Judith brought her pride and joy, a fuchsia Royal Winton Grimwades dish, while Jenny brought a coloured handle Wiltshire cutlery set, won by someone in a 1964 golf competition.
Wendy had an elegant art deco, chalkware figurine of a dancing couple and a replica anointment spoon from Edward’s coronation and Jennifer brought a Carlton Ware cup and saucer and a Royal Staffordshire strawberry dish.
Jacquie showed an ammonite fossil of a coiled shell from either the Jurassic or Cretaceous period, ammonites being a squid like creature.
Heather and Alan both had unusual objects.
Heather’s were stress squeeze toys in various shapes including one which held special meaning for her. The stress squeeze police car was a lasting reminder of the 1986 Russell Street police headquarters bombing and the man who pushed her and others through a back door to safety. Not employed by Victoria Police, Heather had been doing work in the records office for another company on that day, which killed one policewoman and injured 22 people.
Alan, a collector of shells for 70 years, said he had not chosen his most valuable object, but decided to bring two common garden snails, one of which was an oddity.
Shells are usually sinistral with their aperture on the right but one of the snails he had stumbled across had its shell opening on the left.
It was decided Collectors’ next meeting would be on Labor Day, Monday, March 9 from 10am and the theme would be metal.