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For Car Boots Sale Addicts Everywhere
on 25 October 2002
Get ready to start raiding your granny’s kitchen cupboards once you've read this book. For some, the ceramics featured will bring back memories of first setting up home, or of meals eaten together as a family, but to others this book provides a great reference point to start collecting those car boot sale bargains.
Too often, publishers of antique and collectibles guides have ignored these everyday ceramics that brought food to the table during the post-war years. However, in its aim of making antiques and collectibles accessible to all, Millers have added this book to its expanding library of titles in its Collector’s series. In doing so, they have highlighted an area of ceramics that has largely gone unnoticed, often laughed at in the ‘trade’ as being kitsch and worthless. Nevertheless, these period ceramics provide an excellent opportunity for those who want to start collecting items that are still affordable and easy to find.
For well-established collectors of 50s and 60s ceramics, this book covers patterns and manufacturers that are standard within collecting circles, such as Troika, Wade, and Jessie Tait’s simple, yet stunning designs for Midwinter. However, it is a worthwhile addition to the collector’s library, not only for its summary of the principal patterns to look out for, but also for the inclusion of price guides, which is a welcome addition to all, especially as these ceramics are steadily growing in attraction and price.
Primarily, this book is best suited to the novice collector who wants to find out more about such ceramics, especially those who, perhaps having brought their first piece of Ridgway’s Homemaker, are bitten by the collecting bug. Moreover, it is also an excellent reference book for others within an interest in the period, for example: the fifties and sixties enthusiast who is seeking to achieve an authentic feel to their home, or even the magazine stylist focussing upon a retro trend. But whoever you are, this book will help fire any addiction for 50s and 60s ceramics.