Anodised aluminium egg cups [sold]

Anodised aluminium egg cupsAnodised aluminium egg cups
made in Sydney, Australia 1950s

These anodised aluminium ‘harlequin’ egg cups are Sydney made, and Sydney bought but have no manufacturer’s name or marking. They’ve had one owner who purchased them in the 50s- and never used them for the cupping of eggs. That’s how I know they were made here, despite not having any markings.

Anodised aluminium was made by a number of companies in the 50s and 60s- sets of beakers, flasks, plates and egg cups came with exotic names such as ‘Tahiti’ and ‘Caribbean’; but were made by the more prosaic Stokes & Sons. Other manufacturers included Duchess Aluminium Ware and ETA. All came in a range of fantastic bright aluminium colours – hence the term ‘harlequin’.

For all your retro breakfast needs, these egg cups are for sale: $AUD45

Retro picnic cups [sold]

retro anodised picnic beakersAnodised harlequin beakers
made in Australia and Hong Kong, c.1950s

The six cups on the left- from the vinyl maroon case- have never been used. Each cup is wrapped in its original tissue paper, and there is a bottle-opener installed in the cap. Research leads me to believe that this set was made in Australia.

Harlequin is a catch-all phrase for multi-coloured items- many of my 50-60s collections are ‘harlequin’.

The five cups on the right where manufactured in Hong Kong [it’s stamped on the base] –and in deference to its age/Asian origin, it is a set of only 5 cups. The bottle opener is housed on the outside of the vinyl case.

Both sets have the obligatory incised rings – these are machine-turned and date the cups to the 50s- a little bit of modernist styling.

All the beakers are in fine fettle, ~ still shiny and colourful aluminium despite their age ~ I suspect they have never been near a picnic. This set is for sale: $AUD75

Happy Mardi Gras! [sold]

Fiesta Ware gobletsFiesta Ware wine goblets
made in Australia c.1960s

Happy Mardi Gras! It is if you are in Sydney at the moment. Hot on the heels of St Valentine’s Day -and quite appropriately too- it’s Mardi Gras.

For all your rainbow-coloured needs, this set of harlequin anodised wine goblets -made by Fiesta! Ware – has never been used. Kept under wraps since the 60s, these goblets are now out loud and proud.

The set of six goblets is for sale: $AUD90