70s glassware

Darlington Avocado Dressing ServersDarlington Avocado Dressing Servers
made in Torrington, North Devon England 1971

These glass vinaigrette servers [#FT146] were designed by Frank Thrower in 1970 and produced in 1971. They are handmade- as happened in the 70s- and they’re avocado-shaped, and come in their original [quite funky] box.

Frank Thrower designed a number of condiment servers based around the avocado- you might have seen his avocado serving bowls. The vinaigrette servers were made to accompany them. Frank is so famous he has a blog dedicated to him: frankthrower.blogspot.com. I seen these servers [used, without the box] for sale on Ebay for $35.

The Dressing Servers are as new- never been out of the box, and are for sale: $AUD25. Perfect for the retro- 70s- table setting.

50s toys

50s children's toys50s childhood

For you delectation today we have a collection of childhood memories from the 50s. The View Master- a perennial favourite- comes with a 3D ‘Bambi in the Forest’ reel- featuring picture stills from the famous movie. The needlepoint features the famous Disney characters in a rubber dinghy and it’s in a delightful 50s frame. And the rocking clown makes that classic- slightly eerie- tinkling sound when it moves. 50s classics all!

Perfect for the contemporary child who has an interest in retro toys- or the nostalgic adult who misses them! A fabulous gift idea, this collection is for sale: $AUD80

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20s Kewpie figurine

20s kewpie figurine20s Kewpie figurine
made in Australia

Kewpie dolls come from the comics produced by Rose O’Neill in America – first started in 1909. O’Neill described her ideal for Kewpie to be a “sort of round fairy whose one idea is to teach people to be merry and kind”. Just why Kewpie is always depicted as naked except for red shoes with underwear an optional extra has never been explained.

This Kewpie figurine is unusual in that it has gilt flourishes- very rare for 1920s pieces- and she is wearing a box brownie camera. Some sort of junior reporter or budding photographer? The figurine is also very detailed for a 20s hand-painted piece- particularly the face and hair.

A must for all kewpie collectors, the figurine is in excellent condition and is for sale: $AUD75

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50s linen graphics

Upcycled cushions [50s graphics]Upcycled cushions
made from vintage Australian linen

My partner recently found a batch of vintage Australian tea towels, all linen and all unused. I love the graphic qualities of the images- and the strong colours – and decided to make square cushion covers from them.

The backs of the cushions are either upcycled linen or new linen, in plain colours to suit the images. I salvaged the upcycled linen from 50s and 60s tablecloths- and finished the openings with vintage bindings. It was nice to be able to use some of my vintage sewing stash…so it can be considered less a collection and more a necessity!

The cushions are sized to take a 400 x 400mm insert [15.7 x 15.7 inches.] They are fully washable and would make a great gift- especially for people who admire 50s graphics or those with a botanical-bent. I have thirty cushions made- and they can be grouped in 2s or 4s- email me if you’d like to peruse the ‘collection’.

The cushion covers are for sale: $AUD40each

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Retro Christmas party

Retro Ice bucketsIce bucket collection

I collected these ice buckets because I loved the idea of using them with the bakelite blender [the ‘Vitamizer’, posted below] at cocktail parties. I am very partial to a martini, which while not strictly needing a blender, does require the service of an ice bucket. The blender is great for making frozen daiquiris, which my guests favour. It’s summer here in the southern hemisphere- I hasten to add. Either way – an ice bucket is totally necessary, and who wants to use a modern one?

I have ended up with a few ice buckets…and in researching these, I found quite a few avid collectors out there. People collect ice buckets. And why not- they look fantastic displayed together [and they’re good for storing ice.]

The bucket to the left in the image is made from Scandinavian teak, and has matching tongs. The red plastic bucket has a brass handle, and has matching tongs. The only ice bucket with any branding – the Dia Ice Pail, made by Dia Vacuum bottle Industries Co. Ltd, is anodised aluminium and steel [with a ‘vacuum’ white plastic interior] and it comes with…you guessed it…matching tongs. Matching tongs are so important at a cocktail party.

