Forthcoming Attractions: Early March 2016

Collection of vintage collectables | H is for Home

Here’s a selection of this past week’s vintage buys – quite a blast of colour!

Two orange vintage West German fat lava vases | H is for Home

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.

Full set of vintage English Ironstone 'Beefeater' steak plates | H is for Home

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.

Vintage red & silver electric Metamec wall clock | H is for Home

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.

Three vintage metal waste paper bins | H is for Home

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.

Collection of vintage laundry and garden implements including wooden clothes pegs, washboard, watering can and hand fork | H is for Home

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!

Charity Vintage: Carltonware Beefeater Money Box

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vintage Carltonware beefeater moneybox for sale on eBay for Charity in support of Hospiscare
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We’re featuring another fine piece of vintage 60s/70s British pottery this week. This Carltonware beefeater money box is a very collectable piece – one in a series that includes a Royal Coldstream guard, Scotsguard and British bobby.

For sale on eBay for Charity, 100% of its final sale price will support Hospiscare*

*Hospiscare is a local charity based in Exeter, Mid and East Devon supporting those with a life-threatening diagnosis. Our aim is to help people find a peace of mind by taking away fear of the unknown, helping patients feel human and families feel normal. Our teams of specialist nurses visit and support patients in their own homes, in hospitals, day care centres and at our hospice in Exeter.

L is for… London

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top of vintage biscuit tin with illustration of Marble Arch, London

There’ll be many eyes focusing on London this week with the Royal Wedding happening on Friday…

front cover of vintage Miroslav Sasek book, This is London depicting a marching guard in a bearskin
page from vintage Miroslav Sasek book, This is London depicting the Houses of Parliament
page from vintage Miroslav Sasek book, This is London depicting a ship going under Tower Bridge
page from vintage Miroslav Sasek book, This is London depicting a W H Smith booksellers shop
page from vintage Miroslav Sasek book, This is London depicting a packed tube train carriage on the Underground
page from vintage Miroslav Sasek book, This is London depicting a barrow boy pulling a cart in the Covent Garden fruit and veg market
page from vintage Miroslav Sasek book, This is London depicting an elephant at London Zoo carrying children on its back

…so “L”  has to be for London!
detail of the top of vintage biscuit tin with London illustrations of such as a Pearly king and queen, beefeaters, street hawker etc
We’ve gathered images of H is for Home shop stock items – past & present, that celebrate the capital…
detail of the sides of vintage biscuit tin with cartoon-like illustrations of tourists at London sites such as Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square
…famous landmarks, archetypal characters and classic scenes.
vintage tea towel featuring a London scene with a crowd of double decker buses at night around Christmastime, probably Oxford Street
They’ve appeared on all kinds of products…
vintage Chance Glass pin dish featuring a London double-decker bus designed by Kenneth Townsend
…lots of tins, pottery and book illustrations…
vintage Kenneth Townsend tile featuring a London beefeater
…and tea towels, posters and postcards.
vintage Kenneth Townsend tile featuring a pair of Chelsea Pensioners

We’d be tempted to have quite a collection if we were London dwellers!

vintage Kenneth Townsend tile featuring a London gentleman with bowler hat, briefcase and umbrella

We can’t resist a few pieces, even though we live out int’ sticks up t’North.

vintage 1959 London Transport postcard. "Roundabout" designed by Victor Galbraith

We often see London-tastic  products in the glossy interior magazines and websites – and we usually forget to bookmark them!

vintage 1960s Trans World Service menu cover depicting two horse guards in helmet and bearskin

However, you’ll always find some good stuff at places like the London Transport Museum or V & A Museum web shops…
vintage Carltonware moneybox in the shape of a London bobby
…and take a look at the “We ♥ London” Etsy Treasury that we’ve put together.

 pen and ink sketch of a London bobby writing out a ticket
pen and ink sketch of an old gent sitting on a park bench reading the news having a sneaky glance at a bikini-clad young woman walking past
pen and ink sketch of a shady character in sunglasses sitting on a bar stool holding an espresso cup
pen and ink sketch of an ancient bus conductress wearing a scarf lighting a fag
pen and ink sketch of an old man carrying a box on his head at Covent Garden fruit market
pen and ink sketch of a greengrocer hawking his wares
pen and ink sketch of a row of old women under hairdryers at the hairdresser's
pen and ink sketch of a newspaper seller at his stand on a rainy day
pen and ink sketch of a young boy with arms outstretched with pigeons  all around and on him
pen and ink sketch of a black railwayman calling out on a train platform
pen and ink sketch of two men in front of a row of whiskey barrels enjoying a wee dram

