In the 1950s and early 1960s it seemed that melamine tableware might replace traditional ceramics in the dining room, as well as for picnics. These plastic imposters were made from melamine formaldehyde. It was tough, the manufacturers claimed, almost unbreakable. This bright and colourful number is made by Melaware probably 60s or 70s.

Bargain: Camden Market for £5

Hornsea Tea Jar


Tea storage jar in ‘Heirloom’ by Hornsea. The pattern was designed by John Clappison and produced from 1967 to 1987 in Autumn Brown, Midnight Blue and Lakeland Green. It proved a massive success and for several years ‘Heirloom’ became the mainstay of Hornsea pottery. ‘Heirloom’ is still quite ubiquitous on antique markets and charity shops throughout the UK.

Bargain: £2 from a London charity shop