The theme for the final session of Collectors in 2017 was ‘Christmas’. The table was covered in a Christmas tablecloth and decorated with brass candlestick holders and red candles. Later a red runner was added to the setting and a Christmas tree decorated with lollies. There weren’t too many lollies left at the end of the session. Most of those who attended brought along something ‘Christmassy’. We had some rather large reindeer which had originally been brown paper but were now proudly gold. Jennifer had bought them in Melbourne when she was there to see Phantom of the Opera. They went with her to the Phantom, as in those days you could take large bags into the theatre.
We also saw Louise’s antique Santa from America, fondly brought out each year. Christmas tree decorations brought for grandchildren to hang on their tree, an antique looking gramophone which played Christmas carols and a very old and much loved book of music featuring Christmas carols which the owner had played when she was a child. A Wedgewood Christmas bauble which was very delicate and beautiful was brought along. It was really nice to see all the various items ,too many to mention but they will be added to the slideshow. After morning tea, which included mince tarts to add to our Christmas theme, Bev showed a slideshow of the items we had brought along during the year. Thank you Bev.
It has been a very enjoyable and successful year. Collectors will start again on February 12th and the theme which has been suggested is ‘kitchenalia’.
The theme for 'Collectors' final session for 2017 was ‘Christmas’. The table was covered in a Christmas tablecloth and decorated with brass candlestick holders and red candles. Later a red runner was added to the setting and a Christmas tree decorated with lollies. There weren’t too many lollies left at the end of the session. Most of those who attended brought along something ‘Christmassy’. We had some rather large reindeer which had originally been brown paper but were now proudly gold. Jennifer had bought them in Melbourne when she was there to see Phantom of the Opera – they also went to Phantom, as in those days you could take large bags into the theatre.
We also saw Louise’s antique Santa from America, fondly brought out each year. Christmas tree decorations brought for grandchildren to hang on their tree, an antique looking gramophone which played Christmas carols and a very old and much loved book of music featuring Christmas carols which the owner had played when she was a child. A Wedgewood Christmas bauble which was very delicate and beautiful was brought along. It was really nice to see all the various items ,too many to mention but they will be added to the slideshow. After morning tea, which included mince tarts to add to our Christmas theme, Bev showed a slideshow of the items we had brought along during the year. Thank you Bev. It has been a very enjoyable and successful year. Collectors will start again on February 12th and the theme which has been suggested is ‘kitchenalia’.
An early start for Collectors group members Judith, Jennifer & Helen at Tatong's Great Big Jumble Sale ...
Another very successful U3A Collectors meeting was held in late October where our theme was ‘tableware’. Although our numbers were down we had some lovely items for show. Two of our members resorted to walking their items in to our U3A room from their cars on trolley/walkers and we were so glad they made the effort.
Bev brought along cutlery items in an antique wooden box which consisted of a compartment with a lid and drawers. Louise brought just some of her large collection of knife rests. These are used in some countries where clean cutlery is not issued with every course, hence knife rests are required to keep cutlery off the tablecloth. Many of us had not seen or heard of them before so it was a learning experience and a lovely one at that with many different designs to see. Items from a dinner set and cutlery set given as wedding gifts in the 1960s were also brought along and many other beautiful items. More photos are available on our U3A website and will be included in our Collectors end of year slide show to be held on November 27. Our theme for this final meeting for 2017 will be ‘Christmas’.
Collectors will commence again in 2018 on the Monday 12 February at 10 am in the U3A room. This is the second Monday of the month. Hopefully this change in date will not inconvenience too many of our members.
Jennifer convened the session and welcomed David Palmer. Our theme for September was teapots or associated items and as usual we had a wonderful display with members of the group unearthing items they didn’t realize they had. David Palmer brought along a teapot made in 1881 which had been presented to his great-grandmother, a wonderful item which we were lucky to see.
Dave Barry’s teapot had belonged to his Aunty Joyce who was a first woman tram driver in Melbourne. Quite a feat and something to be proud of. It was a case of teapots galore, of all shapes and sizes and materials. We also had some really lovely teacups. Lorraine brought along a collection of tea caddies of different eras and sizes, each with a story to tell. A very enjoyable session and thanks to all those who participated and brought along many items of interest including some jewellery.
Our suggested theme for October is ‘tableware’ and it is sure to be another interesting session with many items displayed. This will be our second last session for the year with the theme in November being ‘Christmas’.
The theme for our August meeting was jewellery. Jennifer convened the meeting and placed a large maroon velvet cloth on the table where most of the jewellery was displayed. Judith had already attached her display to a cushion which was also maroon and fitted in with the display quite well. She also had a locket and a photo of her grandmother wearing the locket which would have been taken in the early 1900’s. The photo in the locket was of Judith’s great-grandmother and although it was very faded she had a copy of the same photo to show to the group.
Some of our members were unable to attend because of illness and we wish them all the best. This theme presented quite a challenge but we rose to the occasion and saw many beautiful and valuable items and some very pretty but probably inexpensive costume items. Some of the items had belonged to their owner since their teens which possibly made them if not antiques then collectables. Some had been passed down in families and were treasured for that reason. It proved to be a very successful day.
