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Pair Of Midwinter Coffee Pots – SOLD

9 Dec

Midwinter Stylecraft coffee pots

Midwinter Stylecraft coffee pots

How exciting to find not one, but two 1950s Midwinter coffee pots! Im a massive fan of this now retired UK brand of pottery, and I particularly like this 1950s Stylecraft shape. The patterns on this pair of coffee pots (which are slightly smaller than you might expect them to be) don’t seem to be that common, in fact I don’t think I’ve ever seen the pink wheat pattern before? The pattern on the right is known as ‘Blue Harebells‘, but I’m not quite certain of the name of the other pattern – people seem to refer to it as the ‘pink leaf’ pattern, but I’m pretty sure that’s not right! Regardless of the names, this pair are pretty great don’t you think? And they look great displayed as a pair – although I suppose practically speaking there’s no real need for someone to have two coffee pots (unless of course it’s love at first sight, like it was for me!).

Note: The pink coffee pot has some light staining on the inside base (not visible in the photos)

Dimensions: Each coffee pot measures 19cm tall x 17cm wide x 9cm deep

Price: R170 each

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Pair of Vintage Flasks – SOLD

8 Dec

Pair of vintage flasks

Pair of vintage flasks

How pretty are these vintage flasks? So much prettier than the thermoses you can buy today! I love the blue and gold aluminium, and the pale bluey-green lid on the gold thermos that of course doubles as a cup. Given their age – I’d guess that that they date to sometime in the 1950s/’60s – it’s not surprising that there are some signs of wear & tear, although on the whole I think that they’re pretty clean. The most noticeable wear is to the stoppers, but luckily you don’t see the wear until you remove the lids.

A fun, but functional pair of flasks just perfect for a summer picnic!

Dimensions: Blue flask – 27cm tall x 7.5cm in diameter; Gold flask – 25.5cm tall x 7.5cm in diameter

Price: R130 each

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Retro Melamine Part Dinner Service – SOLD

7 Dec

Retro Eileen melamine part-dinner service

Retro Eileen melamine part-dinner service

While most of us think of plastic crockery as being best suited for camping, there was a time in the 1950s when it nearly overtook conventional ceramics in people’s kitchens, but by the late ’60s things had returned to normal, and melamine designs became more targeted for the outdoor market. But because of this melamine craze in the ’50s, you see these beautiful sets of melamine dinner services that were clearly designed for more than just camping trips! Just look at the beautiful detail on the cup handles – way too pretty for a caravan holiday! That being said if you are into the outdoors why shouldn’t you drink your tea out of a pretty cup? The bowls and plates would also be great for families with young kids – while melamine can break, it’s still way more hardy than traditional crockery!

Note: The set is in decent condition of its years, but the plates do have some fine scratches that are visible if you’re looking for them, and someone (not me!) has scratched the centres of the plates and bowls trying to remove old price stickers.

Dimensions: Dinner plates – 25.5cm in diameter; Bowls – 4cm deep x 13.5cm in diameter; Cups – 7cm tall x 9cm in diameter; Saucers – 15cm in diameter

Price: R295 for the set (16 pieces in total)

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Villeroy & Boch Casserole Dish – SOLD

23 Nov

Villeroy & Boch casserole dish

Villeroy & Boch casserole dish

It’s a funny thing, but I seem to find things in pairs. They might not be exactly the same, but this Villeroy & Boch casserole dish is definitely from the same series as that great black & yellow baking dish that we featured a few weeks back. I’m pretty sure that both pieces are in the Biarritz pattern, designed by V&B in the 1950s. The shape is very ’50s, as is the rather striking colour combo – black combined with brightly coloured glazes was quite popular in mid-century design.

A very handsome casserole dish in near mint condition.

Dimensions: 21cm in diameter x 10cm tall (with lid on)

Price: R240

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Poole Butter Dish – SOLD

18 Nov

Poole Twintone butter dish

Poole Twintone butter dish

This Poole Pottery Twintone design was first introduced in the late 1930s, with this Ice Green & Seagull colour combo first used in the early 1940s, but the maker’s mark on this butter dish dates it a fair bit later (between 1959-1967). That still makes it in the region of fifty years old, and bar some very minor damage to the one corner, this dish is in perfect nick! It’s quite a small butter dish (could it possibly be a cheese dish?), so wouldn’t take a whole brick, but it would be great for serving butter on your dinner table when you don’t want a whole block, but still want your butter covered.

A lovely piece of mid-century design from one of my very favourite pottery houses!

Dimensions: Plate – 15.5cm long x 12cm wide; Lid – 12.5cm long x 9cm wide x 8.5cm tall

Price: R130

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Midwinter Milk Jug and Sugar Bowl – SOLD

3 Nov

Midwinter Stylecraft milk jug & sugar bowl

Midwinter Stylecraft milk jug & sugar bowl

I’ve bought a good few of these 1950s Midwinter milk jug and sugar bowl sets over the years, but as far I can remember this is the first time that I’ve come across this set in pink! I know that it looks a bit salmon-coloured in the photos but in real life the colour is a bit deeper – a wonderful shade of pink! Bizarrely I found the two at separate spots – ordinarily I wouldn’t buy a sugar bowl by itself, but I just loved that colour, so I was absolutely delighted when I found the matching milk jug – what a luck! It’s also nice that this is the larger size of this set – they come in two different sizes and this is the bigger of the two.

A great bit of mid-century design in near perfect nick!

Dimensions: Milk jug – 10cm tall x 9cm wide x 15cm long; Sugar bowl – 7cm tall x 14cm in diameter

Price: R150 for the pair

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