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Worcester Ware tins

Monday, January 20th, 2014

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set of 3 vintage Worcester Ware storage tins with floral pattern

We treated ourselves to some new kitchen tins this week. Actually bought for us – intentionally bought with a specific purpose in mind – not stock that we’ve commandeered or filtered off to live with for a while!!

single vintage storage tin with floral pattern

These gorgeous 1960s tins with stylised flowers are our new tea, coffee & sugar receptacles.

base of vintage storage tin showing embossed Worcester Ware mark

They were made by Worcester Ware – another example of the lovely vintage metal ware that this company produced.

set of 3 vintage Worcester Ware storage tins with floral pattern with packets of sugar and coffee

We can now decant all our ugly refill packets into these pretty tins.

set of 3 vintage Worcester Ware storage tins with floral pattern with orange Kenwood kettle

We think the colours work well with others in the kitchen – slate, beech wood, cream cupboards & sink – and of course, bright orange walls.

Lefor Openo

Friday, July 13th, 2012

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vintage biscuit tin with illustration by Lefor-Openo of a flower seller girl with her market stall

We picked up this rather lovely biscuit tin this week. It dates from the 1960s and is on just the right side of kitsch for us.

detail from a vintage biscuit tin with illustration by Lefor-Openo of a flower seller girl with her market stall

The tin was produced in England, but features a very cute, Continental flower girl – she must be in Britain though, she’s selling her wares at 2 shillings & sixpence a bunch!

We’ve long admired the work of Lefor Openo – the French design duo of Marie-Claire Lefort & Marie-Francine Oppeneau. They’re mainly known for their poster designs – lots of them featuring beautiful mademoiselles – and this girl is definitely one of theirs! One of their most famous illustrations must be the sultry Francia, a Gitanes “fumeureuse”

vintage Gitanes advertising poster designed by Lefor Openo
photo credit: Lamarde

There are always Lefor Openo posters, postcards and other illustrations available on eBay – and at very affordable prices too!

Cup of tea, Mr Darcy?

Friday, January 27th, 2012

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vintage biscuit tin produced by A Romary and Company Limited decorated with Regency period figures of dandies promenading and ladies in a horse drawn carriage and a cup & saucer produced by Royal Grafton

Any Jane Austen fans out there?

vintage biscuit tin produced by A Romary and Company Limited decorated with Regency period figures of dandies promenading and ladies in a horse drawn carriage

We’ve got the perfect vintage biscuit tin for you!!

detail from a vintage biscuit tin produced by A Romary and Company Limited decorated with Regency period figures of dandies promenading and ladies in a horse drawn carriage

Dating from the 1950s and made by A.Romary & Co Ltd from Tunbridge Wells, it’s decorated with Georgian dandies doffing their hats to the coquettish ladies riding atop their horse drawn carriage – all in their period finery.

detail from a vintage biscuit tin produced by A Romary and Company Limited decorated with Regency period figures of dandies promenading and ladies in a horse drawn carriage

So settle back with your chocolate digestives for the next episode of Pride & Prejudice – perhaps you could even tempt your own Mr Darcy round for tea & biscuits!