We’ve acquired some fabulous vintage items this week.
We’ll start with two pieces for the kitchen diner – both items having a distinct Op Art feel. The coffee pot has a bold pattern of squares & circles in chocolate brown, black & white. It was produced by Johnson Bros in the late 60s or early 70s. The lidded casserole dish was made around the same time and has an equally striking design – this time, a repeating pattern of tulip heads in vibrant green & blue. It was made by Thomas of Germany. As we mentioned in the last Forthcoming Attractions post, we’re big fans of much of this company’s output.
This toy typewriter is a lovely example. It’s the Mettoy Elegant model in shades of pink – complete with original box. We’ve had a few of these Mettoy typewriters, but never in this colourway before.
Next is an old favourite – the West German fat lava. This example was produced by Dumler Breiden and has a striking, sculptural form with flashes of orange to the rim and twin handle like openings. The piggy bank was made by Cascade in the 1960s/70s. We like the design and pewter colour of the glass. You might want to use this money box for display only because there’s no stoppered hole to retrieve the coins – once they’re in, they’re in!
And last but not least, two nice bits of lighting. The miniature desk lamp is really cute. It dates from the 1950s/60s era and has a brass coloured flexi neck – perfect for those dramatic grey interiors perhaps. The wall lamp originates from the same period and is a real beauty. The mount is teak with brass & copper detailing – the glass shade has a wonderful swirling pattern. This piece looks good against grey too – and we can also see it hanging on a bright white wall in a pared back Mid Century Modern space.
If anything has taken your fancy, most of these items have just been put into our web shop.
Here’s a selection of this past week’s vintage buys – quite a blast of colour!
We’ll start off with the West German vases – in gorgeous, vibrant shades of orange. One has the classic bubbling, fat lava glaze and the other a more uniform pattern of impressed marks. We like both styles – and they look great together.
Next up, we have a set of psychedelic bull plates – not exactly subtle shades either! We do love this fun and eccentric range of dinner ware.
This bright red clock is wonderful too – both functional and beautiful. Produced by Metamec in the 1950s/60s it would provide a real flash of vintage style & colour to a kitchen or office wall.
We’ve also picked up this trio of waste paper bins. The one with flowers is marked Worcester Ware – a company who produced some fabulous, everyday metalware. They’re perfect for kids bedrooms or nurseries.
Less bright, but no less attractive, is this collection of garden and laundry items. Last week’s Get their look post featured a lovely traditional laundry area. It had a couple of the vintage washboards on the wall which looked great. We’re big fans of painted and galvanised metal, in general – our own garden is full of old dolly tubs, wash baths, florists pots, dustbins and watering cans. They look attractive, weather nicely – and don’t shatter in the frost!
Here are some of our recent purchases and forthcoming attractions.
We’ll start with our little equine friend. Mid century brass horses – they’re like buses – we don’t pick one up for years then four come at once! We’ve just sold a lovely pair of similar horses in the web shop this week. This one’s equally stylish. Frederick Weinberg is a name often mentioned in connection with this kind of piece. As with the previous pair, this horse dates from the 1960s era and has a classic Etruscan like form. You’ll also notice some of those lovely vintage wooden printer’s blocks lurking there. We’ve just got hold of another small quantity of letters & numbers. They’ll be heading to our antiques centre space as it’s not really practical to list them all individually on the website… but if you’re after a particular letter or number, drop us a line and we’ll let you know what we have.
Next we have a couple of lovely Scandinavian glass vases. The green hooped example is known as a ‘tulppaani’ or tulip vase and was designed by Tamara Aladin for Riihimaki of Finland – and the amber ‘face’ vase was designed by Wiktor Berndt for Flygsfors of Sweden. Both date from the 1960s and the latter is signed to the base.
We’ll head back a couple of hundred years with the next piece. It’s a small transfer printed cup featuring the tale of Cock Robin. It’s got chips, cracks and the handle’s missing – but it’s such a charming little object. Perfect with a few fresh flowers on a small table, tray or windowsill.
This vintage tin is really lovely and the condition is remarkable considering it dates from the late 1950s/early 60s. It has a ski and winter sports theme with fabulous illustrations to the lid and sides. It still retains the original label to the underside for a ‘mallow selection’ produced by Elkes Biscuits. It’s the ideal container for cakes or home-made cookies. And if any of our readers out there do happen to own a mid century modern ski chalet… well it’s just perfection!!
