40s measuring jugs

Vintage Australian measuring jugsVintage measuring jugs
made in Australia c.1940s

The jug to the right still has its original ‘Waratah’ sticker which proudly proclaims “99% pure aluminium”. It has its measuring scale stamped on the inside – 2 pints or 40 oz. With a black bakelite handle [and lovely expressed mountings] it ticks all the boxes for me! It is relatively pristine and I hazard a guess as to an easy life since it was made.

The other two jugs show all the vicissitudes of a hard working kitchen life. The fronts-most jug has a brown bakelite handle, again with those expressed mounts. The last jug has a riveted aluminium handle. Both these jugs have the same inside scale as the Waratah, but with more dings and dulling of the aluminium. Evidence of real life!

Use the jugs in the kitchen, or as funky vases, or just add them to your collection of 40s jugs.

For sale: $AUD75

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Aluminium measuring jugs

Aluminium measuring jugs
made in Australia c.1940s

The jug to the right still has its original ‘Waratah’ sticker which proudly proclaims “99% pure aluminium”. It has its measuring scale stamped on the inside – 2 pints or 40 oz. With a black bakelite handle [and lovely expressed mountings] it ticks all the boxes for me! It is relatively pristine and I hazard a guess as to an easy life since it was made.

The other two jugs show all the vicissitudes of a hard working kitchen life. The fronts-most jug has a brown bakelite handle, again with those expressed mounts. The last jug has a riveted aluminium handle. Both these jugs have the same inside scale as the Waratah, but with more dings and dulling of the aluminium. Evidence of real life!

Use the jugs in the kitchen, or as funky vases, or just add them to your collection of 40s jugs. You be the ju[d]g[e].

For sale: $AUD75

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Peter Pan madeleine tray [sold]

Peter Pan madeleine trayPeter Pan madeleine baking tray
made in Australia, c.1940-1950s.

Another popular bake-ware collectible…a madeleine baking tray. Peter Pan was a registered trade mark, making aluminium cookware in Australia in the 40s, but doesn’t seem to have survived much past the 50s. The Peter Pan logo has been incised into the aluminium itself.

A madeleine is traditionally shell-shaped, so a moulded pan is necessary. This french butter cake is sponge-like, somewhat between a cake and a biscuit. There is some dispute about the origin of the madeleine name- but most people agree that the cake came into being mid 18th century. My good friend Mary reminded me of the connection between madeleines and Proust…a very nice literary reference.

The pan has a convenient hanging hole in one corner, so it hangs at a jaunty 45 degree angle. I have seen French provincial kitchens with walls covered in such pans…and indeed modern New York apartments that use them as a sort of three-dimensional wall covering. So handy to have a baking tray that doubles as an ornament, and a nice retro one at that.

For sale: $AUD35

Rex Aluminium Company

Rex Aluminium Company
Raco Quality Kitchenware
Made in Australia c. 1960s

These aluminium canisters are also in my studio- they house more sewing paraphernalia. some of these containers have sections for removable labels, which is ideal for describing the new contents. the two larger containers have bakelite handles, while the small ‘sago’ labelled container to the front has an extruded aluminium handle.