Regular readers of my blog will know that, every now and again, something catches my eye and mind and I simply have to have it, regardless of whether I collect it or not. The last one was the intriguing ‘Internet Radio‘ and this time I got snared by a jam pot. But a jam pot with a difference! A jam pot inspired by a spacecraft! My dear friend Beth Adams, a super dealer at the marvellous Alfie’s Antiques Market in London had spotted this amongst the things an older lady had brought in to sell. Knowing my love for all things Bakelite and plastic, Beth thought it would be right up my street – and she’d never seen the box before. It’s a plastic jam dish inspired by the shape of the Sputnik satellite. The plastic is probably the rather unfortunately named urea formaldehyde judging from the feel and light weight, which doesn’t sound like something you’d want to put near jam! …

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In these days of ‘celebrity worship’, it’s always significant when one of them shows their love for antiques. Where they go, a great many follow. When Harry Styles from One Direction (right) was spotted at an antiques fair last year  buying “a van load” of antique furniture for his new flat, it caused a new sensation to ripple through his many millions of followers, many of whom are dedicated followers of all things vintage already. And he’s not the only one, as country music singer Taylor Swift is apparently a a fan of antiques and vintage too. So much of a fan that it was apparently one of the reasons why antiques-loving Styles split from her! Antiques cited in global superstar singers’ relationship problems. Who’d have thunk it? But getting back on track, these are important as they show that antiques are still loved by many, including young pop sensations. Regardless of what you may think of them or their work, they are influential to many millions of people and …

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