The suggested theme for September is teapots, tea cosies, tea cups or similar items. A teabag will not pass the pub test. The September meeting will be on 25th September.
Reminiscing about of memories and stories attached to the items we bring to collectors is always enjoyable, and this jewellery themed session proved no exception.
Photos - Dorothy Webber and Bev Lee
Our theme for July was 'blue and white' and we had a very nice display ranging from Op Shop items to Spode and Wedgewood, all of which had some meaning to the Collector. There were other items as well, including a miniature porcelain sewing machine, a set of Bakelite canisters and Teddy Bears.
Our theme for August is Jewellery.
Our Collectors group have not met this month due to our change of date but will meet on Monday 24th July at 10.00 am in the U3A room at the Seniors Community Centre. Our theme for this meeting will be ‘blue and white’ or whatever you would like to bring along.
Members were saddened to hear of the death of Jim Casey. Jim attended our last meeting of Collectors and brought along an exquisite figurine of a dairymaid milking a cow. A picture of this was included in the June Newsletter. Jim was a valued member of our group and will be sadly missed
Slide Show: Includes photos of Jim at Collectors' first session in February 2016; some of his treasured pieces, plus a photo of him chatting to Cheryl, possibly about her Clarice Cliff pottery, at the end of the session he attended just before becoming unwell in late June 2017. Bev Lee
A very successful Collectors group was held this month. This was our last meeting in W4 before moving to ‘The Seniors’ at our new meeting date of the 4th Monday of the month.
As usual we had a diverse range of items on display. Beautiful Bunnikins plates and cup and saucer, a marble plate and box with inlays of semiprecious stones, an ornament featuring a milk maid milking a cow, magnets in an Egyptian style, Shelley cups and a collection of time pieces and hand painted seed pods. These were just a few of the items brought along.
Pictures of all the items displayed at Collectors can always be found on the U3A web site under ‘Collectors’.
The theme for this month was music boxes and we had several examples. One was based on a Normal Rockwell painting and another resembled a Russian building and played a Russian tune. A Shelley vase and Wedgewood items – one from the 1880s – caused much discussion. One of our group had recently returned from an overseas holiday and brought along several blue and white items purchased in England, Holland and Germany. Royal Doulton featured as well as collections of smaller items. A recently purchased 20 inch OK Kador doll, made in Hong Kong during the 1950s or 60s, was also displayed.
Collectors did not meet in April due to the Easter break. Our next meeting will be on Monday May 15th in W4. If you have a music box bring it along together with your usual items.
Group members were asked to bring something small along, as well as other treasures. The fun collection of the day was clearly Dorothy's collection of Richmond memorabilia; the smallest items, again Dorothy, this time with her collection of tiny elephants; the oldest item seemed to be the little blue china boots which have been handed down for generations through the Borthwick family. Photos of Rupe's collection will be included in our end of year slideshow.
Rupe Cheetham was our guest speaker at the March meeting. Rupe brought along a collection of artefacts which he had collected during his time in New Guinea and told us of some his experiences while living and working there for a period of four years. Thanks Rupe.
Dorothy, a keen Richmond supporter brought along many of the pieces she has collected over the years including the knee rug made from Richmond scarves and her 60 year membership badge.
We also had pink depression glass, a musical miniature sewing machine, an unusual fly-catcher, wedding cake decorations which had been on May’s parent’s wedding cake, trinket boxes and many other items. The theme for the day was ‘our smallest collectable’ which Dorothy won with her tiny elephants.
We will not have a meeting in April due to Easter and our next meeting will be on Monday May 15th in W4. If you have a music box bring it along together with your usual items.
Our first session of Collectors was held in W4 and was very successful. As well as 21 attendees we were pleased to welcome two guests who were visiting Benalla. Most of those who attended brought along one or several items to show us and again we had a large assortment of interesting items and learnt a little of the background of each. Some had researched items on the web and were able to give a short history of when and where they were made. Others had inherited items, or bought them just because they liked them, while some were childhood gifts.
Photos were taken of everything brought along (thank you Bev). Hopefully we will have a slideshow presentation at the end of the year similar to last year which was well received when shown at Collectors and at our February Meet and Mingle.
At our March meeting guest speaker Rupe Cheetham will present some artefacts he collected while working in New Guinea. Members of Collectors are invited to bring along their smallest item and anything else they wish.
Our September session of Collectors was the last for this year and featured a Christmas theme. Our numbers were down but we still had an interesting display and saw amongst other items a collection of Toby Jugs and learnt about their origins; another of onyx fruit and a ceramic Christmas tree.
Following our Christmas themed morning tea of mince tarts we saw a slide show of all our items which we had seen over the year. It was amazing how many lovely and unusual items were shown. Thank you Bev for producing this slide show. This was followed by a DVD about collecting from Terry and Elspeth. Thank you both.
Collectors will recommence in February 2017.
At our August meeting we had guest speaker Carl Wantrup in attendance. Carl’s main area of expertise is Japanese and Chinese porcelain but he has a working knowledge of other items. Carl brought along some of his own collection to show and speak about.
