Lustre ware chicks

retro lustre ware chick S & P shakersNovelty chick salt and pepper shakers
made in Japan, c. 1950s

A lovely novelty salt and pepper shaker set- in lustre ware- from Japan. So cute! The chicks come in their original holder and are complete with their cork stoppers. The whole set is hand painted and in pristine condition- I don’t think the chicks have even been used for their intended purpose.

I have come to embrace lustre ware [although my partner still thinks it’s on the wrong side of kitsch] – a 50s invention that that had pottery decorated and then covered with a thin layer of mother-of-pearl or metallic (gold or copper) glaze over the top to give it the super ‘lustre’ sheen.

For lustre ware admirers and collectors of salt and pepper shakers; this set is for sale: $AUD45

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Retro picnic cups [sold]

retro anodised picnic beakersAnodised harlequin beakers
made in Australia and Hong Kong, c.1950s

The six cups on the left- from the vinyl maroon case- have never been used. Each cup is wrapped in its original tissue paper, and there is a bottle-opener installed in the cap. Research leads me to believe that this set was made in Australia.

Harlequin is a catch-all phrase for multi-coloured items- many of my 50-60s collections are ‘harlequin’.

The five cups on the right where manufactured in Hong Kong [it’s stamped on the base] –and in deference to its age/Asian origin, it is a set of only 5 cups. The bottle opener is housed on the outside of the vinyl case.

Both sets have the obligatory incised rings – these are machine-turned and date the cups to the 50s- a little bit of modernist styling.

All the beakers are in fine fettle, ~ still shiny and colourful aluminium despite their age ~ I suspect they have never been near a picnic. This set is for sale: $AUD75