Bone China Part-Tea Set – SOLD

24 Oct

Bone china Paragon 'Blossom' part-tea set

Bone china Paragon ‘Blossom’ part-tea set

This is the last of the Paragon bone china tea set that I bought a few weeks ago. It’s a bit of a mishmash of mismatched cups, saucers & side plates, but I couldn’t bare to throw any of it away (it’s just so pretty!) so I’ve tried to make a set of sorts out of the remnants, and I don’t think it looks too bad at all! There are two main issues: the first major one is that the base of one of the teacups has been glued. Luckily it’s the foot of the cup, not the actual body, so is still fine to use, but I’m sure that some people might think that it’s time for it to meet its end (and that’s fair enough I suppose). The other issue is that there are only 3 small cake plates – the fourth plate that I’ve shown is actually a saucer. You can see when all the plates are stacked on top of each other that the saucer sits at a different angle – the cake plates are nearly completely flat (which is super special!), but the saucer lifts around the rim, as a saucer would do. Personally I think you can get away with it, but if you’re a purist I’m sure that it won’t do at all! Worst come to the worst though, you can always turn it into three beautiful trios and a serving plate – for the money I still think it’s well worth it!

P.S. Interestingly Paragon were taken over by Royal Albert (the maker’s of that fine pink set from earlier today ) in 1960.

Dimensions: Teacups – 7cm tall x 7.5cm in diameter; Saucers – 15.5cm long x 13cm wide; Cake plates – 17cm long x 14.5cm wide; Serving plate – 26.5cm long x 21.5cm wide

Price: R160 for the set (13 pieces in total)

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Vintage Glass Soda Syphon – SOLD

24 Oct

Vintage glass soda syphon

Vintage glass soda syphon

I don’t normally like things that can’t be used anymore, but something about this vintage soda syphon really appealed to me! Justin collects syphons, so we have loads of them at home, but unlike this version which I think would have been filled at a factory, all of our syphons can be, and are used – nothing like fresh soda water to go with your whiskey after a long day at work! So it’s a bit odd for me to have bought this, but I really like the art deco shape of the glass and that etched writing is just fantastic! Plus I love the fact that it’s local. Engraved into the chrome is ‘Meldrums Maritzburg‘, which I’m fairly confident is referring to Pietermaritzburg (The Meldrums were a fairly prominent family in PMB). The glass is slightly murky (not visible in the pics), but not terribly so, and the chrome top, which is a bit worn looking, can be removed to clean the bottle – which is a big plus. Often these bottles can’t be opened, which means the residual water that sits in the bottle gets a bit scary over time!

A very attractive bottle that will hopefully find a good home with a deserving collector.

Dimensions: 32cm tall x 10cm in diameter

Price: R260

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Royal Albert Part Tea Set – SOLD

24 Oct

Royal Albert 'Sugar Candy' tea set

Royal Albert ‘Sugar Candy’ tea set

It may be incomplete, but this is one fine looking tea set! Royal Albert, so called because of its association with the Royal Family*, is part of the Royal Doulton group of companies (now WWRD Holdings – Waterford Crystal, Wedgwood & Royal Doulton) – the provenance of this maker of fine bone china is not to be messed with! And the quality of their work is easy to see – these really are some beautiful cups and saucers! Not to mention the clarity of the glaze which is the most delicate pink, and that lovely fern motif – and finally the pattern name, ‘Sugar Candy‘! Isn’t that just wonderful?

*Royal Albert has two Royal Warrants. Warrants are bestowed on companies that regularly supply the Royal Family with goods or services.

P.S. This same set, but with a coffee pot, is for sale on Gumtree for R2600!

Dimensions: Cups – 7cm tall x 7.5cm in diameter; Saucers – 12.5cm in diameter; Milk jug – 10cm tall x 5.5cm in diameter; Sugar bowl – 5cm tall x 10cm in diameter

Price: R320 for the set

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Large Enamel Pot

24 Oct

Vintage Judge Ware enamel pot

Vintage Judge Ware enamel pot

This classic Judge Ware enamel pot is in pretty good nick for its years! There are a few patches where the enamel has chipped away, but the inside of the pot is nice and clean. It also has its all-important brass label, which is something that collectors of this English enamelware look for. This is quite a large pot with an extended handle – I’m not really sure what it’s meant for, but I suppose you could cook anything in it really – provided you had more than just a few mouths to feed!

P.S. A sadder looking version of this pot is for sale for £50 (R870) on ebay!

Dimensions: 22cm in diameter x 22cm tall (with lid on); 50cm long (from edge of pot to end of handle)

Price: R360

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Vintage Enamel Bin – SOLD

23 Oct

Vintage enamel bin

Vintage enamel bin

I think that this is the first plain enamel bin that I’ve come across – all the other black and white versions that we’ve sold have had writing on them. I’ve had ‘sugar’, ‘flour’ and ‘rice’ a few times (I once even had a ‘ghee’ tin!), but as far as I can remember this is the first bin that I’ve had with no writing at all, which I suppose makes it that much more adaptable in terms of where you can use it (you’re not just limited to the kitchen). As far as these bins go, the condition’s not bad at all. There are some chips in the enamel, which at some point look like they’ve been painted white, but the legs are still sturdy and the hinges and clasps are all in place.

A character-filled piece of enamelware that will make very attractive storage wherever you choose to use it!

Dimensions: 53cm tall x 34cm wide x 34cm deep

Price: R420

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Set of Retro Cake Forks – SOLD

23 Oct

Set of retro cake forks

Set of retro cake forks

How fabulous are these retro cake forks? I’m head over heels in love with them! I can’t say for certain, but the handles almost look like they could be made of bakelite? The forks are in excellent condition, with no signs of wear – in fact I’m doubtful whether they’ve ever actually been used before!

A fantastic set that work wonderfully with a nice contemporary set of cake plates.

Note: The colours are a little less vibrant than they seem in the photos, but are still great!

Dimensions: Each fork measures 15.5cm long

Price: R135 for the set

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