50s spotty glassware

50s spotty jug & shot glasses50s spotty jug and shot glasses
made in Australia

This collection is a hybrid of sorts- the jug had lost its glasses and the spotty glasses were in need of a jug. They are both 50s Australiana- but from different sets.

I think the pairing works- due to the colour tones, spotted decoration and the gilt edging. The jug is enormously out of scale with the shot glasses- but I like that the pairing keep some of its own individuality even while being teamed. Plus- that jug makes for a fantastic vase when it’s not serving rum punch!

The jug and glasses are unmarked- but came from the same collector who loved all things 50s- and spotty things in particular. They are all in great condition with the gilt particularly in good order. Ready to serve your favourite drink to you and two friends!

The jug and glasses are for sale: $AUD85

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70s chunky wine glasses

Crown Corning 70s wine glassesCrown Corning wine glasses,
made in USA 1968-1972

A fabulous set of Crown Corning green wine glasses- nothing says the 70s like that chunky glass base! Or that fabulous ‘avocado’ green colour.

This set of four glasses have never been used- and are ready to take whatever alcoholic substance you favour. I have teamed them with a swig of Blueberry Ash- because it reminds me of Juniper – which is what I would put in the glasses; gin.

The set of 70s glasses are for sale: $AUD60

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Persinware scales

Persinware kitchen scalesPersinware #710 domestic scales
made in Australia, c.1960s

This pair of metal scales come with their original plastic measuring bowls- an elongated oval in dark green, and an apple-green rounded bowl with pouring lip. The white enamel is a little scuffed in places, evidencing their role in the kitchens of Australia for the last fifty-or so- years. Both scales are still accurate [I have tested them against a modern digital scale] and weigh things up to ten pounds, by 1 oz increments. The scales have an adjusting knob on the back, to allow for the weight of the bowl itself.

These are not reproduction scales: they are authentic 60s scales. Persinware brought out reproduction scales- using exactly the same scale shapes and bowls as these – in the 70s; the tell-tale evidence being the inclusion of kilogram measurements alongside the imperial measurements for the new metric era.

Lemons and limes look particularly good in the green bowls. If green isn’t your colour, I do have a couple of other Persinware scales with red, orange and yellow bowls…

The scales are for sale: $AUD90

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Xylonite collection

Australian Xylonite 1910-1930sXylonite collection
made in Australia 1910-1930

Following my last post, several readers asked me about Xylonite; so herewith, a sample of some of my xylonite collection.

Xylonite was first produced in 1875 – to imitate ivory. It was the first thermoplastic – as an ivory substitute it was first used for knife handles and jewellery, then all manner of domestic products. Xylonite has tiny parallel striations of yellow and bone- which gives it the faux ivory look- although, interestingly- this was an accident. The manufacturers were attempting to create a timber-look-a-like, so named the new celluloid product xylonite – ‘xylon’ being Greek for wood.

Whatever, the production of xylonite saved much real ivory being used. I first became interested in xylonite when I was researching bakelite [after first becoming interested in resin.] So I now have an abiding interest/affection for all types of vintage plastics.

Mixed bag : black & yellow

Black & yellow- 20s. 50s, 60sMixed bag: yellow and black

A lovely ensemble of retro things united by colour but not by age. The large glass plate- black with gilt roses is 50s, the kitschy banana vase [Grafton= a lovely country town well known for its Jacaranda trees rather than bananas] is 60s and the xylonite box [xylonite is an early plastic made to mimic ivory] is somewhat yellowed and hails from the 20s.

All made in Australia and all having different provenance; I collected the items one by one. All fine examples of their type: glass, ceramic [kitsch] and xylonite. The xylonite box is somewhat distressed, but has working hinges and the box lid still fits well- the celluloid flower on its lid is unusual and that will be attractive to xylonite collectors.

The mixed bag collection is for sale: $AUD85

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Australian depression glass

Australian depression glassCrown Crystal Glass Company depression glass
made in Australia 1920s-1935

The Crown Crystal Glass Co made pressed glass items from the early 20s to the mid-30s in Australia. Here we have a lovely pair of green depression glass- an oval jam dish and a citrus squeezer.

