She has recently decided to call it a day in terms of trading and we said that we’d buy her remaining stock. Having agreed a price (a very fair price), seven boxes of vintage goodies duly arrived. Emma was very glad to get the space back in her house and we were very happy to get the booty – perfect outcome all round!
We definitely have similar tastes and it felt just like Christmas unwrapping all the wonderful things.
We might allow ourselves the odd treat, but we’ll be putting the majority of items into our web shop & antiques centre pitch over the coming weeks & months. Watch this space!
We’ll start with a few pieces for the kitchen. Quite a blue feel to the selection. These vintage mixing bowls often have cream interiors, but more rarely have these lovely coloured glazes in blue, orange or yellow. The utensil sitting inside the bowl is a drinks mixer or frother. The metal whisk end spins as you press the handle down – perfect for cocktails, hot chocolate etc.
The sugar or flour sifter is classic 1960s with its geometric pattern in sky blue & deep olive green. It’s from the ‘Tivoloi’ range produced by Portmeirion Pottery.
This bowl could also find a good home in the kitchen, but has a thousand uses around the house. We often feature these pieces of colourful enamel produced by Cathrineholm of Norway – teapots, pans, bowls, ice buckets and more!
Now for a bit of wood. The butter knife set is a great bit of Scandinavian design – sculptural and useful. It was produced by Karlsson & Nilsson of Sweden in the 1950s or 60s. We think the letter box is very sweet – it would give a lovely vintage touch to an office desk or hallway.
Probably our favourite object this week is this 1960s shopping list board. It’s a humble object and quite a rare survivor being so simply constructed. It certainly has lots of charm.
We love the graphics – wife doing a spot of homemaking, hubby out collecting the parcels!!
And finally, a bold flash of orange. The lampshade is a very good quality piece of cased glass – it was produced by Holmegaard of Denmark, in the 1960s or 70s. The fabric is from a similar era. We think it might have been produced by Crabtree Fabrics. It would make great cushion covers.
Or perhaps even more perfect… curtains for a vintage camper van. One glimpse of these and you’d be in a happy, holiday frame of mind!
There isn’t the usual number of items in this Forthcoming Attractions post. It’s just that they really summed up the last few days. We had a magazine photoshoot on Wednesday chez H is for Home. The groovy flower-power apron represents the hours of cleaning we had to do before they arrived – and the fabulous Cathrineholm kettle represents the endless cups of tea that kept us going! It’s not that we live in a dirty house or anything, but there’s a constant battle against coal dust & dog fur.
Both items will be hitting the shop soon – and a further post about the photoshoot will follow very shortly too!
Here are some forthcoming attractions for mid September… photos taken on a rare, sunny afternoon by recent standards.
We start with a trio of coffee pots. At the back is a tall coffee pot produced by Briglin Pottery in the 1960s – in our favourite wax resist sunflower design. To the foreground are two enamel pots – the orange one (dating from the 1960s/70s) has no maker’s marks, but is a fabulous colour & shape. The green & white pot is by Cathrineholm of Norway – from the much in demand ‘Lotus’ range designed by Grete Prytz Kittelsen in the 1950s.
Moving onto some Mid Century Modern stainless steel. First we have the little mustard pot still with its original spoon. This was designed by Robert Welch for Old Hall. The set of tea/dessert spoons was produced by Wostenholm of Sheffield – we love their big moon shaped bowls.
Bedroom items next – some unused 1970s patterned pillowcases in shades of orange and two green vintage enamel candle holders.
This set of snack dishes was made by Chance Glass – pieces with this psychedelic swirl design are steadily getting more sought after.
We think these two lidded pots might just be our favourites in the whole collection. They’re Italian, hand painted and date from the 1950s. A pair of domestic goddesses!!
And last but not least, we have this rather nice desk thermometer produced by Smiths in the 1950s or 60s. We fear its needle is about to plummet!
We’ve not come across any Cathrineholm for months – then all of a sudden we’ve found two pieces. In our last Forthcoming Attractions post we had a frying pan – this time it’s a lovely red orange coffee pot. It’s in excellent condition again which is always a huge bonus with enamelware of this age.
The kitchen utensils were made by Skyline – they’re chrome with painted wooden handles.
The vintage wicker basket is an unusual shape – they’re not usually this deep or this square. It’s great for shopping, gardening or storage though – and the red stitch detailing on the handle is a nice touch.
The sauce ladle is beautifully crafted in teak & stainless steel. It was made in Sweden – very elegant and classic mid-century modern.
Next we have a super, psychedelic biscuit barrel produced by Crown Devon – the humble, understated digestive won’t know what’s hit it! Justin reckons it’s the kind of landscape where Crystal Tipps & Alistair would have played (obscure 1970s kids TV reference there)… or where the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine would have sailed.
The bottle/decanter is taken from an original 1950s design by Erik Höglund and known as a Glasmadamer or People decanters, manufactured by Kosta Boda of Sweden. The original pieces were hand blown – this is a later, pressed glass version – probably dating from the 1970s – still quite a charming little item though!
And finally there’s the West German porcelain cups & saucers – we love the pattern & colour combination.
A freshly brewed coffee in one of these – not a bad way to start the day!