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Collection of boxed vintage Mills Moore cutlery

Anyone out there after some cutting-edge cutlery?

Collection of boxed vintage Mills Moore cutlery

We’ve just picked up five boxes of classic mid century modern flatware.

Collection of boxed vintage Mills Moore cutlery

There are six each of main course knives & forks, starter knives & forks – and spoons. That should cover lots of menu options!

Collection of boxed vintage Mills Moore cutlery

They’re stainless steel with teak handles.

Collection of boxed vintage Mills Moore cutlery

 We love the handle shape and grain of the wood.

Vintage Mills Moore cutlery mark
It was produced in the 1960s by Mills Moore of Sheffield – the steel city and home to some great cutlery makers. Other names that spring to mind include Viners, Mappin & Webb, Joseph Rodgers, Sanderson and Wolstenholm.

Design Centre logo on boxed vintage Mills Moore cutlery

It’s a wonderful design in terms of both material & form – and was selected by The Design Centre – always a good sign when collecting pieces from the era. The boxes are tatty, but the contents are in good condition. We’ll try and get them into our web shop this week – alternatively, drop us a line if you’re keen to fill that cutlery drawer!

Charity Vintage: Viners cutlery storage table

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Vintage Viners cutlery storage table for sale by & in support of British Heart Foundation(ends 20 Jul, 2014 21:08:18 BST)

We’ve not come across one of these before. A cutlery canteen, cum coffee table, cum cutlery storage. It looks to have been made or commissioned by Viners of Sheffield in the 1950s.

The table is for sale by & in support of British Heart Foundation* in Motherwell. It has lovely mid century modern styling… and you get what looks like a load of highly collectable vintage Viners Chelsea cutlery thrown in as a bonus! We did a little research and found that the last one similar to this sold for £95 – this one’s starting bid is £49.99.

*British Heart Foundation is the nation’s heart charity. They help save lives with information, patient care and pioneering research. With your support, they’re beating heart disease for good.


Egg-squisite!

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vintage slipware egg cup & saucer produced by TerryBaun with vintage Viners 'Studio' teaspoon designed by Gerald Benney

We picked up this gorgeous little egg cup & saucer this week. It only cost a pound, but it’s one of those little items that we’re going to treasure. We’ve mentioned previously how much we love this type country slipware pottery.

vintage slipware egg cup produced by TerryBaun

We did a bit of research into the maker and it turns out that it’s by Terrybaun Pottery – one of the oldest, if not the oldest, craft potteries in Ireland. It was established by Madeleine & Grattan Freyer in the late 1940s. Our egg cup looks like it might be one of their quite early slipware pieces.

base of vintage slipware egg cup produced by TerryBaun showing impressed back stamp

Below are just a few examples of the slipware & scaffito pieces they produced in the 1950s/60s – the pictures are taken from the Irish Arts Review’s online archive – stunning!!

trio of vintage slipware bowls from the Terrybaun Pottery

long oval Terrybaun Pottery dish with scraffito decoration by Oisin Kelly depicting the Last Supper

The couple’s nephew, master potter Henri Hedou, alongside his wife Fiona, carries on the tradition – taking over the running of the Co. Mayo pottery in 1983.

V is for… Viners

Group of vintage Viners stainless steel items | H is for Home

Viners is renowned for its high quality stainless steel products.

vintage Viners sauce boat | H is for Home

The company was founded in 1901 by Adolf Viener.

Vintage Viners ladle | H is for Home

Sheffield is the home of British steel manufacturing and Viners grew into the biggest cutlery factory in the city.

group of vintage Viners Mosaic cutlery pieces | H is for Home

Ruben Viner, one of the founder’s sons, became the firm’s driving force, and it really prospered in the 1960s.

This period saw our favourite range of products with wonderful shapes & textures – by designers such as Gerald Benney and Stuart Devlin. Even the packaging looked great!!

vintage Stuart Devlin dish designed for Viners | H is for Home

Their cutlery ranges from this era such as Mosaic, Shape and Sable are now much sought after.

set of vintage Viners Mosaic cutlery | H is for HomeMosaic

set of vintage Viners 'Shape' cutlery | H is forHomeShape

set of vintage Viners 'Sable' cutlery | H is for Home
Sable

The stainless steel was sometimes combined with woods such as rosewood and teak…

vintage Viners teak & stainless steel ice bucket | H is for Home vintage Viners teak & stainless steel ice bucket | H is for Home

…as in this fabulous ice bucket…

set of vintage Viners Polynesian teaspoons | H is for Home

…or these Polynesian teaspoons.

