What do you think this is and how much would you pay for this? – or maybe I should ask – How much do you think this costs?
The answer is, it’s a 1950s gilt-bronze trolley, costing £2,900, from Windsor House Antiques. The mid-century drinks trolley is having a fabulous come-back, especially with Millennials, and new copies are being made to fill the gap between supply and demand. Mobile drinks trolleys are part of a bigger mid-century interiors trend. Bar carts (the American name) date from the late 1930s and early 40s, and their popularity stretched though until the 70s.
The tv series Mad Men oozed period glamour and these little items of furniture shone. I am told that young people who rent move around quite a lot and like to have a few easily transportable and affordable decorative pieces to instantly make anywhere feel like home. Strings of fairy lights and gold pineapple ice buckets are popular too.
You’ve probably seen something like this in your youth, perhaps used as a tea trolley. If you spot one at a car boot, snap it up. Or something like this? –
Image: Nat Davies
a 1950s brass and glass trolley – only £1,450 from Guinevere Antiques.
The French made them too – I like this 1950s number.
and this is French too – possibly a little too much of the dentist vibe going on here for me.
If you’re having difficulty getting hold of the real thing, don’t worry Urban Outfitters have it all under control.
Their trolley looks pretty authentic – priced around £290.