Depression glass is very collectible and there are fakes and reproductions out there. How to tell if it’s authentic? Depression glass was made quickly and cheaply and was marketed to ‘housewives’ as everyday-use glass. Quite often you can see bubbles & imperfections in the glass, the raised seams where the piece came out of the mould, and it’s heavy- heavier than glass produced today. Typically there was no makers mark.

In Australia depression glass was only made in green and pink, whereas in the US and England other colours were made [variations on green and pink.] Australian glass tends to be quite plain- whereas in the US particularly many patterns were pressed into the glass and the rarer patterned depression glass pieces now sell for hundreds of dollars.

This set of Australian depression glass is in very good condition – still fit for purpose should you wish to squeeze the odd orange – just be sure to hand wash in mild soapy water.

For sale: $AUD95

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The family that prays together, stays together…

Religious icons- 50sReligious icons, made in Australia c. 1950s

I love this group of icons. The colours, the forms, the ensemble. The first, Jesus with a timber fan – cum halo, stands on a polished timber plinth giving the peace sign. The middle icon- hand painted perhaps by someone in a hurry- has Mary with a somewhat shifty look, and Joseph looking like a harried hippy [could that haircut be any more unfortunate?] As for baby Jesus- is it just me, or is he a ventriloquist doll?

The final icon features Mary arms outstretched, standing on an orb that while representing the earth, is the colour of her dress and head scarf, and which itself is on a bakelite plinth. Mary’s face is featureless- it’s all about the clothes- she is just a cipher.

The trio form an interesting group representing religious iconography of the 50s. In Australia. In the 50s.

The icons are for sale: $AUD75

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50s children’s mug

Whistle for your milk, 50s children's mugVintage children’s mug
made in Japan, 1950s

This is a ‘Whistle for your milk’ mug, that comes complete with a whistle in the handle [believe me, it works] and a cat with googly eyes [they work too.]

The mug was part of a 50s dairy promotion to increase milk sales, and it was also made with a bird, cow and dog. But for my money- it’s a cat that likes milk; birds and dogs are nonsensical and a cow is just weird!

I’m not sure if the pink-eyed pyscho cat is awfully fabulous or fabulously awful. Cat lovers and people who enjoy whistles in their crockery won’t care either way.

The mug is for sale: $AUD30

50s stylised fish jug

Japanese stylised fish jugStylised fish jug
made in Japan, c. 1950s

A huge amount of stylised fish jugs were made in Japan in the 50s- along with Mexican hat ashtrays – it was the style du jour and exported all around the world. The fish shaped jug is a variation of the Nineteenth Century ‘Gurgling’ Fish jug- which made an ‘amusing’ gurgling sound when poured. The enlarged fish mouth and the tail curled to form the jug handle are borrowed from the gurgling fish jugs- but fortunately- not the amusing sound.

This jug doubles nicely as a vase- as seen in my image; and always gets a comment when used as a gravy boat. For jug collectors- and for ceramic fish collectors- this might just be the thing!

The jug is unmarked – which is not unusual for Japanese ceramics of the 50s- but I’ve had similar jugs stamped Made in Japan.

The non-gurgling fish jug is for sale: $AUD40

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Funky 50s slide projector

Minolta 'Mini' slide projector [1950s]Minolta ‘Mini’ folding slide projector
made in Japan, c.1950s

Another Mini projector! That makes three now. I love the size, shape and functional 50s look of the projector- all this and it works too! The compact projector unfolds to take the slide changer; hence the ‘folding’ in the name. The projector is a great object to display- and then when a slide night is in order, simply put it into service.

The Mini comes with its own carrying case [handle needs repair- must fix that] a dual slide changer AND an ‘Autochanger’ and is excellent working condition. The Autochanger allows you to stack a number of 35mm slides on both sides so one needed hold up the slide-show too long.

The lens is 1:2.5, f=7.5mm, and it runs on 200-240 V, AC/DC. The current bulb is still working, and there’s a replacement bulb in the box. There’s a cute little bakelite on/off switch on the electrical cord.

Unlike all my other projectors, this one didn’t arrive with a couple of miscellaneous slides from the last owner- giving a hint as to its former life. However, there’s plenty of those to hand if you would like some.

The Mini Projector is for sale: $AUD125

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