Pyrex coffee serving flask, made in Britain c. 1960s Smiths Ringer kitchen timber, made in Britain c.1960s
Pyrex made coffee percolators- and as see here- coffee serving flasks in Britain, America and Australia in the 60s. Every household had a percolator- which were quite functional in form and styling- and it was only the fancy-pants households that had the more decorative serving flask.
This serving flask is such a product of the 60s- the handle and knob and bakelite, the large chrome band is off-set by the fake timber laminate on the lid. The glass is decorated with a subtle white abstract design: this is a flask that is straddling early and later mid-century modern design ideals.
The kitchen timer [a Smiths Ringer, British made 1960s] is also made of bakelite. This ringer is all precise functionality- two toned- and the bell still works a treat [have not tested it for timing accuracy- may be slightly less than accurate since it’s over fifty years old.] I have featured Smiths Ringers on the blog before- I am somewhat partial to them.
For the retro kitchen- the Pyrex serving flask and kitchen timer are for sale: $AUD75
Who doesn’t remember drinking orange juice from a Pyrex glass jug with this distinctive oranges and lemons motif? That motif was ubiquitous in the late 60s and early 70s – worldwide. Even in Australia!
This set comes fresh out of its box- a jug and 6 matching glasses. Never been used, but desperate to be. A card in the box advertises: “A gift to you from Corning Ware” in a lovely retro font. The jug has a funky angled lid and the glasses have uneven glass bases- a sure sign of hand-blown glass. A must for the aspiring hipster!
Pyrex glass & plastic kitchen ‘stack & see’ canisters
Made in the USA, c. 1968
1 quart canister [=0.95 litres]
I use these canisters- with their funky 60s colours – to store my button collection. Any sort of see-through canister is great for use in the kitchen- so is stackability – but I have repurposed these canisters in my design studio.