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
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