Archive for the ‘vintage’ Category

The Tardy Trestle!

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

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vintage wooden trestle table from J Sergeant, Tardy Gate, Lancashire

Here’s something for all you vintage industrial or shabby chic fans. We think this old decorator’s work table is gorgeous.

vintage wooden trestle table from J Sergeant, Tardy Gate, Lancashire

It dates from the 1920s/30s era, and as you can see, it once belonged to J.Sergeant from Tardy Gate which is (or was) a small settlement in the South Ribble area of Lancashire. It’s now been somewhat consumed by Preston & its suburbs, but was once a farming community. Great place name isn’t it?

vintage wooden trestle table from J Sergeant, Tardy Gate, Lancashire

The trestle table has a hinged plank top & folding base for ease of transport & storage. We’ve been told that Mr Sergeant actually travelled around by bike!

vintage wooden trestle table from J Sergeant, Tardy Gate, Lancashire

It’s not a fine piece of antique furniture, but we love everything about this object – the design, the lettering, the colour, the wear & tear, its original function and the fact that it can be re-used today. We could see it in a craft room, studio, office or even kitchen – it would also make the perfect display table for a shop or market stall.

vintage wooden trestle table from J Sergeant, Tardy Gate, Lancashire

We bought something of a similar ilk just recently. These vintage step ladders might also have belonged to a decorator – or a shop maybe. Again they have their original lettering – don’t you just love that stylised ‘S’?

vintage wooden trestle table from J Sergeant, Tardy Gate, Lancashire

We have a friend whose surname is Sutcliffe (hello Rebecca if you’re reading this!) who snapped them up when she saw them – how could you not? They can still be used for their original purpose – but you can also use them for displays, plant pots, hanging clothes or towels – and we saw some recently bedecked with Christmas baubles which looked great.

Vintage birthday

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

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selection of vintage 1950s/60s children's birthday cards

These colourful vintage birthday cards brightened up a grey day as we wandered around the Thursday flea market stalls.

vintage "9 today" children's birthday card

They’re all unused and look to date from the 1950s. Each card features a different animal with a little rhyme inside. They’re all very cute!

interior view of 5 years old vintage birthday card

We’ll probably put them into the shop priced individually, but if you fancy buying them as a collection, just drop us a line.

Vacances Français

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

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selection of vintage travel maps of areas of France

We bought some vintage metal filing drawers at auction last month – these lovely vintage travel maps were stored inside.

vintage travel map of the Basque area of France vintage travel map of the Jura area of France
vintage travel map of the Est area of France vintage travel map of the Languedoc area of France

The covers immediately caught our eye, with illustrations by French artist Jean Colin. Born in 1912, he’s best known for his  advertising posters from the mid 20th century. In addition to Shell, he did artwork for many prominent companies such as Cinzano, Air France, Kiwi Shoe Polish, Marchal and Perrier  – and won many awards for his designs.

detail of a vintage travel map of an area of France illustrated with a stork

These Shell guides for various regions of France date from the 1950s/60s.

detail of a vintage travel map showing the area of Montpellier

The maps inside are very attractive too – colourful & detailed, but clear to read.

detail of a vintage travel map of an area of France illustrated with figures of a man and woman

We’d spied them inside the drawers, but a nice little bonus all the same!

Top Drawers!

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

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two sets of small rusty industrial vintage drawers

We picked up four sets of these metal drawers at auction recently. They were full of all kinds of screws, washers and bits of milking machines!

detail of small rusty industrial vintage drawers

They’d obviously been living in a barn or shed and developed a nice coat of rust, but we knew that there was a vintage industrial gem waiting to be uncovered.

detail of small rusty industrial vintage drawers with wire wool

Justin set about them with fine wire wool – a very laborious, fiddly task. Each set of drawers took about 4 hours.

detail of small rusty industrial vintage drawers with electric buffer tool and tin of Briwax

After the wire wool, waxing and buffing followed.

polished industrial vintage drawers

All the effort was worthwhile as they’ve come up a treat.

detail of drawer corner detail of drawer corner

As you can see from the detailing, they’re actually beautifully made with folded corners and metal drawer knobs.

detail of polished drawers

They’ve got a great look – and we love the finished patina & colour.

detail of polished drawers with red desk lamp

They’re very useful too, of course – perfect for all kinds of bits & pieces in a a craft room or workshop. Thinking a bit more laterally, they’ve got a very masculine look, so would be ideal for men’s jewellery or accessories – cufflinks or watches maybe.

H is for Home pop up!

Monday, October 7th, 2013

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Industrial vintage items for sale in the H is for Home pop up shop

We’ve just launched a new little feature – the H is for Home pop up shop. Each sale will be live for a week and have a specific theme – for example, it’s vintage industrial for week one (Justin is actually letting it go!!). There will be five items per sale and it will be the first time that they’ve been available to buy. All items will be one off vintage pieces and have a special, introductory ‘pop-up’ price. Once they’re gone, they’re gone!

Industrial vintage items for sale in the H is for Home pop up shop

This week’s shop includes some fabulous green metal storage, a lovely old mill bobbin, a machinist’s stool – and all your possible twine requirements! Click on the link above to visit our new pop up shop.