ST IVES, ENGLAND – Display Plate

st-ives-samll-wooden-wall-plate-1PLACE REPRESENTED: St Ives, England

ITEM: Display Plate

NOTES: St Ives is a seaside town, in Cornwall, in the far south west tail of England. The small plate depicts a “Lucky Pisky”, a “pisky” being a fairy. He says “I’m from dear ol Cornwall for’ee m’dear”. I assume the pisky is saying he’s from Cornwall forever. I’m not sure if that’s lucky or not but he seems to be happy with the statement.

YEAR (APPROXIMATE): 1960s

MADE FROM: wood

MADE IN:  unknown

MANUFACTURER: unknown

DIMENSIONS: 9cm diameter

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NICARAGUA – Ornaments

nicaragua-no-evil-ornaments-jose-gutierrez-1PLACE REPRESENTED:   Nicaragua

ITEM: Ornament

NOTES: The three wise monkeys who embody the proverbial principle “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” are, here, transposed to Nicaragua. It’s not unusual for cultures to adapt the proverb to their culture by using a more familiar symbol. Buddahs, owls, people and all sorts of symbols have been used. Here, the Nicaraguans have gone for an a Native American Indian look or perhaps a Aztec look (even though the Aztecs were to the north of Nicaragua in Mexico). These double up as tea light candle holders. The ornaments are signed by Jose Gutierrez, a Nicaraguan potter from the village of San Juan de Oriente. Having said that this is a little rough and could be a knock off.

YEAR (APPROXIMATE): 2016

MADE FROM: clay

MADE IN: Nicaragua

MANUFACTURER: Jose Gutierrez

DIMENSIONS:16cm tall, 8cm wide (each)

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TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA – Cap

tasmania-cap-coat-of-arms-5PLACE REPRESENTED: Tasmania , Australia

ITEM: Cap

NOTES: A cap with the Tasmanian coat of arms … or at least a variation of it. The shield has been replaced with a map of a lion and the old State emblem, and the normal red lion has been replaced with a white one (which is all usually found on the Tasmanian police badge).

YEAR (APPROXIMATE): 1990s

MADE FROM: polyester or cotton.

MADE IN: unknown

MANUFACTURER: unknown

DIMENSIONS: adult adjustable size.

GOONDIWINDI, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA – Pen

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PLACE REPRESENTED: Goondiwindi, Queensland , Australia

ITEM: Pens

NOTES: Pens (in blue and purple) signifying a visit to a newsagent in Goondiwindi. Goondiwindi is remote … about 350 kilometres (220 mi) south west of the Queensland state capital, Brisbane. The name is from an Aboriginal word meaning “the resting place of the birds”.

YEAR (APPROXIMATE): 2000s

MADE FROM: plastic

MADE IN:  unknown

MANUFACTURER: unknown

DIMENSIONS: 13cm long

PERU – Cap

peru-inca-cap-1PLACE REPRESENTED:   Peru

ITEM: Cap

NOTES: A very stylish and ornate cap from Peru. Quite a bit of detail has gone into the brim and badge. It is wonderfully folk art-ish with some of the usual traditional Peruvian motifs displayed … a lama, Incas. The “chismosas” referred to are “gossips”. Very nice.

YEAR (APPROXIMATE): 1990s

MADE FROM: leather  or vinyl (I can’t tell which)

MADE IN: Peru probably

MANUFACTURER: unknown

DIMENSIONS: adult adjustable size.

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PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA – Coasters

perth-coasters-1     perth-coasters-2PLACE REPRESENTED: Perth, Western Australia , Australia

ITEM: Coasters

NOTES: Generic plastic coated, foam backed cardboard coasters depicting all the major sites of a given place. In this case: Perth.

Quite sterile even if there are a lot of images, though one would be forgiven for thinking that no one lives there. Where are all the people?

YEAR (APPROXIMATE): 2000s

MADE FROM: cardboard, foam.

MADE IN: China

MANUFACTURER: unknown

DIMENSIONS: 10cm  x 10cm (34cm x 11cm pack)

SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA – Ashtray

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PLACE REPRESENTED: Sydney (specifically the Sydney Harbour Bridge), New South Wales , Australia

ITEM: Ashtray

NOTES: A very old, very used ashtray depicting a very old, very used bridge … well by Australian standards anyway.

YEAR (APPROXIMATE): 1950s

MADE FROM: steel , silver-plate (“exquisite” plate)

MADE IN:  England

MANUFACTURER: unknown

DIMENSIONS: 10cm x 10cm