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Many vintage collectors love pottery birds. These can be made in Scandinavian countries such as Sweden, however it's worth noting that many designers were making birds in the Scandi style in England in the 1960s and 70s. A question I am often asked is where can you buy mid century pottery birds? They are so very hard to track down, and often sell very quickly indeed. Happily yay retro! have several Scandi styled English pottery birds for sale right now in our online vintage shop!
In this blog post I will show you some of the vintage birds to look out for and also highlight the ones that I have for sale at the moment. Do come back and re-check the yay retro! shop by searching 'bird' from time to time as my stock will vary from week to week.
Robert Jefferson Mid Century Birds for Poole Pottery
In the 60/70s Robert Jefferson was busy designing tableware for Poole Pottery. He also designed a range of peacock and bird wall plaques and dishes which were created in small numbers. These are Scandinavian in style and as such as highly desirable. They can be cream, turquoise, green or blue and green and it would be lovely to collect all the variations! I have a two headed bird or peacock for sale (above) in my online vintage shop right at this moment (5.4.18 - sold just after writing). The larger bird below is a keeper for now and I have applied a plate hanger to the reverse and hung it on the wall as an artwork.
Carltonware 1960/70s Birds to Buy & Collect
Another sought after pottery brand which created a range of birds is Carltonware. The company made money boxes, ash trays, egg cups and salt & pepper sets all in the shape of birds with psychedelic flower patterns which are very influential on contemporary designers. I have never been able to find an ashtray as these are so rare and sought after! Obviously people use them as display pieces now....However I have been fortunate to source two of the peacock money boxes for the yay retro! shop. One is available as of this moment (5.4.18) and the other has sold.
Most vintage collectors use these as ornaments and it is hard to imagine now our giving them to a child for fear of a breakage!!
Another rarity I have managed to source is a Calrtonware egg cup cruet set! This features 4 little birds on a flower power tray and is extra, extra special! I've never seen one before. Again this is available to buy now.
Jersey Pottery Birds
Jersey pottery created a vast array of designs in the 60s and 70s and one of the loveliest and again rarest was their version of a bird ashtray. I hardly ever manage to find these. As you can see they are hand painted and made in a variety of colours and patterns. This adds to their charm and makes them even more collectable.
Arthur Wood Pottery Birds
Arthur Wood made a lovely selection of pottery wares again in the 60s and 70s. Included in the range were some stunning pottery bird dishes and also wall hangings which were created to dispense string (of all things!) Again each is hand painted and so is individual. The bird dishes can be used as ornaments, for serving nibbles, storing eggs or for plants.
The string holders are now mostly used as wall display pieces and are all different, a flock of these would look amazing!
Hornsea Pottery Birds by John Clappison
As well as mugs and preserve pots with bird patterns, John Clappison produced various bird shaped potteries for Hornsea. These included salt and pepper pots and ash trays - it hardly seems credible now that you would want to use these adorable creatures for ash! They are so very Scandinavian in shape and design that many people hang them on the wall. These are snapped up as soon as they go on sale for obvious reasons adn appear in blue, borwn and green glazes to match the Hornsea tablewares.
Hornsea animal shaped salt and pepper pots include owls, birds, fish and cats, and are never for sale for long as they are super sought after. As you'll appreciate these are mostly used as ornaments now and they can sometimes be found singly or in pairs.
Lotus Pottery Birds by Elizabeth Skipworth
These are an even rarer find as most often you'll spot the bulls created by the Skipworth's in their pottery in Stoke Gabriel in Devon. Happily as of today (5.4.18) I have a real beauty in the shop for sale. Curvaceous and minimal in design this is a wondrous object to have and to hold.
Why not go shopping for mid century birds at yay retro! now? Search 'bird' using this link.
