Category Archives: Vintage

Pearls of Wisdom

Pearls of Wisdom

“Happiness is a by-product of an effort to make someone else happy.”

I am going to make you very happy with these gorgeous vintage daisy clip-on earrings.

Some people clean their pearls in salt water.
I like to swipe mine with a clean cloth lightly dipped in olive oil.

Occasionally, I roll my pearls over my forehead.
My make-up free forehead. Sounds bizarre. Works a treat.

The natural oils in skin bring out the lustre of the pearls.
Which is why pearls should be worn. They improve each time you wear them.

Pearl earrings widen your smile, and actually make your teeth look whiter.

What’s not to like?
Happy days.

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April 3, 2014 · 7:21 pm

Vintage Beaded Cape (SOLD)

Vintage Beaded Cape This stunning cape/collar is hand embroidered with iridescent glass bugle beads and palest green sequins.

Perfect cover up for a summer wedding, or to jazz up your festival frock, or even afternoon tea at Downton, whatever her ladyship prefers.
It’s very elegant and in perfect condition. And you can purchase it here.

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April 1, 2014 · 8:37 am

Celebrate Chinese New Year with this vintage watercolour. (Sold)

Celebrate Chinese New Year with this vintage watercolour.

China man loses hat in wind!
Superb painting.
Available here!

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January 22, 2014 · 6:41 pm

QE2 Washed Up

On this day, 5 years ago, the QE2 set off for her final voyage.

She now lies in dry dock in Dubai awaiting her fate. It’s not a happy ending.

Don’t tell teddy. He’ll only worry. He loved that ship.

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The QE2’s total power output was enough to light a city the size of Southampton.

The QE2 could sail backwards (at a full speed of 19 knots) faster than most cruise ships could sail forwards.

Cunard’s first ship, the Britannia, would have squeezed into QE2’s Grand Lounge.

The amount of fruit juice used annually on board the QE2 would fill the ship’s swimming pools nearly eight times over.

Beatrice Muller, from New Jersey,  used the QE2 as a retirement home for 14 years, having paid around £3,500 a month for the privilege.

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Filed under 1950's, 1970's, 1980's, Collectables, Cunard, Dubai, QE2, Teddy Bear, Vintage

Altrincham Artisans

Charming Sunday Artisan Market at the old Market Place in Altrincham, Cheshire.

Smell: Cloves in cider and Farmer’s Wife sausages.

See: Leather suitcases and miles of bunting.

Touch: Hyacinth bulbs and ancient marbles.

Taste: Hot cheddar cheese and Rhubarb Flapjacks.

Hear: Vintage jazz and Pedro woofing.

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Filed under 1950's, 1970's, 1980's, Accessories, Antique, Artisan, Cheshire, China, Collectables, costume jewellery, Fabric, Retro, Textiles, Vintage, vintage jewellery

Scottish Kilt Pin by Dawson Bowman

The Scottish company who makes this kilt pin was founded by the late Scottish industrialist, Hamish Dawson-Bowman, for the express purpose of introducing a new sense of purpose and pride of achievement into the lives of disabled ex-servicemen, by reviving the ancient art of the Scottish silversmith which had so long remained dormant. Quality, dependability and customer care have long been hallmarks of this company and are just a few of the traditional values which the third generation of the family is committed to upholding.

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Filed under 1980's, Accessories, Antique, costume jewellery, Gorgeous, Jewelry, Retro, Vintage, vintage jewellery

Butler and Wilson

Butler and Wilson Bling!

This breathtaking chap is 11″ long, and in the flesh (!) is dazzling! What a conversation piece, and when you want to rest him from his day job of making you look fabulous he will look stunning at home lounging on a cushion. He is a signed book piece and here is a photo of him in the B&W Rough Diamonds book:

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Take him home?

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Polcini Pierrot

Polcini vintage brooch

Polcini vintage brooch

Ralph Polcini emigrated to the United States from Italy, establishing his first costume jewellery company in 1911. Originally called Leading Jewelry, the company changed its name to Ledo after World War II. In 1954 Ralph Polcini died, leaving his business to his son Damon. The name was changed at this time to Polcini. After Damon’s death in the mid 1980s the company was scaled down in size and eventually ceased operations. The jewellery produced by Ledo/Polcini is of extremely high quality, with excellent metalwork, high quality rhinestones, and “real look” designs. The styling is often Art Deco. These pieces are collectable and becoming very rare.

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Black Forest Blokes

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These two adorable chaps are carved wooden Black Forest figures from the 1950’s.

The guitarist is dressed in fabulous lederhosen.

They both look like they’ve had a whiff of the barmaid’s apron, which adds to their comical appeal.

I’m listing them for sale soon.

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Brooches from the Potteries

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