Westminster ‘Sierra’ platter
made in Australia, 1962
Despite both exotic names [Westminster, evoking England] and Sierra [evoking America] this platter with it’s gay 60s abstract flowers was made in Australia.
Westminster started making souvenirware under the name Stanley Rogers & Sons in Melbourne in 1954. They imported blank ceramic pieces from Japan which they then decorated locally. By the 60s the name was changed to Westminster Fine China – to suggest a longer and more illustrious history – and a much larger range of tea sets and dinner sets where produced. These were decorated with bright, abstract flower arrangements [sometimes in very 60s and 70s gaudy colours.] On the whole, this platter in the ‘Sierra’ pattern is quite restrained.
The platter is in good vintage condition, and is for sale: $25
Golf novelty plates
Westminster China, Australia 1950s
I love the 50s comic transfer print on these plates: pretty much sums up my approach to golf. Which is: picnic on the greens, the 19th hole is an actual hole and hit the ball the wrong way. I also love the tricircular shape of the plates with their gilt edge.
Golf tragics will love these plates – as will the amateur golfers amongst us. They are marked Fine China, Westminster China Australia and impressed with the number 693.
Buy now for that special Christmas gift! The plates are for sale: $AUD45