If you’re after an old member for your PenDelfin bandstand then I’ve just spotted this PenDelfin Cha Cha on eBay.
If you have a look at him you will see he’s obviously been fighting with his fellow bandmates! The seller has included some large photographs illustrating the damage which is always good and it’s nice to see that he still has the original PenDelfin gilt rectangular label on his base.
Cha Cha is one of the rarer PenDelfin rabbits and quite collectable. He was designed by PenDelfin founder Jean Walmsley Heap and only in production from 1959 to 1961, so he’s not as common as some of the other models that were made for longer. Playing a tuba he fits perfectly alongside Squeezy and Phumf on the PenDelfin bandstand!
The Metallion Range that PenDelfin produced in the 1980s is often overlooked. Whilst the majority of the range features mystic designs and witches there are one or two rabbit pieces if you look hard enough!
Take this bronze Mother & Baby rabbit currently on eBay. It was designed by PenDelfin founder Jean Walmsley Heap, stands approximately 7″ tall and was only produced from 1980-1985. To complete the pair a Father Rabbit was also made, similarly designed by Jean Walmsley Heap and standing approximately 7″ tall.
This pair was also made into a set of rather nice and very weighty(!) bookends, one with Father Rabbit on a stone base and one with Mother & Baby on a stone base, fit to hold up any books I’m sure!
So if you’re interested in expanding your collection into the Metallion range then Mother & Baby isn’t a bad place to start, she’ll blend in with her other cousins and will add a nice bit of variety among all those pottery rabbits.
I’ve just seen a Troika Celtic Cross up for auction on eBay.
Belonging to the textured range the Celtic Cross is quite a tall piece at around 10″ tall. Whilst not everybody’s cup of tea due to it’s tricky display properties – tall and thin – it is a rather nice and unsual piece.
The base of the piece has been illustrated in the listing enabling you to identify who decorated the piece. This particular example has been decorated by Simone Kilburn. Simone joined the Troika pottery straight from school in 1975 and only worked there until c1977.
You can see further examples of Troika pottery marks on our Troika Pottery Marks page and also read all about the history of this popular pottery on our Troika Pottery Pottery Guide page.
The Newcastle based Maling pottery produced some fine examples of pottery including some stunning lustre ware pieces decorated with exotic birds and windmills to name but a few. I have however just spotted a piece on eBay, it’s an example of real Art Deco styling. Decorated with pattern number 5495 this trumpet shape vase dates c1930-1932.
This example does have some stained crazing shown in the photographs by the seller, it’s obviously been used at some point in time! It might be wise to verify the condition with the seller before bidding, but it certianly would make an unsual addition to a Maling collection.
It’s definitely a vase that would stand out in the crowd!