This collection is a hybrid of sorts- the jug had lost its glasses and the spotty glasses were in need of a jug. They are both 50s Australiana- but from different sets.
I think the pairing works- due to the colour tones, spotted decoration and the gilt edging. The jug is enormously out of scale with the shot glasses- but I like that the pairing keep some of its own individuality even while being teamed. Plus- that jug makes for a fantastic vase when it’s not serving rum punch!
The jug and glasses are unmarked- but came from the same collector who loved all things 50s- and spotty things in particular. They are all in great condition with the gilt particularly in good order. Ready to serve your favourite drink to you and two friends!
Wembley Ware ‘Golden Fleece’ merino
made in Perth, Australia 1950s
Wembley Ware pottery operated from 1946 to 1961 in Perth, Western Australia – and produced a “Fancy Ware Range” featuring Australian flora and fauna. I particularly like this merino dish because it’s an early example of advertising ware AND Australiana.
The Golden Fleece service stations operated across Australia from 1913 to the 1970s- and you guessed it- their logo was a gold merino sheep. Golden Fleece was the first single-branded service station, with a bright yellow sheep atop each petrol pump. The sheep was modeled on a certain ‘David of Dalkeith’- a Royal Agricultural Show winner in 1952.
I know all this due to a) Wembley Ware being highly collectible and having a number of fan sites – as well as its own facebook page- and b) Golden Fleece memorabilia is also very collectible and having a renaissance of sorts at the moment.
The dish is in great condition; zoom on the image and see the shiny gilt of the merino! I have seen the same dish for sale an antique shop for $165- but for you, gentle reader- the Golden Fleece dish is for sale for $AUD95.