Here’s a selection of this past week’s vintage buys – quite a blast of colour!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Here are some of our recent purchases and forthcoming attractions.
We’ll start with our little equine friend. Mid century brass horses – they’re like buses – we don’t pick one up for years then four come at once! We’ve just sold a lovely pair of similar horses in the web shop this week. This one’s equally stylish. Frederick Weinberg is a name often mentioned in connection with this kind of piece. As with the previous pair, this horse dates from the 1960s era and has a classic Etruscan like form. You’ll also notice some of those lovely vintage wooden printer’s blocks lurking there. We’ve just got hold of another small quantity of letters & numbers. They’ll be heading to our antiques centre space as it’s not really practical to list them all individually on the website… but if you’re after a particular letter or number, drop us a line and we’ll let you know what we have.
Next we have a couple of lovely Scandinavian glass vases. The green hooped example is known as a ‘tulppaani’ or tulip vase and was designed by Tamara Aladin for Riihimaki of Finland – and the amber ‘face’ vase was designed by Wiktor Berndt for Flygsfors of Sweden. Both date from the 1960s and the latter is signed to the base.
We’ll head back a couple of hundred years with the next piece. It’s a small transfer printed cup featuring the tale of Cock Robin. It’s got chips, cracks and the handle’s missing – but it’s such a charming little object. Perfect with a few fresh flowers on a small table, tray or windowsill.
This vintage tin is really lovely and the condition is remarkable considering it dates from the late 1950s/early 60s. It has a ski and winter sports theme with fabulous illustrations to the lid and sides. It still retains the original label to the underside for a ‘mallow selection’ produced by Elkes Biscuits. It’s the ideal container for cakes or home-made cookies. And if any of our readers out there do happen to own a mid century modern ski chalet… well it’s just perfection!!
And finally, we have to give a mention to this gorgeous teapot by Rorstrand. It’s not actually a recent purchase, but it feels like a new item to us. We misplaced the lid about 5 years ago. We’d given it up for sure – and it really irked us every time we came across the lidless pot in a storage box. Someone recently ordered a coffee set and as we unwrapped the various cups and plates from their newspaper wrapping, there it was! The little lid with its distinctive pattern peeking out of a piece of paper at the bottom of the box. How it got in there we don’t know – but what a great feeling! Anyway, we thought we’d give it a mention in our recent finds post! We’re always happy to share pictures of this wonderfully designed teapot anyway.
Here’s a selection of various vintage homewares heading to an H is for Home store near you soon!
We’ll start with the gorgeous Worcester Ware fish place mats dating from the 1960s. This pattern is getting harder & harder to find – and from our point of view, harder & harder to let go. The design and colours are just gorgeous.
And talking of gorgeous design & colour, we’ve also got some vintage cruise menus that we’re going to put in the web shop. We dedicated a whole post to these last week so click on the link for more details.
This globe dates from the 1960s era and has a vintage industrial quality with the bronze coloured metal base. It also has a textured surface showing mountain relief. It was produced in the USA by Replogle Globes Inc. A lovely example!
Onto a couple of much older items now – 18th or 19th century old in the case of this antique copper jug. We love it – the colour, the patina, the gorgeous big handle!
And finally this very sweet little mirror which advertises Jeyes Fluid. It’s the perfect vintage touch for a laundry area or bathroom.
Here’s a selection of this week’s vintage finds.
We’ll start with the big lump that’s trying to hide in the background! These vintage shop scales by Asco are absolutely huge. They’ve got lots of character and would look great on a kitchen worktop or table.
Next up, some mid century modern style with the brass horses and flexi-neck lamp with similar colour metallic finish. We mentioned the good selection of lamps we keep at our antiques centre space in last week’s Forthcoming Attractions post – two sold this week, so this one will fill a gap!
This pair of Etruscan-like horses date from the 1960s era and are in the style of Frederick Weinberg. They have a very stylised, striking form with impressed decoration and original green verdigris effect finish.
We love this 1950s pottery tea canister. In fact, we keep our cooking salt in a similar pot by the stove. This one’s actually better than ours as it’s got its original wooden lid. Still, Justin uses so much salt when cooking that a lid would seriously slow him down! 🙂
This breakfast set is a wonderful example of its type. Made from teak & stainless steel, it combines toast rack with lidded preserve pot. It’s Danish and dates from the 1960s. Condition is excellent and it retains its very nice original spoon. The perfect accessory for a lazy breakfast in bed!
Last, but certainly not least, is this gorgeous travel rug or picnic blanket. We find these vintage rugs much harder to source than we used to once upon a time. The rich colours in this tartan pattern are gorgeous.
All items are heading to the web shop or antiques centre space in the coming days. Please get in touch if you see anything of interest.
Here’s a selection of recent buys.
Ladies first, of course – a lovely vintage framed print of ‘Tina’ by J H Lynch. This one’s a very nice copy with original green hessian border.
Two lamps by Herbert Terry & Sons next. The older of the pair, a classic Anglepoise, has the stepped base which is much sought after. It has obvious signs of wear, but we like this finish. Not battered, but loved & used. The other goose-necked lamp dates from the 1960s – we’ve not actually had this model before, but it’s a nice design – perfect for desk or bedside.
This Bitossi bowl is very attractive. We love the incised and stamped decoration and bold colours – very boho vintage!
More handmade decoration with this glass vase with blue glass trailed over the pink marbled glass. It’s like a boiled sweet and very tactile. There’s an etched makers mark for Mdina glass to the base.
Finally, some vintage place mats. We’ve had this op-art like circle pattern in various shades and mat sizes over the years. They’re very eye-catching and always prove popular.
As always, the various pieces will be divided between our web shop and antiques centre space. Get in touch if you see anything that takes your fancy.
Dish drainers aren’t the sexiest of items, but every kitchen needs one. Ours has just given up the ghost after 10 years solid service. It deserves a medal – we don’t have a dishwasher and we do a lot of cooking that generates mountains of washing up.
Not to mention its moonlighting shifts as paintbrush rack, allotment vegetable washing zone and cloth dryer. We’ve been browsing the ‘net for a replacement – here are five of our favourites that form our current shortlist.
- DECKER stainless steel single level dish drainer: £21, Habitat
- Extend™ expandable dish rack with draining plug: £50, Joseph Joseph
- 2-tier dish and cutlery drainer, stainless steel: £35, John Lewis
- Drainer by Jocca: £48.99, Wayfair
- ORDNING dish drainer: £12, IKEA