50s Golden Fleece [sold]

wembley ware merino dishWembley 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.

30s Australian tea spoons

30s Australiana tea spoonsAustraliana tea spoons
made in England 1930s

These 30s tea spoons are by turns nationalistic, kitsch, and utterly adorable.

The spoons are silver plated [ESPN] and very unusual- I haven’t found anything like them in my retro hunting travels.

Each spoon is unique- very unusual for the 1930s; the spoon heads feature different Australian animals- koala, merino sheep, kangaroo, lyre bird, kookaburra and emu; – and the handles are asymmetrical, fashioned to resemble a branch and being adorned with boomerangs and either a kookaburra or a koala.

And then the spoon bowls are all the same, as if the crazy handle was quite enough. Nationalism is all very well, but one must have a precise measure of sugar for one’s tea!