Monday, November 2, 2015

l’Art Logerie Lucite wall clock

Here is a brown Lucite wall clock with large, decorative white numerals.  The clock measures approximately 10” by 10” square.  Uses one C size battery.

eBay item 262039405172 sold on  September 30, 2015 at 8:47PM for $49.99 from Montreal, Canada.

l'Art Logerie smoke lucite wall clock front

L'art Logerie  Lucite wall clock, front.

l'Art Logerie smoke lucite wall clock back

L'art Logerie Lucite wall clock back, with mechanism.

l'Art Logerie logo

L'art Logerie logo.

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Model 534 Food Preparer | Varco, France

The Model 534 Food Processor by Varco, France (also Moulinex, as some models have the Moulinex logo on the side) is a small food processor or grinder.  Good condition examples typically sell for $20 to 40.  The food preparer measures approximately 7-1/4” height and 3-3/4” diameter.

Varco Electric Mincer with box

Varco “The Electric Mincer for herbs, spices & much more” with box and instructions.  The box is 7-1/2” height by 4” deep and wide.  Image source: etsy.com user MyBarn.

Varco Moulinex 534 Food Preparer

Varco 534 Food Preparer with Moulinex logo.

The food preparer consists of an avocado green cup with a textured exterior that contains the blade and sits inside a white housing.  A circle is cut out of the white housing to expose the textured green exterior of the cup.  A top sits over the white housing and these two parts fit into the base of the preparer.

Varco Moulinex 534 Food Preparer top

Top view of the Varco 534 Food Preparer.

Varco Moulinex 534 Food Preparer in parts

The Varco 534 Food Preparer separated into parts.  Note European plug. 

Varco 534 Foor Preparer base imprint

Example base of Varco 534 Food Preparer.  For use in the United States.  This imprint reads:

120V AC 60Hz

On the opposite side of the base appears a code number that changes and the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) logo.

Varco 534 Food Preparer base imprint alternate

Example base of Varco 534 Food Preparer.  With European plug.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Domopak International desktop string holder and dispenser | Domopak International, Italy

Here is a two piece desktop string holder and dispenser from Domopak International, Italy in white.  There is a cutter at the top.  Measures 3-5/8" height by 3” diameter.  eBay item 311456953409 sold for $13.95. 

Domppak string holder expanded with string

Two piece plastic string holder with a ball of string.

Domppak string holderDomppak string holder front

Side and front views of string holder.

Domppak string holder base and imprint

Base of string holder, with imprint which reads:

in a circle around the edge of the base


and with centered instructions


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Unknown object

E. P. posted the following object and comment to the ObjectPlastic Facebook page.  Does anyone have any speculation as to maker and age?  Please comment below!

Any thoughts on this piece? Trying to determine maker and age. No markings -- Would appreciate any opinions.

Unknown plastic object Unknown plastic object Unknown plastic object

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Unknown object

T. H. from Las Vegas, Nevada messaged me wondering about this object.  It looks like some kind of toolbox to me, but would definitely like to know more about it.  Do you know something? Have a guess? Please feel free to speculate in the comments below!

I just found a piece today while going through my grandfather’s old shop. I was trying to track its origin of the item down, but I have yet to find anything similar at all. I thought maybe I would see if you might know of any decent online resources that might exist for helping people identify items such as this. I would love to know what it's original use was. I have attached a picture for reference, and the only markings on it is a simple “Made in Denmark” molded into it's bottom.

Denmark unknown object

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Aluminum and acrylic wall sculptures

Here is a pair of artistic, modern architectural wall relief sculptures made of acrylic and aluminum. They each measure approximately 20-1/2” square and are in excellent condition. Unmarked.   The sculptures look like highly stylized stained glass, in metal and red, orange, yellow, and blue. One is a complicated design and the other is much simpler.

eBay item 251942515936 sold in August, 2015 for $699.00.

aluminum and acrylic sculpture 1 aluminum and acrylic sculpture 2

The two sculptures.

aluminum and acrylic sculpture both together

Both sculptures together to show relative scale.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Lucite knife block 16 slot

Lucite acrylic knife block. Measures 11” height by 5-1/2” width by 11” depth.

eBay item 161772398249 sold July 30, 2015 at 6:29PM.  Three bidders placed 6 bids and the knife block sold for $76.99 plus shipping.

