Tag Archives: 1940s

Collection of Uranium Glass – SOLD

16 Apr

Collection of green uranium glass

Collection of green uranium glass

I have a real love for this green uranium glass! The colours vary quite a lot between pieces, but the glass always has this great acid green hue to it. All three of these pieces are fantastic examples, but I particularly like the Handimaid measuring jug. It has a few small chips along the spout and the rim, but overall it’s in decent nick for its age – most sites date this jug to the 1940s. The citrus squeezer is also quite special – I see plain glass versions quite often, but I think that this is the very first time I’ve seen one in green! And the bowl has some lovely details too – the base of the bowl is almost scalloped, and the lip of the bowl curls over to make it easy to grip. The bowl looks like it was well used in its time and has quite a few scratches, although no chips or cracks, but the citrus squeezer seems to be in mint condition with not a mark on it!

Note: The Handimaid measuring jug is for sale for a crazy $50 on ebay!

Dimensions & Prices:

  • Handimaid measuring jug – 13cm tall x 13cm in diameter; R150
  • Citrus squeezer – 13cm in diameter x 7cm tall; R140
  • Bowl – 19cm in diameter x 8cm tall; R80

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Vintage Enamel Bowls – SOLD

16 Apr

Pair of Kockums enamel bowls

Pair of Kockums enamel bowls

They may be quite worn, but I absolutely L-O-V-E this pair of enamel bowls! First off they’re Swedish, which always makes things seem that much more impressive, and then you have their age – I’d guess they must be at least 60 years old, if not older – and finally the shape, which is the part I like the most! At first glance they may not seem that different to most enamel bowls, but the shape is actually fairly rare – you seldom see such a rounded lip on an enamel bowl, and in fact the bowls themselves are a lot rounder than you normally find. The enamel is also much thicker than most enamelware, even when you compare it to other vintage enamel pieces.

A wonderful pair of enamel bowls that could be used for everything from mixing cake batter to serving a delicious home-made spaghetti bolognaise.

Dimensions: Large bowl – 24cm in diameter x 13cm tall; Medium bowl – 20cm in diameter x 10cm tall

Price: Large bowl – R130; Medium bowl – R100 / R200 for the pair

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Ever-Hot Coffee Set – SOLD

15 Apr

Ever-Hot coffee set

Ever-Hot coffee set

I don’t think that this milk jug and sugar bowl are actually part of the same set as the Ever-Hot coffee pot, although I did buy them from the same place and they’re definitely from the same art deco era. Given that they’re probably in the region of 70 years old, I don’t think that any of these pieces are doing too badly, although the chrome cover for the coffee pot is a bit scratched, and the inside of the milk jug and sugar bowl are quite tarnished. But the beautiful bakelite handles are in good nick, as is the actual coffee pot – often these ceramic pots are very badly crazed, but this one’s relatively clean.

A very handsome and sought-after design, this set should make any lover of art deco very happy indeed!

Dimensions: Coffee pot – 22cm tall x 12.5cm in diameter; Milk jug – 6.5cm tall x 9cm in diameter; Sugar bowl – 6.5cm tall x 9cm in diameter

Price: Coffee pot – R160; Milk jug & sugar bowl – R120 for the pair/R260 for the set

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Vintage Boxed Cutlery – SOLD

17 Mar

Set of vintage knives and forks

Set of vintage knives and forks

I very seldom buy this style of cutlery, but I thought that this particular fish set was very special for a few reasons. For one, the cutlery’s been really beautifully crafted – the detail on the silver work is just lovely and the plain bakelite handles work really well; secondly the set is in excellent condition with its original (albeit slightly funerial) box; and finally you have the fact that the knives and forks were made by silversmiths who were based in Durban – and that for me is the real win! From the bit that I can pick up Randles Bros & Hudson Ltd were operating in Musgrave, Durban, sometime during the 1940s. There’s a record of a court case between Randles and the ‘Commissioners of Customs & Excise’ in 1941, and a plaque in Musgrave Centre commemorating Randles staff members who died in World War II – isn’t that a crazy bit of local history?

A wonderful cutlery set that would make a great gift for the more civilised of you out there.

Dimensions: Box measures 24cm long x 19cm wide x 2.5cm deep

Price: R290

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Vintage GE Kettle – SOLD

14 Mar

Vintage GE electric kettle

Vintage GE electric kettle

Our own General Electric kettle recently gave up the ghost (after many years of faithful service) and I was sorely tempted to hold onto this one which I think would make a fine replacement, but Justin is madly in love with another retro kettle that we had as a backup (everyone needs a retro kettle on standby don’t they?), so I’m reluctantly parting with it. I think it’s fairly old – going on the design I’d guess late 1940s, and it’s definitely starting to show its age. Most notably, some of the metal has worn through around the one side of the handle, but Justin’s had a look and seems to think it’ll be fine for a good few years (which is probably longer than most of your modern kettles will last anyway!). The handle on the lid is also a bit worn, and there are one or two areas where the copper is starting to show through the chrome plating, but for all its wear and tear it’s still a stupidly handsome kettle – one that I would be delighted to have on display on my kitchen counter (in fact if it doesn’t sell I’m going to have another go at Justin!).

Dimensions: 20cm tall x 18cm in diameter

Price: R220

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Alfred Meakin Coffee Set – SOLD

18 Feb

Alfred Meakin coffee service

Alfred Meakin coffee service

I bought this Alfred Meakin coffee set from the same home as those fabulous retro placemats we sold a little while back – it was a bit like stepping back in time with real fur stoles (which I passed on!) and crocodile skin handbags – a granny stash to be envious of! The coffee set was in a little worse nick than the rest of the items though, with two of the cups & saucers missing and quite a bit of wear to the gold trim, but all of the pieces that remain are chip-free, and still quite beautiful. Plus when you consider that the maker’s mark dates the set to some time around 1945, then it’s not doing too badly at all!

Dimensions: Coffee pot – 17cm tall x 10cm in diameter; Milk jug – 6.5cm tall x 8cm in diameter;  Sugar bowl – 4cm tall x 8.5cm cm in diameter ; Cups – 5cm tall x 6.5cm in diameter;  Saucers – 12cm in diameter

Price: R240 for the set

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