Money boxes (c. 1969)
Carlton Ware made a range of money boxes with colourful,
psychedelic prints on the side (cat, train, clown, guardsman, Scotsman,
Beefeater, girl and boy heads, owl, pirate, pig, horse, old-woman-in-a-shoe,
ark, fruit decoration, etc.). They also made bug-eyed animals (bird,
snail, frog) with ornate Victorian revival rococo prints (typical
of the late sixties and early seventies). Most of the money boxes have
no room for an impressed number, but the train money does, and so can
be dated to 1969.
Money boxes often have roughness or nibbles round
the inside rim of the bung hole where coins have fallen from a height.
Since these are out of sight, they are not usually considered a problem.
The standing bird money boxes sometimes carry the full Carlton Ware
script backstamp near the bung hole. However, since this backstamp is
difficult to apply round the hole (see the crumpling of the transfer
on the peacock money box, below) it is possible that is was replaced
by the simpler 'MADE IN ENGLAND' transfer (see the coloured bird money
The correct stopper is shown above, and is embossed:
MADE IN ENGLAND on the top, and MADE IN ENGLAND REGINA INDUSTRIES on
Bug-eyed frog money box
This one has a wonderful big froggy mouth, and
a Victorian floral pattern that is typical late 1960s or early 1970s.
Mint condition, with only dark pencil or utensil marks (but no damage)
where soemone has tried to lever the bung out. Plastic stopper embossed
MADE IN ENGLAND. Value: £20-50
Ball-shaped salt and peppers (1970)
A range with two hemispherical
pots (salt and pepper) fitting together to make a ball. With a very
bold graphic design, typical of the late sixties or seventies. Also
seen on a browny-orange body. Other designs in the series include a
lion, an owl, a stylised elephant with coiled trunk, and a flower. These
pieces are backstamped only: MADE IN ENGLAND. However, a contact who
has seen a trade catalogue from Carlton Ware of this period has kindly
emailed to say that these are indeed by Carlton Ware.
Mint apart from a pin head loss of black paint
near the top of each pattern (see detail, right). Value:
£20-40, but an orange pair in the same pattern sold for
only £6, so the price is volatile.