Excited to recently purchase this Bristol Blue rolling pin that was in the collection of Bruce Allen - "a lovers' token" with shipping illustrations, one which shows the "Star of Tasmania". Obviously the twin master that the sailor sailed away to the world downunder. The other illustration show a large port unnamed. Her collected history here.
ROLLING-PINS These quaint objects are as graceless in shape as anything could possibly be, but to many people the human interest makes up for their lack of artistry. They were mostly made at Bristol and are found in considerable numbers in sailor's homes, where they were brought as lovers' gifts by seafaring men engaged in the coasting trade. The mottoes and decorations on the best are done in enamel colours and burned on after the manner of other Bristol glass of good quality, but the later and less interesting ones have a coarser decoration in oil colours lightly baked on and liable to come off in the course of wear. Others are decorated with transfers in the style of Sunderland pottery ware, which also was a favourite gift of "those that go down to the sea in ships". These examples may possibly come form a Newcastle glass-house.
Inscriptions are frequent, generally of an amatory character, either verses or trite mottoes: "Remember me, when this you see, though many miles I distant be" is a favourite. In North Wales these rolling-pins are a source of great pride to the owners, and I remember being shown six in one kitchen, which belonged to the wife of the owner of a small coasting schooner.
All containing my _urban archaeology collection of ephemera, design resource and graphic devices + my designer's library upstairs where we live. Read more here: http://nswmuseumsinquiry.blogspot.com.au
Post stroke, post two bowel operations he is now learning to cope and speak again . . . I'm posting two artworks he sent me 1978/1986' from London and NYC in the hope that he can use these a memory jolt and an excuse to verbalise thoughts again.
That's Mike with his tell-tale silver hair streak in the orange shirt:
I haven't seen this in nearly 50 years - I can't remember it either but it has those characteristic marks of my early brush work. Way before art school but still it has a corporate feel. Here is my first poster for Les and the band . . . you can see the band's livery emerging:
Buttons are small except for the 18th century 'Tom Backs' that I'm crazy for . . .
I've learnt a lot from this little book - the names for particular types that we have in the collection, button making tools in the history section and new versions and some old favourites like buttons made from seeds that I simply adore . . .
Barbara has made use of older buttons in her contemporary jewellery designs and makes and I'm also interested in using buttons as 'gems' in our work. Links to search our viewer site blog
Michael was going through his parent's ephemera and found these three Christmas cards which he has gifted to me . . . did Don partner Dick or Nev first? One drove and one picked up and swung the can's contents into the lorry . . . people gave the garbage men gifts also like a carton of (beer) stubbies etc . . . Brisbane letterpress ephemera in the Urban_Archaeology collection: