Archive | February, 2014

Vintage Sparklets Corkmaster Wine Bottle Opener ca. Mid Century

27 Feb




The Sparklets Corkmaster uses  a Sparklets Bulb Cartridge which has CO2 gas in it. The Corkmaster is inserted in the cork and when the gas is released, it gently lifts the cork out of the bottle.  The gas bulbs are the same ones that would have been used in a Syphon Bottle.    These date to the 1960’s and 70’s and were manufactured by the British Oxygen Company.  Unique item that would still be serviceable today if you could find the CO2 replacement cartridges.

I came across this information on several sites while doing some research on the Corkmaster.  How true this is I am not sure……..but it is rather funny.

The Sparklets Corkmaster Was Manufactured By British Oxygen Company’s Sparklets Works
From The 1960s Until 1981. The largest Consumer Of The Corkmasters Was The American
Department Of Defense. These Were Used By Elite Military Groups, Which Allowed Them To
Silently Kill The Enemy By Injecting CO2 Into Their Bloodstream Thus Causing An Embolism;
Death Followed Shortly…

In The Final Scene Of The 1971 James Bond Film Diamonds Are Forever, Bond (Sean Connery)
And Tiffany Case (Jill St. John) Are Offered A Gourmet Dinner. Mr. Wint (Bruce Glover) Presents
A Bottle Of Wine To Bond And Then Prepares To Open it. The Threatening Look in of the pictures shows Him Ready To Stab The Cork With A Sparklets Corkmaster…….or is he preparing to stab something else?????

Please note this item is now SOLD!!!


Ceramic Cats Figurines, Mid Century

27 Feb




The glaze on these cute little cats is beautiful, very soft and smooth to the touch.  I couldn’t identify the markings on the bottom. If anyone can provide further information about these cats, please send it along. I do think they date to the mid century era based on the colours and style. They are approx. 3″ to 4″ tall. They almost have a foxy look to them. (I have recently discovered they were made in Sweden)

They will be for sale in my booth at the Almonte Antique Market, 26 Mill Street, Almonte ON.

Priced at $ 20 for the pair

Please note these cats are now SOLD!!

Royal Albert Greenwood Tree Pattern Dishes

27 Feb


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Dishes are from Royal Albert Crown China made in England in the Greenwood Tree pattern. The back stamp on these dishes dates them from 1927 to 1935.    Beautiful condition and hardly any wear on the surfaces.  Soft colours and very delicate looking.  There are 4 luncheon size plates and a cream and sugar.

A little before mid century, but I do like these pretty dishes and couldn’t resist them.

Please note these dishes are now SOLD!


Iittala Ultima Thule Footed Cordials by Tapio Wirkkala, Finland

25 Feb

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These are 2 1/2″ footed cordials made by IIttala, Finland in the Ultima Thule pattern, designed by Tapio Wirkkala.   They date to the 1960’s.

I found the following information about the designer on

Tapio Wirkkala 1968

Inspired by the melting ice in Lapland, Wirkkala originally created the surface in the 1960s after carving into a graphic mould. An exclusive design reflecting the thousands of hours spent perfecting the glass-blowing technique required to produce the effect. The patterns gradually change as the glass burns the surface of the wooden moulds.

Please Note: these glasses are now SOLD!!

Carlton Ware Hand Painted Australian Design Pin Dishes

25 Feb

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Five very nice examples of Carlton Ware pin dishes.  I think these patterns are more common as I see them on ebay quite frequently.  These five dishes are in very nice condition, with no crazing that I could see and no nicks or damage.  The backstamp on these was used between 1935 to 1961.IMG_7016


These are the perfect size to put on a dresser to hold a few pairs of earrings.

Found the following information at this web site:

By the mid 1930’s the Japanese had become masters of copying good quality wares and Carlton Ware became a target. Prices for the imitations were much lower than the originals they copied, which caused much concern. However, Cuthbert discovered a clause in the South East Asia Treaty Organisation (SEATO) between Australia and Japan where designs registered in Australia could not be copied by the Japanese. He quickly took advantage of this by registering a large number of patterns in Australia. This explains the “Registered Australian Design) backstamp on many of their patterns.

I stumbled across another great site( that has some beautiful and unusual examples of Carlton Ware if you are interested. The site has photos of backstamps you can refer to if you want  to date your pieces and a lot of history on Carlton Ware as well as other fine ceramics. 

These will be for sale at my booth at the Almonte Antique Market, 26 Mill Street, Almonte ON

Priced at $8 each

Art Deco Style Ceramic Coffee or Chocolate Pot Set

25 Feb


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I have done some research on this set but have yet to come up with any information.  It is quite striking with the art deco pattern and lovely soft glaze.   I believe this would be a chocolate pot set or an espresso set.  The cups are demi tasse sized and the pot is only about 8″ tall.

There are no makers marks on any of the pieces. Unfortunately, one cup is cracked, one cup has had the handle repaired, and one handle of the sugar bowl has been repaired.   Nevertheless, I still think the set makes a good impression.

This set probably dates to the 1930’s.  It is foreign made, most like from Japan.

Will be for sale at my booth at the Almonte Antique Market, 26 Mill Stree, Almonte Ontario.

Priced at $75 for the set.

Vintage Noma Whirl Glo Christmas Tree Light Shades

23 Feb




These are Box #1 and Box #2 in a set of 2 boxes of revolving Christmas tree light shades that were made for Noma Lites Canda Limited, in Japan.  There are 4 different designs in each box.  These are very delicate and it is amazing that they have survived intact all these years. They date back to 1937.

They are papier mache shades with Christmas designs on them, painted by famous American artists. They are placed over a bulb and the heat from the bulb makes them revolve.  Back then, they retailed at approx. 5 cents each and were sold in boxes of 4, like mine, and in boxes of 10.

Fascinating and beautiful to look at.

Please note these items are now SOLD!!!

Plastic or Lucite Teapot Napkin Holder, Mid Century

23 Feb



I would date this to the late 1960’s or early 1970’s.  There were so many designers of this type of molded plastic ware at that time that I couldn’t even guess who this might be from.  The most common ones I know of were made by Colorflo, Wondermold, New Designs, and others.  It is constructed of a hard plastic material and shaped like a teapot. They came in a variety of styles and colours to match the mid century decor.

This will be for sale at my booth at the Almonte Antique Market, 26 Mill Street, Almonte ON, just 30 minutes west of the city of Ottawa.

Priced at $ 15.00


Robert Steven Witkoff Modernist Style Teapot

23 Feb








I couldn’t find much on the designer of this unique looking stoneware teapot by Robert Steven Witkoff.  I believe this is from the early 1970’s. I did find one listing with the same teapot in it’s original box, which had  ‘Ellipse’ as the manufacturer.  I also found other Witkoff teapot listings which named International Silver as the manufacturer.  He also designed for Omni Ware.  All items appear to have been made in Japan.

The style is definitely modernist. The lid is set off center (to one side of the handle). The teapot measures about 9″x7″x61/4″.  The colour is more like the slightly yellower beige tone of the 2nd and 3rd photos but not as dark.

This will be for sale at my booth at the Almonte Antique Market, 26 Mill Street, Almonte ON, just 30 minutes west of the city of Ottawa.

Priced at $55

Please note this item is now SOLD!!!

Fab Four, The Beatles Bobble Head Cake Toppers 1960’s

14 Feb


This month is the 50th anniversary of the Beatles (John, Paul, Ringo and George) appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.  I have these wonderful Beatles Bobblehead Caketoppers that are still sealed in their original plastic bag.  They are plastic, made in Hong Kong and measure about 4″ tall.

Please Note: This is now SOLD