Bessemer jugs

Bessemer jugs
made in Melbourne, c. 1970s

Bessemer products – made from melamine – were made by the Nylex Melmac Corporation which started production in the mid 60s. These beautiful jugs [and the subject of future posts, I have collected a lot of Bessemer!] were designed by Lionel Suttie, an industrial designer.

It’s interesting that Mr Suttie is remembered as Bessemer’s lead designer: this was the first time that condiment or tableware made from plastic [melamine] was thought to be worthy of design – that the humble mass-produced plastic jug or butter dish could make a design statement. These jugs certainly do that- they pay homage to mid-century modernist design and in the colouring, homage to the 70s.

The jugs can be used as intended- melamine is a strong plastic resistant to scratching and these jugs are ‘as new’ – or they can form part of a funky 70s display.

For sale: $AUD60

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2 thoughts on “Bessemer jugs

  1. I love Bessemer products, it may have something to do with growing up in the 70’s with them on the table, but I think it’s also for all the design reasons you mention. I remember the Brown tall sugar bowl (with matching salt and pepper shakers if I recall correctly!) I’ve recently picked up the sugar bowl in the Olive Green but haven’t snared a Brown one yet!

    • hi steven – thanks for the reminiscence! i haven’t come across a brown sugar bowl, but will keep an eye out. i have the brown salt & pepper shaker set- will post soon! edwina

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