Ornamental wall pockets or wall vases first became household staples in the late 18th century. Many European ceramics manufacturers including Staffordshire, Wedgewood and Royal Doulton made decorative china wall pockets. These flat-backed, wall-mounted containers were originally designed to hold matches, kitchen utensils and sewing items.
Wall pockets saw a surge in popularity during the 1940s and ‘50s when American companies like Holt-Howard and Hull began manufacturing novelty ceramics. Cute pockets featuring animals and people’s faces often had matching kitchenware such as cookie jars or salt and pepper shakers. These novelty wall pockets were quite different form their ornate predecessors and homemakers loved them. Today’s wall pockets are still prominent in businesses and used for organizing paperwork. While not as decorative, these plastic versions are a useful addition to the home or workplace.
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