We’re back home after a long-overdue trip down to London and Brighton. The Big Smoke has inspired our Etsy List selection for this week!
We’ve tracked down another one of these fabulous & rare, vintage match-books produced for Liberty in the 1960s.
A row of guardsmen provides the inspiration – each with their own unique facial expression & medal collection.
The match-book is unused and in very good condition. They really are rare survivors and don’t appear often.
We actually had this one sent all the way from America.
We’ve added it to our collection of quirky London inspired design pieces – they really put a smile on our faces.
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We’ve mentioned Kenneth Townsend quite a lot in blogs in the past – he’s one of our favourite designers. His “Menagerie” series of tiles are very collectable and much sought after. Here’s a lot of five Kenneth Townsend “Menagerie” tiles for sale on eBay in support of The Iain Rennie Hospice at Home*.
*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.
We bought this vintage marble game last week. It’s a simple little game which involves rolling marbles down the wooden shoot aiming at archways with different scores. We’ve done a little research and found that the game is called “bridgeboard”.
What makes this version extra special are the fabulous illustations by Kenneth Townsend.
The animals will look very familiar to fans of the artist’s “Menagerie” tile series that we’ve blogged about before.
These are the big eyes of our latest owl – in this case, a pottery money box.
They never stay with us long as these feathered friends are consistently popular in our shop.
Whether in the form of money boxes, mugs, pot stands, textile prints, pictures or book illustrations.
We’ve blogged a fair few times about the great illustrator, Kenneth Townsend. He designed the cutest owl as part of his Menagerie series – apparently the owl was his favourite animal!
Another wonderful illustrator with a thing for owls was Celestino Piatti who once said, “You can draw an owl a thousand times, and never find out its secret”.
image credit: Fishink
We’ve had a quick trawl on the web for some more owls – here are some favourites:
image credit: Vintage Kids” Books my Kid Loves
Wise Ol’ Canister, Orange: £118 – Anthropologie
image credit: mmmcrafts
image credit: Shailesh Chavda
We posted a blog recently featuring the ‘love mug’ series produced by Hornsea Pottery in the 1970s.
The company is famous for their mugs – so we photographed a few more examples whilst we were sorting through our ‘Hornsea box’.
They feature a vast array of designs and commemorate all manner of events.
Some examples are quite rare and attract strong prices.
They’re now often kept safe as display pieces and you can understand why. The company has long since closed down, so the number of surviving pieces can only decrease. You have to be quite brave to use them for your everyday brew…
…but if you do, they’re sure to give you a bit of pleasure with every sip.
Justin has his Aries star sign mug. He doesn’t take any notice of his horoscope, but he loves this fabulous design… and being reminded of all of his positive traits at the start of each day!!
We’ve been sorting through a huge box of Hornsea Pottery that lives in our loft.
Amongst the collection are these fabulous love mugs.
There are 12 great designs – each corresponds to a month of the year and shows a young couple in a characteristic scene from that month – bonfire night for November, rain showers for April etc.
We’re adding to the set gradually – an even bigger box might be required… or more shelves!!
You can find out more about Hornsea Love mugs on the official Kenneth Townsend website. Oh, and if you have any Hornsea pottery items, we founded a Hornsea Pottery Collectors group on Flickr that you can sign up to!