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Bunting and Bluebells!

bunting strung from a wicker basket in a woodland full of bluebells

Vintage Dorset's hand-made bunting and bluebells at Bulbarrow

There’s something quintessentially English about bunting. We took our purple and blue bunting and a picnic up to Bulbarrow whilst all of the bluebells were out for some great bunting and bluebell photos. Steve is a travel and landscape photographer and he captured the spring light just perfectly! For more of Steve’s work visit Steve Atkins Photography.

Bunting (or bunt) was originally a lightweight worsted wool fabric or tammy. These worsted “tammies” were made in Norfolk from around 1594 and were used for making ribbons and flags including signal flags for the Royal Navy. In white and more recently in colours, they have gradually evolved to become a signal of celebration perfect for parties, weddings and celebrations.

Bunting in the post-war era was generally single thickness and sewn from old shirts and scraps of fabrics whilst in recent years its often seen in rather nasty plastic (made in China) or bought from Tesco. We don’t do this kind!

Vintage Dorset bunting for hireOur bunting for hire is all hand-made cotton print or cotton and satin-ribboned, double-thickness so it always looks fabulous and holds its shape perfectly with long end ties (which are essential for tying it up and usually far too short!) We have over 300 metres of it  in vintage and retro colours. It generally comes in 5 metre lengths (just over 16 feet). Bunting is for hire from Vintage Dorset for just £3 per garland (60p per metre) – this is cheaper than it costs to make from scrap fabric!

How much bunting to I need for our marquee?

People generally underestimate how much they need! We find that 20 metres (4 garlands) of bunting will dress a room or small hall quite nicely allowing swags between fastenings – but you need at least 50-80 metres (10 -16 garlands) for a marquee with an extra 10- 20 metres if you want to dress the entrance.   If you want some sumptuous vintage bunting then do ask us for a quote. We can post it to you within the UK and you just send it back after your party

Vintage Bunting for Hire

retro styled bunting

Retro bunting for 1950'2 to 1970's


Published by vdorset, on 24th May 2011 at 1:48 pm. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Arts,Vintage Fashion,Vintage Homeware Tags: , , , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Bunting and Bluebells!

Vintage Teapots for hire!

vintage teapot spoutsThe teapot probably originated from early adaptations of ceramic kettles that were first made in China using bronze and other metals evolving little by little as the cultural importance of tea drinking spread. The earliest surviving teapot is from 1513 and is found in the Flagstaff House Museum of Teaware in Hong Kong. These early teapots are tiny compared to modern examples. Designed for a single drinker this constrained portion size and enabled flavours to be more concentrated and controlled.

From the end of the 17th century, tea was shipped from China to Europe as part of the export of exotic spices and luxury goods. The ships that brought the tea also carried porcelain teapots often painted in blue and white glazes.

Tea drinking was an expensive luxury in these early years whilst porcelain teapots were also highly treasured because china simply wasn’t made in Europe at that time. It was only after 1765 when William Cookworthy discovered Cornish china clay that English porcelain and tea-drinking began to become more affordable and fashionable across the classes

Our own teapots are rather less rare than the 17th and 18th Century examples – but we do have a number of Victorian and Edwardian porcelain pots from the early 20th century when afternoon tea was at its height. Here are some pictures from our collection of pots. To hire vintage teapots and tea-cups or for more information and prices: CONTACT US HERE

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vintage teapots



Published by annie, on 21st February 2011 at 10:47 pm. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Fashion,Vintage Food Tags: , , , , , , , Comments Off on Vintage Teapots for hire!