Lucite knife block topLucite knife block

The knife block without knives inserted.

Lucite knife block with knives frontLucite knife block with knives backLucite knife block with knives topLucite knife block with knives

The knife block with knives inserted.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

witch and jack-o-lantern Halloween candy dish | Rosbro Plastics, United States

Here is a witch and jack-o-lantern Halloween candy holder made by Rosbro Plastics, Providence, Rhode Island, United States.  Rosbro plastics is well known for their holiday and seasonal decorations.  This object measures approximately 4” in height.  The base of the dish is marked:


Three bidders placed 8 bids on the candy dish, which sold for $14.50 on February 2, 2015 at 20:06:36 PST.

Rosbro plastics witch and jackolantern candy holder frontRosbro plastics witch and jackolantern candy holder topRosbro plastics witch and jackolantern candy holder backRosbro plastics witch and jackolantern candy holder imprint

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Torre wall rack valet | Andries and Hiroko van Onck | Inipress for Magis | Italy

Andries and Hiroko van Onck

Andries van Onck was born in Amsterdam in 1928. Amongst his early teachers were Gerrit Thomas Rietveld from the Dutch De Stijl group; later he studied in Ulm at the Hochschule für Gestaltung with Tomas Maldonado, Walter Zeischegg, and Max Bill. In 1959 he started as a designer at Olivetti in Italy as an assistant to Ettore Sottsass.  In 1965 he opened his own studio in Milan, where his wife, Hiroko Takeda. later joined him. The pair has created products in many different sectors, including household appliances, furniture, machine tools and electronic equipment.  Andries van Onck has an extensive website and says of his trade:

“From the very start I am also interested in the theoretical aspects of design, such as design language, morphology and semiotics, and I spend much time as a teacher, to write articles and even two books.”

Hiroko Takeda was born in 1945. She graduated from the Tokyo Academy. Between 1968 and 1972, she cooperated with various Japanese furniture design companies. Since 1972, she has been living in Italy with Andries Van Onck. She has designed household appliances for Zanussi and Bertazzoni, intercoms and videophones for Amplyvox, cutlery for Serafino Zani, and furniture and accessories for Magis.

In collaboration, they won an award at the XI Compasso d’Oro (1979) for their Habitat switches.  Both also remain extremely active teachers of design.

Here is the Torre wall rack valet by Andries and Hiroko van Onck for Inipress for Magis in red.  The rack is versatile and adjustable, featuring four hooks that flip down and eight, immobile hooks at the top of the rack located between the flip down hooks.  The Torre wall rack measures 23-1/2” length by 3-1/8” height by 1-3/4” depth.  Image source:  eBay.

Torre wall rack by Inipress for Magis by Andries and Hiroko Van Onck frontTorre wall rack by Inipress for Magis by Andries and Hiroko Van Onck back

Front and back of the Torre wall rack.

Torre wall rack by Inipress for Magis by Andries and Hiroko Van Onck detailTorre wall rack by Inipress for Magis by Andries and Hiroko Van Onck side detail

Detail of the Torre wall rack.

Torre wall rack by Inipress for Magis by Andries and Hiroko Van Onck imprint

Torre wall rack, imprint.


Andries & Hiroko van Onck.  Retrieved May21, 2015 from http://www.orangeskin.com/about/designer/andries-hiroko-van-onck

Design theory and practice.  Retrieved May 21, 2015 from http://www.andriesvanonck.com

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

X-Rated watch (model GB406) | Swatch AG | Biel, Switzerland | 1987

The name “Swatch” is a portmanteau of “second” and “watch” that was coined by Nichole Lopez.  The Swatch watch was introduced with the idea of watches being casual, fun, and relatively disposable accessories. Swatch began development in the early 1980s under the leadership of the then CEO of ETA SA Manufacture Horlogère Suisse (ETA SA Swiss Watch Manufacturer), Ernst Thomke with a small team of watch engineers led by Elmar Mock and Jacques Müller.


