Vintage Pram Fan

For Fans of Silver Cross and all Vintage Prams

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    Who remembers Kamella products?

    Who remembers Kamella fabrics? I have a beautiful pram rug made by Kamella and it is so thick and fluffy, ( double sided so can be either white or pink) and looks stunning on one of my vintage prams, very much admired and a real talking point when I take my prams out. Kamella also made sleeping bags and dressing gowns for babies and children. Their adverts in wartime pointed out that during air raids there was added danger for[…]

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    How to restore coachbuilt prams book –...

    if you are new to pram restoration then you need this book! It has been written to help a beginner to get started with bringing an old pram up to a standard where it is baby ready. After lots of research, using my own experience and that of other pram restorers, I have included lots of advice to get you started. For example, how do you remove rust from chrome, what to do if a pram smells musty after years[…]

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    Silver Cross Berkeley and Portman prams

    Further to my previous post about identifying different models of prams, flat bottomed on detachable chassis, here are two more similar prams but these have more defined mouldings on the sides but are easily confused. First of all there is the Silver Cross Berkeley, which has a chrome strip in the shape of an elongated cross, this model was available in two tone colour or one colour. I have this model in grey and navy, one of my favourite prams[…]

Who remembers Kamella products?

Posted by Lucy On April - 25 - 2017 0 Comment
kamella

Who remembers Kamella fabrics? I have a beautiful pram rug made by Kamella and it is so thick and fluffy, ( double sided so can be either white or pink) and looks stunning on one of my vintage prams, very much admired and a real talking point when I take my prams out. Kamella also made sleeping bags and dressing gowns for babies and children. Their adverts in wartime pointed out that during air raids there was added danger for[…]

prambookblogsmall

if you are new to pram restoration then you need this book! It has been written to help a beginner to get started with bringing an old pram up to a standard where it is baby ready. After lots of research, using my own experience and that of other pram restorers, I have included lots of advice to get you started. For example, how do you remove rust from chrome, what to do if a pram smells musty after years[…]

Silver Cross Berkeley and Portman prams

Posted by Lucy On April - 18 - 2017 0 Comment
Portman

Further to my previous post about identifying different models of prams, flat bottomed on detachable chassis, here are two more similar prams but these have more defined mouldings on the sides but are easily confused. First of all there is the Silver Cross Berkeley, which has a chrome strip in the shape of an elongated cross, this model was available in two tone colour or one colour. I have this model in grey and navy, one of my favourite prams[…]

Silver Cross Carlton, Grosvenor, Corniche

Posted by Lucy On April - 11 - 2017 1 Comment
Carlton

There seems to be a some confusion about the different styles of prams made by Silver Cross, particularly amongst the ones with the detachable chassis. I am often contacted by people asking what model pram they have, so hope this will help you identify them. First of all there is the Carlton, this has a wavy line along the side of the body, with a chrome strip.   Then there is the Grosvenor, which has just a curved coachline painted[…]

April Pram of the Month

Posted by Lucy On March - 31 - 2017 0 Comment
flickr pram ad

Pram of the Month for April is a Queen of the Road. Queen of the Road prams were made for Co-operative stores throughout the UK and were made in various designs. The one shown in this ad was from 1960. A lot of these prams are still around, do you have a Queen of the Road pram or did you used to own one? 

wheel rust tyre

This is a post about the restoration of one of my prams, a Wilson Wedgwood. The pram had been kept in a garage for almost 50 years so you can imagine it was in very poor condition. I was wondering if I would ever get it back to a reasonable state, but thankfully a very helpful lady came to my rescue as I was very new to pram restoration in those days. As you can see from the photo below,[…]

Pram fashions

Posted by Lucy On March - 22 - 2017 1 Comment
1936 Harewood pram marked

Last week in my local shopping mall I saw a young couple proudly pushing their new baby in what I would call a modern “proper” pram, it had sprung suspension and even had mudguards. The body was fabric, toned to match the hood and apron but I suspect it was not waterproof so they would still have to struggle with a cumbersome plastic raincover if it rains. Looking back over the years pram designs have changed many times. At the[…]

Are all coachbuilt prams “Silver Cross”?

Posted by Lucy On March - 14 - 2017 2 Comments

From messages I receive there still seems to be some confusion about Silver Cross Prams and Wilson prams, and also a lot of people think that all coachbuilt prams are “Silver Cross”. First of all Wilson prams were made by the company Silver Cross. In the fifties the then Chairman of the company, Lawrence Wilson, decided to introduce a more luxurious model of pram and this was named “Wilson”. The materials used on these prams were more expensive than on[…]

Snippets from wartime

Posted by Lucy On March - 7 - 2017 2 Comments
ww2 baby gas mask

For many of the older generation living through the war years in the 1940’s is still vividly remembered, but for those of us born after the end of WW2 it is interesting to read how mothers of babies and young children coped. I have been doing research into the forties and found these snippets of information interesting. Someone had written to a magazine asking if anyone had found a satisfactory identity disc for children, one which would be fireproof and[…]

Pram of the Month March

Posted by Lucy On February - 28 - 2017 0 Comment
Golden Ace 2

Pram of the Month for March is a lesser known pram make, the Golden Ace. This model is a post war model from the late forties. Quite a nice pram, with a different moulding pattern on the sides and notice the foot brake in the centre and what looks like a sizeable brake pedal. Did you have a Golden Ace pram or know anyone who had one? My neighbour told me she had a Golden Ace dolls pram, also in[…]