P.S. – Another special London event started last week – commemorating the original 1951 Festival of Britain.
triptych of images of an original 1951 Festival of Britain exhibition brochure
We loaned a few items to Kiera Buckley-Jones from BBC Homes & Antiques Magazine. She has recreated rooms from the period. Read her blog series charting its development here. We’re hoping to take a little trip down south to see it before it finishes in September.

London Boys

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vintage "Chelsea Pensioners" ceramic tile designed by Kenneth Townsend

After Justin’s recent spate of bringing young ladies home, I thought it should be my turn! I’ve just picked up these two lovely old boys.

detail of vintage "Chelsea Pensioners" ceramic tile designed by Kenneth Townsend showing original packaging

They’re Chelsea Pensioners, and are the newest addition to my collection of Kenneth Townsend tiles.

vintage "City Gent" ceramic tile designed by Kenneth Townsend

All these examples are from a ‘London‘ series produced in the 1960s.

vintage "Beefeater" ceramic tile designed by Kenneth Townsend

It’s not been long since we mentioned Kenneth Townsend tiles – having recently blogged about his ‘Menagerie‘ series. But we don’t need much of an excuse to show off his work!

London Calling!

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detail of vintage Trans World Airlines menu depicting a Coldstream guard

We’ve had this London blog on the back burner for some time – London-related designs in books, ceramics and fabric.

vintage 1960s Beefeater tile designed by Kenneth Townsend

It was in featuring Kenneth Townsend tiles in our last post that brought it back to mind. We focused on his ‘Menagerie’ series of tiles in that blog, but did briefly mention his ‘London’ series.

vintage 1960s city gent tile designed by Kenneth Townsend detail of vintage 1960s city gent ceramic tile designed by Kenneth Townsend

This Beefeater and city gent are two more great examples from this latter series.

vintage Chance Glass dish depicting a double-decker bus designed by Kenneth Townsend

He also did London landmark designs for Chance Glass during the same era.

detail of vintage Carltonware moneybox in the shape of a British Bobby vintage Carltonware moneybox in the shape of a British Bobby

Carltonware Pottery produced a series of moneyboxes – also from the 1960s – their Coldstream Guard and this Bobby on the beat are also at home in a London blog.

detail of cover of vintage book entitled "A View of London" by Edward Pagram showing a Beefeater and a raven

We picked up this copy of A View of London by Edward Pagram in our local book shop. The cover was calling out to us from the window display – when we saw all the sketches inside, it sealed the deal! This is just a small selection:

mosaic of sketches taken from vintage book entitled "A View of London" by Edward Pagram

Another must-have book for the vintage London-ophile is This is London by Miroslav Sasek. His illustrations are truly stunning!

cover of vintage "This is London" boook by Miroslav Sasek

illustration of the Parliament buildings from vintage "This is London" book by Miroslav Sasek

illustration of Smiths the newsagents from vintage "This is London" book by Miroslav Sasek

illustration of an elephant taken from vintage "This is London" book by Miroslav Sasek

illustration of London Underground tube platform from vintage "This is London" book by Miroslav Sasek

illustration of the interior of a packed London Underground tube train taken from vintage "This is London" book by Miroslav Sasek

illustration depicting a ship on the Thames passing under Tower Bridge taken from vintage "This is London" book by Miroslav Sasek

illustration of vegetable traders in Covent Garden market taken from vintage "This is London" book by Miroslav Sasek

This lovely little booklet produced by TWA in the 50s is full of great advice for the US visitor.

vintage TWA "Travel tips for Britain" booklet with illustration of Coldstream Guard

We found this sweet felt picture on Todmorden flea market recently.

vintage felt artwork of London scenes

detail of felt artwork depicting a London policeman at a zebra crossing between a pair of Belisha beacons

We’re particularly fond of this row of Beefeaters in front of Tower Bridge.

vintage felt artwork depicting 3 Beefeaters at the Tower Of London

And what do you think about this fantastic vintage tea towel of Oxford Street and its famous Christmas lights…

vintage teatowel of Oxford Street lights in London at night

detail of vintage tea towel showing Oxford Street lights at night in London

…eager shoppers and famous Routemaster buses.

