I found it over two years ago and paid around $30. I've never regretted it.


Yesterday I was on Ebay to see what Prayer Ladies are going for, and discovered a teapot that would go nicely with my sugar and creamer set. But alas, one with chips is priced at $95.00 and one in mint condition is going for $325.00! Out of my price range!

If pink isn't your color, these ladies were also made in blue and yellow, but I don't see them as often. I'm partial to pink, and although I don't use them as they were intended to be used, I do enjoy seeing their heads bowed in prayer in my kitchen cupboard.

22 comments:

Becky~ said...

Hi Betsy!They are adorable.I have never heard of them but how sweet.I would love them in my kitchen to cute.

Blessings for a nice new week!

Becky~ said...

Wow I just found out they are from Enesco from 1956 on to the 1960They were found at five and dime stores,I cant believe it.Thanks for sharing,the site said that pink is hard to find, I guess its the most popular.

Shirley Hatfield said...

Betsy, they are so dear! I can't wait to tell my sister about this. I am so happy that I found that soap holder for 75 cents. I hope you find your teapot someday for a reasonable price. This is fun!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I don't know if I've ever seen one of these! They are very precious! Something else for me to look for now! Hugs! ♥

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

I understand why you are so attracted to these adorable little ladies. I would like to see the blue and yellow ones but I am partial to pink so that probably would be my favorite. Good luck in finding more. Please share them if you get more.---------Shannon

Betsy said...

These are so precious, what a wonderful collection you have. I'd be attracted to the pink ladies too. Thank you for sharing these sweet treasures.

donna said...

Your prayer ladies are so sweet. I think I have seen these here and there. I will have to keep a watchful eye out.
Hugs
donna

Melanie said...

Oh how precious! I will be on the look out now for these lovely prayer ladies! Thanks for sharing!

hensrule said...

Oh wow, you made a good investment in your collection! They're so pretty!
Dorothy

camp and cottage living said...

Betsy Anne
These are just so precious! I can see why you have started a collection. If I happen to see a cheaper tea pot I'll let you know.
Have you ever tried Addoway?

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

I had a figurine similar that had a little prayer on it when I was younger. I wonder is it was from the same manufacturer. I LOVE your collection.

Mecky said...

I have never seen those before. they are great!! I will keep my eyes open for them.

Hope said...

Betsy, I'm not sure I have ever seen any of these but I will be on the lookout for them now. So sweet! :)

Hugs,
Hope

magie said...

The prayer ladies are just lovely. I haven't seen that collection before. I just love the sugar and creamer set..so pretty. I think I would choose the pink set too, if given the choice..I am partial to pink as well :)

Sewn With Grace said...

I love reading the history on these pieces. I had no idea that there was such a variety of them made. Thank you! They're adorable!

Susy said...

Carinissime queste signorine,
veramente deliziose, ottima spesa!!
Un abbraccio
Susy x

Red Rose Alley said...

I've never seen the Prayer Ladies, but I just love them, especially the sugar and creamer. I can't believe they sell for that much. Oh, and I would have loved to see your son's pumpkin that he carved that weighed over 50 lbs. That's amazing! Your kids sound like they have as much fun around Halloween as mine do even though they are all grown.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

I am not familiar with them but I love them! Now when I am thrifting I will be on the lookout for these ladies. I love pink.

Susanne said...

Hi Betsy. I come here by way of Lavender Dreams blog. I have a lot of collections too, but this one with the prayer figurines is a new one to me. They are darling. I scanned some of your postings and love the one about the laundry room. It is always interesting to see how others decorate their homes. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend.
~Susanne~

KAT said...

sweetness...I love these prayerful ladies...nice collection

- KAT -

Anonymous said...

I have a tea pot with both the salt and pepper shakers and was about to put it on ebay i saw that one for 300+ but my grandmother stumbled upon your page. im not looking for crazy money, it is in complete mint condition in a box (not original box) rapped in bubble wrap. if your interested email me at memeshopper8@aol.com we can negotiate to fulfill your price range. hope to hear from you soon i can email pictures to you also if you would like.

Rebecca said...

They also have some with white dresses and some with white green that are hard to find. Some of the ladies also have different hair color such as blond and red. I recently just started collecting the pink as well.