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Last updated: 1st August 2011


‘Retro’ style is difficult to define, but in a broad sense includes characteristic design and decoration of the period from the end of the Second World War in 1945 up to and including the 1980s.  

It is used to describe the objects, in particular fashion and household appliances from the recent past that are no longer considered ‘modern’, but for which there may be a nostalgic attachment.


Hornsea Pottery Co. Ltd

Hornsea ‘Heirloom’, a John Clappison design from 1967 was enormously popular at the time and is still widely sought on the second-hand market. It is a classic ‘Retro’ style. The decoration used a screen printed wax resist technique to produce a contoured finish.

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James Broadhurst & Sons Ltd

‘Rushstone’ a design by Kathie Winkle (and other) for James Broadhurst & Sons Ltd (later Churchill China) is another popular design that qualifies as ‘retro’. Introduced in 1965, over three million pieces were manufactured and hand decorated.

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Carlton Ware Ltd

The ‘Wellington’ shape coffee pot produced by Carlton Ware Ltd, is typical of the tall, cylindrical coffee ware that was popular in the 1970s. Matching coffee mugs had the same ribbed base as the pot.

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