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Retro Hornsea Coffee Set – SOLD

8 Oct

Hornsea Heirloom coffee set

Hornsea Heirloom coffee set

Some people might look at this coffee set and see something quite old fashioned, but to me the Hornsea Heirloom pattern has a super modern look to it, and when it was designed in 1967, I’m pretty sure it was just that! I was very lucky to find this set, and even luckier to find the matching milk jug a few days later (when I bought the set the milk jug was missing) – isn’t that crazy? I seldom come across Hornsea pieces, so to find the missing piece to this set within a few days is a bit mad! Sadly two of the cups and saucers are missing (I haven’t managed to find those!), but the rest of the set is complete and in near mint condition!

Dimensions: Coffee pot – 25cm tall x 11cm in diameter; Milk jug – 9.5cm tall x 8cm in diameter; Sugar bowl – 9cm tall x 8cm in diameter; Cups – 7cm tall x 8cm in diameter; Saucers – 15cm in diameter

Price: R360 for the set

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Nesting Coffee Tables – SOLD

2 Oct

Pye-Franklin Ltd nesting tables

Pye-Franklin Ltd nesting tables

If you google Pye-Franklin, the manufacturer responsible for this lovely set of nesting coffee tables, you’ll see loads of references to Danish/Scandinavian style furniture, but as best as I can tell Pye-Franklin were a UK-based firm of furniture makers. Wikipedia has an entry for a David Pye, who was Professor of Furniture Design at The Royal College of Art between 1964 and 1974, and I’m pretty sure that’s he’s the Pye partner in Pye-Franklin. When I bought the set someone had covered the tops in some horrid linoleum (the fake wood kind), so we’ve given the tables a sanding and some fresh varnish. There are one or two patches where the veneer has started to show through, and the wooden slat which supports the smaller tables is a bit scratched from moving the tables in and out, but on the whole it’s a fairly clean set.

Note: Even the largest table is pretty dinky – please pay attention to the dimensions below.

Dimensions: Large table – 73.5cm wide x 41cm deep x 41cm tall; Small tables – 36cm wide x 36cm deep x 33cm tall

Price: R1100 for the set

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Collection of Kitchenalia – SOLD

30 Sep

Collection of kitchenalia

Collection of kitchenalia

Hopefully there are some serious lovers of kitchenalia out there because you’re going to see a fair bit more of it on Mint than you used to! Previously I would keep a lot of these smaller pieces for the I Heart Market, but with no market to sell at in Jozi I’ll be putting them up for sale on the blog. Some of them are quite curious, like this vintage wood and aluminium cooker – I’ve called it a cooker, because obviously it’s for cooking something, but goodness knows what! Perhaps little grated potato cakes, or round toasted sarmies? I really have no idea! Then there’s the lovely little pyrex dish, which not only has a super cool retro pattern, but also has its lid (a rare find!). The aluminium measuring cups are probably my favourite (despite the fact that I don’t bake!), but the melamine egg cups and pyrex syrup pitcher are also pretty cool! Finally we have the food mould – I’m never sure which ones are for jelly, which for pates and which for cakes, although I think we can cancel out cakes for this mould – it’s just too thin.

A great collection of kitchen bits that will look great on display in your kitchen – and hopefully someone will spot the cooker sitting on your shelf and tell us what it’s for!

P.S. One of our clever Mint peeps, Tania, just pointed out that the ‘cooker’ is actually a crumpet iron! You open it up so that you can do four crumpets at one go. Is Tania super clever or am I just a bit sleepy?!

Dimensions & Prices:

  • Wood & aluminium ‘cooker’ – R100; 39cm long x 9.5cm in diameter
  • Melamine egg cups – R85 for the set of four; 3cm high x 9cm across SOLD
  • Measuring cups – R120; 2 tablespoons – 1 cup SOLD
  • Aluminium mould – R65; 18cm long x 14cm wide x 7.5cm tall SOLD
  • Pyrex dish – R120; 19cm long (incl. handles) x 16cm wide x 6.5cm tall (with lid on) SOLD
  • Syrup pitcher – R85; 14.5cm tall x 6cm in diameter SOLD

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Retro D.S. Vorster Lounge Suite – SOLD

29 Sep

Retro D.S. Vorster lounge suite

Retro D.S. Vorster lounge suite

I think this is probably the most expensive piece I’ve ever had for sale, and in turn it’s also the most money I’ve ever shelled out for Mint! I was very fortunate in Durbs to have a stupidly cheap upholsterer, but moving to Jozi I’ve discovered what people really pay to do things up, and it aint cheap! But in this case I think it was money well spent!

