Archive for the ‘collections’ Category

Watch this Space!

Friday, June 7th, 2013

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collection of vintage watch faces

You’ll find old watch faces & movements at almost every second hand market you visit – often in a box of mixed bits & pieces. They usually cost just a few pence and a large collection is easily accumulated.

collection of vintage watch faces in a pottery bowl

There are all kinds of ways to display them. We think they look great sitting in a bowl or glass – or perhaps arranged in an old printers tray.

collection of vintage watch faces in a vintage printer's tray

Take a peek in that 10p box next time you’re having a rummage!

Mapping the world

Friday, May 17th, 2013

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three large vintage school wall maps, USA, Australia & New Zealand and South America

Our house is nearly back to normal after last year’s flood. This bedroom was absolutely crammed with furniture & boxes of books (refugees from the ground floor!!). The room’s now been cleared and we’ve actually got round to adding a bit of wall decoration!

large vintage school wall map of the USA

We decided to hang these vintage school wall maps. They’ve got a great look and they always draw you in for a closer browse. You learn something new every time you enter the room!!

large vintage school wall map of the USA showing a detail of the North East and Canadian border

This row of three features North America, South America and Australasia.

large vintage school wall map of South America showing a detail of the Caribbean

They were produced by George Philip & Son and date from the 1960s.

detail from large vintage school wall map showing date and maker

If you like the look of these vintage maps, we recently got hold of one that’s available to buy – photographed below. It’s actually older than the Philips maps and was produced by W. & A. K. Johnstone. It’s a physical relief map of the British Isles. The hills & mountain ranges are the main feature; but cities, rivers and major rail routes of the time are also marked.

large vintage school wall map of Great Britain & Ireland

There are a few small areas of paper loss, but it’s still very striking visually and measures just over 4 feet high! We’re going to hang it in our antiques centre shop when a bit of wall space becomes available.

Keep it reel!

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

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collection of wooden antique cotton reels

We love these old reels & bobbins. They originally come from cotton, wool & textile mills – so we’re certainly in the right part of the country to pick them up!!

collection of wooden antique cotton reels collection of wooden antique cotton reels

They’re usually made of wood, but there’s such a variation in the colour & patina. They also incorporate a wide variety of other materials – iron, steel, copper, Bakelite etc. – and they come in all shapes & sizes. That’s what makes a collection of them look so interesting.

collection of wooden antique cotton reels

They look great in the kitchen, on a craft table or in the potting shed. Perfect for storing ribbon, wool – or that ever useful string or twine.

Coaster to Coaster

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

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selection of vintage 1960s/70s patterned tin coasters

Part of our bulk buy from Wooden Donkey included a whole host of lovely vintage drinks coasters.

selection of vintage 1960s/70s patterned tin coasters

There are a variety of makers, but all date from the 1960s/70s with classic Op art designs & colourful & bright stylised flowers.

selection of vintage 1960s/70s patterned tin coasters

Here are our five favourites – we’ve kept a set of the orange ones top right!

vintage 1960s/70s tin coaster with a red heart on a pink background vintage 1960s/70s tin coaster with orange and yellow stylised flower on a white background

vintage 1960s/70s tin coaster with concentric blue, green and yellow dot pattern

vintage 1960s/70s tin coaster with pink, purple and yellow flower on a dark green background vintage 1960s/70s tin coaster with op art pattern in shades of green

Others have been put on our website or will arrive there soon.

O is for… Owl

Friday, September 9th, 2011

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detail from a brown vintage pottery money box in the shape of an owl

These are the big eyes of our latest owl – in this case, a pottery money box.

pottery pan trivet / pot stand in the shape of an owl pottery pan trivet / pot stand in the shape of an owl

vintage tin money box with owl decoration vintage pottery mug with owl face in relief on the side

They never stay with us long as these feathered friends are consistently popular in our shop.

green glazed vintage owl figure produced by Lotus Pottery

Whether in the form of money boxes, mugs, pot stands, textile prints, pictures or book illustrations.

small vintage white lustre pottery figure in the shape of an owl small vintage Shelf Pottery owl figure

vintage white pottery mug with transfer printed owl figure brown vintage Hornsea Pottery mug with transfer printed owl decoration designed by John Clappison

We’ve blogged a fair few times about the great illustrator, Kenneth Townsend. He designed the cutest owl as part of his Menagerie series – apparently the owl was his favourite animal!

vintage Kenneth Townsend pottery owl tile

Another wonderful illustrator with a thing for owls was Celestino Piatti who once said, “You can draw an owl a thousand times, and never find out its secret”.

mosaic of vintage Celestino Piatti owl illustrations
image credit: Fishink

We’ve had a quick trawl on the web for some more owls – here are some favourites:

cover from vintage book, "A Book of Various Owls" by John Hollander, illustrated by Tomi Ungerer and published by W.W. Norton & Company in 1963
image credit: Vintage Kids’ Books my Kid Loves

bright orange ceramic owl available from Anthropologie
Wise Ol’ Canister, Orange: £118 – Anthropologie

Happy owl open edition print by Matte Stephens on Etsy
Happy owl open edition print by Matte Stephens: $35 – Etsy

"day time owl" 3D art tutorial from mmmcrafts"night time owl" 3D art tutorial from mmmcrafts
image credit: mmmcrafts

vintage german matchbox cover with owl illustration
image credit: Shailesh Chavda