London design tea tray designed by Maria Holmer Dahlgren

There’s some pretty tacky stuff on your average souvenir stall – but there are some fabulous designs being produced as well. This colourful London tea tray designed by Maria Holmer Dahlgren is one such piece which is on our wish list. The tray’s available from the Visit London online shop.

ceramic mug illustrated with the Trooping of the Colour designed by Aldo Cosomati

Or how about this mug from the LT Museum online shop? It’s taken from an original  poster designed by Aldo Cosomati in the 1920s.

There’s some really good stuff in both shops – well worth a look!

Z is for… Zoo

Vintage comic illustration of a zoo keeper and animals | H is for Home

We’ve reached the end of the alphabet… and ‘Z’ is for zoo. Our virtual zoo is full of animals beautifully interpreted in pottery, glass, textiles, book illustrations and more. All our animals are well looked after… and there’s no entrance fee!!

1960s lion tile designed by Kenneth Townsend | H is for Home
1960s lion tile designed by Kenneth Townsend
Detail from a vintage fabric peg bag | H is for Home
Detail from a vintage fabric peg bag
Vintage Scandinavian glass ram | H is for Home
Vintage Scandinavian glass ram
Vintage childrens book cover: 'A Peaceable Kingdom, the Shaker Abecedarius' illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen | H is for Home
Vintage children’s book cover
Vintage childrens book cover: 'A Peaceable Kingdom, the Shaker Abecedarius' illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen | H is for Home
Shaker Abecedarius illustration
Vintage childrens book cover: 'A Peaceable Kingdom, the Shaker Abecedarius' illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen | H is for Home
Shaker Abecedarius illustration
Vintage childrens book cover: 'A Peaceable Kingdom, the Shaker Abecedarius' illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen | H is for Home
List of animals in the Shaker Abecedarius
Vintage Beefeater steak plates by Washington Pottery | H is for Home
Vintage 1960s ‘Beefeater’ steak plates by Washington Pottery
Vintage Staffordshire pottery mug with orange cat illustration | H is for Home
Vintage 1970s Staffordshire pottery mug
Vintage Hornsea 'Aries' mug designed by John Clappison | H is for Home
Vintage 1960s/70s Hornsea pottery mug
Life of St Martin: 'St Martin with dogs' illustrated by Emile Probst, 1966 | H is for Home
‘Life of St Martin’ illustrated by Emile Probst, 1966
Vintage Acupulco chopping board by Villeroy & Boch | H is for Home
Vintage 1960s ‘Acapulco’ chopping board by Villeroy & Boch
Detail from a vintage Acupulco chopping board by Villeroy & Boch | H is for Home
‘Acapulco’ chopping board detail
Vintage Scandinavian pottery plaque with illustration of a snail | H is for Home
Vintage 1970s Danish pottery plaque
Illustration of an elephant carrying children from 'This is Edinburgh' by Miroslav Sasek, 1961 | H is for Home
Illustration from ‘This is London’ by Miroslav Sasek, 1959
Illustration of penguins from 'This is Edinburgh' by Miroslav Sasek, 1961 | H is for Home
Illustration from ‘This is Edinburgh’ by Miroslav Sasek, 1961
Vintage Cadburys biscuit tin with colourful illustration of birds | H is for Home
Detail from a vintage 1950s Cadbury biscuit tin
Vintage 1950s pottery giraffe produced by Lomonosov of the USSR | H is for Home
Vintage 1950s pottery giraffe produced by Lomonosov of the USSR
Illustration by Dean Mitchell from 'Folk Tales of the World, Australia', 1965 | H is for Home
Illustration by Dean Mitchell from ‘Folk Tales of the World, Australia’, 1965
Little orange felt elephant made in Nepal | H is for Home
Little felt elephant made in Nepal
Vintage pottery owl plaque | H is for Home
Vintage 1960s/70s pottery owl plaque
Vintage Scandinavian teak mouse | H is for Home
Vintage 1960s Danish teak mouse
Tiger print by Wallase Ting | H is for Home
Tiger print by Walasse Ting