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Listed under:  Arts  >  Visual arts  >  Decorative arts  >  Table setting
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Boar's head covered tureen, 1878

This is a large tureen and cover manufactured by Mintons in England in 1878. The tureen and cover is sculpted in the shape of a boar's head with upward-pointing snout and tusks, recessed eyes and ears swept back. The textured fur is painted with rich aubergine and brown glazes and is covered in places with green oak leaves ...

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Harlequin cup and saucer, 1930-34

This is a Harlequin cup and saucer, manufactured in Australia from formaldehyde resin powder by Moulded Products between 1930 and 1934. The cup and saucer are orange with mottled red, blue, yellow and green distributed unevenly across their surfaces.

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Splayd eating utensils, 1962

These are six stainless-steel Splayd eating utensils. They were designed by William McArthur and manufactured by Stokes (Australasia) Ltd, Japan, in 1962.

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Alex Liddy 'Chunky Melamine' outdoor dining ware, 2003

These are pieces of Alex Liddy 'Chunky Melamine' outdoor dining ware, manufactured from melamine by Housewares International Ltd, China. This collection consists of round platters, a round dinner plate, large bowl, mug, compartment platter and a set of chopsticks, in blue and white.

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Alex Liddy 'Atria' serving utensils, 2005

These are four 'Atria' serving utensils, manufactured from stainless steel and plastic by Housewares International, China. The utensils comprise a cake lifter, a large serving spoon and two large salad servers, all made from polished stainless steel. All utensils are marked on the reverse.

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Nally Ware salt shakers, 1934

These are two mottled orange Nally Ware salt shakers with black caps, manufactured from moulded phenol formaldehyde by Nally Ltd, Sydney. The salt shakers have a tapered octagonal form with a flat screw-top cap with multiple pouring holes on one, and a single central pouring nozzle on the other.

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Kalocsa embroidered mat, c1940-50

This is a Kalocsa embroidered and needle-woven lace mat, manufactured in Hungary. It features pen-cut work around a wreath of brightly coloured flowers embroidered in Hungarian satin stitch. The centre of the mat has three embroidered flowers and leaves that are surrounded by a ring of circles with solid centres. The edge ...

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Glass bottle, c1880

This is a green glass bottle that was excavated at Casselden Place, Melbourne, in 2003. It measures 29.8 cm x 9.5 cm and was in use in about 1880.

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Scent bottle, c1880

This small, ornate, green glass scent bottle was excavated at Casselden Place, Melbourne, in 2003. It measures 98 mm x 60 mm, with a diameter of 57 mm, and was in use in about 1880.

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Medicine bottle, c1880

This is a clear glass, single-dose medicine bottle. It has a maker's mark and was manufactured in China. It was uncovered in an archaeological dig of the area known as 'Little Lon', Melbourne, in 2003. The bottle measures 50 mm x 19 mm, and would have been in use in about 1880.

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Biodegradable cutlery, Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

These items - three spoons, a knife and a fork - are examples of the biodegradable cutlery that appeared at all food outlets at the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Made from wood and cornflour, they were manufactured by Biocorp Inc, and supplied to the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG) ...

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Splayds cutlery - asset 1

This is a colour photograph featuring Splayds, a cutlery item invented in Sydney in 1943 by William McArthur. The photograph shows four Splayds displayed diagonally - three have their forked ends pointing upwards towards the left and one has its forked end pointing downwards towards the right. Made of highly polished silver ...

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'A shining example', 1920 - asset 1

This is a clip taken from a 1920 black-and-white silent 'documentary' made in Melbourne by Herschells Films titled 'A shining example'. The excerpt opens with scenes of a man and his sister examining a silver teapot in a shop. The man is shown turning the teapot over and looking underneath while talking to the salesman. ...

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'A shining example', 1920 - asset 2

This is a clip taken from a 1920 black-and-white silent documentary made in Melbourne by Herschells Films titled 'A shining example.' The opening scene shows a man and his sister standing in front of a glass-topped counter in a shop examining a silver teapot and in conversation with the salesman. An intertitle of the man's ...

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'A shining example', 1920 - asset 3

This is a clip from a 1920 black-and-white silent documentary made in Melbourne by Herschells Films titled 'A shining example.' The excerpt opens with a salesman and a female customer in conversation, probably about an article on a glass-topped counter. This scene is followed by a shot of the woman's brother speaking into ...

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'A shining example', 1920 - asset 4

This is an excerpt from a 1920 black-and-white silent documentary made in Melbourne by Herschells Films titled 'A shining example.' The excerpt begins with a silverware salesman and two customers visiting a factory that produces electroplated silverware. They are greeted at the front door of a brick building, with all three ...

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'A shining example', 1920 - asset 5

This is an excerpt from a 1920 black-and-white silent documentary made in Melbourne by Herschells Films Pty Ltd titled 'A shining example.' It begins with an intertitle that reads 'Remarkable mechanical advances in the manufacture of Electro-Plated Silverware enable the body of the teapot to be accurately shaped by a 10 ...

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'A shining example', 1920 - asset 6

This is a clip from a 1920 black-and-white silent documentary made in Melbourne by Herschells Films titled 'A shining example.' It begins with an intertitle that reads 'Now thoroughly cleaned, the teapot receives its first coat of pure silver by being dipped in a "Striking Bath" containing liquid silver.' A worker wearing ...

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'A shining example', 1920 - asset 7

This is an excerpt from a 1920 black-and-white silent documentary made in Melbourne by Herschells Films titled 'A shining example.' It begins with an intertitle that reads 'The burnished process not only brightens the teapot, but it produces a hardness which ensures greater wearing qualities.' Three women work at a table ...

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'A shining example', 1920 - asset 8

This is an excerpt from the end of a 1920 black-and-white silent documentary made in Melbourne by Herschells Films titled 'A shining example.' A silverware salesman and two customers visiting a factory look on as a man buffs a silverplated teapot using a rotary wheel. Other silverware produced at the factory can be seen. ...