AUSTRALIA – Oven Mitt

australia - oven mit (1)PLACE REPRESENTED:   Australia

ITEM: Oven mitt aka oven glove

NOTES: An oven mitt with a map of Australia and some of the flora and fauna associated with it. Perhaps an oven mitt is appropriate … flora, fauna, global warming.

YEAR (APPROXIMATE): 2000s

MADE FROM: cotton

MADE IN:  China

MANUFACTURER: unknown

DIMENSIONS: 30cm long x 15cm wide

INGHAM, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA – Bottle Opener

Ingham - Bottle Opener (1)PLACE REPRESENTED: Ingham, Queensland , Australia

ITEM: Bottle Opener

NOTES: Ingham, Queensland. Famous for its sugar cane. Many a migrant spent their time cutting cane thereabouts. Well, many a non-English speaking migrant, to be specific. Well, many a Italian, Croatian, Hungarian, etc etc. So many Italians worked and settled in the area during the last century, but especially during the 1950s and 1960s that Ingham is known as “Little Italy” and has an “Italian-Australian” festival. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ingham,_Queensland

YEAR (APPROXIMATE): 1970s

MADE FROM: steel

MADE IN:  unknown

MANUFACTURER: unknown

DIMENSIONS: 12cm long

Ingham - Bottle Opener (2)

NORFOLK ISLAND, AUSTRALIA – Salt & Pepper Shakers

norfolk island - s&p shakers (1)PLACE REPRESENTED: Norfolk Island , Australia

ITEM: Salt & Pepper Shakers

NOTES: Norfolk Island depicted by the (I assume) Norfolk Pine and (I assume) the Bounty sailing ship (the one famed for the mutiny) which never actually went to Norfolk though some of its mutineers did or, it could be the HMS Resolution the ship Captain Cook commanded when he first discovered (White European discovery) the island in 1774.

YEAR (APPROXIMATE): 1980s

MADE FROM: ceramic material

MADE IN:  unknown

MANUFACTURER: unknown

 DIMENSIONS: 8cm  high x 4.5cm diameter (at largest)

HUDSON, NEW HAMPSHIRE, USA – Trivet

hudson-new-hampshire-trviet-crab-1PLACE REPRESENTED: Hudson, New Hampshire , USA

ITEM: Trivet

NOTES: Hudson, New Hampshire on the Merrimack River is famous for its crabs … or rather crab meals. You can put a pot of that on this handy trivet.

YEAR (APPROXIMATE): 1990s

MADE FROM: tile, wood

MADE IN:  USA

MANUFACTURER: Besheer Art Tile

DIMENSIONS: 15cm  x , 15cm.

hudson-new-hampshire-trviet-crab-3

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – Wall Ornament

jerusalem-wall-plate-1PLACE REPRESENTED:   Israel

ITEM: Wall Ornament

NOTES: As I have said before, “I doubt this blog will create an international incident but in all fairness have decided to enter Jerusalem in as a “state” unto itself even though technically it is the capital of both Israel and Palestine. Two separate entries would throw out the neat order of my tables. So deal with it. Now, if only the middle east problem was as easy to solve”. This is a wonderful earthenware wall plate recognizes the duality (or triality if you are talking about religions and add in Christianity). At the front there seems to be an Orthodox Jew (wearing a traditional “Shtreimel” (or “Spodik”) hat on his head, playing a Jewish clarinet or flute which would have been typical in Klezmer bands. But, in the background amongst the other building there appear to be the traditional Muslim minarets (the slim towers attached to a mosque).

YEAR (APPROXIMATE): 1970s

MADE FROM: ceramic material

MADE IN:  unknown

MANUFACTURER: unknown

DIMENSIONS: 24cm diameter

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SAIGON, VIETNAM – Figurine

Saigon - Vietnam - figurine (2)PLACE REPRESENTED: Saigon , Vietnam

ITEM: Figurine

NOTES: A cute figurine of a Vietnamese girl. I have no idea if the clothing is traditional but she is certainly stylish.

YEAR (APPROXIMATE): 2001

MADE FROM: material , wood

MADE IN:   Vietnam no doubt

MANUFACTURER: unknown

DIMENSIONS: 18cm tall , 4.5cm diameter base

Saigon - Vietnam - figurine (3)     Saigon - Vietnam - figurine (4)

HUNGARY – Coasters

hungary-coasters-and-holder-red-2PLACE REPRESENTED:   Hungary

ITEM: Coasters

NOTES: Great  machine woven coasters from Hungary. This replicates the folk art / craft of years past. The familiar chili, used in so many Hungarian dishes is present. The coaster holder is quite nifty and very functional and you could see it sitting around a bottle of pálinka (a traditional fruit brandy). It never caught on with the Anglo’s.

YEAR (APPROXIMATE): 1970s

MADE FROM: cotton

MADE IN:   Hungary (probably)

MANUFACTURER: unknown

DIMENSIONS: 16cm wide x 24cm high (holder), 9cm diameter for the coasters.

               hungary-coasters-and-holder-red-4          hungary-coasters-and-holder-red-5

               hungary-coasters-and-holder-red-6          hungary-coasters-and-holder-blue-1

 

CASINO, NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA – Ashtray

Casino - Ashtray (1)     Casino - Ashtray (7)

PLACE REPRESENTED: Casino, New South Wales , Australia

ITEM: Ashtray

NOTES: An old ashtray with the coat of arms for the town of Casino in northern New South Wales. Neither of the animals on the coat of arms looks like a cow … and they should be given Casino is the beef capital of Australia*.

YEAR (APPROXIMATE): 1960s

MADE FROM: steel

MADE IN:  Australia

MANUFACTURER: Daramount by KC Luke, Melbourne

DIMENSIONS: 11cm x , 11cm

* although the town of Rockhampton in Queensland also claims this title

AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND – Cap

Amsterdam - Cap (1)PLACE REPRESENTED: Amsterdam , Holland

ITEM: Cap

NOTES: A cap depicting the shield of Amsterdam … no drugs, no prostitues, no freewheelin times.  Of course you could wear the cap, pulled down, over you face when indulging in any of those activities.

YEAR (APPROXIMATE): 1990s

MADE FROM: 100% cotton

MADE IN:  China

MANUFACTURER: unknown

DIMENSIONS: Head size.