Today’s item is a moulded glass container with yellow bakelite lid. The art deco styling to this container is unmistakable, as is the seamed, chunky glass cruciform shape. The container is unmarked; while the lid has only ‘Made in Australia’ in relief on the underside of the bakelite lid.
These lidded containers came in a variety of colours- a blue, red, green- and this yellow. The containers were produced for the living room- to display foodstuffs that didn’t require an airtight seal- sweets or chocolates after a meal perhaps.
It would be lovely to have a full set of the four coloured containers, but in the meanwhile this one is for sale. It’s getting harder to find bakelite-lidded containers in such good condition; particularly yellow bakelite which can fade and mottle over time.
Here we have a delightful candle holder made in the 1920s. It came from an Estate sale where I met and got chatting to the grand-daughter of the original owner. She knew the candle holder was from the 20s because her grandmother had talked with much affection about its purchase- and long use since then.
The candle holder is unmarked- not uncommon for pottery pieces produced just after the war- but the green glaze and the stylistic influences are classic Art Deco. As is the integral handle- made from the upsweep of the base- all very modern in the 20s and anticipating the modernism of the 50s.
I have teamed the candle holder with a pair of 20s cast iron kookaburras from my partner’s collection [you will recall she is exceptionally fond of kookaburras.] Although they are of the same era, the kookaburras look crude next to the sleek modernism of the candle holder.
The candle holder has some crazing to the glaze at the top [click on the image for a zoomed view]- but that is to be expected from something nearly 100 years old. Other than that it’s in good nick and is for sale : $AUD75
This posey vase was made by Pates Pottery, which operated out of Belmore, Sydney from 1946 -1990. The deco styling of the vase is deliberate, although it was made much after that period; it seems nostalgia for things past [and styles familiar and remembered] has always influenced pottery makers.
The drip glazes used by Pates were applied by hand, and the vases came in mottled shades of pinks, yellows, and green & brown- indeed it is this mottled glaze that instantly identifies this vase as a Pates vase. The vase is also stamped on the base “Pates Potteries Sydney Australia.”
This lovely green and brown vase is perfect to display wattle – the joey figurine is just along for the ride.
Pates Pottery collectors rejoice: this posey vase is in perfect condition and is for sale: $AUD75
Crown Crystal Glass Company depression glass
made in Australia 1920s-1935
The Crown Crystal Glass Co made pressed glass items from the early 20s to the mid 30s in Australia. Here we have a lovely trio of green depression glass- oval jam dish, art deco styled desert dish and an orange squeezer. I collected them one by one and waited until I had a trio to photograph.
Depression glass is very collectible and there are fakes and reproductions out there. How to tell if it’s authentic? Depression glass was made quickly and cheaply and was marketed to ‘housewives’ as everyday-use glass. Quite often you can see bubbles & imperfections in the glass, the raised seams where the piece came out of the mould, and its heavy- heavier than glass produced today. Typically there was no makers mark.
In Australia depression glass was only made in green and pink, whereas in the US and England other colours were made [variations on green and pink.] Australian glass tends to be quite plain- whereas in the US particularly many patterns were pressed into the glass and the rarer patterned depression glass pieces go for hundreds of dollars.
This set of Australian depression glass is in very good condition – still fit for purpose should you wish to squeeze the odd orange – just be sure to hand wash in mild soapy water.