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Another Swedish winner in 1974

Another Swedish winner in 1974

A curious little boot…I picked this piece up in a recent sale of someone’s vintage miniature shoe collection. Recognising it as a Speed Skating boot from the length of the blade, and intrigued by the affixed tile which has an image of a skater and the legend ‘EM 74 ESKILSTUNA’, I was keen to find out more about it.  

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“…the delicate, neate and thin ware of wood”.

“…the delicate, neate and thin ware of wood”.

A special find among the bric-a-brac…I recently came across this vintage Cribbage Board and recognised from its distinctive mosaic inlay that it was a piece of Tunbridge Ware. This name originally referred to general articles of turned wood made in Kent and London, but by the early 19th century was specifically applied to decorated wooden pieces, especially souvenirs, sold to visitors to the spa at Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding area.

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Torquay Pottery

Torquay Pottery

Collectability trumps condition…II came across this little pot at a Boot Fair this weekend and immediately recognised it as Motto Ware from the design and the terracotta material but could not quite see the maker’s impress mark on the bottom in the bright sunshine. I mused for a while over whether to pay the asking price as I could hear that there was a crack somewhere from the dull sound given off when putting the two parts together.

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Carnival Capers!

Carnival Capers!

How did a German enamel badge end up in a Kent junk shop? I regularly find intriguing objects that take me on a journey of discovery and this badge has to be one of the best so far. Consisting of a large enamel pendant on a chain, it features a man carrying something on his shoulder, with the legend ‘SEIDEN WEBERS LACHPARADE 1976 CHARLY I LYDIA I KREFELD’ around the outside.

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A font too small to read?

A font too small to read?

Where is the church with a font like this? One of the really fun things about buying and selling vintage is the thrill of picking up a rarity in amongst the bric-a-brac.  I came across this little marble curio one day last summer and nearly left it on the shelf because of the extensive damage where it appears to have been dropped from a great height, but something about it spoke to me and I was excited to discover that it is a mini church font and that they are very collectable.

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Do you know the maker?

Do you know the maker?

This week’s stunning fossicking find! A banjo-shape, chinoiserie-style vase with a hand-painted floral design with enamelled detail and a lustre finish to the neck and foot.

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