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STOP PRESS

22nd Feb. 09 - A few updates, some new pictures and maintenance changes

22nd Nov. 08 - A new section on "Fiesta Melmex" added to the Other Stuff page.

11th Nov. 08 - Quite a lot of additions, mainly in the Bandalasta Life section, but also updates to Other Stuff, Catalogue and the More BEATL sections

24th Oct. 08 - "ROTARY" Knife Sharpener added to the Other Stuff page.

16th Sep. 08 - Two new pages added to the site. Bandalasta Life, a section on Bandalasta in context and Other Companies manufacturing BEATL products, where you can find more info. on Linga Longa, ML, Streetly Manufacturing (SMC) and others.

13th Aug. 08 - A NEWS section added to this page. Also, links to images of the Design Representations for 192 - Lamp, 195 - Nesting Cup and 130 - Fruit or Rose Bowl added to the Catalogue.

6th Aug. 08 - A 204 - Grapefruit/Sundae bowl with unusual chrome insert added to the Picture Gallery (courtesy of David Allen).

5th Aug. 08 - Added a new section "Picnic Sets on eBay & elsewhere" to the Picnic Sets page. Lots of people email asking us to value their picnic sets, hopefully (in time) this section will help.

Also, added links to the patents office for 144 - Teapot; 145 - Patent Teapot and 57 - Toilet Roll Holder. These can be found, in the appropriate section, of the Catalogue page.

Finally, a photo of a guy moulding Bandalasta has been added to the "people and Places" section of the Picture Gallery. The images in this section also now link to larger versions.

4th Aug. 08 - A completely new addition to the Catalogue section, a 198 - Dwarf Candlestick; also a picture of a 124 - Extinguishing Ashtray (with a link to the original patent).

A pewter rimmed 193 - Powder bowl added to the Picture Gallery.

A new game - "HAZ-IARDS" was found, this month, on eBay. Pictures and rules can be found on the Other Stuff page.

3rd Aug. 08 - Another new Punch Advert, dated 4th November 1929, has been added to the Beatl Ads. PDf file, courtesy of David Allen. This is dated even earlier than the one mentioned below. Also, the colour table on the Collecting page has been updated with the addition of colour NY8G, again, thanks to David Allen.

A WWII commemorative beaker has been added to the Picture Gallery. This beaker (65) is also a new addition to the catalogue.

31st Jul. 08 - A PDF of one of the early sales catalogues has been added to the Catalogue section.

18th Jul. 08 - A new Punch Advert, dated 18th December 1929, has been added to the Beatl Ads. PDf file. This is the earliest advert for BEATL/Bandalasta that we have come across.

17th Jul. 08 - A couple of new Picnic Sets added to the Picnic Set section. Picture of Circular Tray (181) added to Catalogue (courtesy of Chris Elliott).

28th Dec. 06 - New pictures added to Catalogue. This is the final batch of pictures. Any gaps in the catalogue from now on, are for items that we have not yet seen.

5th Dec. 06 - Existence of 71 - "Banda Table Skittles" confirmed and added to Catalogue.

26th Nov. 06 - Update on "Union Case" on Other Stuff page.

26th Nov. 06 - Dominoe mystery added to this page.

11th Nov. 06 - Recently aquired "Union Case" added to Other Stuff page.

11th Nov. 06 - New section: "Promotional Items" added to Picture Gallery page.

5th Nov. 06 - Colour table updated on Collecting page.


WANTED

If anyone has any old photographs of the Bandalasta factory or the Beatl shop on Regent Street (or anything interesting), that they would like us to include in our picture gallery. Please contact us at the email address at the foot of this page.


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

We would like to thank the following people (in no particular order) for their help during the construction of this website: -

Sue Robinson (253 - Dominoes: catalogue entry and picture)

Chris Elliott (133 - Butter Dish, 244 - Jug and 181 - Circular Tray: catalogue entry and pictures plus lots of other stuff)

Margaret Brown (Union Case)

David Bowsher (Lots of useful information)

Maurice (Ilat Picnic Set)

Isabelle Haurat (Kirby Beard Picnic Set)

David Allen (Punch Advert, Colour NY8G and 204 - Grapefruit dish with chrome insert, and lots of other stuff.)

Richard Cotton (ML Hors d'ouevre set pictures and info.)

