Forthcoming Attractions: Mid-October 2015

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collection of various vintage homewares

This week’s buys have a distinct vintage industrial and haberdashery feel.

vintage industrial desktop perpetual calendar and vintage dome-faced Smiths wall clock

We’ll start with a couple of office accessories – a Smiths wall clock and perpetual calendar, both with a grey metallic finish. Very cool and masculine!

pair of vintage cane mannequins

Slightly more feminine are these vintage wicker mannequins – useful for crafters of course, but very sculptural as interior decor pieces also.

three pairs of vintage wooden shoe lasts

We always pick up these shoe lasts when we come across them. They come in a variety of styles & shapes which adds interest to a collection – the wood often has a wonderful colour & patina too.

two vintage wooden stools with painted legs and a set of green-painted ladders

Painted furniture is much in evidence this week. The aged duck egg blue of the step ladders is a lovely shade – perhaps a candidate for one of our Home Tones posts!

painted antique pine chest of drawers and vintage industrial Memlite lamp

This workbench light is a classic piece of vintage industrial style – the design, wear and colour all make it very desirable for fans of the look.

detail of vintage industrial Memlite lamp showing makers mark

It was produced in the 1930s era and the Memlite brand is well-regarded by collectors.

painted antique pine chest of drawers and large vintage leather trunk

This Victorian pine chest of drawers is a lovely size and simple style. It’s been over painted, but has aged quite nicely – and the cream colour isn’t bad. We could leave it untouched, strip the paint or distress slightly. Choices, choices!

large vintage leather trunk

No decision required for this vintage travel trunk. It’s going to look gorgeous with a simple bit of wax and leather cream.

large vintage leather trunk showing interior

Wonderfully aged leather, nice metal locks and stud detailing – the interior is so clean & tidy too. It’s a real beauty!

collection of various vintage homewares

Items will be available to buy in our online shop, eBay or antiques centre space in the next few days.

Duckydora dinner party

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Salad and garlic bread served on Duckydora 'Sienna' tableware with 'Florence' tea towel

We’ve just received some lovely Sienna patterned tableware from duckydora.

Duckydora logo on the underside of a 'Sienna' side plate

It was put straight to use that evening as we were having pasta with some garlic bread and salad. It was absolutely perfect for serving.

Slices of garlic bread served on a Duckydora 'Sienna' plate

This range is pared back, clean and simple with a modern, rustic feel. The bowl & plates are glazed terracotta in a lovely, soft baby blue shade – hand decorated with a repeating raindrop pattern. It’s photographed here with the complementing Florence tea towel which adds pretty stylised flowers to the scene.

'Sienna' salad bowl with 'Florence' teatowel

This Sienna tableware is just one of a range of products available at the duckydora website.

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Valued possessions

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Legal & General has published an interesting article on how and why people (under) value their possessions. It makes for interesting and informative reading. Is something of value because of its financial worth, sentimental importance or how useful it is? We’ve given it some thought and have come up with a list of some of our most valued possessions.

Brass vintage lion door knocker

Antique brass door knocker

You’ll see one of our first most valued possessions before you even enter our house. This antique brass door knocker was given to Adelle by her dad when she bought her first flat back in the 1990s. It has travelled the country with us and adorned the front door of every house we’ve owned since then.

Pair of antique leather armchairs in front of the fire

Pair of leather club chairs

We were on the lookout for a pair of vintage leather armchairs for years. It was a case of  ‘right place, right time’ when we eventually found them. We just happened to visit our local antiques centre on the day they came in. We had a budget in mind and the asking price was about one quarter of the figure, so it was an easy decision. We absolutely love them – their style & shape, the colour, the comfort – everything. They’ll be with us for life!

Collection of vintage West German pottery vases

Vintage West German pottery vases

We buy & sell vintage homewares for a living, so have to be strict with ourselves with regards to keeping hold of items. We do live with certain pieces for a while sometimes. Well, we can’t live in an empty house can we? We have small collections dotted about the place – some temporary, some a little more permanent. Mid twentieth century design is an important area for us in terms of collecting, retailing & blogging. We like these 1960s West German vases with their amazing shapes & colours. They went out of fashion for many years, but are quite sought after again these days.

Collection of antique candle dowsers

Antique candle dowsers

It’s not all mid century modern in our house though. We like to mix eras and go for traditional antiques too – their history and previous life is fascinating. This small grouping of candle dowsers look back to a different age when candles would provide the only lighting in the house. It takes a long time to accumulate these rare & unusual objects so they’re very precious to us.

Small antique table

Small antique table

We love country furniture – especially cute pieces such as this little 18th century side table with its richly patinated fruitwood top. They have so much character and their small size makes them very flexible to accommodate in different rooms – and easy to move!

Adelle's collection of vintage handbags

Vintage handbags

Although most of them aren’t worth that much in monetary terms, Adelle would be devastated if anything happened to her vintage handbag collection. You won’t find any of must-have, thousand pound ‘It’ bags here. Each handbag is valued because it was either a birthday or Christmas present, a visual reminder of a day’s shopping in a nice town… or the perfect match for a going-out outfit.

Fudge, our Weimaraner, leaning over a brown cord sofa

Fudge

Probably our most valued possession – if indeed he would consider himself a ‘possession’. We rescued this handsome young man when he was one year old – and he’s now ten. He hadn’t been socialised with other dogs much when we got him, he acted as if every meal would be his last, he didn’t know that fast moving cars might hurt him, he had separation anxiety, the list goes on. Generally a bit barmy, but we love him to bits!

