Wednesday, 4 January 2012

A little worn, but much loved


Reserved
Item 1.
I love this game of loto - the lid is interesting with a nice picture of the Eiffel Tower: it seems to sell everything in France - including board games...the box is worn and some of the round number counters have been replaced with slices of wine bottle corks and hand-inked numbers.
Dating from the turn of the 19th/20th century.


Item 2.
This is an old French shoe last. After some research, I think it dates from around 1790 to 1830. Why? Well, Napoleon banned high heels in 1790 - this is completely flat - and right/left feet lasts appeared in France from 1818 - this is a left foot, but only slightly obviously so. The wood - probably beech or fruit wood - is close grained, a good colour, and has an amazing patina. It also has lots of old woodworm and cobbler nail marks!




sold
This is the underside of the last, showing the hammered nail marks - the name of a cobbler in French is 'cordonnier' similar to the English 'cordwainer', which actually was a shoe maker but eventually became used for a shoe repairer or cobbler. The last is heavy and when I hold it in my hand and close my eyes, I can almost see the cobbler bashing away, re-soling a shoe...



Item 3.
This is a nice bit of old Art Nouveau brass trim - probably from an old wardrobe or armoir - I love the tiny flowers. I think it represents a palm leaf, but not sure.




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This too has a gorgeous patina, built up through use - and probably smoke from wood fires - over the years



sold
Item 4.
A little benetier, or Holy water font for private devotion in the home. This one is a bit tatty but has seen some use - the velvet fabric has worn away in places - the original hook is on the reverse for hanging on the wall.



Item 5.
A sweet little mirror, also made from beech, with its own stand. I love the bevelled octagonal glass, just slightly worn round the edges from use.

All these items show signs of age and use - some loving kept and polished, some serving a useful purpose. Although I love fine antiques and paintings too, it is these homely objects that bring history to life for me.

I have decided to thin out my collection at home - we really need the room - and am selling these items privately. If you are interested in anything, or would like further photos or details, just send me an email - they are not for sale in my Etsy or Ebay shops.

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Item Prices: Item 1 - Item 2 £39.99 each, Item 3, 4, and 5 £12.99 each, P&P extra, at cost.

1 comment:

  1. What a lovely collection, good luck with selling but it's always hard to 'thin out' isn't it? Jane x

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