C is for… Clown

We added this clown moneybox to the Child’s Play section of our website recently.

vintage 1960s Carlton Ware Pottery clown moneybox vintage 1960s Carlton Ware Pottery clown moneybox

We know that not everyone likes clowns – it’s actually a recognised fear, Coulrophobia – but this is a cute little fella!

vintage 1960s Carlton Ware train money box

The clown is one of a number of eye-catching moneyboxes produced by Carltonware in the 1960s. There’s also a princess, pirate, cat, owl, policeman, soldier, train and Noah’s Ark to name but a few.

vintage 1960s Carlton Ware guardsman moneybox

If you’d like to see some more examples, have a look at the Lovers of Carlton Ware Flickr group.

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Perfect Pitch!

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Picture House Antiques, Todmorden

We recently decided to upgrade our space in Picture House Antiques from a cabinet to a room-sized pitch. It will enable us to sell a much wider variety of items. It’s our usual mix of mid-century modern, handmade objects and rustic antiques.

There’s enamelware, ceramics, glass and fabrics… we’ve had some fantastic vintage posters framed for the walls… there are clocks, lighting and larger pieces of furniture.

It’s been quite a busy week – there are slideshows below charting the move.


BEFORE
(Items cluttering up our lounge, waiting to go)


DURING
(boxes to unpack, shelves to put up & pictures to hang)


AFTER
(More tweaking will surely be done, but we’re happy with the result so far)

Come pay us a visit if you’re ever in the area!

A is for… Arne

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Arne Jacobsen Cylinda Line stainless steel tea set designed for Stelton

It’s the start of a new year… so we’re starting a new alphabet blog series.

Arne Jacobsen vintage 1960s Cylinda-line tea set for Danish manufacturer, Stelton

We picked up this fabulous stainless steel tea set over the holiday period – so ‘A’ just had to be for ‘Arne’… Arne Jacobsen that is.

He’s one of the great designers of the 20th century – and is the man responsible for designing this set.

Arne Jacobsen vintage 1960s stainless steel Cylinda-line tea set designed for Danish manufacturer Stelton

It was manufactured by Stelton of Denmark in the 1960s.  The various pieces are unused in their boxes… and retain their original labels to the underside.

label on the base of vintage 1960s Cylinda-line stainless steel sugar bowl desingned by Arne Jacobsen for Danish manufacturer, Stelton

The Cylinda-line brochures (of which the set is part) were inside the pots.

original brochure for Cylinda-line range designed in the 1960s by Arne Jacobsen for Danish manufacturer Stelton
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The range comprises a variety of tablewares including tea & coffee sets, salt & pepper pots, toast racks, sauce boats, serving dishes, coasters, cocktail mixers, ice buckets etc.

In fact, we sold the Cylinda-line ice bucket on the website last year.

vintage Cylinda-line ice bucket designed by Arne Jacobsen for Danish manufacturers, Stelton vintage 1960s Cylinda-line ice bucket designed by Arne Jacobsen for Danish manufacturer, Stelton

The collection is beautifully made, very functional and looks fantastic too!

vintage 1960s Cylinda-line tea set with original box designed by Arne Jacobsen for Danish manufacturer, Stelton

It was awarded the id Prize in 1967 by the Danish Society of Industrial Design and the International Design Award 1968 by the American Institute of Interior Designers.

A really great find to start the new year!

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Winter wonderland

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footprints across a snowy field

Hope you all had a great Christmas.

close up of snow-covered red berries close up of snow-covered black berries

We’ve had picturesque, snowy landscapes in these parts…

cottage on Todmorden Edge in the snow

farm on Todmorden Edge in the snow

looking down on the railway line with grass in the foreground

…this meant lovely walks throughout the holidays…

flock of sheep in a snowy landscape

flock of sheep in a snowy landscape

..with crackling fires, hot tea & mulled wine on our returns home.

Statue of a bird and fir trees in a snowy landscape

It made this year’s Christmas very special.

snow-covered branches

snow-covered trees in Centre Vale Park, Todmorden

We remembered to take our camera out with us quite a lot and captured some of the stunning scenery…

Todmorden Town centre in the snow

snow-covered gravestones in Todmorden Unitarian churchyard

…and we even have a bit of action footage to share with you!!

Thanks for all your support & encouragement throughout 2009.

snow covered seed head and trees in the background

Wishing you all the very best for the year (and decade) ahead.

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Say Cheese!

We were having our end of day glass of wine with some amazing cheese, wondering what to write for this week’s blog post… why not talk about cheese?  We do love a bit of cheese in this house!

Of course you need something to store it in…



…to cut it on…



…and to serve it upon



Todmorden now has its own cheese-maker called Pextenement Cheese Co. They produce a lovely cheese called East Lee Soft – it’s absolutely perfect with crackers or oatcakes. We’re looking forward to trying the cheddar and Camembert-style cheeses they’re currently developing.

We’re quite well served with cheese retailers in our area. Special mention must go to The Cheese Place in Haworth. It’s about half an hour’s drive away, but well worth the trip. Friendly, knowledgeable owners – and great cheese.

So if we’re ever undecided as to which direction to head out… we think of those wise words from Wallace –  “Gromit, that’s it… cheese… we’ll go somewhere where there’s cheese!”

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