I love bakelite and have collected Australian bakelite for some time. Although I don’t usually go for ashtrays these pieces show no sign of ever having been used and are in the form of Australia [‘Greetings from Brisbane’] and Tasmania. Who could resist?
Also, ashtrays [that haven’t been used and so have no physical scars] make great pin dishes – excellent for jewellery collections. And Australian bakelite collectors love bakelite in the shape of Australia.
These two pieces of 50s Australiana are for sale: $AU55 Buy Now
Toothpick holder, and Tasmanian pins
made in Australia, 1960s
Don’t you love a good toothpick holder? Obviously no one uses toothpicks any more- but they make such a good vintage receptacle for pins, hatpins, badges- anything on a stick!
This is a stylised bird toothpick holder that I found in Tasmania. Elsewhere on that same trip I found these fantastic Tasmanian pins- and so put two and two together.
I would love to see this birdy put to use displaying hat pins- so collectable right now. The holder is in terrific vintage condition, never having actually held anything before today- so would make a great receptacle for your pin collection. And- if you are into vintage/Tasmanian pins- so much the better!
This guy holds twelve pins: and is for sale: $AU25 [including pins]
This is a fabulous wall barometer- and temperature gauge- made from blackwood timber, in the shape of Tasmania.
The barometer was a wedding gift to a couple in the 60s – and has faithfully recorded the air pressure [barometer] and air temperature [thermometer] since then. I particularly like the fonts used for the barometer – it is very old school, where each condition has its own curlicue lettering: ‘stormy, rain, change, fair, very dry.’ That last one is -of course- referring to wit.
In excellent working order, and ready to hang, the barometer is for sale: $AU45
made in Sydney, Australia c 1940s
Nell McCredie was an Australian architect- before she started her own art pottery fabrication. This is a very early planter – it is clearly experimental as it’s noted on the base: “Not much green”- I think Nell was experimenting with drip glazes with this piece. Most of McCredie’s work is monochrome- which also marks this out as a very early, experimental piece. And- it has a very different ‘McCredie Ware’ makers mark on the base- not the more common “McCredie NSW’ that is on all her later work.
made from vintage Australian linen
My partner recently found a batch of vintage Australian tea towels, all linen and all unused. I love the graphic qualities of the images- and the strong colours – and decided to make square cushion covers from them.
This set is features Australian flora and fauna- circa 1950s. The first two cushions feature Tasmania and its various flora, and the last two cushions are Australia-wide flora and fauna [which have now sold.]
The backs of the cushions are either upcycled linen or new linen, in plain colours to suit the images. I salvaged the upcycled linen from 50s and 60s tablecloths- and finished the openings with vintage bindings. It’s nice to be able to use some of my vintage sewing stash…so it can be considered less a collection and more a necessity!
The cushions are sized to take a 400 x 400mm insert [15.7 x 15.7 inches.] They are fully washable and would make great gifts- especially if the State or images featured has a particular association for someone. I have thirty cushions made- and they can be grouped in 2s or 4s- email me if you’d like to peruse the ‘collection’.
The Tasmanian cushion covers – first two- are for sale: $AUD40