Tag Archives: 1940s

Ceramic Mixing Bowl – SOLD

17 Oct

Vintage Japanese mixing bowl

Vintage Japanese mixing bowl

This is a very plain mixing bowl, and to be honest as nice as it is I might not have bought it were it not for the interesting maker’s stamp, which reads “Made in Occupied Japan”. The occupation of Japan began in August 1945 and ended in April 1952, so it’s fairly easy to date this bowl. Because of the war the Japanese weren’t that popular with America and part of their export agreement was that items being produced for export were to be stamped ‘Made in Occupied Japan’. Because of the cost of re-tooling some factories continued to use the stamps until around 1955, but by then most of them had done away with it.

So you’re looking at a bowl that’s around 60 years old, which explains the wear and tear you see, although it’s still completely functional. Also while it’s very simply designed, the look appeals to me – it looks like exactly what it is, a hard wearing mixing bowl made to be put to work!

Dimensions: 22cm in diameter x 11.5cm tall

Price: R120

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Wood’s Ware Teapot – SOLD

1 Sep

Jasmine Wood's Ware teapot

Jasmine Wood’s Ware teapot

It’s been absolutely ages since we’ve had some Wood’s Ware for sale! I’m always so happy when I come across a piece – there’s something about the plainness of these teapots that really appeals to – the word ‘dignified’ comes to mind, which is a strange response to a piece of pottery, but that’s how I feel about this 1940s design! There’s a fair bit of stained crazing on the inside of the teapot, but the outside is fairly clean with no obvious signs of wear or damage, which considering it’s age, is fairly impressive!

Dimensions: 15cm tall x 15 cm in diameter

Price: R145

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Pair of Small Blue Vases – SOLD

19 Jun

Pair of small blue vintage vases

Pair of small blue vintage vases

Looking at the style of these vases, and the type of glass that they’re made from, I’d guess that they date to sometime between 1930 and the mid ’40s and are what’s commonly referred to as ‘depression glass’. During the economic depression of the 1930s companies offered cheap glass as a giveaway to incentivise customers to buy their goods – mass produced, coloured glass was given away with everything from breakfast cereals to movie tickets! But even though cheaply produced, depression-era glass has become highly sought after, especially in the American market, where most of it was made. This pair of vases is a lovely example of this type of glass, and are both in excellent condition for their years. Although quite small, the blue glass makes them lovely to look at and the fact that there’s a pair of them is an added bonus!

Dimensions: Each vase measures 15cm tall x 7.5cm in diameter

Price: R65 each

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Vintage English Coffee Pot – SOLD

22 May

Adderley coffee pot

Adderley coffee pot

The person that I bought this Adderley coffee pot from was surprised when I expressed an interest in it – she thought that it wasn’t my taste – and she was probably right, it’s not something that I would necessarily have in my home, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t appreciate how beautiful it is! Sadly there are some stains on the outside of the pot that won’t come clean, but they’re quite light so aren’t that noticeable, and personally I think that this coffee pot is pretty enough for it not to matter! I’m not sure of its age, but I’d guess that it dates to the early 1940s, or thereabout. What I can tell you though, is that this style of Adderley coffee pot can fetch some crazy prices – the same design, but with a different pattern, is selling for a crazy $100 on a china replacements site!

Dimensions: 19cm tall x 11cm in diameter

Price: R140

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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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