We’ve acquired some fabulous vintage items this week.
We’ll start with two pieces for the kitchen diner – both items having a distinct Op Art feel. The coffee pot has a bold pattern of squares & circles in chocolate brown, black & white. It was produced by Johnson Bros in the late 60s or early 70s. The lidded casserole dish was made around the same time and has an equally striking design – this time, a repeating pattern of tulip heads in vibrant green & blue. It was made by Thomas of Germany. As we mentioned in the last Forthcoming Attractions post, we’re big fans of much of this company’s output.
This toy typewriter is a lovely example. It’s the Mettoy Elegant model in shades of pink – complete with original box. We’ve had a few of these Mettoy typewriters, but never in this colourway before.
Next is an old favourite – the West German fat lava. This example was produced by Dumler Breiden and has a striking, sculptural form with flashes of orange to the rim and twin handle like openings. The piggy bank was made by Cascade in the 1960s/70s. We like the design and pewter colour of the glass. You might want to use this money box for display only because there’s no stoppered hole to retrieve the coins – once they’re in, they’re in!
And last but not least, two nice bits of lighting. The miniature desk lamp is really cute. It dates from the 1950s/60s era and has a brass coloured flexi neck – perfect for those dramatic grey interiors perhaps. The wall lamp originates from the same period and is a real beauty. The mount is teak with brass & copper detailing – the glass shade has a wonderful swirling pattern. This piece looks good against grey too – and we can also see it hanging on a bright white wall in a pared back Mid Century Modern space.
If anything has taken your fancy, most of these items have just been put into our web shop.
The new shop department we’ve been promising is up & running. Childs Play has a mixture of traditional toys & games…
…and furniture such as desks, chairs and blackboards.
Here’s our most recent acquisition – a fab 1960s cot.
So come check us out – we’re adding new items all the time!
We bought this great vintage money box last week – made by Dendan Ware in the late 1950s or early 1960s…
…featuring a hip young girl saving her pennies for life’s essentials – holidays, clothes, handbags, socialising.
It followed hot on the heels of another recent money box find. We posted this one on Flickr & it’s proved very popular – people just love owls! We’re going to add it to the website soon.
It’s going to join our family of Arthur Wood pigs who are already enjoying an idyllic free-range life there.
We love this elephant money box designed by Luigi Colani for Dresdsner Bank in 1963. It’s made from hard, moulded plastic and comes in various sizes & colours.
Back to owls – this vintage money box is from a range produced by Carltonware Pottery in the 1960s. The range features an eclectic mix of subjects including pigs, princesses & pirates – here are just a few!
If you’ve got pennies to save, these certainly beat an old jam jar!
Not too many words this week – well… it is all about numbers! Plenty of images though – showing numbers being used as decoration, their representation in print and some objects in which numbers are an integral part.
This charming children’s book is a collection of number rhymes & finger games.
How many of these do you remember?
This mouse one’s a teensy bit sad – it ends with no little mice left!
All illustrations by Denis Wrigley taken from One Two Three Four first published in 1970.
We picked up these wooden printing blocks some years ago, and have a large tray of them mounted on a wall. They have a really sculptural quality and we love the way light & shadow fall across its surface.
We found this lovely pack of old playing cards in a mixed box auction lot the other day.
When you think of items that require numbers to function, clocks would be top of most people’s list. Here are some nice examples that H is for Home currently has in stock or has sold recently.
We love these early pocket calculators with their red or green displays. They seemed so space age at the time!
Not forgetting telephones – push button and dial versions.
And then there are numbers used as pure decoration. The main photo at the top is a 1960s fabric design. And there’s this Carlton Ware money box, again from the 60s. We love the ‘groovy’ treatment that numbers got during this decade.
Hope you enjoyed today’s blog – we don’t think it’s going to be too hard for you to guess what ‘O’ will be for next week!