Swatch was originally intended to re-capture entry level market share lost by Swiss manufacturers during the “quartz crisis” and the subsequent growth of companies such as Seiko and Citizen in the 1960s and 1970s. During this time, accurate, quartz crystal based digital timepieces became commonplace and had the advantage of being inexpensive. The launch of the Swatch brand in 1983 was marked by a combination of bold new styling, hip fashionable design, and slick marketing. Swatch was and remains an affordable, Swiss made, plastic watch that turned the watch world upside down.

I really could pick any early Swatch model for this post, but there’s one that holds a special place in my heart: the X-Rated.  That’s the one with the big bold “X” on it.  It was given model GB406 by Swatch AG. The association between the watch and the straightedge hardcore/punk bands and kids was almost immediate and continues to this day, almost 30 years later.

X-Rated Swatch close up of face

The front of the watch reads © SWATCH AG 1987 in an arc across the top and swatch/SWISS across the bottom.  There are white hour and minute hands and a red second hand.  A date indicator is in the three o’clock position.  Image source:  delcamp.net

X-Rated Swatch with case and instructions

The X-Rated swatch with case and instructions.  Image source:  delcamp.net

Chain of Strength X-Rated Swatch

Chain of Strength (New York, 1988).  Image source: Double Cross XX.

I always liked the design of the X-Rated and they always took great pictures – take a look at Chain of Strength above. Even though I wasn’t the type to X up, one of these gems was always on my wish list. First wave hardcore was before my time and the X-Rated watch was already expensive when I got around to wanting one. Really, who am I kidding? I would still love having one of these today, even though I enjoy an occasional intoxicating beverage (Note: I swear to be be true til death I take off the watch).

Excellent condition X-Rated Swatches are difficult to come by and today can sell upwards of $500 with original band, case, and instruction sheet. Beware though, as deceptive fakes exist. For example, a less valuable watch can have its face removed and be swapped with a counterfeit X face.  There are also abundant low cost knockoffs if having the real thing isn’t all that important.

X-Rated Swatch  close up of back

An example of the back of an X-Rated Swatch.  Image source: eBay.  While I have seen other code numbers than 7454-P, This one reads:


And to the left of the battery:

1,55 V

Corey Feldman X Rated Swatch in Dream a Little Dream

Corey Feldman wears an X-Rated Swatch in the opening minutes of the 1989 film Dream a Little Dream. Yes, Corey Feldman.


Swatch. Retrieved May 14, 2015 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swatch

Swatch History: The amazing adventures of the ‘SECOND WATCH’. Retrieved May 14, 2015 from http://www.swatch.com/zz_en/about/history.html

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

rocket cocktail shaker | Sterilite Corporation, United Plastics Corporation

Here is a vintage, space age (obviously!) cocktail shaker marked Steri-lite and United Plastics Corporation.  The rocket has a yellow top, a red body, and yellow base.  The rocket base features four fins and is free standing.  The shaker measures 9” in height and has a hinged cap at its capsule top that is used to pour out your drinks.

eBay item 191487719506 sold January 26, 2015 at 3:07PM (United States).  Six bidders placed 15 bids on the cocktail shaker.  The shaker sold for $67.66 plus $6.00 shipping.

United Plastics Corp Steri-lite rocket sahaped cocktail shaker frontUnited Plastics Corp Steri-lite rocket shaped cocktail shaker top

The rocket is marked on the bottom: Steri-lite (in script), around the base: FITCHBURG MASS / USA   UNITED / PLASTIC CORP and vertically PAT PEND and 2.  The numeral 2 is presumably a mold number.

