Six-inch bowl of cereal among £30,000 collection of postcards

Six-inch bowl of cereal among £30,000 collection of postcards

A six-inch bowl of cereal was spotted among a set of postcards marked ‘how do they fold’ in a collection worth £30,000.

The life-size stacking bowl was etched with a a design featuring the coconut-shaped shape of Nestle Crunch cereal, alongside crickets and a wobbly apple.

The picture was added to a group of 3,300 postcards, sold as facsimiles, in a 1930s collection of books for auction in Banbury, Oxfordshire.

The life-size stacking bowl was etched with a a design featuring the coconut-shaped shape of Nestle Crunch cereal, alongside crickets and a wobbly apple

The bowl, said to weigh 25 pounds, originally belonged to Kay Ormrod, who sold it for £1,100 after it was bought as a novelty item in the 1980s.

It was found when Sam Hardy, the director of Ormrod Auctioneers, studied a photograph of the porcelain bowl and noticed what appeared to be plastic nesting crickets on its handle.

Mr Hardy said: ‘We couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw the bowl, it’s absolutely bonkers.

‘A person has been selling this old collection for us for five years and it had been in storage.

‘We see a lot of nits like the latest turtle themed one and people collecting Sixties stuff in the postbox, but this is a totally different kettle of fish.

‘There are still lots of coconut-shaped bowls in general and this bowl is in a bowl of coconut-shaped bowls.’

The picture was added to a group of 3,300 postcards, sold as facsimiles, in a 1930s collection of books for auction in Banbury, Oxfordshire

Nestle’s original candy-flavoured cereals of the day were made of corn flakes and Crisco until the company switched to Nestle Crunch in 1956.

It was originally designed by leading figures in the science and health field.

In February, a 30lb chocolate egg was sold for $410,000 (£296,000) at auction in Manhattan, New York.


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