One of the most sought after pieces of vintage kitchenalia is the humble vintage 1960s plastic roll top bread bin. I only find 1 or two a year as these gorgeous bread bins have not often been saved by those who updated to brash metal and grungy wood in the 70s and 80s. A fabulous design, this was a staple of kitchens up and down the country in the 60s. You can find them in pastel shades of blue, green and lemon as well as bright reds, blues, oranges and yellow like this one. Then of course there are the avocado green ones - a shocker of a colour from the 70s which is making a come back! I think they are a complete must-have item for any self respecting vintage styled home. If you would like to lust after the other bread bins I've found and sold in the past click the image below.
yay retro! have just found this complete set of vintage Prestige Skyline kitchen utensils. They are now for sale in our online vintage shop, simply click the picture above to see if they are still available (they may well sell out fast). These wonderful kitchen utensils are rarely found in this kind of condition mainly because people do actually use and I hate to say it abuse them!
Made with a wooden handle and lovingly painted with stripes these sturdy utensils do like to be looked after (not slung in the dishwasher), many people don't realise and quickly ruin these stunning design classics. Invest in this set and a very quick handwash and dry is all you need to do to keep them in tip top shape.
I think this fab set was given as a wedding present and got popped in a cupboard only to see the light of day now! The colours are bright , the paintwork is snazzy and the chrome is shiny...what are you waiting for....check them out right now at yay retro! They are ideal to use every day or simply to have on display.
This kitchen utensil design is imprinted in most people's memories as most households had then them back in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Made in an array of colours from pale green to vivid sky blue they altered the design only fractionally over the period in which they were manufactured. A fry up wasn't complete without a trusty Skyline fish slice and stew just wasn't stew unless it was served with a Prestige ladle. Dad's carved roasts every Sunday using the fork and many a processed pea was served with the serving spoon! If you have fond memories of these vintage kitchen utensils why not pop into yay retro! now and search 'Skyline'?
yay retro! is the place to shop for this amazing and rare find - a Hornsea Springtime butter dish in unused condition. It has no staining, chips, cracks or crazing and appears as wonderful as the day it was made! Designed by John Clappison in the 1960/70s this has a bright yellow and blue and turquoise flowers all around the edges -superb as a gift idea for any vintage collector. You could even use this as an ornament or jewellery box - Buy this now!
I am sure that many of you like me would rather have some gorgeous vintage kitchenalia for Easter than a chocolate egg - (you can always go out after Easter and get a bar of chocolate can't you?) The yay retro! online vintage shop is your one stop shop for fabulous vintage gift ideas for even the most discerning vintage collector.
Here's some of my top tips for Vintage Easter gifts - Click the links below to find them in shop
1. Framed Alain Gree Chicken Picture
2. Laurids Lonborg Daisy Coasters, Storage jars and Egg Cosies
3. Carltonware Bird Eggcups, Salt & Pepper Pots on a Tray
4. Beetleware Cruet Set from the 1950s
5. Midwinter Flowersong Daisy Plate
6. Flower Power Nylon Quilted Pillowcases as new
7. Chicken Egg Holder Plate
8. Pyrex Casserole Dish with huge daisies - The '2000' design
9. Woods Beryl eggcups
10. Embee 1950s Polka Dot Toast Rack
11. 1950s Plastic Handled Cake Plate
12. Fireking Sundae Dishes in Bright yellow
13. Carltonware Peacock moneybox
14. Daisy Egg Holder Plate
15. 1960s Jelly Bag
16. Hornsea Springtime Butter Dish
17. Glass Chick / Bird Paperweight
18. Gaydon Melamine Tea Set
I think you'll agree that with the abundance of flowers, the bright sunny colours, and the up to the minute pastel colour ways shown here, vintage is the only way to go this Easter! Combined postage is available and also a free gift with all orders over £15 exc. postage. Go shopping at yay retro! now.
This is my most recent acquisition, a Robert Jefferson platter or dish made for Poole Pottery in the 1960/70s. Scandi in style, it seems that many UK potteries were influenced by Scandinavian design back then and of course we are seeing a resurgence of interest in designs like this now in the vintage world and also on the high street with contemporary designers taking their inspiration from the 1970s.
Jefferson's bird dish was probably made for trinkets and has a detailed embossed pattern. I've hung mine on the wall using an adhesive plate hanger. These birds were made in a variety of colours and designs and are certainly something wonderful to collect. Vintage devotees are always keen to have a mid century original rather than a modern 'copy' and I get real pleasure from my collection of vintage pottery birds.
