01 December, 2012

Vintage Finds: Enamel Kettle

A proper kettle. Perfect profile, rich chocolate brown and a great pourer to boot! What more do you need to warm up a winter's night?

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  • 01 November, 2012

    Vintage Finds: Enamel Jug

    A little grey jug, which seems more like a sketch than the real thing. Seen from this angle the dynamic handle appears to diminish impossibly at its junction with the body.

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  • 01 October, 2012

    Vintage Finds: Enamel Cafetiere

    This curious enamel coffee maker could only have been made in England! Its strangely baroque handle seems completely at odds with its otherwise pared down appearance. This anomaly, however, is what makes it so compelling.

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  • 01 September, 2012

    Vintage Finds: Preserving Jar

    This preserving jar is from America. We are always looking for these jars, whose aqueous hue is so appealing. The earliest examples date from the 1930s and have beautiful irregularities in the glass.

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  • 01 August, 2012

    Vintage Finds: Travel Clothes Brush

    A clothes brush which unfolds to become a coat-hanger, or a coat-hanger which folds to become a clothes brush? This 'Heath-Robinson' device would have been indispensable to a seasoned traveler in the 1950s.

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  • 01 July, 2012

    Vintage Finds: Yellow Enamel Teapot

    We found this teapot at a vintage fair, and immediately fell for its quirky ugliness. The contrasting spout and wicker covered handle makes it demand attention. In ten years we have never seen another one!

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  • 01 June, 2012

    Vintage Finds: Orange Juicer

    This jolly juicer dates from the 1970s. Its shape and colour implies its function perfectly. On picking it up, the urge to squeeze the handles is almost irresistible.

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  • 01 May, 2012

    Vintage Finds: Enamel Skimmer

    A recent find, the pleasing shape of this simple skimmer reminds us of the domestic still life paintings of artist William Scott.

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  • 01 April, 2012

    Vintage Finds: Enamel Bucket

    They don't make them like this any more (unfortunately!) A beautifully proportioned pail, enamelled in the mottled grey of an April sky. It is humble, but beautiful.

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  • 01 March, 2012

    Vintage Finds: Dusting Brush

    This old 'Betterware' brush is from our brush collection. We have always had a curious fascination with brushes as they come in so many different shades and sizes, often with very specific uses. This one, we believe, is simply for removing cobwebs.

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  • 01 February, 2012

    Vintage Finds: Blue Banded Jug

    This small milk jug hails from Staffordshire. Its stripes have all the balance and harmony of a Ben Nicholson relief, or a Josef Albers painting. Art for the breakfast table!

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  • 01 January, 2012

    Vintage Finds: French Coffee Pot

    Bought several years ago in France, this two-piece coffee pot caught our eye with its perfect proportions. It has a pleasing simplicity of design married with a comforting homely appearance.

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  • 28 December, 2011

    Vintage Finds Calendar

    Throughout the new year we will be sharing each monthly image from our 2012 calendar.

    At LABOUR AND WAIT we always stock a selection of vintage items which we hope customers will incorporate into their daily lives. For ten years we have enjoyed exploring vintage markets both in the UK and abroad in search of unique items to rescue and restore to life. We are always attracted by the often quirky design of products manufactured in the past, whose colours and shapes can seem startling to our eyes. We never know what we will unearth and sometimes we find it hard to part with our discoveries. In this calendar we would like to share some of our favourite finds with you.

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