And finally, we have to give a mention to this gorgeous teapot by Rorstrand. It’s not actually a recent purchase, but it feels like a new item to us. We misplaced the lid about 5 years ago. We’d given it up for sure – and it really irked us every time we came across the lidless pot in a storage box. Someone recently ordered a coffee set and as we unwrapped the various cups and plates from their newspaper wrapping, there it was! The little lid with its distinctive pattern peeking out of a piece of paper at the bottom of the box. How it got in there we don’t know – but what a great feeling! Anyway, we thought we’d give it a mention in our recent finds post! We’re always happy to share pictures of this wonderfully designed teapot anyway.
Here’s a selection of various vintage homewares heading to an H is for Home store near you soon!
We’ll start with the gorgeous Worcester Ware fish place mats dating from the 1960s. This pattern is getting harder & harder to find – and from our point of view, harder & harder to let go. The design and colours are just gorgeous.
And talking of gorgeous design & colour, we’ve also got some vintage cruise menus that we’re going to put in the web shop. We dedicated a whole post to these last week so click on the link for more details.
This globe dates from the 1960s era and has a vintage industrial quality with the bronze coloured metal base. It also has a textured surface showing mountain relief. It was produced in the USA by Replogle Globes Inc. A lovely example!
Onto a couple of much older items now – 18th or 19th century old in the case of this antique copper jug. We love it – the colour, the patina, the gorgeous big handle!
And finally this very sweet little mirror which advertises Jeyes Fluid. It’s the perfect vintage touch for a laundry area or bathroom.
Here’s a selection of this week’s vintage finds.
We’ll start with the big lump that’s trying to hide in the background! These vintage shop scales by Asco are absolutely huge. They’ve got lots of character and would look great on a kitchen worktop or table.
Next up, some mid century modern style with the brass horses and flexi-neck lamp with similar colour metallic finish. We mentioned the good selection of lamps we keep at our antiques centre space in last week’s Forthcoming Attractions post – two sold this week, so this one will fill a gap!
This pair of Etruscan-like horses date from the 1960s era and are in the style of Frederick Weinberg. They have a very stylised, striking form with impressed decoration and original green verdigris effect finish.
We love this 1950s pottery tea canister. In fact, we keep our cooking salt in a similar pot by the stove. This one’s actually better than ours as it’s got its original wooden lid. Still, Justin uses so much salt when cooking that a lid would seriously slow him down! 🙂
This breakfast set is a wonderful example of its type. Made from teak & stainless steel, it combines toast rack with lidded preserve pot. It’s Danish and dates from the 1960s. Condition is excellent and it retains its very nice original spoon. The perfect accessory for a lazy breakfast in bed!
Last, but certainly not least, is this gorgeous travel rug or picnic blanket. We find these vintage rugs much harder to source than we used to once upon a time. The rich colours in this tartan pattern are gorgeous.
All items are heading to the web shop or antiques centre space in the coming days. Please get in touch if you see anything of interest.
Here’s a selection of some recent vintage finds for you to peruse.
We’ll start with the vintage leather luggage items. They always prove popular in our antiques centre space and look great arranged in stacks and groupings. The different shapes and colours work really well together.
Moving on to a bit of vintage industrial styling. We love these hanging task lights with their cage bulb covers. They look fantastic hanging from the ceiling in a dark corner or above a dining/work table. The addition of a old fashioned filament bulb and flex finishes them off perfectly.
These vintage French corkscrews have an industrial feel too with their mechanical concertina-like action. They look good and are useful (very useful) too!
This next item caught our eye immediately as we really like old letters, signs & stencils. This ‘EXIT’ sign is made from what looks like zinc metal with a painted surface. We like the yellow colour and aged patina.
And a bit of classic vintage-retro now. We always have a good selection of vintage desk lamps available in the antiques centre. Having a choice of colours is ideal, so this lovely bright red example can join their number.
And last but not least, this gorgeous 1950s biscuit tin. It has colourful and playful decoration with a Spanish theme. Perfect for those home-made biscuits or cupcakes. All these items are being listed in our online shop or eBay this week so get in touch if you see anything you’d like.