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This vintage Carr biscuit tin is being sold on eBay for Charity by & in support of Isabel Hospice*. It looks as if it’s been through the wars. Lots of scratches and other wear and what looks to be a large, sticky black area on the top where there was once a label.
But it’s so pretty; such a lovely illustration… and it’s only £5! The good news is that rubbing it gently all over with a bit of Brasso wadding should get rid of much of the ancient dirt and sticky black stuff (this is one of our little restoration secrets!).
*Isabel Hospice is a charity needing to raise nearly £4 million per annum to provide their free services to the people of eastern Hertfordshire. Their ethos is that they treat the whole person, not simply the illness. They offer a complete hospice service through their team of Community Nurse Specialists, a 16-bed, in-patient hospice, a day hospice, outreach day hospices, hospice at home and a family support and bereavement service.
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This vintage Huntley & Palmer farmyard biscuit tin is currently for sale on eBay for Charity in support of The Iain Rennie Hospice at Home*.
It’s a very rare item and it shows in the current bid. There are still about 4 days remaining on the listing but it’s already got bids up to £80!
*The Iain Rennie Hospice at Home is a registered charity in the Chiltern area, which offers specialist home nursing care, support and advice for patients with life threatening illnesses. The professional care offered by our teams of nurses enables patients to stay at home through their illness.
You only need a short break to make this traditional Scottish shortbread as it takes about 15 minutes preparation and a mere twenty minutes or so in the oven. Delicious, home-made buttery biscuits in less than an hour. It also gives us the opportunity to use some of our favourite household objects.
The first is this lovely vintage wooden shortbread mould. It makes the perfect-sized round to last a couple of days with just a nice, simple touch of decoration around the edge.
The second object is this gorgeous vintage 1960s Jacob’s biscuit tin. We really love the stylised thistle decoration made up of various Scottish tartans – and the biscuit round fits perfectly inside.
And last but not least, a favourite spotty mug – filled with strong afternoon tea of course – the perfect accompaniment!
Here’s the Scottish shortbread recipe we published last year if you fancy giving it a try.
We’ve picked up a varied selection of interesting, vintage bits & bobs at this week’s Thursday flea market. They’ll be going into our shop very soon.
You probably couldn’t help but notice the HUGE shoe in the background of the group shot – it’s a vintage American advertising sign for Alox shoelaces.
Orange kitchen appliances and vintage utensils are always sure-fire winners so we always pick them up when we come across them.
These vintage 1950s children’s reading & counting books are in such excellent condition. Apparently the original owner was an ex-nursery school teacher who made sure her charges took great care with them!
We’ve always been adamant that H is for ‘Home’ – but apparently not. H is for ‘Hot Cross Buns’ and don’t they look delicious ones?
Vintage desk lamps are also a hit with our customers. We’ve had this particular design of lamp many times over the years – great shape & very functional. Perfect for the home office or bedside table.
Our favourite item this week is probably this vintage chocolate biscuit tin. The Christmas-y illustration is delightful and it’s in tremendous condition.
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.
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”.
photo credit: Lamarde
There are always Lefor Openo posters, postcards and other illustrations available to purchase on eBay – and at very affordable prices too!
M & S continues to produce some fantastic packaging. We bought a few items last week – and thought we’d share photos with you in case you haven’t seen any of it.
We’ll start with this pizza box for the pastrami pizza – with its New York cop and stetson-wearing tourist.
The characters are very reminiscent of Miroslav Sasek book illustrations from the 1950s & 60s.
The other products we picked up have much more of a British feel – perfect for this Diamond Jubilee & London Olympic year.
These chocolate teacakes are covered with Union Jack bunting & flags. What does that pigeon know that we don’t?
Next up we have the old red telephone box.
It’s harking back to the days when telephone box queues were a common sight – pre mobile phone days – the variety of characters each waiting their turn.
We just love the punk rocker blowing his bubblegum.
It’s a close run thing, but our favourite item of the batch is probably the biscuit tin below. Again, the artwork is very Sasek inspired – with a bit of Bill Charmatz thrown in.
The design a real classic with scenes of the British Isles to the sides and traditional London sights to the lid.
Also, the tin will last years and can be used over & over again.
It’s fantastic when you buy a useful & beautiful storage tin – crammed full of lovely biscuits that you just have to eat first!!