Collecting chicken memorabilia is very popular – and great fun. Charlotte Popescu checks out some choices
There is a stunning range of kitchenware and homeware featuring chickens. Cockerels are particularly popular – their exotic feathers and courtly appearance are great for illustrators. I recently had a birthday and got so many wonderful presents illustrated with cockerels, my favourite creature.
This cushion is stunning. The featured cockerel comes on a range of other items including mugs and oven gloves. The cushion is from lesliegerry.com and costs £29.99
This beautiful china hen (technically called ceramic egg storage) comes from Fairmont Main (Fairmont.co.uk) and is currently on offer for £32.99. Fairmont Main produce a range of similar china hens and ducks.
This cockerel table saver is going to be very useful for hot dishes straight out of the oven. It comes from Gadd (gaddandco.com) and costs £22.
TEA TOWEL AND CAKE TIN
These are both by Emma Bridgewater and can be bought directly from emmabridgewater.co.uk but there are many outlets that sell Emma Bridgewater items including John Lewis. A Hens and Toast cockerel tea towel retails at £9.99. ilikechickens.co.uk also sell this tea towel and have many other chicken illustrated
items. The pattern on the cake tin, pictured, is also part of the Emma Bridgewater range and is used on a variety of tins. My cake tin was bought in a Cookshop and cost £7.99.
Cockerel clocks are a must; after all, who else but the cockerel was used by the ancients to get them out of bed in the morning! My cockerel clock came from Amazon and cost £11.99 but there is a similar range of cockerel clocks on ilikechickens.co.uk
JUG AND MUG
My jug and mug have been part of my chicken memorabilia for some time now. They were made by London Pottery. Similar mugs and jugs can be found on the Fairmont Main (Fairmont.co.uk) website and cost around £9 for the mug and £19.50 for the jug.
I have two chicken trays. One features the ubiquitous Ulster Weavers pattern that is also on my apron and on some oven gloves and tablemats that I have had for quite a while. The other tray is by Kate Osborne and does not seem to be available to buy anymore. The small Ulster Weavers tray retails at £10.
Placemats and coasters featuring cockerels are very popular. Mine are Pimpernel but there seem to be lots of different types on the market.
My rooster duck egg oilcloth tablecloth has been on my table for some time. A good place to find similar tablecloths is tableprotectordirect.co.uk
I have had my apron for some years. It features the well known pattern of cockerels and hens, produced by Ulster Weavers. I have seen both these items on sale in National Trust Gift Shops. The apron sells for £16 and the rooster small tray costs £10.
PICTURE OF COCKEREL
This wonderful painting of a cockerel’s head was bought from a vintage furniture type shop called The Beehive in Devizes, Wiltshire. It apparently comes from a small company, the Wicker Chicken, in Cornwall run by a couple of artists. It was a special present, costing £75 and now has pride of place in my kitchen.
ABOVE: The stunning cushion TOP RIGHT: The china egg ABOVE RIGHT: The table saver
ABOVE: The cake tin LEFT: The cockerel clock BOTTOM LEFT: One of Charlotte’s trays
TOP: A rooster placemat RIGHT: The Ulster Weavers design apron ABOVE: The cockerel painting BELOW: Charlotte’s memorabilia collection