CANBERRA, AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY, AUSTRALIA – Jigsaw

Canberra - Telstra Tower - Jigsaw (1)PLACE REPRESENTED: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory , Australia

ITEM: Jigsaw

NOTES: The Telstra Tower in Canberra. Well it’s a nice change from the Houses of Parliament or the Australian War Memorial. It is only a small jigsaw … no doubt the houses of Parliament would be the 10000 piece one where the pieces don’t fit and, inevitably, the final piece is missing.

YEAR (APPROXIMATE): 1980s

MADE FROM: cardboard

MADE IN:  China (very little in Canberra seems to be made in Australia)

MANUFACTURER: unknown

DIMENSIONS: 17cm  x 25cm

CAIRNS, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA – Water Cube

Cairns - Water Cube - paper Weights - 2014 (1)PLACE REPRESENTED: Cairns, Queensland , Australia

ITEM: Paperweight Water Cube

NOTES: Two water cubes. One with fish and one with crocodiles. It’s a good thing they are not in the same cube.

YEAR (APPROXIMATE): 2014

MADE FROM: plastic

MADE IN:  China

MANUFACTURER: Wilmot Harvey

DIMENSIONS: 5cm x 5cm x 5cm

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CASTIGLIONE, ITALY – Ashtray

Castiglione, Sicily - Ashtray (1)PLACE REPRESENTED: Castiglione di Sicilia , Italy

ITEM: Ashtray

NOTES: Castiglione di Sicilia is a small municipality 160 km east of Palermo in Sicily. The structure depected is Cannizzu (XII century), a cylindrical tower, which is the symbol of the town of Castiglione.

YEAR (APPROXIMATE): 1970s

MADE FROM: ceramic material

MADE IN:  unknown

MANUFACTURER: unknown

DIMENSIONS: 14cm  diameter x 4cm high

RIJEKA, CROATIA – Wall Plate

Rijeka - Wooden Wall Plate (1)PLACE REPRESENTED: Rijeka , Croatia

ITEM: Wall Plate

NOTES: The Kapucinska crkva Gospe Lurdske or The Capuchin Church of Our Lady of Lourdes located on Žabica Square in Rijeka. Built between 1904 – 1929 by the Capuchin nuns this is an impressive red and white Catholic church with a neo-Gothic facade. http://www.kvarner.hr/hodocastiti-svetistima/en/lady-lourd.html

YEAR (APPROXIMATE): 1973

MADE FROM: wood

MADE IN:   Croatia  (probably) (or the then Yugoslavia)

MANUFACTURER: unknown

DIMENSIONS: 27cm diameter

 

MALAYSIA – Key Ring

Malaysia - key ring (1)

PLACE REPRESENTED:   Malaysia

ITEM: Key Ring  Holder

NOTES: A dainty little key ring made out of material and wood with a bell attached underneath. Clearly the bell is not there to help you find your keys (think about it) … it must be to give you a little aural magic you walk along. It is all very delicate. I don’t think it would last long in my pocket.

YEAR (APPROXIMATE): 2000s

MADE FROM: wood , material , steel

MADE IN:  unknown

MANUFACTURER: unknown

DIMENSIONS: 14cm long  (including chain)

COSTA MAYA, MEXICO – Key Holder

Costa Maya - Mexico - key holder (1)PLACE REPRESENTED: Costa Maya , Mexico

ITEM: Key Holder

NOTES: I love this. Cactus, wood, tile. Costa Maya is a small tourist region on Mexico’s east coast. The cactus and desert scenery (as opposed to beaches and waves) with the region hand written up the side lead me to assume that the key holder could be adapted to any Mexican region. You know, not all Mexico is dry, sunny and dusty as depicted in (western) films. I still like this though.

YEAR (APPROXIMATE): 1980s

MADE FROM: wood , tile

MADE IN:  unknown

MANUFACTURER: unknown

DIMENSIONS: 15cm wide x 20cm high

NORFOLK ISLAND, AUSTRALIA – Key Holder

Norfolk Island - key holder (1)PLACE REPRESENTED: Norfolk Island , Australia

ITEM: Key Holder

NOTES: Rustic, locally made (by P. Christian according to the back. No doubt a descendant of Fletcher?) pyrography piece depicting the ubiquitous Norfolk Island pine tree.

YEAR (APPROXIMATE): 1970s

MADE FROM: wood , steel

MADE IN:  Norfolk Island

MANUFACTURER: P. Christian

DIMENSIONS: 11cm  wide x 11cm high

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IRELAND – Ornament

Ireland - Ornament - Harp (1)PLACE REPRESENTED: Ireland

ITEM: Ornament

NOTES: “Natural Irish Crafts”. Only the Irish could get away with sculpting something (here a Celtic harp) out of turf, or rather peat bog, and selling it to tourists.

YEAR (APPROXIMATE): 1980s

MADE FROM: turf

MADE IN:  Ireland

MANUFACTURER: Samhain Turf

DIMENSIONS: 19cm high x 13cm wide

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RIJEKA, CROATIA – Pennant

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PLACE REPRESENTED: Rijeka , Croatia

ITEM: Pennant

NOTES: A pennant from Rijeka, Croatia (then Yugoslavia) depicting two scenes from the city: The old town and the harbour. This is quite stylish in its own way.

YEAR (APPROXIMATE): 1972

MADE FROM: cloth

MADE IN:  unknown

MANUFACTURER: unknown

DIMENSIONS: 21cm long x 13cm wide

 

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