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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Retro ‘Australia’ tray

Hand painted serving tray, made in Australia c.1950

This is a fantastic black plastic tray, with kitschy painted native animals. From the left and travelling clockwise, that blue colour is a koala, then a kookaburra, a kangaroo, and lastly a kangaroo ON a boomerang.  Fantastic! – and what realism…teaches you all you need to know about Australia.

But should you need more, the incised map in the centre lists States and Capital cities. They remembered Tasmania – the island state – that until the 70s seemed to be missing from all maps – so that’s an unusual feature.

The kitchen timer [a Smiths Ringer, made in Great Britain, 1950s] is added for visual interest – and as a contrast to the kitschy tray [although both were made in the same period.] This ringer is all precise functionality. And the magnet? It is just a prop- has no function whatsoever.

The tray is good for a laugh, and is good for transporting drinks from one room to another.    For sale: $AUD$25

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