Globite reel case

Globite 9” reel case
made in Australia, 1960s

Globite school cases were made by the Ford Sherington company– a well-known purveyor of luxury leather goods which started production in Sydney in 1912 and continued until the mid- 70s.

Interestingly the Ford Sherington company was started by a woman– Ada Sherington- and in the 30s Ford Sherington created the now famous Globite school case which millions of Australian children took to school [myself included.]

By the 60s, the well-known Globite technology was being used for reel-to-reel cases, as is this example. The Museum of Arts and Sciences notes:

“These were certainly very sturdy, being made of vulcanised rather than composite fibre, and much more expensive than most other school bags…”

The case has plasticised reinforced corners, which are riveted. The reel case is in fantastic vintage condition, and looks to be ‘as new’- and unused. It is for sale: $AU25

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Retro stationery

Vintage pencil sharpenersNovelty pencil sharpeners,
made in Hong Kong 1970s

I LOVE retro stationery [because I used it as a youngster, you understand. This explains everything.]

So – here we have a world globe pencil sharpener [which rotates on it’s axis] but it’s kinda inaccurate when you look at- you know- the world…but what do you want from a 70s pencil sharpener? Geographic accuracy? It’s a pencil sharpener!

Next up a pair of swan sharpeners. The pencil goes in where the sun don’t shine. Enough said.

And my favourite- a perpetual calendar- with three moveable wheels for the day, date and month. I’ve set it for my actual birth date- as you do.

The globe comes in it’s original box [no 7204] and the date indicator also [MW, no 153]- whereas the swans do not.

And in the background – a Globite square school case, which is rusted and old and creaky and half broken. I love it. I have been instructed to lose it- but – it’s square, and rusted and half broken. I can’t.

The swan sharpeners and the perpetual calendar sharpener are for sale: $AUD20 each

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40s leather case

Ford Sherington caseFord Sherington leather case
made in Sydney, Australia 1940s

This delightful small leather case, with its funky 40s rounded shaping was made by Ford Sherington – a well-known purveyor of luxury leather goods in Sydney which started production in 1912 and continued until the mid- 70s. Interestingly the Ford Sherington company was started by a woman in 1912 – Ada Sherington- and in the 30s Ford Sherington created the now famous Globite school case which millions of Australian children took to school.

This case is made of crocodile leather, has a working sewn leather hinge and has a silver clasp- which is intact. The front of the case is embossed in gold with the initials – “J.W.”- quite coincidentally I also have a silver cigarette case with the same embossed initials…I don’t know any J.W.s but if you do- I have two great retro gifts for them!

Internally, the leather case is in great condition and has the original makers label [which is why I know it’s a Ford Sherington.] The case has only had one owner, for who it was embossed- and it’s in excellent condition.

The case is for sale: $AUD120

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