A fantastic Mahjong set of bamboo and bone: made in Japan in the 30s!
Complete with betting sticks, wind of the round, and a great 30s case. I am speaking to you Mahjong players out there…this is a gorgeous set.
I learned to play Mahjong in my 20s. It’s a mixture of cards and gin-rummy; but with a tactile placement and playing of tiles. You can play fast and dirty and win –or go for an impossible hand; a combination of ideas, collections or collaborations – and get a way better score.
We play it as a family every Christmas – which is why I associate it with this time. I always go for the impossible score – because I like the odds – and also, because it encourages others to win!
Smoking dog tapestry
Commonwealth Bank money box, made in Australia 1970s
How hilarious is this framed tapestry? How often do you wish you could see a dog with a cane and a cigar? It’s ready for hanging – totally 70s – and hilarious.
The Commonwealth Bank had an elephant for its logo for a looong time- before today’s dull corporate ‘biscuit’ logo. This money box is from the 70s- evidenced by its jaunty up-swung trunk; before the 70s, the elephant was rather dour and had a hanging trunk. Money box collectors will know what I mean.
I like the two elements together- both relics of the 70s- and the red money box lends itself to the colours of the smoking dog tapestry.
These wonderful nip glasses record the volume of alcohol thus: 2 over, 1 over, Birdie, Eagle. Make mine an Eagle! The images on the pair of glasses show caricatures of a woman putting and a man slugging it out on the course. And in addition, the man’s glass is inscribed ‘Bundanoon’ – sadly the golf course is no longer but it’s nice to think these glasses might have been used in bar in the course’s heyday.
Recently I posted some novelty golfing plates- together with these glasses you have the perfect gift for the golfing tragic in your life- think Christmas! Think birthday! Think celebration of a hole-in-one!
Squatter – the ‘sheep farming game’ was created by Robert C. Lloyd and launched at the Royal Melbourne Show in 1962. It was described at the time as an Australian version of Monopoly- but Monopoly was never as complex and ‘realistic’ as this game.
This is an original game from 1962- it’s never been used. It’s in excellent condition and ready for 2-6 players to while away 1-2 hours trading sheep and reliving Christmases past. Who doesn’t remember scouring the ‘Ready Reckoner’ to decide when and how many sheep to sell or buy? Oh the memories come flooding back.
Squatter is for sale- buy now for Christmas! $AUD45
You may have seen a SlyvaC crying onion jar- they were first made in the 50s. These jars and now very collectible [as is anything SlyvaC.] This is a Japanese knock-off, made in the 60s- albeit with a different crying onion face and inscribed ‘pickled onions’.
I bought the jar hoping my sister- who is a dab hand at making pickled onions – a MUST for Christmas, would obliging fill the jar with said pickled onions for me. Alas she refused. Not only will she be away and so unable to make any condiments- she also expressed her disdain for the jar. Am I the only one who thinks it’s hilarious?
And so- without any hope of having homemade pickled onions this Christmas- I offer the jar for sale. It would be a fantastic Christmas gift for anyone who actually can and will make pickled onions to go with the Christmas ham. It’s in good condition and for sale for $AUD35
Golf novelty plates
Westminster China, Australia 1950s
I love the 50s comic transfer print on these plates: pretty much sums up my approach to golf. Which is: picnic on the greens, the 19th hole is an actual hole and hit the ball the wrong way. I also love the tricircular shape of the plates with their gilt edge.
Golf tragics will love these plates – as will the amateur golfers amongst us. They are marked Fine China, Westminster China Australia and impressed with the number 693.
Buy now for that special Christmas gift! The plates are for sale: $AUD45