Perfect for the retro Christmas party, this collection is for sale: $AUD75

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Snowdomes!

70s snowdomesSnowdomes
made in Hong Kong 1970s

Paris! Harmony California [Population 10] and Gundagi.  Gundagi is a small town in NSW that is famous for its ‘dog on the tuckerbox’ statue. [Like many small towns, it finds infamy where it can.] Three snowdomes proving that 1] it snows everywhere, all the time and 2] the snowdome is a great equalizer- everywhere on the planet is represented in the snowdome world.

All three domes were made in Hong Kong in the 70s and you can see the relative vintages of the domes by the water level. Snowdomes are highly collectible and even completely dry domes- which happens after forty or so years- are sought after. Although people think you can top up a snowdome, it is better to leave them.

A must for snowdome collectors- young and old! These three are for sale: $AUD30

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60s sunflowers

Ridgway 'Soleil' platters

Ridgway Ironstone ‘Soleil’ platters
made in Stroke-on-Trent, England 1960s

Ironstone is a vitreous pottery first made in England in the late Eighteenth Century as a cheaper mass-produced alternative to porcelain. Ridgeway was in production in Stoke-on-Trent from 1790 to 1964; and these platters were one of the last productions of the pottery.

‘Soleil’ – as in Cirque du Soleil- as soleil means “sun” – is a sunflower motif. I love the broad, elongated shape of these platters emphasised with a border- with a pure circular inset with its abstract sunflowers. These platters would look great hung on a wall. Forget whacking food on them- this is 60s art at its best!

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70s soda syphons

Soda syphons and sparklets boxSoda syphons
made in West Germany, and England 1970s

Following on from the cocktail themes of past posts, these soda syphons are a must have for the retro bar. The red syphon is unbranded, but marked ‘West Germany’ on the base, and the red syphon – although similarly unmarked, was made by Sparklets in England. Both syphons have a 1 litre capacity, have their original cartridge holders, and have an accompanying box of Sparklets cartridges. I love the 70s image of mother and children contemplating the delights of making soda water on the Sparklets box.

The syphons are anodised aluminium and in good condition and working order. I can’t give any guarantees that the Sparklets cartridges still work…they are over thirty years old, but luckily soda cartridges are still available to buy, and the design hasn’t changed.

The soda siphons would make a stylish Christmas gift, and are for sale: $AUD75

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50s spotty pottery, v2

50s blue and white spotty pottery50s spots, v2
made in Australia c. 1950s

This is the second installment of Maisey’s spotted pottery collection- the first [posted below] was black and white- now we are showcasing blue and white spots.

This collection is a funky 50s shaped bowl and matching salt and pepper shakers. The shakers are in the classic ‘acorn’ shaping – and like the bowl, the spots are raised areas of glaze rather than merely an applied shape in the glaze.

Like the black and white spotted pottery- these pieces are unmarked. This isn’t unusual for 50s Australian pottery- and while literally thousands of spotty pieces were made it is increasingly difficult to find these pieces. The pieces are all in good condition without chips or cracks or crazing- which makes them even rarer.

The blue and white spotty collection is for sale: $AUD65

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60s Christmas servers

Wiltshire 'Damascene' salad serversWiltshire ‘Damascene’ salad servers
made in Melbourne, Australia 1960s

These servers have never been out of their crimson satin lined box: a must for every Christmas-believer.

Stuart Devlin specialised in gold and silversmithing and went on to design the first decimal coinage for Australia in 1964. All his work is now highly regarded.

‘Damascene’ relates to the City of Damascus, the story in the Bible where an ‘important moment of insight’ occurred- ie: on the Road to Damascus. Stuart Devlin designed the salad servers in the mid 60s- they are silver plate and now highly sought after [especially in the original box.]

This boxed set is now for sale: $AUD65

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