Collection of Vintage Jewelry

30 Jan

Collection of vintage jewelry

Collection of vintage jewelry

I couldn’t believe my luck when I stumbled upon this great collection of vintage jewellery – all in one spot! I bought the brooch for a bit of fun (and of course, because it’s quite beautiful!), but it’s nowhere near the quality of the rest of the items, which are all sterling silver. My favourites are probably the Danish clip-ons, designed by world-renowned silversmith, Niels Erik From. I love the shape with the ‘flower’ forming around the perfect silver bead – so beautifully designed! And so collectible – these earrings sell for around R1000 online! And then you have the three dimensional petaled earrings – now that’s some serious craftsmanship for you! At first I thought that the black sections were enamel, but on closer inspection I think they may be blackened silver, although I can’t say for certain. And lastly there are the marcasite earrings, which are so, so sweet! Sadly they’re missing a few pieces of pyrite (the bits that make up the ‘stones’), but you really don’t notice the fact that they’re missing unless you give them a good inspection.

A wonderful collection of vintage jewellery that I’m very proud to show off!

Note: These are quite large earrings – please pay attention to the dimensions below.

Dimensions & Prices

  • Sterling silver petaled clip-on earrings – R280; approx. 2.5cm tall x 2cm wide
  • Vintage costume brooch – R90; approx. 5cm long x 4cm wide
  • Marcasite clip-on earrings – R160; approx. cm in diameter
  • Danish Niels Erik From sterling silver earrings – R320; approx. 2cm tall x1.5cm wide

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Royal Doulton Teacups

30 Jan

Royal Doulton teacups & saucers

Royal Doulton teacups & saucers

People really do go nuts for Royal Doulton, and while it’s obviously very good quality china, I sometimes find the patterns a bit too old fashioned for my liking. But no so with these beautiful teacups& saucers! Ordinarily I would avoid buying a set that’s so incomplete, but these teacups were just so beautiful that I was more than happy to take them home with me! Plus they may have lost a few of their friends over the years, but for their age they’re in fantastic condition! I can’t track down the pattern name, but because of Royal Doulton’s clever marking system I can tell you that these cups & saucers date to between 1939 and 1942, making them around 70 years old!!

Dimensions: Cups – 7cm tall x 9cm in diameter; Saucers – 14cm in diameter

Price: R65 per cup & saucer

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Oriental Figurine

30 Jan

Vintage oriental figurine

Vintage oriental figurine

Ooh, isn’t she just so pretty? Bizarrely this resin oriental figurine is actually Italian, made for a company called Wony who seemed to specialise in resin figurines. If I hadn’t seen the foil sticker on the base, I really wouldn’t have believed it! But I suppose it doesn’t matter where she was made – she’s so lovely to look at and that’s what counts in this case! There’s some minor wear to her jade gown, and a bit of discolouration to the faux ivory, but on the whole she’s in good condition for her years.

A very special lady who will hopefully find a deserving mantlepiece to call home.

P.S. The identical figurine is selling for nearly R800 on eBay!

Dimensions: 29cm tall x 15cm wide x 9.5cm deep

Price: R290

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Pair of Wedgwood Ashtrays

30 Jan

Wedgwood Jasper Ware ashtrays

Wedgwood Jasper Ware ashtrays

I developed a new appreciation for Wedgwood yesterday! My grandparents’ townhouse was very classically furnished, much in the style of the likes of Wedgwood, and as a result I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for this look despite it being nothing like anything that I have in my own home – but yesterday I saw it in a whole new light! I went to buy a few pieces of glass from Bob and Ailsa and was absolutely blown away by their Wedgwood collection! None of it was for sale, but it was wonderful to look at – I had no idea Wedgwood could look quite so beautiful! They had lot of Jasperware (this beautiful matte textured stoneware), but more unusual pieces that I had never seen before. These ashtrays are fairly common, but still very pretty to look at (I can’t say for certain, but I’m sure I spotted one or two in Ailsa’s display cabinet)! The one ashtray has a few marks that won’t come clean, so I think that they may actually be a result of the manufacturing process, but otherwise both pieces are in excellent condition.

A classically beautiful pair of ashtrays that could be the start of something amazing!

Dimensions: Each ashtray measures 11.5cm in diameter x 1.5cm deep

Price: R110 each/R180 for the pair

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Corning Ware Dishes – SOLD

29 Jan

Set of Corning Ware dishes

Set of Corning Ware dishes

I don’t know what it is, but I seem to keep finding Corning Ware pots wherever I go – not that I’m complaining! I bought this set from the same lady who sold me the lovely Murano ashtray that we featured yesterday, but while she was quite happy to part with her glass, she wasn’t quite as keen to let go of her Corning Ware! But I suppose that’s understandable when you’ve had a set of dishes serve you so well for so many years! There’s very little difference in size between the 3 quart and the 2.5 quart dishes (which made my argument that much more convincing), but the slightly larger pot is quite a bit more worn. The inside of the pot has a matte feel to it (along with some light scratches), generally the result of some serious use. But I don’t think that will affect how well your food cooks – it just might be a bit tougher to clean.

A great set of oven dishes that will hopefully last long enough for some happy dealer to buy them off you when it’s your turn to downsize!

Note: The pyrex lid of the small 7 inch dish is slightly damaged (see pics under ‘more’)

Dimensions & Prices:

  • Three quart dish – R220; 21.5cm wide x 26cm long (incl. handles) x 14cm tall (with lid on)
  • Two-and-a-half quart dish – R240; 21.5cm wide x 26cm long (incl. handles) x 14cm tall (with lid on)
  • Seven inch dish – R135; 18cm wide x 22cm long (incl. handles) x 8cm tall (with lid on)

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Midwinter Espresso Cups and Saucers – SOLD

29 Jan

Midwinter espresso cups & saucers

Midwinter espresso cups & saucers

My lovely friend, Caryn, was visiting the other day when she spotted our set of Midwinter espresso cups perched on top of our coffee machine. She realised that she had the matching set tucked away somewhere at home courtesy of her granny, and that despite the fact that she loved her gran very much, it made no sense to hold onto the set when she had never used it – especially when there’s someone out there who will enjoy them just as much as Justin and I enjoy ours! The pattern is called Riverside and was designed in 1962 by John Russell, but proved so popular that it continued to be produced for ten years – as a result some sites say that it’s the most commonly found of the Midwinter patterns, although I’m not sure that that’s the case in South Africa where I’ve only ever seen a handful of pieces with this pattern. There are some minor marks on the saucers, and obviously the set would originally have had six cups and saucers, but for the most part Caryn’s gran took excellent care of her coffee cups – and I’m so glad that she did!

NB: The cups appear black in the photos, but they’re actually more of an olive green.

Dimensions: Cups – 5.5cm tall x 7.5cm in diameter; Saucers – 12cm in diameter

Price: R200 for the set 

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