Retro barware

Retro barwareRetro whiskey jugs and ice buckets
made in England and Australia, 1950-60s

The yellow Macnish whiskey jug, is by Wade [England] and the green Four Seasons whiskey jug is by Elischer [Australia.] Both are advertisement’ jugs which were mass produced and given away to pubs –not sold to the public- with the idea that the public would be so impressed by the glamour of having water added to their drink by a ‘branded jug’ that they would continue to order their whisky by name. Ah! the 60s, when advertising and impressing people was so easy!

Both Wade and Elischer pottery is very collectible – and especially so ‘barware’. The jugs are sure to glam up your next cocktail soiree!

The ice buckets are also pretty glam: the black is advertising Tintara – ‘A Black Bottle Brandy – Such a Friendly Brandy’ – and was made by Hardy’s, a South Australian winery. The orange bucket is unmarked but adds a little 60s charm to the group. Both ice buckets have removable inserts and their original [plastic] tongs and lids.

The retro barware is for sale: $125

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Wade tankard

Wade half-pint tankard
made in England, 1960s

Originally founded in 1810, Wade pottery is famous for the introduction of the very collectible Wade ‘Whimsies’ [miniature porcelain figurines originally conceived as pocket friends for children in the 1950s] and the almost as well known Wade whiskey Jugs, decanters and tankards. So children’s AND adult’s collectables!

This is a half-pint tankard; it was also made in a pint size; made to resemble a barrel, complete with gilt banding. Other Wade tankards have transfer prints of [rare] cartoon characters, and old fashioned cars [ubiquitous.] But for my money, the barrel tankards are the best.

The Wade backstamp marks this tankard as having been made in the 60s; since inception, the Wade backstamp changed constantly, and so is a reliable indicator of the pieces age. I’ve teamed the tankard with a book dedicated to England’s Greater Churches: I bet a couple of tankards found their way into a greater church…and made it an ever greater church!

Cheers! The tankard is in excellent vintage condition and is for sale: $AU15

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70s water jugs

70s whiskey water jugsWhiskey water jugs,
made in Australia, England and France, 1970s

These are whiskey water jugs – and they are both practical and highly collectable. They are ‘advertisement’ jugs mass produced and given away to pubs –not sold to the public- with the idea that the public would be so impressed by the glamour of having water added to their drink by a ‘branded jug’ that they would continue to order their brandy/whisky by name. Ah! the70s, when advertising and impressing people was so easy!

The White Horse Scotch Whiskey jug was made by Wade; the Haig Scotch Whiskey jug was made by Carlton Ware- and has a beautiful integral handle and fantastic 70s square-shaped styling. The last jug is now quite rare: a Marie Brizard Liquers de France, made by Digoin – with a fabulous pouring spout.

All jugs are in fantastic vintage condition- with the slight exception of the Marie Brizard, which has some wear to the print on the reverse of the jug.

I also have some 60s whiskey jugs: a Rene Briand Brandy jug marked ‘Ceramica E. Piloa, Carpignano S.’ and a McCallum’s jug with the usual Wade branding. You really can’t have too many whiskey jugs!

These jugs are for sale: $AUD45 each.

Retro barware

Retro barwareRetro whiskey jugs and ice buckets
made in England and Australia, 1950-60s

The yellow Macnish whiskey jug, is by Wade [England] and the green Four Seasons whiskey jug is by Elischer [Australia.] Both are advertisement’ jugs which were mass produced and given away to pubs –not sold to the public- with the idea that the public would be so impressed by the glamour of having water added to their drink by a ‘branded jug’ that they would continue to order their whisky by name. Ah! the 60s, when advertising and impressing people was so easy!

Both Wade and Elischer pottery is very collectible – and especially so ‘barware’. The jugs are sure to glam up your next cocktail soiree!

The ice buckets are also pretty glam: the black is advertising Tintara – ‘A Black Bottle Brandy – Such a Friendly Brandy’ – and was made by Hardy’s, a South Australian winery. The orange bucket is unmarked but adds a little 60s charm to the group. Both ice buckets have removable inserts and their original [plastic] tongs and lids.

The retro barware is for sale: $125

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Advertisement water jugs

Rene Briand Brandy water jug, made in Italy c.1960s
McCallum’s Perfection Scots Whiskey water jug, made by Wade, England c.1954-1966

In keeping with the cocktail theme of several recent posts, these water jugs are both practical and highly collectible. The Rene Briand Brandy jug is marked ‘Ceramica E. Piloa, Carpignano S.’ while the McCallum’s jug has the usual Wade branding. These ‘advertisement’ jugs were mass produced and given away to pubs –not sold to the public- with the idea that the public would be so impressed by the glamour of having water added to their drink by a ‘branded jug’ that they would continue to order their brandy/whisky by name. Ah! the 60s, when advertising and impressing people was so easy!

The third [yellow] jug shown in this image is a ring-in, added to provide a backdrop to the two water jugs. It’s unmarked and is more likely a domestic jug from the 60s. It would be nice to have a third advertisement jug, but for now there’s just two.

For sale:$AUD90

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