We look for anything you might think is fun, interesting, beautiful, new, old or odd. Vintage and almost new clothes, ceramics, treen, ephemera, books and costume jewellery. If it fits in a box, we'll sell it.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Vintage Art Deco Pewter Tea Set by Craftsman, Sheffield

An Art Deco three-piece tea set by Craftsman of Sheffield. It comprises a squat oriental, magic lamp style tea pot, milk/cream jug and a sugar bowl. They are of a hammered finish, each with a studded band around the waist. The pot has an ornate Bakelite handle and knob. All items are in pretty good condition with the jug having only the most minor bumps, dents and scratches. The bowl is slightly flattened around its waist for about 1.5cm but is otherwise very good. The pot is also in very good condition although the base has suffered a few knocks. This is quite normal as pewter will become malleable with heat and as this has been used many times (tannin stains inside attest to this) it goes without saying that the hot surfaces will doubtless be more prone to some distortion. This may also explain why the handle is slightly off-kilter by a degree or so. Despite this it appears sound; I can't see any cracks and I have tested it with cold water which didn't reveal any leaks. The Craftsman mark was used by Viner's between 1926 and 1939 so this set can be considered a genuine vintage piece and consequently any marks and damage are consistent with its age.

All measurements approx:
Pot: 12cm tall, max diameter incl handle: 24cm
Jug: 7cm tall, 11.5 cm, max diameter,
Sugar bowl: 8cm tall, 13.5 cm max diameter incl handles.

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Saturday, 25 May 2013

Grey and Unglazed Vintage Japanese Studio Pottery Bowl

Mid-sized earthenware bowl from Japan. The inside and rim are glazed in grey, the rest is unglazed. Around the rim are two grooves and underneath this are repeated diagonal stamps, one of which is repeated on the base. The other mark is in a kidney shaped outline. I've tried to research it but Japanese pottery is a labrynthine subject; the only help we can offer is that it was probably obtained by my partner's parents while living in Japan in the early 1990s. They also lived there in the early 60s but this looks to be of a later design. They also visited Mashiko a lot but this probably isn't from there!

Measurements: 19cm diameter x 6cm

Weight including packaging: 1.2kg

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Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Outdoor Tap with Brass Frog Handle


This is an outdoor tap, suitable for standpipes or, with a suitable flange or mounting plate, as a water butt fitting and featuring a brass frog instead of a handle. It has been used as there is some verdigris and remnants of PTFE tape on the thread. I have tested it by virtue of filling it with water and while not a completely reliable test it did confirm that it does drip a bit from the stem so it may need a new washer but if you're a competent plumber this is not beyond you. While this probably isn't a complete item - some come with a backplate for mounting into a butt - new ones are in the £35 area so if you're after a budget functioning item this could be for you.

Fittings I would imagine are 19mm/3/4" BSP thread although this is, I hasten to add untested but the evidence of it having been used suggest it's pretty much standard.

Weight including packaging: 600g

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Monday, 13 May 2013

Large Brown Honeycombe Glaze Seal by Fosters of Cornwall

Large brown seal by Fosters in their signature brown honeycombe glaze. In excellent condition.

22cm x 10cm x 10cm

Weight incl packaging: 700g

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Sunday, 12 May 2013

Art Deco Style Mustard Yellow Glaze Vase by Brixham Pottery, Devon

Lovely small mustard yellow art deco style vase with a very pretty swirly pattern in brown. There is one pock mark that happened during glazing and if you look closely the vase is crazed. There is a stamp on the base stating 'Brixham Pottery Devon' and 'Made in England'. The condition of the vase is perfect with no hairline cracks, flea bites or chips.

All measurements approximate: 14cm (h) x 8.5cm (d) (at it's widest)

Approx weight with packaging: 800g

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Friday, 10 May 2013

Large Ornate Pitcher with Drip Glaze by Baroque England

Large ornate pitcher with a green glazed embossed floral design. The base is the original green, the rest has had a rather lovely light green to white drip glaze applied in a West German hot lava style. It's very striking. I haven't a clue as to the maker - it is marked "Baroque England" which could be the style rather than pottery and there's a monogram CL or LC, which I have seen before but have been unable to trace. It doesn't look too vintage but it could quite easily have been kept on display as it's in excellent condition.

Measurements are approximate:
23cm x 18cm across handle

Weight with packaging: approx 2000g.

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Thursday, 9 May 2013

Vintage Yellow Acanthus Leaf Bowl - Mould No 4665 by SylvaC

Small bowl - sugar bowl size - mould number 4665, with acanthus leaf and oval design in yellow/brown glaze with a brown ring inside the rim. The impressed base suggests 40s - 50s. It's quite crazed as one would expect from a vintage SylvaC and apart from a few small offcuts or shavings that appear to have got stuck to the edge and glazed (possibly making it a sceond), it's in fine condition.

Measurements are approximate:
12.5cm x 5cm

Weight with packaging: approx 750g.

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Monday, 6 May 2013

Long Hand Made Studio Pottery Dish - New Forest Pottery


Very nice handmade rustic oval dish in a green glaze impressed with what were probably real leaves, twigs and berries and then handpainted in subtle browns and greens, the veins on the leaves looking like very clever use of the crackle glaze. The underside looks to have been textured with burlap or something similar. It's in superb condition.

26cm x 11.5cm x 3xm

Weight with packaging: approx 800g.

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