Totally green 70s

Totally green 70s!Harrods glass plate, made in London c1970s
Anchor Hocking ‘Aztec’ design bowl, made in USA c1970s
Green ceramic cat figurine, made in Japan c1970s

All from the 70s and all a lovely green colour….yet all from different countries of origin. I have used the ‘Helvetica Medium’ reprographics board behind to provide a context for the three pieces.

A few of my last posts have used this ‘reprographic’ device. I love graphics, and when I found a whole stack of old font boards from a reprographics place going out of business, I snapped them up. The font boards are various coloured perspex backgrounds with a variety of coloured fonts – here we have black and white, Helvetica Medium. Because they are perspex, the boards would make fantastic light boxes or light displays.

That is my intention, should I find the time/where-with-all to do so. My collection is bourgeoning with so many ideas, projects and could-possibilities. But the could-possibilities are what keep me working at the day job- their time will come [and by god what antiques will they be by then?]

In the meantime, this collection is for sale; $AUD95 – the dish, the bowl, the cat.

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TAA airline memorabilia [sold]

TAA flight food containersTAA airline ware and
Australian souvenir cups, made in Australia c.1970

TAA – Trans Australian Airlines; who doesn’t remember ‘Up, Up and Away with TAA…..” was an Australian domestic airline operating between 1946 and 1996. These two melamine inflight food boxes were made exclusively for TAA- the baby blue colour being the branded colour for the airline. The boxes are in excellent condition which is good news for the airline paraphernalia collectors out there.

The souvenir cups, maker unknown, have various scenes from Australian capital cities, as they were in the 70s. Yes, a somewhat horrifying prospect, and yet …strangely hilarious.  Marsupials abound, apparently being quite prolific in the 70s urban environment. This is the sort of kitsch I love- verging on the grotesque but made wonderful by a parochial/sentimental fantasy.    For sale: $AUD40

Collectible coffin vase [sold]

Whitefriars 'Coffin' vase, tangerineWhitefriars tangerine ‘Coffin Vase’, made in England 1969
Ceramic condiment set, made in Japan c. 1970s

Whitefriars ‘Coffin’ vase, from the ‘Textured’ range, was designed by Geoffrey Baxter; a designer who was brought into the Whitefriars team to provide ‘modern’ [ie: ‘Scandinavian’] glass pieces. Whitefriars was a glass company that produced glass works continuously from 1720-1980, when it finally closed. Geoffrey Baxter starting working there in 1954, and with his death in 1995 his ‘Textured’ range of vases has become highly collectible.

This vase has pattern number 9686. Tangerine was a new colour that Geoffrey Baxter introduced: the Coffin vase was also made in greens, blues, and yellows. The coffin vase is now considered  ‘iconic’ – representative of its era.

I’ve teamed the tangerine vase with an orange and yellow condiment set – also somewhat representative of its era. The colours and forms work well together and would make a great contribution to an early 70s collection. The vase and the condiment set are all in excellent condition.

The Whitefriars Coffin vase is for sale: $AUD95