Apollinaris Glazed Ceramic Advertising Match Striker


apollinaris match striker

This beautiful glazed and crazed Apollinaris advertising match holder and striker is an inch larger in diameter than similar match strikers. Apollinaris is a German brand of mineral water which is still available for sale in Europe (and was on sale in the UK at the time the match striker was made) and the U.S. As beautiful as the cobalt blue is on this match striker, we don’t know why they bottled and marketed the mineral water in a green bottle until recently after Coca Cola purchased the company from Cadbury Schweppes.

This Apollinaris match striker was made by the firm of W. Wood & Co, as marked on the bottom. W.Wood & Co operated between 1873 and 1932, from the Albert Street Works in Burslem, Staffordshire. The mark on this striker dates the piece from between 1915 and 1932, a similar knot work mark but without the crown was used previously on pieces made between 1880 and 1915. In addition to the ornate crown, it contains the symbol of the County of Stafford, and was used by many of the potters from Stoke on Trent. The handsome three loop knot represents “the knot unites.”

This striker does not have ridges per se, it has a rough surface for strikes between the two bands. The ample sloped dish area allows for remnants of used matches to safely be placed after use.

We picked this rich piece of advertising, pub, and smoking memorabilia in the midwest at an estate auction.

Measurements: 4.5″ diameter x 3″ tall

Winking Eye Man and Woman Staffordshire Tea Cups

tea cups
Vintage Lipton Tea Advertising Winking Eye Man and Woman Staffordshire Tea Cups
lady lipton tea cup
male lipton tea cup
We discovered these ceramic tea cups during one of our many road trips. The pair (two) of promotional Staffordshire Lipton Tea cups date back to the early 1950s. They are hand painted and stamped, in excellent vintage condition. This same Winking Eye Man + Woman were later used in marketing and advertising media for Bailey’s. These ceramic tea cups are instant functional conversation pieces and collectibles. They’d be so nice to wake up to!

Packaging and Advertising Sudan Spice Cans

Spice cans

We are attracted to good design in all forms. These three Sudan spice “tins” are an early example of packaging design and branding. They are from Wesco Foods, Cincinnati, Ohio. Discovered with some spice still inside, they are in excellent vintage condition, the printed dense cardboard containers with removable “pry” tin tops are for ginger, mustard, and celery seed. The graphics, including Genie type man with balance scales on his shoulders and colors including golden yellow and bright green with black accent make great display pieces for those with interest in graphic design, packaging, or cooking. Identifiable marks date these tins from 1931.

Metal Hellmann’s Tartar Sauce Advertising Display Basket

Hellmanns tarter sauce tray

This vintage yellow metal Hellmann’s grocery display has not lost any of its charm or possible creative function. It is a welded metal grid basket with original yellow paint finish and slogan, ” a real treat with fish” showing a leaping fish and spot for the price. It really is perfect for movable storage in your kitchen or whimsically displayed on your book shelves or desk.