He also looked at what members had brought along and gave us his opinion of them and an approximate valuation. Carl explained that collectable items go in and out of fashion and that effects their value. It was a very enjoyable session conducted with great good humour by Carl.
We had many lovely items on the day. Thanks to Lin and Janette for taking photos on the day and to Carl for lending his phone to make this possible.
Our September meeting will be the last for this year and a Christmas theme is suggested. Members are asked to bring along an ornament, decoration, plate, table cloths etc. or anything else that they use at Christmas time. This is an option only and other items can be brought along if preferred. It is planned to resume Collectors in February 2017.
Our Collectors group never ceases to amaze with the diversity of items brought along. Group members assure me that they have more than enough items to continue with the group.
Brian brought along a beautiful ‘Ansonia’ clock and explained its workings. He was able to explain how a ‘gyro’ works when Robyn brought along a gyro from one of the Japanese submarines which entered Sydney Harbour during World War 2. It was thought to have come from one of the torpedos.
Again in an unusual vein was Dave’s froe, a tool in his collection used for splitting fence palings and shingles. He has researched his subject and had several photos of froes and items on their uses. Well done Dave.
There were many other beautiful items from firms such as Lladro, Radnar, Crown Derby, and Royal Doulton as well as carvings from New Zealand. There were several collections including one of glass and ceramic boxes, ceramic houses, another of floral ornaments and of ceramic figurines and Bev brought along an old tin with a picture of King George VI, Queen Elizabeth, and their daughters Elizabeth and Margaret as well as an antique writing desk.
Unfortunately our proposed visit to see glassware at Goorambat in September will not go ahead as the owners no longer show their glass.
Carl Wantrup will be guest speaker at our August meeting. Carl is a valuer who specialises in Japanese and Chinese ceramics. He will bring along some of his own items. He has spoken to U3A groups in Melbourne.
At our June meeting of Collectors we had as a guest speaker Mr Graydon Johnston from W B Gadd of Avenel and Chiltern.
W B Gadd is an antique shop which also sells a range of possum and merino knitwear from New Zealand.
Graydon spoke of how he first became interested in antiques at about aged 7 when he rescued his grandfather’s clock which was unwanted by family members and in danger of being thrown in a dam.
He still has the clock - which he treasures - and it still goes.
Graydon also spoke of his younger days as an industrial chemist who also played in a band. When the band was offered the chance to be back up group to Johnny O’Keefe they jumped at the chance and toured with Johnny O’Keefe for two years. He said he could tell some stores about that, but he didn’t. Eventually Graydon opened the W B Gadd store in Avenel and retained the name of the original business which had existed at the site for many years.
We were privileged to see Graydon’s personal collection of Carlton Ware antiques some of which were very valuable and very old and he spoke about each. He also brought along a range of knitwear from his shop which caused a lot of interest.
Following morning tea Graydon looked at items brought along by members of the group and gave an approximate valuation on each.
Our July meeting will follow the usual lines of members bringing along some of their collection to ‘show and tell’.
Once again we had a wide variety of items including fountain pens, dolls, jugs, painted rocks, hats, a brass camel, black wedgwood and peg dolls. The stories attached to these collections are sometimes as interesting as the collection themselves.
Shirley brought along scales which she bought at an auction in a very old and mouldy cardboard box containing lots of black objects which she recognised as scales. Now beautifully polished, with a missing part they make a lovely display.
The scales came from Mrs. Sherwill’s Fruit Shop in Carrier Street, Benalla. Some members’ were able to remember this shop in the 1950’s which was next door to Rossmore Private Hospital which is now occupied by Edspace.
We were pleased to welcome Bev’s sister Janette who brought along their mother’s toy electric stove, complete with a tiny oven in which she remembered cooking cup-cakes as a child.
Next month guest speaker Graydon Johnson from GW Gadd Antiques of Avenel and Chiltern will attend.
It was a pleasure to welcome two new members to Collectors last Monday. Several of our members were away - we hope they enjoyed their holiday - and Pat is recovering from shoulder surgery.
Again we had a diverse range of items to share and interesting stories about when they were acquired. We had a camel teapot and several 1953 tea towels with slogans which would now be considered very politically incorrect, depression glass in both amber and green, paper weights, Limoges china, and jewellery. New member Godfrey brought along his collection of Wool Bale Stencils and Carole brought along a collection of badges she has acquired over many years in her various roles. We also saw some perfect shells, some beautiful items acquired from India and a child’s teaset.
The stories behind many of these collections are of as much interest as the items themselves. Members were asked to bring along a gift which meant a lot to them and again we had many varied items and a few laughs.
Next month we will have a swap table and members are asked bring along an item which they are prepared to swap. In June we will have a guest speaker, Mr Graydon Johnston from GW Gadd Antiques of Avenel and Chiltern.
About the Collectors' group
2018 - 2nd Monday 10 am to 12 noon U3A Meeting Room, Dunlop Campus
Convenor and contact details
Judith Borthwick 5762 3442