Brass and Cut Glass Hanging Light

4 Sep

Brass & cut glass hanging light

Brass & cut glass hanging light

The lights in our home in Joburg left a to to be desired and we put the majority of them on the rubbish heap, but I thought that this light was something quite special. While it’s not to our taste I can still appreciate how beautiful it is – I love the cut-glass inserts and the heavily ornate brass frame. There’s a similar light selling on eBay (for a whopping $290!) that’s described as 1950s Spanish – I don’t think that this light is Spanish, but I think the time period’s about right, if not a bit earlier – a lot of the fittings in our house were art deco. The cord is intertwined with chain, which isn’t that attractive, but I think it needs it for the weight of the light, plus it’s in keeping with the style of the piece.

I really hope that we can find a home for our light – it doesn’t belong in our house anymore, but I know that it will look quite beautiful in the right setting!

Note: We’ve given it a light clean, but it could probably do with a bit of Brasso and some elbow grease!

Dimensions: 21cm wide x 28cm tall/85cm tall with cord

Price: R380

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Corning Ware Brownie Dish

4 Sep

Corning Ware brownie pan

Corning Ware brownie pan

I’m not really sure what the Corning Ware P-322 was intended to be used for? I see that some people refer to it as a ‘brownie pan’ and others as a ‘cake pan’, so presumably its creator had dessert in mind when he or she came up with this shape! I suppose you can use it for anything really – I can’t, for example, see why you couldn’t do a lasagne or a potato bake in this dish? Then again I’m pretty useless in the kitchen so you probably shouldn’t be listening to me on this one!

NB: This dish has never been used! It came in its original box – sadly its condition was too poor to keep, but the dish itself is immaculate!

Dimensions: 25cm long x 23cm wide x 6.5cm deep

Price: R220

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Ceramic Fondue Plates

4 Sep

Ceramic fondue plates

Ceramic fondue plates

These ceramic fondue plates are a bit chunky to handle, but they’re so much nicer than the plastic versions that are generally quite badly scratched, and nowhere near as appealing as this set! The glaze has been quite thickly applied, with a  few bubbles in places, and there’s some minor damage to the one maroon plate, but on the whole they’re not in bad nick. Plus I have a spare plate – plate number seven, a slightly different mustard colour to the two that form part of this set – which I’ll happily throw in for for free if anyone’s at all worried about the damage to the maroon plate.

If you’re going to have a fondue night, then why not go the full hog! These plates will do a great job of separating your strawberries from your bananas, or your beef from your chicken!

Dimensions: Each plate measures 23.5cm in diameter

Price: R180 for the set

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Miniature Royal Copenhagen Plates

4 Sep

Miniature Danish plates

Miniature Danish plates

These little miniature plates, referred to as ‘plaquettes’ by collectors, have a very special place in my heart. My grandmother was Danish and growing up all of my family on my mother’s side had the larger version of these plates, the Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates, on their walls. We had a about six of them in our dining room until our house burned down when I was twelve, and as an adult when I went to visit my great aunt in Berlin I was thrilled to find a wall in her home completely covered in Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates. So aside from thinking that they’re quite beautiful, which they really are, I have an emotional attachment to these little landscapes! The Christmas plates have been produced by Royal Copenhagen every year since 1908, with these miniature versions dating to sometime before 1969 – I think that they made them after this date as well, but the maker’s mark on this particular set of five plaquettes dates to pre-1969.

A lovely little set that would look great hanging on your wall – I used to have some of these plates hanging on a skinny bit of wall in my kitchen and they looked quite lovely!

Dimensions: Each plaquette measures 8cm in diameter

Price: R180 for the set of five

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General Electric Kettle

3 Sep

General Electric kettle

General Electric kettle

I had to stop myself from jumping up and down with excitement when I spotted this vintage General Electric kettle the other day! In all my years of kettle hunting I’ve never seen a white version of this kettle – as if the plain old black one wasn’t cool enough, they had to go and make one in white (can you tell that I’m a little bit excited?)! The body of the kettle is nice and shiny, and we’ve rinsed the inside with spirit of salts so it’s clean enough to use, but the cord is a bit sad looking. It looks like someone may have left it sitting on a stove as the rubber is melted in places, revealing the plastic coated wires inside. But I asked Justin to have a look at the cord and he says that it’s completely safe – none of the actual wires are exposed – it just doesn’t look that nice. But luckily the kettle itself more than makes up for it in its good looks – personally I think it’ll beat any modern kettle hands down in the style department!

Dimensions: 21cm tall x 20cm in diameter

Price: R320

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Vintage Kitchen Tins – SOLD

3 Sep

Goodhope Ware kitchen tins

Goodhope Ware kitchen tins

I bought all of these tins at different times and from different places, but given that they’re all from the same manufacturer, Goodhope Ware, it seemed only right to sell them as a set. Despite it’s rather poor condition, the cake tin is probably my favourite of the lot – I like the fact hat it has a removable base, allowing you to move your cake in and out of the tin with ease. But the cylindrical tins are also great! The yellow tin looks to be a bit older than the green tins, and has a fair bit more wear & tear, but compared to a lot of vintage tins none of these are doing too badly.

A great set to add a bit of colour to your kitchen pantry.

Dimensions: Large tin – 21.5cm tall x 15cm in diameter; Small tins – 17.5cm tall x 14cm in diameter; Cake tin – 10cm tall x 28cm in diameter

Price: R250 for the set (three cylindrical tins and one cake tin)

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