Brookes & Adams (Goes without saying!)


WELCOME

Bandalasta is the trade name of a type of plastic ware which was manufactured in Birmingham, England from the 1920's. To find out more visit the "What is it?" page. For a list of all the pieces we are aware of, and lots of photos, check out the " Catalogue page". The "Picture Gallery" contains photos of other interesting and related items such as adverts, boxed sets etc. Want to find out about your "Picnic Set"? You'll find some useful information here. If you are a collector of Bandalasta or are interested in starting a collection, check out the "Collecting Bandalasta" page. The "Bandalasta Life" page is where we will put pictures, anecdotes etc. of Bandalasta in real life and the "More Beatle" page is for further information on the other companies who were involved in the manufacture and production of Beatl Wares. Finally, the "Other Stuff" section is where we will put anyhing else that doesn't fit into the previous categories. 

WANTED

We are constantly on the lookout for interesting and unusual pieces of Bandalasta, so, if you have any pieces for sale or if you have any photos of unusual items that you would like us to include on the site, please e-mail details to the address at the foot of this page.

One item that we have been searching for, for many years, is the lamp illustrated to the right, we have the base of the lamp but not the shade.


NEWS

Some new aquisitions will appear here soon.


MYSTERIES

Here are a few items that are puzzling us at the moment. If anyone can shed any light on these items please let us know.

Dominoe Mystery

The picture on the left is of a set of dominoes, which are identical in shape, size and design to those known to be Bandalasta (253). The puzzling thing is that these are marked as "Bakelite Ltd" and are clearly made from Bakelite. Also, there is no Registered Design No. on this set.

Could Brookes & Adams have supplied the dies to Bakelite Ltd? Did Brookes and Adams produce the dominoes as a promotional item for Bakelite Ltd. (allthough this would seem a bit odd)? If anyone knows, please get in touch.

   

This is a boxed breakfast set comprising a napkin ring, salt and pepper pourers and an egg cup. They look and feel like Bandalasta, but the only item marked as Bandalasta is the egg cup. The pattern number on the egg cup is 180E but in the catalogue, the number 180 is associated with a different style of egg cup.

The other odd thing about the egg cup is that the backstamp says "Made in Australia". Maybe the E in the pattern number refers to "Export", who knows? A real mystery!

Breakfast Set
   
Mystery Object - 01
This strange bowl like object, again, looks and feels like Bandalasta but is unmarked. It's possible that it was made by one of the other companies (Linga Longa, ML etc.) but we've never seen any of their products in quite this colour. If anyone recognises the bowl we'd love to know more.
   

This really is a strange one. The bowl on the right appeared on eBay in February 2002. The description was as follows: -

" The bowl measures 12" in diameter and 2.5" in height... The underside bears the Bandalasta makers mark, which reads as follows: - Bandalasta REGD 161,BCM/BANDA, Made in England, OF BEATLE WARE. The underside has a screw fitment, so it is possible that the bowl may have screwed onto a pedestal base."

The problem is that the pattern number 161 is associated with a dessert plate not a bowl, and it is unusual for two different designs to have the same number.

161? - Bowl

Also, the bowl looks and sounds like the top section of a 113 - Fruit Bowl, but in all the ones we've seen, the top section is unmarked.

One possibility is that, maybe, Brookes and Adams produced and sold just the top section of the bowl because the complete 113 bowl is fairly ugly. In fact, one of the ones from our collection has clearly been used as two seperate items, the top part being used as a bowl and the bottom part as a flowerpot holder.


LINKS


If you would like your website linked to from this site, please email us with the details

THE BAKELITE MAN at www.bakeliteman.com

THE PLASTICS HISTORICAL SOCIETY at www.plastiquarian.com

THE BAKELITE MUSEUM at www.bakelitemuseum.co.uk - THIS LINK SEEMS TO BE DEAD NOW!

BROOKES & ADAMS at www.banda.co.uk - Where it all began!

EVELYNNE'S OLDIES BUT GOODIES at evelynnesoldiesbutgoodies - a great online shop for authentic vintage bakelite, cellulloid and lucite jewelry, kitchenware and related deco collectibles.

One of eBay's guides entitled "Bakelite and other vintage plastic collectables" is worth a look. It is entertaining and informative, check it out!