Here's a John Clappison designed bird ashtray made for Hornsea, I've hung this one on the wall with a brass hook, there's a deep indentation in the back making this possible. These ashtrays were made in brown and green and you'll notice the glazes are the same as the Hornsea storage jars such as Heirloom made at the same time.
This is a Carltonware money box in the shape of a bird or peacock. I have yet to find out the designer of this which is from a range of money boxes made for the company in the 1960/70s. These are highly sought after now and as you'll see by the picture below came in different designs. I have one of these money boxes for sale in my online vintage shop now. Take a look here.
Another superb Carltonware bird set available to buy now is this amazing eggcup, salt and pepper set on a flowery tray. Ultra rare, this would be ideal to use as an ornamental piece anywhere in your home to be honest! You can see where contemporary designers are getting their ideas when you look at the flower patterns on this can't you?
Search 'bird' in the yay retro! shop to see what vintage items I have for sale with this theme.
yay retro! are delighted to have two pieces of the ultra collectable J&G Meakin Garden Party design for sale in our online vintage shop. Designed by Jessie Tait in the 1960s this is one of the most sought after patterns in the Studio range.
I have the coffee pot and the tall jug available, both are in near unused condition with no damage. A must have for any serious collector!
Both would be superb in every day use, or in display in any room of your home. i must admit these are hard to let go, I think they would be the perfect gift and would look stunning with flower in them or just sitting proudly on a shelf, sideboard or mantelpiece.
Swan SR11050BLN Fridge ReviewWe've just bought a large freestanding Swan fridge from ao.com. We chose it as it is pale blue and very retro! This means it looks great next to my vintage 1950s kitchen unit.
Up until now we've been managing with an ordinary under counter fridge along with a built in fridge which came with our kitchen. But I've always wanted a tall one and previously never had the floor or wall space. I am so pleased with this as it is very simple and stylish. The handle is a retro chrome and the machine has curved corners making it sit nicely in the room, it doesn't feel dominant at all. The pastel blue colour way is so uplifting, Swan make this in all pastel shades and I almost got the green, but felt it was better to contrast with my vintage unit than to try and colour match.
I also have the Swan microwave to match and a blue Delonghi kettle, so these three appliances have really brought a splash of colour to the room. It's worth noting that in this retro styled range there are heaps of kitchen appliances and cookware to choose from should you want to take a look.
Inside the fridge there are 6 decorative glass shelves which have square white polka dots on them, a chrome bottle rack and a regular sized salad drawer. This is one disappointment as I would have liked a much big salad storage area. However the look of the fridge means I'm happy to 'make do'. The door of the fridge has 6 good sized shelves for yogurts, cheese, milk and cartons. It comes with a nice large egg storer, however I like using my vintage version as you'll see in the photo.
What I love is the space to be able to store foods in my vintage cheese dish, Pyrex and Figgjo Flint dishes with ease as there is so much shelf space.
One downside for me is that I have to hold the fridge still when pulling on the handle, this is because the seal is so strong the fridge moves as I open it that way. If I want to open it one handed I have to use a pincer movement with my thumb within the door edge (see pic) to kind of break the seal. I'm getting use to doing this so this may become my preferred way of opening! I think for some people this might be a pain, so have a go yourself in a shop before buying. Overall I would recommend this fridge to anyone with a vintage styled kitchen.
Swan also do fridge freezers in this range as well as under counter versions and they come in a range of pastel shades including pink, green and cream. Why not go shopping at yay retro! for vintage cookware and kitchenalia now?
This is a very, very, very rare find from my personal collection. An unused boxed set of yellow wooden handled vintage Skyline kitchen utensils from the 1960/70s. These have not been used at all, they have simply been hung in my kitchen for a while. The box is totally divine, and is covered in pretty seed heads. An amazing one off gift idea for any true vintage devotee. When I found these I was truly delighted as they are the same as the ones my Gan had in the 1960s. I have had to take them down as I had a new tall fridge delivered which covers the wall they were on. I never used them. I would imagine they were an unwanted wedding present which has been carefully stored away for many years as the box is also in great condition. Snap up this once in a life time find!!