Hello. We like to collect well-designed vintage pottery (and lots of other stuff) from the 1950s,
'60s and '70s. Here are some pictures and info of a selection of the things we've found.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

I know what you mean, mate.

I had to chuckle when I read this on Rob's blog this morning: Rob's Robert Jefferson storage jars
Although we shouldn't laugh really. Completism is an incurable affliction that can strike anyone.
Seeing that wonderful collection of Robert Jefferson spice jars, reminded me of how easy it is to be drawn into the need to find the whole set.
And spice jars seem to be the perfect bait to tempt collectors in. You start by finding a nice looking spice jar, then you find another, next you're trying to find how many were made and before you know it, you're hooked.
I got caught on the spice trail too. My quest was for these Hornsea Pottery spice jars from 1965, 1966. The retro designs are screen printed in black onto white jars. The jars have nicely turned wooden lids.
I still have the spice jars but decided that I had to give up collecting them when I discovered they were made in at least two different sizes and in four different colours – white, brown, blue and green. I mean, be reasonable, enough is enough.
So, a good excuse to show some stylish retro spice jars. But also a gentle warning to others of the hidden dangers of the vintage spice jar.


  1. It's good to know I'm not alone!

  2. Oh Yes, love the black and white ones. Never seen these before...almost look scandinavian.

  3. How spooky seeing your post today as only yesterday whilst in a charity shop in Bridlington I saw a brown coffee storage jar from this collection and I thought shall I buy it.
    For one of the reasons you talk about I didn't buy it because I knew it would result in me looking for the tea and sugar jars, plus I thought it was overpriced at £8.
    I have just one spice jar in this range and that is a white cinnamon jar, I won't be going for a set, it's just to have one of this design in my collection.
    I believe the range also included hors d'oeuvres dishes and cruets.

  4. The thing with these pots is you have to consider them in context. Our kitchen in the 70's had wallpaper showing a collage of Moulin Rouge posters, orange starburst linoleum floor, brown formica worktops and the splashbacks were dark red glaze tiles similar to west german lava pots. Now add these jars! Sort of a migraine of interior design. Although as a child I loved it! t.x

  5. I really liked this ones, reminds me a bit of the norweigan vase/candleholder i found yestreday! http://livetpasofieberg.blogspot.com/2011/06/en-norrman.html

  6. wow, they are really pretty!