Hanstan salt pig

Retro salt pig, 70s, HanstanHanstan salt pig
made in Victoria, Australia c. 1970s

I love the funky hand-inscribed 70s font of this ceramic salt pig. Salt Pigs have been a feature of kitchens since forever: the idea is that the open ‘mouth’ allows one to grab a handful of salt without having to undo a lid; and the ‘chimney’ on top allows moisture to escape so the salt doesn’t degrade.

Hanstan pottery was a collaboration between Hans Wright and Stan Burrage – hence Hanstan- that started in Victoria in 1962. The pottery continued to make domestic ware pottery well into the 1980s. Since the ‘Salt’ script was hand-incised, no two are the same. I also have a set of condiment jars that match the salt pig : Ginger, Allspice and Cloves [post below.]

The colouring is a staple of the 70s -white slip glaze, with a textured brown lower half. The white upper-part also came in a lurid orange [the ubiquitous mission brown/orange combination] but I like this set better.

For the perfect 70s kitchen collection, the salt pig is for sale: $AUD45

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The 60s kitchen

Jean kitchen doll furniture [60s]Jean doll kitchen furniture made in West Germany 1960s A fantabulous set of kitchen furniture showcasing the aesthetics and colours of the 60s made by Jean, in what was West Germany. In the kitchen is Moishe- a monster from Maurice Sendak’s book ‘Where the Wild Things Are’- published in 1963. Although Moishe’s 60s dating is a good segue- I choose him for his brown and yellow colourings. He was MADE for this kitchen! And he’s clearly enjoying it. Jean made dolls furniture from the 1950s until the late 1980s; as the decades passed so the furniture was updated to reflect the stylistic trends of the day. This furniture is 1/16th scale to fit many of the doll houses produced in the 50s and 60s. All the doors and drawers open out- giving hours of fun- or hours of ironic posturing with a figurine of your choice. The kitchen furniture set is for sale: $AUD35 [Moishe optional] Buy Now

Cocktails – retro style

Semak VitamizerSemak ‘Vitamizer’ electric blender
made in Melbourne, c.1953

This beautiful bakelite blender is fully functioning – it has starred at many cocktail parties at my house as it’s fantastic for crushing ice and blending drinks. [Haven’t tested its ‘Vitamizer’ qualities, being too far gone on cocktails….]

Later versions of the Vitamizer have a bakelite body and clear glass top, and Semak still makes Vitamizers today, having started the company in 1948. As far as I can ascertain, the fully-bakelite models like this one were only ever made in black and white. Even the electric plug is bakelite.

The Vitamizer works on 240 V /120 W, and has serial number SN 6-510 stamped on the metal base. Perfect for the retro kitchen! For sale: $AUD125

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Semak Vitamizer

Semak ‘Vitamizer’ electric blender
made in Melbourne, c.1953

This beautiful bakelite blender is fully functioning – it has starred at many cocktail parties at my house as it’s fantastic for crushing ice and blending drinks. [Haven’t tested its ‘Vitamizer’ qualities, being too far gone on cocktails….]

Later versions of the Vitamizer have a bakelite body and clear glass top, and Semak still makes Vitamizers today, having started the company in 1948.  As far as I can ascertain, the fully-bakelite models like this one were only ever made in black and white. Even the electric plug is bakelite.

The Vitamizer works on 240 V /120 W, and has serial number SN 6-510 stamped on the metal base. Perfect for the retro kitchen!      For sale: $AUD125

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