The lounge suite was made by D.S. Vorster, a high-end South African furniture manufacturer founded in 1943 who were responsible for furnishing the Blue Train and the Beacon Island Hotel. The people I bought it from seemed to think that the lounge suite dated to the 1970s, but I would have thought it was maybe a bit earlier – perhaps late 1960s? Obviously I can’t say for certain, but going on the amount of wear and tear, and of course the style of the piece, that would be my guess. The set was in a terrible state when I bought it – the cushions were so sad that I left them behind! In addition to new foam the settee and chairs also needed new padding, and obviously new upholstery fabric. We also sanded down the wood, but were glad to see that the frames, which also appear to be good quality wood, are in great nick – this was a lounge suite that was built to last!

For the most part this is a very plain set, but there are some truly beautiful design elements that really make it stand out, the most notable being the wooden frame that supports the three seater settee – it had me weak at the knees! The wooden slats that sit on the back aren’t actually attached to the couch, but rather lean against the fabric offering support – so simple, and so ridiculously handsome! Obviously it means that you should position the couch so that the back of the settee shows, but I suppose you could also just pull the couch away from the wall so that you can at least catch a glimpse of it!

I know that this is a lot to pay for a lounge suite, but it’s all relative – I think that you’d struggle to get something of this quality (and this incredible style) for this price – and personally I think the fact that it’s a South African design (and such a cool one at that) makes it well worth the money! This is an investment that you can’t really go wrong with!

Note: Because of the new foam, the couches are quite hard, so need a few throw cushions to soften them.

Dimensions: Three seater settee – 215cm wide x 76cm deep x 76cm tall; Single armchairs – 73cm wide x 90cm deep x 76cm tall

Price: R13 500 for the set (one x three seater & two x one seaters)

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Retro Espresso Coffee Set – SOLD

29 Sep

Hutschenreuther Porcelain part-coffee set

Hutschenreuther Porcelain part-coffee set

I think this might be one of the most attractive coffee sets that I’ve ever sold on Mint – although that’s a bold statement to make because I like to think we’ve sold some very beautiful sets of china over the years! But this Hutschenreuther coffee set really is quite special! From what I can tell the shape is called ‘Noblesse’ and dates to the early 1960s. The set is made of high quality porcelain (Hutschenreuther is a very respected name in the production of porcelain) and consists of four cups and saucers, a coffee pot, milk jug and sugar bowl, all of which are quite petite! The pattern is made up of the most delightful pink and grey squares, and the shape (which I think is what I love most about the set) is rounded, with a few sharp angles. There’s a minor manufacturing defect in the print on the coffee pot, but otherwise all of the pieces are in mint condition!

Note: This German porcelain sells for a pretty penny – a set (minus the cups and saucers) in a  pattern not nearly as attractive is selling online for $65, which is more or less the price that these sets sell for.

Dimensions: Coffee pot – 19cm tall x 7cm in diameter; Milk jug – 7cm tall x 5cm in diameter; Sugar bowl – 7.5cm tall x 7cm in diameter; Cups – 5.5cm tall x 6cm in diameter; Saucers – 11.5cm in diameter

Price: R380 for the set

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Retro Wall Mounted Spot Lights – SOLD

15 Sep

Vintage OMI wall mounted spot lights

Vintage OMI wall mounted spot lights

I can’t tell you how long I spent hunting for lights just like these for our bedroom before I gave up and bought a pair of table lamps! I loved the idea of having wall mounted bedside lights, and of course wanted something retro, but they’re pretty hard to come by, especially a matching pair. These super stylish lights were made by OMI, who were bought by the American lighting company Koch & Lowy in the 1960s, so these lamps pre-date the merger (later lights are stamped Koch & Lowy, not OMI). Because of their age there are a few issues with their condition – the black bases could probably do with being resprayed, and the chrome is quite scratched in places, but personally I think it’s still passable (I don’t think I’d have them re-chromed). The design of the light fitting is pretty clever: in the photos the screw-in fitting is right near the edge of the tube, but this can be adjusted backwards and forwards to accommodate different light bulbs, although presumably your bulb is always going to protrude slightly because of the limitation of the size of the tube. The light can also be adjusted up and down, as well as sideways, so even though they’re fixed to the wall you can still direct the light to wherever you need to. On the downside though the lamps need to be wired in, which means either chasing into the wall or having surface mounted wires – in other words these lights are quite a commitment – but in my mind, one well worth it!

P.S. This wall mounted OMI picture lamp selling for $125 was the closest fitting I could find to this pair. Click here to see a larger selection of their lights, and the serious prices that they sell for.

Dimensions: Each light measures 20.5cm long x 6cm in diameter x 19cm tall (measurement is from bottom of black base to top of light as positioned in the above photo)

Price: R590 for the pair

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