I am a huge Kathie Winkle fan: she produced over one hundred patterns for Broadhurst between 1958 and 1975. And it seems I’m not the only one: recently Kathie re-released several of the more popular patterns [see her website.]
However, these new releases are not handpainted, don’t have wonky registration of the transfer patterns, and look too – new and perfect. I much prefer the originals, and take great satisfaction from collecting them in the ‘wild’. So far, I have: Corinth  Calypso  Newlyn  Tashkent, Kontiki  Renaissance, Electra, Rushstone  Michelle  – and now- Kimberley [1973.]
This is a place setting for one: large plate, side plate and cup and saucer. And it’s for sale. Start your Kathie Winkle collection today! My ideal would be to have a place setting in six different patterns- fabulous! $AU45
Carlton Ware ‘Wild Rose’ Jug
made in England, c. 1940s
Did I mention, once or twice, that I am drawn to botanical themes? That I might have collected a bit of it due to being a landscape architect? Well- here’s proof positive. A beautiful Carlton Ware ‘Wild Rose’ jug- # 1696 [#16 for the green background, and #96 for the jug] – in great condition with nary a scratch or a nick.
The rest of the malarkey in the image is my fondness for ‘styling’…but I do like to mix vintage pieces with contemporary, in a new context. Because these retro pieces have to find a new way of being in the contemporary home…and this is how I do it. You might do it differently…and if so, I would love to see how/why. It would be great if you sent me an image of how you incorporate these pieces into your life.
My collection rarely ventures into the 70s- but I had to make an exception for this: an owl letter holder and a teapot trivet both displaying ‘marine opal’ [aka polished abalone shell, aka Paua shell for New Zealand readers.]
The owl letter holder has a stand behind for the letters [not seen in the image] and terrible doggerel [thankfully not seen in the image]:
“Your letters here
Just stand in view
Reminding you of
Friends so true.”
That was the 70s people! Both pieces were ‘crafted’ by Crystal Craft- the trivet notes on the back that the ‘marine opal’ was “taken by divers from the Pacific.” No word on who wrote the terrible poem.
For all your 70s needs- this collection is for sale: $AUD55
A fantastic wrecker’s yard near me recently had a public sale: I bought the gauges shown here. They were salvaged from a vintage Rolls Royce Corniche, c.1971. Yes- 70s vintage.
The temperature and fuel gauges [and their mounting frame- suitably time worn] are shown here on the left- but the piece de resistance is the wonderful RR speedometer – showing 130 MPH – big and black with a white font – spectacular!
On my side table I have displayed the three gauges [I do love gauges- see older posts below] and a model Trabant car – from my recent trip to Berlin. Surely there is no more ironic paring than the Trabant and a Rollers! But that’s the way I roll- mixing contemporary and vintage, and old and new. Irony is there in the mix- and this is the nearest I’ll ever get to a Rollers.