Travelling Requisites

Ford Sherington suitcase,
made in Australia 1940s

This delightful suitcase was made by Ford Sherington – a well-known purveyor of luxury leather goods in Sydney which started production in 1912 and continued until the mid- 70s.

Interestingly the Ford Sherington company was started by a woman– Ada Sherington- and in the 30s Ford Sherington created the now famous Globite school case which millions of Australian children took to school.

The suitcase has an internal label –with flourishing 40s fonts- which says:

“Airway” Made By Ford Sherington Ltd, Manufacturers & Importers of Travelling Requisites, 319 George Street, Sydney.

While the “genuine cowhide”, hinges and fixings were all manufactured in Australia- the locks were made in England. Unfortunately the keys are long gone. The interior is lined with brown tartan, which is clean and intact, with an upper elasticised pocket. Another fantastic overnight case!

The suitcase is for sale: $AU125

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40s souvenir ware [sold]

Clock and barometer souvenir
made in Australia 1940s

I’ve featured quite a bit of Mulga wood on this blog: . and a fair bit of kitsch. Often Mulga wood and kitsch go hand-in–hand, as is the case here. Mulga wood was used in 1940s souvenir works as it is a hardwood –unusual in a native from the wattle family – and was considered ‘export quality’. The timber is cut and arranged to show off its famous bi-colouring, as is the Australia-shaped base of this 40s souvenir.

The clock- with alarm and glow-in-the-dark numbers and hands, is paired with a barometer [working; naturally it’s in Fahrenheit] and a gilt koala. The wind-up clock is functional- but I can’t attest to its accuracy. But a barometer and a clock and a gilt koala all on an Australia-shaped Mulga wood base? Doesn’t get much better!

I’ve teamed the souvenir with a Bushell’s tea jar from the same era. The rusted lid adds another brown tone, and the glass picks up the glass on the clock and barometer.

The Mulga wood souvenir is for sale: $AU45

40s Australiana

40s Australian souvenirwareRoyal Scenic China jug
Victoria Czech Porcelain plate
made in Czechoslovakia c.1940s

I have a thing for souvenirware- it’s true. So far Casino, Cairns, Cooma, Forster and Taree have been featured as hand-coloured transfer prints on all manner of ceramic items. Now it’s Launceston- ‘Looking toward the gorge’ [pretty generic description- perhaps there’s just the one in Launceston?] and Coonabarraban- featuring ‘Bottle Rock’.

Interesting all these 40s souvenirware was produced by a couple of different manufacturers in Czechoslovakia; IBC Royal Scenic China and Victoria Czech Porcelain. Photographic images were sent to the manufacturers who applied the transfer which was then hand tinted before final glazing. The colourist seems to have been a little enthusiastic with the tinting, or the original print itself was somewhat exaggerated in colour- but either way- the colours are still vibrant today. I particularly like the 40s affectation of the ‘blush’ of colour- seen as the sky on the jug and as decoration to the edges of the plate.

Both items have the obligatory gilt edging, indicating the items were for special occasions, certainly not for every-day-use. They are for sale: $AUD55

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