Railway memorabilia

RRR jug & bowl, 1930sRailway Refreshment Rooms jug & bowl,
‘Duraline’ Grindley Hotel Ware, made in England 1930s

This jug and bowl once gave service in the Railway Refreshment Rooms [RRR under the crown on the logo] in the New South Wales Government Railways [N.S.W.G.R. on same.] The NSWGR operated from 1855 to 1932, with the Refreshment Rooms starting in 1917.

Both pieces note that the Grindley Hotel Ware, produced in England, was distributed in Sydney by Gibson & Patterson P/L. The jug is inscribed “3-58” and the bowl is model number“5-50”. Both are in excellent condition – with clear and complete logo- and ready to be added to a railway memorabilia collectors’ collection.

This set is for sale: $AUD55

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SylvaC cider barrel jug and mugs

SylvaC cider barrel jug & mugsSylvaC barrel jug & mugs
made in England 1950s

The jug in this set is called a ‘cider barrel’ jug; and it comes with two matching barrel mugs. The jug is #1435 and the mugs are #1436; the set also came in pastel green, orange, pink, baby blue and dark green.

SylvaC is highly collectible, and according to www.sylvac.priceguide.s5.com the jug sells for $50-$100, while the mugs are worth $20 each. This set is in good condition; the jug has some crazing to the exterior but is still good for serving and the drinking of cider!

Each piece has the full SylvaC backstamp. And the set is for sale: $AUD90

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Funky 70s cutlery

Wiltshire 'Burgunday' cutlery, 1972Wiltshire ‘Burgundy’ cutlery
made in Australia 1972

This great retro set of cutlery has a funky shape, satin finish to the 18/8 stainless steel and a fantastic embossed pattern. It was produced in 1972, and the Burgundy pattern extended to serving ware too: sugar bowl, creamer, sauce boat, salad bowl & serves, salt and pepper shakers and a four piece coffee set.

In researching the history of the cutlery I came across an original advertisement for it in the Sydney Morning Herald- this was the must have cutlery of the 70s. Individual place settings or 6 knives sell for $40 on Ebay; and here we have place settings for six- 18 individual pieces.

The cutlery is in superb condition- it doesn’t look like it’s been used; and it’s for sale: $AUD75

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Golden Bambi

Bambi vase/thermometre, 50sBambi thermometer / vase
made in Japan 1950s

When too much kitsch is barely enough, this wonderful souvenirware Bambi is gilt, has a thermometer AND a vase/pen holder. Bambi vases were made and hand painted in Japan and then shipped to every corner of the globe where the locality’s name was added; this one is marked Mackay – a regional town in Queensland.

The thermometer rather idealistically records temperatures up to 50 degrees Celsius but then presumably the Bambis were also shipped to Equatorial Guinea. The love for Bambi in the 50s knew no bounds! And I’ve tested the thermometer- it’s pretty accurate.

Brassy bold gilt bambi is for sale: $AUD25

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60s green collection

60s green collectionGrizelle spice containers, made in Japan
Ideal placemats & napkins, made in Japan
Luminarc wine glasses, made in France

I am drawn to green- and especially 60s greens- and so collect them where I find them. This is a selection- a tableau if you will- of some recent finds.

The spice containers- Ginger and Allspice- are part of a set of five, and the cork lids are somewhat worse for wear. However that funky flower and font totally got me, and the containers could be upcycled to hold other kitchen stuffs.

The Ideal napkins, placemats and cheese knife are ‘as new’- never been out of their packaging. How Ideal. Team them with those funky wine glasses- Luminarc, from France. All 60s goodness!

The set is for sale: $AUD80

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20s toast rack

Manto Ware toast racksManto Ware toast racks
made in Japan 1920s

At the turn of the century, Manto Ware pottery started producing work that mimicked Royal Winton; here we have an example- very English looking toast racks, textured ceramic for a ‘naturalistic’ look and topped by an acorn. These were made for the export market- for Australia and New Zealand- markets that wanted Royal Winton but couldn’t afford the price- or the time- for the products to arrive. Manto Ware stepped in to fill the breach.

It’s rare to find a pair of anything vintage these days- and indeed- I collected these two toast racks separately. But they make a fine pair, and –as attested by Etsy and Pinterest- toast racks are very collectible and are eminently repurposeable. I use mine as a vintage letter/business card holder. [Or, you know, you can use them for toast.]

Silver plate toast racks are good too- see my recent post of a 1920s EPSN toast rack.

The toast racks are for sale: $AUD45

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Superstar 3 in 1Superstar TCR-1001
made in Hong Kong 1985

Hankering for a 4.5 inch analogue TV, AM/FM radio and LCD clock all in one convenient ensemble? Well, look no further. The TCR [TV, Clock, Radio] is for you.

This tiny, all-in-one unit [compare to the size of kewpie doll!] has it all. Sure, the analogue TV is only good for sound, not visuals – since the whole world has gone digital- but the radio and the clock work a treat. And a bit of a tweak by a technowizard will have that TV playing again. And it will totally fit on your bedside table.

See the review of this piece on www.radiomuseum.org – and attest for yourself the advantages of a 3 in 1 [circa 1985.] It runs on both AC/DC and batteries- you can take this baby anywhere.

The 3 in 1 is for sale; $AUD95

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Funky 60s

Funky 60s platesBroadhurst ‘Kontiki’ plate, made in England 1965
Kelston Ceramics plate, made in New Zealand, 1964

Repurposing vintage plates as wall decorations; these two beauties from the mid-60s complement each other so well.

The plate on the left is a Kathie Winkle Design ‘Kontiki’ [very collectible right now]- it has a handpainted underglaze [the pattern] but is detergent and dishwasher proof. The plate on the right is Kelston, which was part of Crown Lynn- these plates are now also very collectible.

Imagine a whole wall of funky 60s plates…if they were easily detachable you could store your entire dinner service in this way! Form AND function- the ultimate 60s ideal.

Start your wall plate collection with these two- they are for sale: $AUD25

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Pop art glass [sold]

Pop art glassChance Glass dishes
made in England 1973

The Chance Brothers [Robert and William] started manufacturing window glass in their aptly named Chance Glass factory in England in the early Nineteenth Century. The company then moved on to produce lighthouse lens and other specialist optical glass before producing iconic homewares in psychedelic patterns and colours in the 1960s.

These glass dishes were the first pop art pattern made by Chance Glass – the pattern called ‘Canterbury’ is based on tulips – in 1973. The pattern also came in red and in many shape variations- all with a gilt edge.

Canterbury is the most collected of the pop-art glass today; it was produced up to 1979, and Chance Glass itself ceased production in 1983.

The dishes are termed ‘pin’ dishes- they have a lovely circular form without the fussy fluted edge of other Canterbury pieces. And it’s nice having a pair-

The dishes are for sale: $AUD60

Kitschy 70s

70s squirrel vaseSquirrel vase
made in Japan 1970s

A very kitsch vase from the 70s- which [in my opinion] can only really work with a very minimal flower arrangement. This is ikebana, 70s style!

I haven’t been able to ascertain the maker of this fine vase- but the kindly old lady who sold it to me assured me that it was Japanese [a very exotic import in the 70s] – and that it was “fine art”. The vase comes complete with that ‘oasis’ stuff that helps stand flowers up- I was tempted to remove it but found it oddly helpful in holding that Eucalypt branch.

For squirrel lovers, kitsch lovers and squirrelly kitsch lovers, this vase is for sale: $AUD35

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