George Him matchbook

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detailed view of a vintage George Him match-book front cover | H is for Home

We’ve tracked down another one of these fabulous & rare, vintage match-books produced for Liberty in the 1960s.

detailed view of a vintage George Him match-book edge showing words '150 CRON MATCHES MADE IN FINLAND | Designed for Liberty of London by vintage George Him

The last example we featured was designed by Miroslav Sasek – this one’s the work of another favourite illustrator, George Him.

vintage George Him match-book front cover

A row of guardsmen provides the inspiration – each with their own unique facial expression & medal collection.

inside view of vintage George Him match-book

The match-book is unused and in very good condition. They really are rare survivors and don’t appear often.

vintage George Him match-book rear cover

We actually had this one sent all the way from America.

collection of vintage London items including vintage Him match-book and London series ceramic tiles designed by Kenneth Townsend

We’ve added it to our collection of quirky London inspired design pieces – they really put a smile on our faces.

Christmas Countdown: Liberty of London

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selection of Christmas items from Liberty of London

These crackers from Liberty of London are some of the most exquisite things I’ve ever seen – almost too lovely to pull! And I’d happily share a home with that plump robin with his Liberty print breast. Liberty’s Christmas range isn’t the largest, but it makes up for that in the sheer quality of what it does have.

  1. Extra large Liberty print robin – £59.95
  2. Silver Astley Clarke Winter Skies charm – £135
  3. Blue knitted Christmas stocking – £16.95
  4. Christmas pudding felt bauble – £6.95
  5. Medium festive print angel tree topper – £19.95
  6. Heritage superior luxury crackers – £39.95

Miroslav Sasek alert!

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detailed view of vintage Miroslav Sasek matchbook designed & manufactured for Liberty of London

A few months ago, we blogged about this lovely vintage matchbook designed by Miroslav Sasek for Liberty of London. They’re rare survivors especially when in good condition.

Last week, we were contacted by Penny from the Rain Rescue charity shop in Sheffield. They had a similar one donated to their shop recently and were keen to get the best possible price for it. We said that we’d flag it up to our readers if they put it on eBay, so here’s a link to the listing. They do wonderful work caring for & re-homing animals in need.

The winning bidder will be receiving a lovely item and helping a great cause to boot. If you’re interested you’d best be quick – the listing ends tomorrow!

Christmas Countdown: Liberty London

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selection of festive Christmas items available at Liberty London

Liberty London (in my opinion) is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city and has the most magical Christmas window displays in the world!

1. Liberty building bauble: £29.95 | 2. Liberty superior crackers: £45.00

3. DIY Christmas calendar: £16 | 4. Decorated Gingerbread book: £9.99

5. Christmas trees craft kit: £11.95

Miroslav Sasek matches

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detail from long vintage match book made in Finland for Liberty's and illustrated by Miroslav Sasek. Showing an illustration of a man being driven by a chauffeur in a Rolls Royce and a motorbike with a side car | H is for Home

Here’s something for all you Miroslav Sasek fans out there – there won’t be many of these left in circulation.

long vintage match book made in Finland for Liberty's and illustrated by Miroslav Sasek. Showing illustrations of different vehicles such as a London cab, motorcycle with side car and chauffeur driven Rolls Royce | H is for Home

It’s a vintage book of matches with cover design by the famous illustrator – unused and in pristine condition – what a rare survivor!!

detail from long vintage match book made in Finland for Liberty's and illustrated by Miroslav Sasek. Showing an illustration of a London black cab | H is for Home

Sasek depicts 1950s/60s London traffic in his unmistakable style…

red interior of a long vintage match book made in Finland for Liberty's and illustrated by Miroslav Sasek. Showing completely unused black matches with red heads | H is for Home

… and it’s a very long match book – 32cm, so plenty of room for Sasek’s wonderful drawings.

detail of the spine of a long vintage match book made in Finland for Liberty's and illustrated by Miroslav Sasek. Showing the text "150 crown matches made in Finland Designed for Liberty of London by M Sasek | H is for Home

They were manufactured in Finland for Liberty of London – just gorgeous!!

Jubilee Gems!

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Union Jack flag in the H iss for Home colours

For the past month or so everywhere you look there’s been bucket-loads of special commemorative things being produced for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. There’s a lot of tat out there, but there are some future classics too!

Here’s a rundown of our top ten…

Alison Gardiner Golden Jubilee commemorative china tableware available at John LewisEmma Bridgewater Union Jack pottery comport
Alison Gardiner tableware: £12.95-£69.95 | Emma Bridgewater comport: £75

Think jubilee… think garden and street parties – this fabulous crockery will do any gingham cloth-covered trestle table proud!

Red Jubilee English Breakfast tea tin from Liberty of LondonPrestat Jubilee box of truffles
Liberty of London English breakfast tea tin: £7.50 | Prestat truffles: £29.99

If you’re going to be watching the festivities on television from the comfort of your sofa, the combination of this English breakfast tea & truffle chocs will help keep your energy levels up!

FieldCandy Rule Britannia tentFulton Union Jack Funbrella unbrella
FieldCandy tent: £395 | Fulton funbrella umbrella: £12

You may be planning on spending the Jubilee weekend in the great outdoors. How better to nail your colours to the mast than with this fabulous two-person tent? Just don’t forget your brolly – you can never rely on the Great British weather!

Barbour Beacon backpackRadley Large Tote Bag
Barbour Beacon backpack: £205 | Radley tote bag: £99

And to carry your stuff on your travels during this extended bank holiday, a couple of patriotic bags –  for him & her.

Tala Union Jack cook's dry measureGreat British Street Party Cook Book by Nancy Lambert available from Amazon
Tala cook’s measure £8 | Great British Street Party Cookbook: from £3.62

And if you’ll be having a Great British Bake Off of your own this cook’s measure will make calculating your ingredients that more enjoyable! And how about impressing the neighbours with your culinary prowess with the help of this cookbook?