This bakelite canister came with a set of transfers [Flour, Rice, Sugar, Sago, Coffee, Tea] in the 60s- so the homeowner could affix the labels as they saw fit- although the graduated size of the transfers meant most people stuck with the nominal order of the day. It makes me laugh that Flour was the largest canister – and coffee one of the smallest- nowadays it would be the other way around!
The transfer is in pretty good order for a canister that’s been in use since the 60s- normally these are quite perished when I find them. The red bakelite lid is also still tight-fitting, so you can store all the flour you wish!
Bakewells started production in 1884 and like so many potteries, moved away from making industrial ceramic products -like bricks and pipes- to domestic wares in the early part of the twentieth century. By the early 30s Bakewells was making pudding bowls and graduated jugs in multi colours- all to meet the insatiable demand of the new middle class. Bakewells is now very well known and very collectible.
This is an image from my own kitchen [and kitchenalia collection]- but I draw your attention to the Bakewells graduated jugs in green on the top shelf. I have just recently added to this collection – and find I have no more room to display it: so for sale are three green graduated jugs: similar to the first three of the four jug set seen here. You only need find the fourth- smallest- to create a set.
The jugs, being made in the 30s, have art deco flourishes: the shape, handle and applied decoration are all deco inspired. And the jugs are functional, as well as beautiful: we use ours to serve sauces and gravies [especially if we make art deco gravies. Only kidding- that sounds horrible!]
The three green graduated jugs are in excellent vintage condition, and are for sale: $AU95
Glamaware anodised tea service
made in Australia, c .1950s
Glamaware- the name says it all! When I first started this blog, my lovely sister-in–law Pam gave me her Glamaware tea set- in the same golden colour as this set- and I used it as my blog icon, vowing never to sell it. Pam’s tea service [a wedding present] is everything good about the 50s- bright and shiny in colour, with bakelite knobs and handles.
I chanced upon this tea service and bought it so I’d have one to keep and one to sell on the blog. I figure I can’t be the only one in love with anodised aluminium- and especially gold anodised aluminium. [The set also comes in powder blue and baby pink. Those colours are good too, but gold is the best!]
If you zoom into the image, you’ll see my photographer son taking the photo. I quite like that he is finally being acknowledged for all his great photography work, albeit somewhat subtly.
This glamorous tea service is in perfect condition and is for sale: $AUD75
Nally nested kitchen canisters
made in Australia 1960s
Here we have the R [rice] T [Tea] and C [coffee] containers- made from the new-fangled rigid plastic moulding process in the 60s by Nally. A new innovation, rigid moulding went on to replace bakelite in the production of kitchen canisters. This would have been originally a set of 5: the F [flour] and S [sugar] having gone AWOL.
Whatever, kitchen canisters are still highly collectible. I like to think the RTC set stands for Real Time Capacity. Or Regional Transport Commission. It’s up to you what you store in the R, T, C canisters. Roses, Tiramisu, Candy. Just some suggestions.
Nally spice containers
Plastic flower salt and pepper shakers, and plastic swan
made in Australia, c.1950s
I have posted before on Nally bakelite…here we have the next step in the modernisation process – Nally plastic. On their own little plastic tray, these 5 containers are in classic 50s colours. No longer relying on a large monogram to describe their contents, each container is very prescriptive. These containers are for [L – R] cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, ginger and cloves. A nice snapshot of the kitchen spices of the 50s!
The salt and pepper shakers are unmarked, but are lovely in their floral design. The bottom ‘leafy’ bit unscrews to allow the input of salt and/or pepper. Similarly, the swan is unmarked, but I think it complements the set in its whitey plastic 50s-ness.