The company invested in a modern factory in Sheffield with subsidiaries in Ireland, France and Australia. Unfortunately, this major investment was to be the firm’s undoing. Crippling loan repayments at a time of stiff competition from cheaper, Far Eastern imports saw the family-run business close in 1982.

vintage Viners ice bucket | H is for Home vintage Viners ice bucket | H is for Home

The brand is now owned by US-based Oneida, the world’s largest cutlery company.

vintage Viners Splayds spoons

There are some great vintage pieces out there – have a look at H is for Home’s current vintage Viners items for sale.

L is for… Lundtofte

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Vintage stainless steel Lundtofte coffee set | H is for Home

We picked up this fabulous vintage stainless steel coffee set last weekend.

vintage stainless steel Lundtofte coffee pot | H is for Home vintage stainless steel Lundtofte coffee set | H is for Home

That made our minds up about what the letter ‘L’ should be for!

vintage stainless steel Lundofte ice bucket | H is for Home vintage stainless steel ice bucket | H is for Home

Danish company Lundtofte produced high quality, stainless steel pieces – predominantly kitchen & dining wares, but also some decorative household objects.

close up of manufacturer's label | H is for Home

They used top quality materials and state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques – stainless steel often combined with teak or rosewood handles and finials.

vintage stainless steel sauce boat | H is for Home

There are some fantastic mid century modern designs to be found by designers such as Tias Eckhoff, Eric Herlow and Lone Sachs.

vintage Lundtofte 'Opus' cutlery set | H is for Home vintage Lundtofte 'Opus' cutlery set | H is for Home

vintage Lundtofte chaffing dish | H is for Home

vintage boxed salt & pepper set | H is for Home vintage salt & pepper pots | H is for Home

We have a few examples of vintage Lundtofte for sale at the moment in the H is for Home web shop – have a look!

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J is for… Jens

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Composite image of Flickr images of Jens Quistaard designs | H is for Home

1. collection of pepper grinders, 2. vintage Scandinavian enamelware, 3. Dansk pot, 4. paella pan, 5. Dansk grinders & shakers, 6. mostly vintage Finel , 7. my collection of vintage enamel pots from Scandinavia, 8. Dansk – Kobenstyle – Quistgaard, 9. Quistgaard pepper mill, 10. Kobenstyle Pot, 11. untitled, 12. Vintage pots, 13. Jens Quistgaard bead candleholders, 14. salt & pepper grinders 15. grandmother’s dansk, 16. vintage Dansk Ltd IHQ QUISTGAARD Danish Modern mid century modernism candle tiny taper holder, 17. Danish pitcher, 18. pepper grinder, 19. red Dansk Kobenstyle stock pot, 20. Kobenstyle score

Danish-born Jens Quistgaard was one of Scandinavia’s leading designers with a vast product range that included furniture, kitchen equipment, tableware and more. He is most closely associated with Dansk International Designs, a company which he co-founded with American entrepreneur Ted Nierenberg.

Their partnership lasted for 30 years, Quistgaard being responsible for the majority of designs produced.

He worked in a variety of materials including iron, steel, ceramic and wood. It is wood, and in particular teak, which most often springs to mind when Jens Quistgaard is mentioned. Classic pieces such as his teak ice bucket, designed in 1960.

Vintage Jens Quistgaard teak ice bucket

Also, the Fjord cutlery range designed in 1953, this time teak combined with stainless steel.

Jens Quistgaard 'Fjord' cutlery set

There are plenty of pieces in other materials that are worth looking out for.

We love these vibrantly coloured, cast iron enamel cooking pots from the Kobenstyle range of 1954.

Orange Jens Quistgaard enamel 'Kobenstyle' casserole dish

His cast iron candle holders from 1955 combine sculptural shapes with a distinctive industrial quality.

Jens Quistgaard cast iron taper holder Jens Quistgaard cast iron taper holder

Sadly, he passed away this January at the age of 88. However, he left a wonderful legacy which lives on in his designs.

We often have Quistgaard pieces available in the H is for Home web shop.

pair of green glass Dansk tea light holders pair of green glass Dansk tea light holders

For more information about Jens Quistgaard and Dansk Designs, try some of the following books & websites:

Scandinavian Design by Charlotte & Peter Fiell (Amazon USA)

Scandinavian Design by Charlotte & Peter Fiell (Amazon UK)

Architonic – Feature of a selection of Jens Quistgaard products

DesignAddict – Feature of a selection of Jens Quistgaard products

New York Times – Jens Quistgaard obituary