Vintage map [sold]

Vintage Australian school mapStyling a vintage map

I love the synchronicity of the colours and the vintages of these three things. Map, scales, vase.

Shape, form and function are totally disparate, but the colours echo other and the three work really well as an ensemble. The map is for sale but the Salter scale and the Pates vase are part of my permanent collection.

Vintage maps are very collectible. They lend a nostalgic, quasi-educational, kitschy quality to any space. Sort of like wallpaper- but wallpaper you can move. This one is from the 40s and is a little bit un-PC [which of course, adds to its desirability.] It’s #119 ‘North America, Physical and Production Map’ and it came from an old school, and is very old school. It has a beaver in the legend to indicate areas of fur production. Under industries, it lists asbestos. Very, very old school!

This map was printed by John Sands, published by a certain Chas. H. Scally & Co, in Boronia Avenue, Wollstonecraft, NSW, Sydney. The map is in excellent condition. The colours, the beavers, the asbestos symbol [a graphic of a heap of the raw product! what were they thinking?] all in their original technicolor glory.

The map is for sale: $AUD250

Pair of retro kitchen scales

Persinware kitchen scalesPersinware #710 domestic scales
made in Australia, c.1960s

This pair of metal scales come with their original plastic measuring bowls- an elongated oval in dark green, and an apple-green rounded bowl with pouring lip. The white enamel is a little scuffed in places, evidencing their role in the kitchens of Australia for the last fifty-or so- years. Both scales are still accurate [I have tested them against a digital 2013 scale] and weigh things up to ten pounds, by 1 oz increments. The scales have an adjusting knob on the back, to allow for the weight of the bowl itself.

The elongated oval bowl on the left is now very collectible- as they are becoming increasingly rare.

Lemons and limes look particularly good in the green bowls. The scales make fantastic fruit bowls! If green isn’t your colour, I do have a couple of other Persinware scales with red, orange and yellow bowls…   For sale: $AUD90

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Retro kitchen scales

Salter #54A kitchen scales & figurinesSalter #54A kitchen scales, made in Australia c.1950s
Chipmunk figurines [pair] & Rabbit figurine, made in Japan c.1950s

These scales have a pink metal body, with a contrasting white plastic measuring bowl. The scales measure up to five pounds, in 4 ounce increments and I’ve commented previously that these are original- not reproduction – scales, in that they don’t have an equivalent metric scale. Metric measurement came to Australia in the early 70s and scales made at the time had both imperial and metric scales. The scales might not be altogether very accurate; they are to be admired for their aesthetic qualities only.

The pair of chipmunks, and the rabbit particularly, looks suitably shocked at being weighed. But they do illustrate just how well the scales display things- whether foodstuffs in your kitchen or figurines in the living room!     For sale: $AUD75 [let me know if you want the figurines too!]

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