United Plastics Corp Steri-lite rocket shaped cocktail shaker bottom

The Steri-lite mark refers to the Sterilite Corporation, which was founded in 1939 as a partnership between Saul and Edward Stone and Earl Tupper (yes, the Tupper of Tupperware fame) and at the time was located in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.  United Plastics Corporation has been a leader in the manufacturing of quality plastic products since 1946.


The Sterilite Story: Who We Are. Retrieved February 25, 2015 from http://www.sterilite.com/about_sterilite.html

United Plastics Corporation. Retrieved February 25, 2015 from http://www.unitedplastics.com/

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Friday, April 24, 2015

3084A, 3084B, 3084C, 3084D, 3085, and 3085A vases | Enzo Mari | Danese, Italy | 1969

I have seen boxes for the reissue of this vase but never an original.  Here is an original box for some of the vacuum formed PVC vases by Enzo Mari for Danese, Italy. On the side panel, it shows the vase models 3084A, 3084B, 3084C, 3084D, 3085, and 3085A. 

eBay item 281631608044 ended March 21, 2015 at 11:17AM (United Kingdom) and sold for  £430.00 ($647.32).  Three bidders placed 3 bids on the vase.

Enzo Mari for Davese 3084A, 3084B, 3084C, 3084D, 3085, and 3085A vase box

The vase that was sold was a model 3084C in the straw color, in like new condition.

 Enzo Mari Bambu vaseEnzo Mari Bambu vase signature

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Model 1239 pink Thermos carafe with Lily cup tray | The American Thermos Bottle Company, Norwich, Connecticut, United States

Here is a Model 1239 pink Thermos carafe with a cup tray specifically for Lily brand cup tray.  The Thermos and tray combination was made by The American Thermos Bottle Company of Norwich, Connecticut.  The thermos features white bottom trim and a white hinged top.  Measures 9” tall for the Thermos carafe, and 12” wide for the tray.

eBay item 390806891601, no bids at $49.99 (United States).

Model 1239 pink Thermos carafe with a cup tray specifically for Lily brand cup tray set

Pink Thermos Carafe and tray set.

Model 1239 pink Thermos carafe with a cup tray specifically for Lily brand cup tray base only

Thermos cup tray.

Model 1239 pink Thermos carafe with a cup tray specifically for Lily brand cup tray thermos only

Thermos carafe.

Model 1239 pink Thermos carafe with a cup tray specifically for Lily brand cup tray Thermos top

Thermos hinged top.

Model 1239 pink Thermos carafe with a cup tray specifically for Lily brand cup tray base

The Thermos base is marked “THE AMERICAN THERMOS BOTTLE CO.” and “MADE IN NORWICH, CONN. U.S.A.” with the Thermos logo and “MODEL NO.1239” and “FILLER NO.1239F”.

Model 1239 pink Thermos carafe with a cup tray specifically for Lily brand cup tray base 2

The tray base is marked “ALWAYS USE Lily CUPS” and “a THERMOS BRAND PRODUCT”.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

MK Tresmer Oy model 194 and 294 owl bank | Palaset | Finland

Here is the large size MK Tresmer Oy of Finland plastic coin bank.  The coin banks are spherical with a flat bottom so they don’t roll away.  There is a slot toward the top so that coins can be inserted in the bank.  They come in the highly stylized form of an owl.   These banks are not common.

eBay item 181674164671 sold Mar 24, 2015 at 11:20AM (United States) for $65.00 plus shipping.

MK Tresmer Oy large owl coin bankMK Tresmer Oy large owl coin bank slot MK Tresmer Oy large owl coin bank bottom

On the Palaset website, the money box is described as not easy to ignore. It is available in two sizes, a smaller 194mm diameter disposable version and a larger 294mm diameter version with a key lock or plug.  The Palaset website shows these banks in red, yellow, blue, and green.  They can be made with your own logo if you order a minimum of 500 pieces!

MK Tresmer Oy owl bank red

Red 294 (left) and 194 (right) MK Tresmer Oy plastic owl coin banks.

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