Fitz & Floyd pieces are now very collectable; having started in Dallas, in the US in 1960, the company is well known for their whimsical, humorous ceramic pieces. So this spotted owl mug is collectable because it’s F&F- and – because – owls are also totally collectable right now.
Fitz & Floyd are well known for their date stamps: they always use roman numerals. So on the base of this mug, after the F&F stamp is : MCMLXXVIII. At some point, someone must have realised that ‘1978’ – the Hindu-Arabic numerical system currently in use – was more efficient [space-wise, if nothing else]- but no- F&F are sticking with roman numerals.
For good measure, this mug also has its original F&F sticker. And it’s in great vintage condition.
I have also collected an F&F ‘Bad Guy’ mug [MCMLXXX]- see post below. Both mugs are for sale: $AU25
Here we have another ‘Fat Lava’ vase- made in West Germany in the 60s. The base of the vase is clearly marked W. Germany, but the markers mark is obscured. I think it’s Bay [short for Bay Keramik] – with its identifying vase number, but it’s illegible.
The outer glaze on the vase is a matt charcoal, with matt white: whereas the orange spirals have a shiny glaze. The interior of the vase is also a contrasting shiny sienna colour.
The vase isn’t very large- see the Batmobile for a scale comparison- but it’s in great vintage condition. It would make a good entry level piece in a Fat Lava collection.
Kathie Winkle ‘Michelle’ plates
made in England, 1968
Continuing my love affair with Kathie Winkle – the lead designer at Broadhurst in the 60s- here is another of her designs: Michelle. Kathie Winkle designs are very collectible right now – and indeed are currently being re-released. Winkle designed over 140 patterns- all very groovy and typical of the 60s.
These plates have a handpainted underglaze [the green and orange colourings] which makes every plate unique – BUT are they are also detergent and dishwasher proof. So they’re beautiful and functional! Imagine a whole wall of funky 60s plates…if they were easily detachable you could store your entire dinner service that way!
Previously I have posted Kathie Winkle’s ‘Kontiki’  ‘Calypso’  ‘Corinth’  and ‘Newlyn’ [1963.]
Start your Kathie Winkle collection today!- these two dinner plates and side plates are for sale: $AU55
Bunnykins – made by Royal Doulton- are now highly collectable. I put it down to nostalgia.
Bunnykins plates, cups, and bowls – as endorsed by the Royal Family [Princess Margaret ate her cereal from a Bunnykins bowl- hence ROYAL Doulton] – was made from 1937 to 1953.
This plate has the earliest backstamp, and is impressed with ‘9.39’- which is a date stamp: September, 1939.
The plate has a mild yellow tint from age: but the transfer print of Mrs and Mr Bunny at table with their two children [one unfortunately ascribed as baby] – and the running rabbits around the plate are all intact. Add to this that the image has Barbara Vernon’s signature – this is a collectable piece.
Bakewells ‘Flour’ canister,
made in Sydney, Australia 1930s
This is a fabulous- and large- ceramic canister from the 30s. Originally from a set of five- Flour, Sugar, Rice, Sago and Tea – this canister is missing its lid. Hence, it is acting as a vase.
How art deco is the ‘flour’ font? The set was produced in the 30s so was a little late for art deco : but I like the play on words: Flour/Flower.
The canister is made from earthenware, and the sets also came in blue, yellow and white. It’s incredibly rare to find an intact set of five – but – should anyone have the flour lid- I have the flour canister!
This is a fantastic hard-cover Tiger Tim’s Annual book, with illustrations by the famous Herbert Sidney Foxwell – including the front cover. Seriously- how camp is that front cover?
The Annual contains various stories by a number of authors: and there are comics and illustrations aplenty. The Annual was published in Australia by Gordon & Gotch; in the UK where it originated, by Amalgamated Press. Tiger Tim’s Annual was produced from 1922 to 1957; so this 1932 book is an early edition.
The Annual is in good vintage condition – it has its original cloth spine and is without any additional scribblings. Ebay is replete with Tiger Tim’s Annuals- it is highly collectable.
This is a steel inventory stamp – it has five rubber wheels that run from 0-10, with the addition of $, c, ½, /. Each wheel can be moved independently so you can set the numbering sequence or monetary value required. [½ c! imagine when that was a possibility someone needed to stamp!]
You can stamp sequentially, or lock the stamp to create the same five digit [or symbol] sequence. This is old skool analogue technology – but how cool are those slightly mis-matched inked numbers?
And- I ask you- who doesn’t like to stamp?
The ink pad shown is for styling purposes only- it is of the same era as the stamp, so has run dry [although never opened.] Fortunately ink pads- in a myriad of ink colours- are still available to buy.
The stamp is made from heavy grade steel and so will be good for stamping into the next century, after coming from the last. It’s had little wear and most of the rubber wheels have not been used.
The Zest stamp is for sale: $35 [provide your own ink pad]
This is a superb example of split cane – a hat rack employing a complex interlacing of cane members with six racks for six hats. The rack was made in the 40s so there is a bit of wear to the once shiny cane; I like the patina it has developed but you might want to re-varnish it; totally up to you.
Split cane became very fashionable in the 40s in Australia and furniture from the small – magazine rack- to the large- entire sofa suites was made from it. Australian cane has quite a distinctive dark spotty appearance which makes it very attractive; other cane tends to be more monochrome.
One of the hat hooks has sagged a little- giving the rack an asymmetrical appearance which I think is kinda nice. The cane is in excellent condition and the hook could be steamed and re-formed to its original shape if desired.
Martin Boyd pottery
made in Sydney, Australia c.1950s
This collection of Martin Boyd showcases some of the pottery’s other well-known designs: to date on this blog I’ve only included the two-toned pottery pieces.
The two creamers that bookend the image illustrate the handpainted ‘Australiana’ themes that Boyd is famous for. The jug to the left sports a grass tree, and the jug on the extreme right shows a worker in a field of bamboo. Both jugs have the powder pink background which is so associated with Boyd pottery.
In the middle of the image is a crimson double cruet set with bamboo handle; the mustard pot is lidded. To the rear and front of the group are pieces with a ‘dot’ design – another classic popular in the 50s. The jug is the same pink colour as the other jugs, and the salt and pepper shakers are the same crimson as the cruet set.
All the pieces are in excellent condition, with the exception of the grass tree jug which has a small chip on the pouring lip. I debated whether to buy and show this piece, but the beautiful rendering of the grass tree won me over.
Vintage children’s readers
published in Australia 1956-1961
Who remembers reading It’s Fun to Read at school? Or the imaginatively titled Stories to Read? How about At the Farm? Practically everyone I know remembers Fay and Don. Those strangely dressed children [why was poor Don in lederhosen?] with stilted speech patterns:
It is hot in the sun.
Fay and Don site by the gum tree.
“Do you see a nest Don” said Fay.
Yes,” said Don.
“I see a baby bird in the nest.”
Vintage children’s books are now very collectible- I think it’s due to nostalgia for printed media now that e-books are popular. And the fact that these stilted storied are buried deep in our subconscious. And the fact that they were ‘Printed by Authority of the MINISTER for EDUCATION”, for the DEPARMENT OF EDUCATION, NEW SOUTH WALES.
This set comprises 6 books: A Book To Read, illustrations by Katherine Morris  – green & blue cover Stories to Read, illustrations by Katherine Morris  At the Farm, illustrations by Katherine Morris  It’s Fun to Read, featuring May & Jim, and Fay and Don, 
All the books’ covers show some wear and tear, but the interiors are in good condition. For sale: $AUD60