Introducing the Organetta!

Vintage Organetta Hohner | H is for Home

This is one of our more unusual recent purchases – in fact, we think it’s a first for musical instruments.

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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!

Vintage Organetta Hohner | H is for Home

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.

William Shakespeare anniversary

Detail of a vintage William Shakespeare tea towel | H is for Home

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.

Vintage William Shakespeare tea towel | H is for Home

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.

Mannequin mystery

Detail of the top of a vintage metal mannequin | H is for Home

We had a mystery mannequin on our hands this week. It caught our eye at the local flea market and we liked the form. It looked familiar, but we weren’t sure who the designer actually was. We thought it dated from the 1980s era – and had an Ikea look about it. You’d expect the internet to be full of pictures of relatively recent Ikea products, but there were hardly any to be found.

Vintage metal mannequin | H is for Home

We delved a little further and think it was designed by Laurids Lønborg of Denmark – you can certainly find miniature versions of it with the original Laurids Lonborg label. And the Ikea hunch seems correct as we think this large, 6ft tall version was indeed sold through some Ikea stores in the 1980s/90s. There were produced in both male and female forms – strong, yet simple lines and and very Memphis Group in style.

Detail of the base of a vintage metal mannequin | H is for Home

It’s quite an attention grabber. They’re not at all common and getting quite sought after it seems. If you want first dibs before it gets listed on eBay or taken to our antiques centre space, then just drop us a line.

Blow up the world!

Vintage inflatable globe | H is for Home

This fabulous vintage inflatable globe has to be our favourite buy of the week.

Vintage inflatable globe with bent wood chair | H is for Home

It’s got such a wonderful mid century modern look. The colours are quite muted – it almost looks like opaque glass. And we also love the shape of the stand with its sweeping arcs. As you can see from the picture of it with a large chair, it’s an impressive size – about 50cm in diameter – and it’s got real impact when you walk into a room. It would look amazing in a pared back, minimalist space – perhaps alongside an Eames lounger or sitting on a Danish teak sideboard or desk.

Vintage Hammond's International World Globe booklet | H is for Home

Globes are full of clues to establish their age – country names, borders etc. This one dates from c. 1955. It still has its original accompanying instruction leaflet. It was manufactured by Hammonds of New York and retailed in the UK at a cost of 4 pounds 10 shillings – quite a sum back in the mid 1950s.

Detail of inflatable vintage Hammond's International World Globe showing the Arctic Circle

It’s very robust, but even has it’s own puncture repair kit just in case of damage. It’s survived 60 years without harm so we’re not expecting it to explode any time soon!

Vintage flour bags

vintage flour bags for John Hare's self-raising flour | H is for Home

We’ve plumped for these vintage flour bags as our favourite buy of the week.

Vintage John Hare's flour bag with a vintage milk & cream bottles and antique wooden spoons | H is for Home

They’re made of cotton and are quite humble objects, but we like lots of things about them. The gorgeous red lettering & typography, the amazing condition – they’ve survived unused for a hundred years or so – and their re-purposing potential.

Detail from a vintage John Hare's flour bag showing the red printed branding | H is for Home

They’re obviously perfect for storing flour – storing any similar product come to think of it. They could also hang off hooks to hold wooden spoons & utensils – and make great covers for plastic plant pots. Anything else spring to mind out there?

Geranium inside a vintage flour bag with vintage milk and cream bottles | H is for Home

 They add a lovely touch of old world charm to any space. We’ve got hold of a reasonable quantity and will put them in our web shop later on today.

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Vintage brass horse figure with pine cones and Christmas bauble | H is for Home

We’ve nominated this charming brass horse as our favourite item of the week. We bought it from the lovely folk at Winter’s Moon. We just couldn’t resist when it popped up on our screen in one of their ‘new stock’ e-mailouts. 

Vintage brass horse figure with pine cones and Christmas baubles

We love the highly stylised Etruscan type form and the impressed, textural markings. We thought it was very Christmassy too, which is very apt for the time of year. It’s mid 20th century – probably dating from the 1960s. It’s very reminiscent of the work of designer, Frederick Weinberg from around this time – although there’s no maker’s mark on this piece.

Vintage brass horse figure with antique mirror, candlestick and collection of brass candle snuffers | H is for Home

Our new equine friend quickly made itself at home in our bedroom. We placed it on a richly patinated 18th century table with candle snuffers and mirror of similar age. We like to mix antique and mid century modern. Despite being 200 years apart in age, we think that the pieces really compliment each other.