60s kitchenalia

Pyrex coffee server & Smiths Ringer kitchen timerPyrex 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

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70s Valentine love! [Sold]

70s PyrexPyrex ‘Daisy’ casserole dish
Pyrex ‘Sunshine’ mixing bowl, made in USA c. 1970s

Pyrex love for St Valentine’s Day, circa 1970s. With an Optima font reprographics board and 70s cat figurine. The whole ensemble is purrrfect. And Pyrex is SO collectible right now.

The two Pyrex pieces are for sale: $AUD45

Crown Corning Juice Set

Crown Corning Juice setCrown Corning Juice set
made in USA 1968-1972

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!

For sale: $AUD90

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Styling Retro

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.