One of last week’s main purchases combined two areas of interest – namely, vintage ephemera and cycling. This huge quantity of 1950s cycling memorabilia appeared at a local auction and we couldn’t resist.
We haven’t done much cycling ourselves in recent years as our big dog provides all the exercise we need, but we still follow it keenly – particularly the Tour De France at this time of year. We’re often distracted from our work when it appears on TV. We love to follow the riders on their journey, both in terms of taking in the stunning French scenery and the sporting competition itself. We went to watch Le Tour when it passed through Yorkshire (and previously Brighton when we lived there) – and we’re determined to follow the race in our camper van when we eventually get one (we’re still saving up! :-)).
Back to the ephemera though. It’s mainly in the form of French magazines and brochures – many relating to the Tour de France.
They’re packed full of interesting historical photographs, artwork, advertisements and features on riders from the era – famous names such as Louison Bobet, Fausto Coppi and Jacques Anquetil.
Quite a treat for cycling fans!
Some of the magazines even have their original route maps intact which is very rare to find…
…unused and neatly folded inside.
They’re perfect for framing and very sought after in themselves – a fabulous find!
We’ll be sorting through them in the coming weeks, having a good browse and then listing them for sale. We might allow ourselves to keep a few pieces, but the majority will be available to buy – watch this space if you’re interested.
We bought this vintage hospital trolley at auction last week.
We thought it had great re-purpose potential. In particular, its suitability to make a fabulous kitchen work station. For starters, it’s made from stainless steel which is hygienic and easy to keep clean. There’s an ideal height work surface for chopping, peeling etc; an under-shelf for storage where you could keep boards, baskets, boxes or jars – and the drawers are perfect for knives or other utensils.
Also, the trolley is on wheels – so easy to move around the kitchen for cleaning behind or positioning in the best light for working.
It’s manufactured by Reynolds & Branson of Leeds and is very robust. We’d say it dates from the 1950s/60s era. The overall condition is very good with clean, undamaged stainless steel. There’s age-related wear to the wheel area, but we actually like a bit of this type of aged patina in places… and we love the flash of yellow too. If you like it and are able to collect, it’s heading to our antiques centre space this week with a price tag of £135.
We bought a bagful of vintage drink mats yesterday.
They date from the 1960s era and we like the various designs.
There are card coasters advertising Cherry B, Babycham, Dewar’s whisky and Martell cognac.
There are enough to make sets of 6 for both Dewars patterns, sets of 6 for the simple cherry design, a set of 4 for the pretty Cherry B party girls – and a couple each of the Babycham and Martell.
Drop us a line if you’re interested – or check them out on our website in the next day or two.
We picked up a good quantity of vintage bakeware at the weekend – lots of small moulds and tins in particular. Perfect for small pies, bite-sized cakes, jellies, custard tarts, panna cotta and so on.
We’ve kept a few pieces with future Cakes & Bakes posts in mind, and have also added some to the What’s Cooking department in our webshop.
In addition, Adelle treated herself to a new cake tin to store the results of her efforts. This probably won’t end up in our shop, but we thought we’d share a couple of photographs.
Worcester Ware produced some wonderful metalware products in the 1950s & 60s – perhaps it introduces a new name to look out for to some of our readers.
This is one of our more unusual recent purchases – in fact, we think it’s a first for musical instruments.
It’s a vintage table-top electric organ – the Hohner Organetta to be precise. Dating from the 1950s, it’s in a lovely pistachio or sugared almond green colour and stands on small, splayed brass-coloured legs – both typical of the era. We thought it was very stylish and it still works! The volume wouldn’t quite fill a church, but it’s pretty loud – and quite distinctive. We can imagine its quirky sound being used by musicians today…
In fact, here’s Professor Peter giving one a workout!
There’s one small chip to the enamel surface as you can see above, but overall it’s in very good condition. We’ve put it in the antiques centre window so that anyone interested can give it a try. It could be posted though, so if it’s up your street let us know.
It was the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare this week. There’s been lots of Shakespeare related stuff in theatre-land, in the papers and on on TV. To commemorate the occasion, the BBC is running a Shakespeare Festival.
This is our humble offering – a pretty vintage tea towel that we picked up this week – good timing! Made of pure Irish linen, it was produced for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and designed by Julia Killingback – probably in the 1970s.
We’ve previously seen this tea towel in shades of yellow & orange, but never in this lovely blue & purple colourway. It’s unused and in excellent condition – very suitable to frame and display. Drop us a line if you can give it a good home – £8 plus P & P.