Carlton Ware collecting books tend to concentrate
on the old pre-war fancy stuff. Lovers of quirky 1970s and 1980s Carlton
Ware are left a bit out in the cold.
Here is some information I have been sent be a
contact whose friend owns a Carlton Ware trade catalogue of the period.
"The 'ball' cruets of cats etc. are indeed
Carlton Ware, but were not backstamped with the name.
"The Bean Bag range also included a toast
rack, mugs, cheese dish & preserve pot and the 2 beans also came as a
free standing duo without a base.
"The plug ashtray was part of the Functional
Fun range and there was a wing nut vase, nut-and-bolt salt and pepper,
tap teapot, milk shake preserve, ice cream butter dish, bow tie cruet
and other items.
"At this time the Circus and Alice
in Wonderland ranges were produced too - along with the Animal
Of the trade catalogue, she says:
"The sharks head & burger are on the same page
as lots of other fun things e.g. Pelican tidy, Beach Towel Soap Dish,
Cushion Spoon Rest, Sandcastle Toothbrush Holder, Beer Mug- but these
are not actually listed under the Functional Fun Wares. Functional Fun
are such things as Wing Nut vase, Tap tea pot, Bow Tie Cruet, Wafer
Butter, Hovis, Fried egg, Leaning Men range. Doesn't seem to make much
sense actually - except that the items shown with the shark do seem
to be geared purely to relaxation!!!'
"Re undecorated Bean - Lots of the pieces you see
undecorated are from the time the factory closed & are that way because
they were unfinished. The crocodiles come without painted eyes from
this time. The remaining wares from the stockroom were sold off as they
stood & were bought as job lots (often by local traders for relatively
small prices) & sold for some time after the factory closed. Thus the
later ranges can often be found unfinished.
"The pattern name for your psychadelic black &
white coffee pot is Java . The shape itself was called Oslo & made in
Feb. 1969 in satin matt finishes olive green & white, plain black &
white or red & white. Java was a follow on from Oslo - but on the same
shape. The Java ad from Sept. 69 says:- "Java" bold black & white floral
decoration on the established Oslo shape. The first Wellington ad I
have is dated Feb. 1971 & it seems that this range was introduced at
the Blackpool Trade fair in Feb. that year."