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Faceted Lead Crystal Vases

22 Jul

Set of three faceted glass vases

Set of three faceted glass vases

I wanted an eclectic collection of vases for our wedding flowers, but also a sense of order, so I displayed different vases on each table, but with all the vases on each table matching each other (if that explanation makes any sense?!). These Cristal D’Arque vases, which we filled with┬áchrysanthemums, were probably my favourites! Until very recently I had a larger version of this vase on my coffee table in my lounge (the wind knocked it over one very sad day a few months back), and I’ve been on the hunt for another one ever since! These smaller versions aren’t quite as impressive, but being lead crystal they’re still very beautiful to look at, especially with that faceted design. They’re also in perfect nick with not a scratch on any of them, which is impressive for glass that’s probably in the region of thirty years old.

Great quality vases with a very attractive design. These vases would look great grouped together or on display as part of a collection of glass or crystal.

Dimensions: Each vase measures 22cm tall x 8cm in diameter

Price: R130 each

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Japanese Shell Bowl – SOLD

16 Apr

Shafford bone china shell dish

Shafford bone china shell dish

It may not have a lot of age to it – although 1984 was a whole 30 years ago (can you believe that?!), but what it lacks in vintage it more than makes up for in good looks! Isn’t it just delightful? I love the soft pink glaze, and the detail in the pattern is tremendous! This is a Japanese bone china dish made by Shafford. I assume that it was produced for the export market, although that’s just a hunch.

A lovely piece of Japanese china in mint condition.

Dimensions: 16cm in diameter x 5cm tall

Price: R110

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National Portable Radio – SOLD

10 Mar

Portable National Panasonic radio

Portable National Panasonic radio

I have a great love for vintage radios – actually truth be told any vintage electrical goods tend to get me going – and when you combine that passion with my appreciation for the brand, National, it’s a force to be reckoned with! So there was no stopping me from buying this neat little portable National Panasonic radio! It’s not quite as old as some of the other radios that we’ve featured, but I’d guess that it’s going on for at least 30 years. There is some wear and tear – the handle is a bit scratched and it looks like someone’s burnt the plastic casing at some point, which is a real pity because the rest of the body seems to be in reasonable condition. The buttons are also a bit worn, but after years of use that’s to be expected.

A handsome radio, with decent sound, that won’t take up much space on your kitchen counter or office desk.

Click here to have a listen to how the radio sounds

Dimensions: 20.5cm tall x 19cm wide x 6cm deep

Price: R220

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Hornsea Biscuit Barrel – SOLD

12 Feb

Hornsea biscuit barrel

Hornsea biscuit barrel

I only discovered Hornsea a few years back, but I’ve been a massive fan ever since, so when I spotted this large biscuit barrel the other day I was just delighted! They seem fairly ubiquitous overseas, but I think that this is only the second one that I’ve been lucky enough to find here. Hornsea produced these barrels in a variety of patterns, but I can’t seem to find a reference to this nouveau style one anywhere – going on the maker’s mark though, I think it’s probably in the region of 30 or so years old. But even at 30 years it’s good for its age – it looks to be in near mint condition, with only some minor wear to the wooden lid.

A lovely piece of vintage crockery that would look great sitting in the corner of your kitchen.

Dimensions: 20cm tall x15cm in diameter

Price: R180

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Villeroy and Boch Mini Tea Set – SOLD

7 Jan

Villeroy & Boch mini tea set

Villeroy & Boch mini tea set

I tend to avoid buying plain white porcelain, but I knew that this was a quality set the moment I spotted it, and when I looked underneath and saw the Villeroy & Boch stamp, I knew that I was right! This is probably the newest V&B pottery that I’ve come across, and while it does have something of the 1980s about it, it’s saved from being too ’80s (we all know that it wasn’t a great decade for design), by some pretty sleek features. I love the way that the lid sits almost flush against the teapot, and those neat bands that form the handles of the milk jug and teapot give the set a very clean look.

This is a great little set from a seriously respected name in pottery. If you’re a committed tea drinker you deserve to drink your tea out of something special – why not treat yourself to a ‘well-done for surviving the festive season gift’!

Note: This identical teapot is selling on ebay for a whopping $47!

Dimensions: Teapot – 11cm tall x 11cm in diameter; Milk jug – 9cm tall x 8cm in diameter; Sugar bowl – 6cm tall x 9cm in diameter

Price: R240 for the set

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Fine Bone China Tea Set – SOLD

1 Oct

Paragon fine bone china part tea service

Paragon fine bone china part tea service

Paragon China was a very well established British pottery company having first been formed in 1899 as The Star Company. They changed their name to Paragon in 1903 to reflect the high standard of their wares, and were granted a Warrant of Appointment to Her Majesty Queen Mary in 1933. Yet when I went online to research this beautiful white and gold tea service I really couldn’t find much information – that was until I re-entered my search under the name Royal Albert, and quickly found the pattern Val D’or, which is almost identical to this tea service, save the handle on the teapot. Royal Albert bought Paragon in 1960, who then later merged with Royal Doulton in 1972. The pattern Val D’or was first introduced in 1962 (the shape name is Montrose), but continued to be produced until 2010, so it’s difficult to precisely date this particular set. I know that it pre-dates 1983 though, as that’s when it was given as a wedding set, although it may well have been bought at an antique store so may not have been new. Sadly the sugar bowl is missing, and only four of the cups and saucers remain, but the pieces that have survived are in immaculate condition and give a clear indication of the quality of the Paragon/Royal Albert name.

A beautifully maintained tea service, that really would make a wonderful wedding gift – it just has that sort of feel to it.

Note: This exact tea service (minus the cake plate, but with the sugar bowl) is selling for $150 on ebay – and this seems to be the average price for these sets.

Dimensions: Teapot – 19cm tall x 15cm in diameter; Tea cups – 8cm tall x 8.5cm in diameter; Saucers – 14cm in diameter; Side plates – 16cm in diameter; Milk jug – 10cm tall x 9.5cm in diameter; Cake plate – 24cm in diameter

Price: R490 for the set

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