Big, Bold and Brassy

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Telefunken Concertino made in Germany in 1955 or 56.  A beast of a machine, weighing in at an impressive 14.5 kg.

Three speakers, piano bush buttons and a bright green magic eye.  With pre-set Bass, Orchestra, Smooth and Jazz settings, there’s hours of fiddling and adjustment to keep you going whilst listening to your favourite tunes.  Who needs the telly?

1955 ahh … Tony Bennett Stranger in ParadiseJimmy Young , Unchained Melody and Bill Hayley and his Comets were definitely doing a Rock Around the Clock.  What better radio to enjoy them on.

Sadly this one is already well-loved and will soon be on its way back home to Wales but we have two or three similar in the workshop if you’re seriously smitten.

 

Racy Red Roberts

 

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Roberts R600.  Vintage transistor radio manufactured from the late sixties to the early seventies.  This specimen was obviously well loved and looked after but wouldn’t make a sound.  These radios do turn up regularly but rarely in such good condition.  They’re generally minus the silver tops to the caps and with a missing, or at best bent, aerial. Fault-finding was a frustratingly long and tricky process but Wayne got there in the end. Finally fixed, sounds great and ready to be boxed up for its return.

 

Dansette Capri

Amongst our radio treasures we have a working Dansette Capri transistor radio manufactured in the UK in 1963 by a company better known for its record players.

Although the popularity of the transistor radio was short lived, the transistor radio remains an important part of radio history.  The invention of the transistor enabled radios to be developed which were small, portable and battery powered, in a dramatic contrast to the size and weight of the radio used in the family home.    These little radios were manufactured in their billions for a market of  post World War II baby-boomers with disposable income, a love of this new fangled rock and roll and a desire for independence from their parents.

The heyday of the transistor only really spanned from the late fifties to the seventies but if you owned one then you were hip and happening.

It’s very rare to find a radio like this in such good condition.  There is no damage to the leather case, the stitching and the strap are completely intact and the radio itself has minimal signs of wear and tear.

 

Garden Bouquet

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This little square side plate measures 7.5″ and is in very good vintage condition with no chips or cracks.  Beautifully decorated with the GARDEN BOUQUET pattern which was made from an engraving and hand-coloured.  They were Manufactured from 1940-1970 by Johnson Brothers, England as part of their Windsor Ware collection. Each piece has a hand-tinted underglaze making the bright yellows, blues and pinks permanent and acid resisting.

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This design, although quintessentially English, can mostly be found in the United States so possibly made for the export market.

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The rope edging and floral design make it perfect for display or to serve fondant fancies for a forties or fifties tea party.

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Vintage This and That

Busy making space for radios.  Some of our vintage this and that has got to go. After an extended period of extreme dithering, we’ve finally started adding to our Etsy shop.

First up is a set of 4, Kathie Winkle Woodland plates, in the Riviera Shape from 1969.P1130017Kathie Winkle is a very well-respected English designer who produced many designs used in mass-production from the late fifties until the early seventies.

Kathie’s Woodland design has stylized Elm leaves coloured with autumnal orange & greeny-yellow leaves around the plate edge, stamp outlined in black and then coloured by hand before glazing. This is a less common pattern which is a great example of mid-century British design.

Marked on the back of each plate – Broadhurst, England, Ironstone, Riviera Shape. A Kathie Winkle design. Handpainted Underglaze. Colour is detergent and dishwasher proof.

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P1130020All four plates are in good vintage condition.

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Some minor sign of wear but no chips or cracks.

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