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Forthcoming Attractions: End-September 2015

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H is for Home shop items

Here’s a small selection of this week’s favourite vintage items.

Vintage green Rhythm pedestal clock

We’ll start with the clock – one of the best we’ve picked up in quite a while. It’s a pedestal alarm clock made by Rhythm in the 1960s. The futuristic shape, vibrant emerald green face and wonderful condition all add to its overall appeal.

Vintage silver plate jug designed by Hans Bunde for Kohrs, Denmark

This silver plated jug is very striking too. It was designed by Hans Bunde for Kohrs of Denmark. It was filthy when we bought it, but a little silver polish has worked wonders!

Galt children's picture puzzle

We don’t do much charity shop trawling these days – well, not as much as we used to do. However, a visit to a new town recently meant we just had to pop into a few! We saw a pile of vintage children’s games in one window – they included a couple of boxes that had the Galt Toys logo which always piques our interest. They sometimes have fabulous illustrations by the likes of Kenneth Townsend for example. We liked the look of this alphabet puzzle. We didn’t want to spread the pieces all over the shop floor so took the risk that it would be complete when we got it home.

Detail from a Galt children's picture puzzle

Complete it was – and rather lovely too! It dates from the 1960s era. It would look great on a long shelf or dado rail in a traditional nursery or children’s bedroom.

Vintage G-Plan side table

This small side table was produced by G Plan. It’s very sculptural and the wood grain is beautiful. We’ve just put it into our antique centre space to sit alongside a 1960s Danish teak armchair – and they make a great pairing.

Trio of vintage West German vases

And finally, the collection of West German vases. These are just three of twenty one vases that we bought at auction this week. They included some fabulous pieces by the likes of Dumler & Breiden, Carstens, and Scheurich. We’ll take a closer look at them in tomorrow’s post.

Forthcoming Attractions: Mid-September 2015

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Selection of vintage collectables heading to the H is for Home shop - September 2015

Here’s a selection of recent vintage buys heading shopwards.

set of vintage Beefeater steak plates

For starters, we have a classic bit of what is generally termed ‘vintage retro’ these days. These ‘Beefeater’ steak plates scream 1960s/70s.

detail view of a vintage Beefeater steak plate

They were produced by English Ironstone Ltd in Staffordshire. Aren’t they fabulous? We’ve got some young bulls on nearby farmland – you won’t be surprised to hear that they’re not quite as colourful as these.

Vintage Easimix mixing bowl by T. G. Green with blue patterned vintage fabric

We’re staying in the same era with the fabric piece.

Detail of blue patterned vintage fabric

Actually, the style is very similar – the same artist could have been responsible for both the plates and the textile!

Vintage Dumler Breiden 'fat lava' West German vase with wooden deer figure

This pair of items makes a nice little grouping – they would look perfect on a vintage, mid-century modern teak sideboard. We love the contrast of glazes on the vase – and the flash of orange of course. The stylised antelope is lovely. We come across similar wooden sculptures quite often, but this one stood out from the crowd. It’s particularly good quality in terms of material and skill of carving.

Yellow vintage fondue set

This fondue set is top quality for its type also – enamel pan with teak detailing, warmer and a set of six forks. It’s pretty much unused and a superb English mustard colour. Pop that on the sideboard too… ready for the retro dinner party.

Orange original vintage Anglepoise lamp

More vibrant colour with this vintage lamp – our favourite Anglepoise for some time. We love the stepped base, shape of the shade and bold red colourway.

Detailed view showing maker's mark on an orange original vintage Anglepoise lamp

It’s a Herbert Terry original and would look great gracing any desk or worktop.

Detailed view of a vintage Neiman Marcus poster celebrating Danish Fortnight

And finally, onto the poster that’s in the background of many of these photos. We’ve had it for a while, but it’s been rolled up in storage. We’ve just had it framed so we’re counting it as a new item! It’s a vintage poster advertising Danish Fortnight at the department store Neiman-Marcus in Dallas. The poster is gorgeous – and you can guarantee that most of those 1960s Danish homewares on sale were gorgeous too!

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selection of vintage furniture and homewares in the H is for Home shop - September 2015

Here are some of our vintage furniture and homeware purchases from this past week.

Original vintage oil painting of a shipyard by J. Jennings

We’ll start with the painting – an original 1960s oil on board. It’s entitled ‘Waterfront’ and features a harbour scene with dock buildings, cranes and lights reflected in the still water.

Original vintage oil painting of a shipyard by J. Jennings

The artist is J. Jennings.

Cream-coloured vintage Horstmann anglepoise-type desk lamp

Next, this superb lamp by Hadrill & Horstmann. It has a counterweight mechanism which not only looks great, but works very efficiently too – the perfect design combo. The West German pottery vases & planters always sell well – especially with that distinctive flash of volcanic orange.

Original vintage G-plan footstool with yellow upholstery seat

And more vibrant colour… this G-Plan stool with its original yellow fabric upholstery didn’t take much deciding upon.

Underside of a vintage G-plan footstool showing the original label

It’s a fabulous shape too and went straight into the boot of the car!

Vintage studio pottery lamp base made by Evans in 1976

There are slightly more muted tones in this studio pottery lamp base, but it’s no less attractive.

Detail of a vintage studio pottery lamp base made by Evans in 1976

We’ve got a friend whose studio pottery collection is ever expanding.

Underside of a vintage studio pottery lamp base made by Evans in 1976 showing the signature and date

She gave an, ‘oooooooh that’s nice!’, when she saw it – and has thus managed to squeeze one more piece into her house!