Regency gilt metal posy holder with a flirting mirror c. 1840Price: £350
This is a beautiful Regency gilt metal posy holder with a flirting mirror and mother of pearl handle. ('Flirting mirrors' were used by ladies who wanted to look at potential suitors without being too direct!)
Silver mounted walnut shell etui with two miniature scent bottles and funnel c. 1850Price: £680
This is an incredible etui comprising a silver mounted walnut shell, the fitted case containing two miniature scent bottles and a funnel, with silver mounts and hinges.
Silver mounted walnut shell etui with miniature sewing tools c. 1850Price: £680
This is a wonderful etui comprising a silver mounted walnut shell and fitted interior that holds a thimble, stiletto, bodkin and earspoon
Silver pin cushion in the form of a chick : Henry Mathews Birmingham 1919Price: £360
This is a lovely small pin cushion in the form of a chick with a blue velvet back, marked Henry Mathews Birmingham 1919. Henry Mathews was a Birmingham based silversmith whose first mark was registered in 1894. His office was on Vittoria Street, Birmingham. He is particularly remembered for his small silver items which displayed great attention to detail.
Silver shoe pin cushion by Saunders and Shepton 1898Price: £330
This is a very striking and unusual large pin cushion in the shape of a shoe with very detailed silver work to imitate a decorated shoe. Made by Saunders and Shepton and dateable to 1898.
Worcester blush ivory thimble with hand painted bird c. 1910Price: £160
Worcester blush ivory thimble, the ceramic body with a deep ivory glaze decorated with a hand painted bird and a floral spray to the reverse, the top and bottom with gilt bands and the interior glazed white.
Battersea enamel thimble with a metal border at the rim, 18th centuryPrice: £250
This is a very rare 18th century Battersea enamel thimble, the white enamel decorated with two polychrome floral sprays above a repeating stylised floral border in iron red, the rim with a metal band.
Porcelain thimble with 'jewel drop' design c. 1880Price: £140
This is a very beautiful porcelain thimble of typical form, the creamy white glaze with gilt stylised geometric bands to the top and bottom and the body decorated with applied 'jewel drop' design in red and gold.
Victorian 5 piece silver chatelaine, London 1890Price: £950
This is a very rare 5 piece silver chatelaine comprising a thimble holder, tape and needle case all suspended from three interlinked plaques decorated with repousse work depicting allegorical scenes and images: a man and a mermaid, a figure holding a sickle and a bunch of grapes and two portrait heads.
Rococo gilt metal etui for sewing implements c. 1780Price: £1600
This is a very rare and beautiful Rococo etui in gilt metal, the case and lid with rocaillerie decoration including two panels of nymphs and shell designs in relief, the interior fitted with scissors, bodkin, stiletto/ear spoon and a needle case.
Mother of pearl quiver form Palais Royal needle case c. 1900Price: £320
This is a very delicate and beautiful needle case in mother of pearl in the form of a quiver, the top with a stylised leaf design and the detachable base with stylised arrow feathers.
Victorian five piece silver chatelaine London 1900Price: £950
This is a very beautiful silver chatelaine comprising a scissor case, a thimble case, carnet needle case and a notebook with pencil all suspended by chains from a series of interlinked plaques with stylised floral designs and hanging clasp at the back.
Victorian silver matching decorative repousse sewing set set in a tortoiseshell boxPrice: £495
This is a very beautiful matching silver sewing set in a fitted tortoiseshell box, with thimble, scissors etc.
Set of 5 matching 18ct gold sewing tools in fitted case, August Boileau, French c.1850Price: £1295
This is an extremely rare set of sewing tools in 18k gold bearing the maker's mark for August Boileau, French
Unusual large evening minaudiere by Volupte USA 1950sPrice: £25
This a very unique large minaudiere by American designer Volupte. It contains powder, lipstick and with a part that would have been for cigarettes. It has a female figure with paste stones in an Art Deco design with gold colour waves below. It has some powder and the original lipstick in red. With black taffeta cover so can be carried as a wrist bag.
Set of 17 hand worked table mats with embroidery and bobbin lace English c. 1900Price: £175
This is a stunning set of 17 embroidered linen table mats with one large central mat together with placemats and drink mats, with a neo classical design with embroidery and bobbin lace
Unique set of 26 embroidered table linens in cutwork and bobbin lace depicting scenes of Don Quixote. c. 1900Price: £450
Unique set of 2 runners,12 placemats and 12 napkins in cutwork and bobbin lace depicting scenes of Don Quixote. Property of Lady Holt of Blue Funnel Shipping Line.
Pair of J Kent Chinoiserie Foley Ware Vases c1920sPrice: £150
A pair of Vases of pear shape form with slender flaring necks decorated in the Chinoiserie style, the blue transfer ware design depicting Oriental figures in a stylised garden scene with iron red highlighting to the ground, the necks with a stylised floral design and the base with gilt highlighting, the top similarly finished with the gilt decoration extending to the interior. The bases with six character marks in underglaze blue, loosely imitating the Chinese, and reading 'J Kent' 'Ye Olde' 'Foley' 'Ware' 'Fenton' 'England'. Early twentieth century circa 1920s. Foley is a small district alongside King Street, Fenton, near the border with Longton, in Staffordshire, England. There was a pottery at Foley as early as the eighteenth century, and there were to be 5 different companies which had "Foley" in their name operating in this area, the last of which closed down around 10 years ago. One of these firms was the Old Foley Pottery of James Kent and this was the manufacturer of this pair of vases, marked as 'Ye Olde Foley Ware'. James Kent made a variety of vases in the Chinese style in the 1920s loosely adapting original Chinese models. Decoration was in blue transfer applied before glazing, and the ground was highlighted in gold or iron red, as here. The productions presented modestly priced versions of original Oriental pieces for the English market. These vases are less commonly found now and seldom as original pairs.