Col­lecta­bles

Col­lect­ing chicken mem­o­ra­bilia is very pop­u­lar – and great fun. Char­lotte Popescu checks out some choices

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Mem­o­ra­bilia

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.

CUSH­ION

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

CHINA EGG

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.

TA­BLE SAVER

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 CLOCK

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.

TRAYS

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

Place­mats and coast­ers fea­tur­ing cock­erels are very pop­u­lar. Mine are Pim­per­nel but there seem to be lots of dif­fer­ent types on the mar­ket.

TABLE­CLOTH

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

APRON

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 cake tin LEFT: The cock­erel clock BOT­TOM LEFT: One of Char­lotte’s trays

ABOVE: The stun­ning cush­ion TOP RIGHT: The china egg ABOVE RIGHT: The ta­ble saver

TOP: A rooster place­mat RIGHT: The Ul­ster Weavers de­sign apron ABOVE: The cock­erel paint­ing BE­LOW: Char­lotte’s mem­o­ra­bilia col­lec­tion

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