Retro bambisDeer in landscape cross stitch, made in Australia c.1960
Bambi planters, made in Japan c.1960

My son [Gen Y] likens cross stitch to ‘pixel art’ and I can see his point. I have teamed this rather impressive cross stitch of deers in their natural habitat with two Bambi planters. Together they make a great ensemble.

The Bambi planters can – indeed- hold plants or utensils, etc and they are in good condition. The cross stitch- by some unknown pixel artist of the 1960s, is framed and ready to hang- and likewise is in good condition.

This ensemble is for sale: $AUD95

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Poole ‘Peach Bloom’ tea cups [sold]

Poole Peach Bloom tea cups, made in England 1953

Further to my post [down below] of Poole ‘Blue Moon’ tea cups, here are six beauties in the colourway ‘Peach Bloom and Seagull’ [I’m guessing peach is the cup interior, and seagull the exterior… it’s a lovely mottled grey colour.] This colourway was presented in the early 50s and is denoted on the base of the cups/saucers as ‘C99.’

Poole is well known for its ‘Twintone’ pottery– their expression – a simple, stylish contrast of two colours.

You’ll note these cups have handles, but they are the same, small delicate shape and size as the Blue Moons. You don’t get much tea in them, but they are so elegant – they would make any tea party a sophisticated affair.

For sale: $AUD120

Anodised beakers [sold]

Australian anodised aluminium beakersAnodised beakers
made in Australia and Hong Kong, c.1950s

The Australia set of three beakers on the left is marked ‘Caribbean beakers’. These beakers are lovely strong colours, and are just a little scuffed where they ‘nest’ into each other.

The Hong Kong set of five beakers has no maker’s mark, just their place of origin…but they do come with a nifty white vinyl case [with a handy bottle-opener concealed in the lid.] These beakers are in pastel shades, and look never to have been taken out and used.

Anodised beakers are quite collectible- I think it’s due to the nostalgia associated with family picnics. Lemonade tasted so fantastic coming out of an anodised beaker, which in the 50s, was the height of sophistication.

All the beakers are in fine fettle, ~ still shiny aluminium despite their age ~ I suspect they have never been near a picnic.     For sale: $AUD45

Retro 50s & 60s buckles

50s bucklesRetro buckles
made in Australia 1950s-1960s

This collection comprises 21 plastic dress buckles from the 50s and 60s. I collected the buckles from all over the shop [pardon the pun] will a view to making some use of them in my sewing. Alas I haven’t, and I shan’t. But I know people collect buckles and I know people who sew vintage who might like to make use of them.

The cross-stitched kookaburra is in the image as an organising piece. I originally bought this framed piece for a friend who collects all things kookaburra. That was when I discovered that A LOT of people collect all things kookaburra. My friend didn’t want the cross stitch and so I tucked it away in my ‘styling’ pieces for blog photos. Now I’m kinda fond of it.

21 retro buckles for sale: $AUD60

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Bakelite buttons

Bakelite buttonsBakelite buttons
made in Australia, c.1920s-30s

Regular readers know I am somewhat enamoured of bakelite. It all started when I was researching resin, with a view to making resin jewellery [which I did- more of this later.] I researched early forms of plastic and discovered the collectible words of xylonite and bakelite.

And so I have collected bakelite in its many domestic forms – from pudding bowls to door handles. And buttons. These buttons were made in the 20-30s; the collector before me was the granddaughter of a fastidious woman who always cut off and saved the buttons from old clothes before they were relegated to rags. The buttons sets were threaded onto string or cotton to keep them together, should they be needed for another garment. The monotone greys, browns and blacks also identify these buttons as coming from the depression era.

The buttons are sitting in bakelite scoops, on a lovely yellow bakelite plate. These are part of another collection set which will be posted in due course. The buttons are for sale: great for button collectors or vintage dress makers wanting to use authentic vintage notions.

For sale: $AUD50

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Diana coffee pot & vase

Diana coffee pot & vaseDiana coffee pot & vase
made in Sydney, Australia c.1950s

I have posted Diana pottery before…I am very partial to Diana as it was made in a pottery that operated in Marrickville, Sydney from 1940 to 1975- very close to where I now live. These two pieces are quintessentially 50s pieces – the vase has a lovely mottled grey outer colour and a beautiful yellow inner. The yellow is repeated in the coffee pot’s lid, the two-toned theme being popular in the 50s.

The shapes of the pieces are also very 50s- the funky asymmetric form of the vase and the tilted line of the coffee pot. You’ll notice that the vase still has its original Diana sticker – stickers tend to make a piece more valuable, and it’s in perfect condition. Likewise the coffee pot, which has never been used.

Regulars to my blog will know that I collect Diana- from the 40s in the colour marking of green and brown [this evidencing my nationalistic streak] and while I love these pieces, they are not part of my permanent collection.

For sale: $AUD125

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Rollei 35mm slide projector

Rollei O350A slide projectorRollei 35mm slide projector
made in Braunschweig, Germany, 1971-1977

Yes, another slide projector…but this time a 70s version – with remote controller! [remember them?] Somewhat incongruous in these days of wireless connections, the ‘remote’ controller is a little red button set in a little grey box – with a giant cord tethering it to the machine.

Rollei are well known camera makers, but also started making slide projectors in the 1920s. This projector [P350A] has a tray that can take up to 50 slides, and comes in its original box with its original manual and warranty papers [now sadly, somewhat redundant.] But when everything is in the original box, you know that the previous owner cared for and looked after the projector.

This is the first projector I have collected [see numerous posts, below] that hasn’t come with a slide left in the machine or the box by a previous owner. I was quite disappointed and considered whether I should allow this one into the collection…but its lovely 70s modern/boxy quality won me over in the end.

For sale: $AUD80

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J & G Meakin Studio Ware [sold]

Studio WareJ & G Meakin Studio Ware
Coffee pot, creamer and serving plate, made in England c. 1955

J & G Meakin – that’s James & George Meakin, potter brothers- was established in 1851 in Staffordshire, where so much renowned pottery was produced. J & G Meakin continued until it was bought out by Wedgwood in 1970.

Studio Ware pottery – with a nod to the 20s and art deco design- was made between 1954 and 1967. Various pottery colours were produced; I’ve seen it in crimson, turquoise and green – but I prefer this set with its fantastic urbane grey colour.

This set is in pristine condition as it’s never been used. Perfect for your next coffee soiree- or just to look beautiful as a collection framed on a shelf…

For sale: $75