A small but varied selection of the antique, vintage, and collectable items which we have recently sold:
A piece of yellow plastic kitsch, with an interesting twist - it's a fully-operational battery-powered clock!? The snail's "shell" sections rotate to indicate the time (hours, minutees and seconds) and its antennae... well, those just wobble and entertain.
A good example of a copper straight hunting horn, with brass upper section and mouthpiece, measuring 14 inches in height. No maker's mark.
A really lovely little wooden charity collection box, with the remains of a label underneath (to protect access to the money!) which dates the box to 1902 and provides a little detail on the circumstances of its issue. A very nice piece of social history which we adored the moment we set eyes on it - especially when we saw the underside of it!
Yes, *that* yellow. The yellow that VW Camper Vans are made of. The yellow that Austin Allegros were made of (not many still exist, unsurprisingly!). The yellow that *made* the 70s, basically. This very chic 1 litre Thermos Jug (a.k.a "Leisure maker"!) is in superb condition and we're actually loathe to part with it, it's such a nice piece and perfectly usable as well! Obviously, it's a Thermos so it keeps hot things hot and cold things cold, but this is more than that as you can see from the photos! This one seems to have been barely used, if at all, and it comes with the original box, although it's a little misshapen and showing its age, but aren't we all? The jug measures 30cm (12 in) high with a diameter at the base of 12cm (4.5 in) - the box is slightly bigger, as boxes tend to be. If we were to be really picky we'd say that the lid has a little bit of fading compared to the main body, but that would really be splitting hairs in relation to the overall condition of the item, which is very good. One for the VW Camper fans, we think!
This small metal cabinet (30cm x 25cm x 11 cm / 12in x 10in x 4.5in) with a mirrored door, was presumably originally intended for use in a bathroom or work washroom, and was made in Britain by "Genyk" (stamped inside the door) sometime in the 1940s or 1950s. Ours is stripped back to reveal the metal and also lightly waxed for an unabashed industrial look. The cabinet has two inner shelves of different heights for storage and has two holes in the back for wall mounting. The mirror is in good condition bar a few scratches and is quite heavy in the door, so this cabinet probably isn't stable enough for free standing unless you intend to weight it down. The interior has been cleaned and re-painted to provide a hammered silver look which is complementary to the exterior and to the exposed welds. The door handle is not original - we have added a new one which we think is sympathetic to the no-nonsense look of the cabinet, but it would be a simple task to replace with your choice of hardware. The original toothbrush holder is missing from the inside of the door, a minor fault when compared to the aesthetic appeal of this cabinet. And the surface patina of dings, scratches and scrapes only add to that, we think.
Patented in 1921 (the PAT no. 167841 is imprinted on the inner base), this Yorkshire Penny Bank money box has six individual slots for various pre-decimal coin types (Half Crown, Shilling, Six Pence, 6D & Half Sovereign, Penny and Half Penny) and a slot for notes. It is very heavily constructed and chrome plated, and is an unusual and interesting item in very good condition: no dents or dings or signs of forced access just some minor surface scratches. This is a good example of this item and dates from the period after 1947 (the coin slots refer to denominations introduced in that year) and before 1959, when the Yorkshire Penny Bank became the current Yorkshire Bank. Originally, the Bank kept the saver's key, but we have complemented ours with a replica so that full access to the box contents is possible should you wish to use it. We also offer ours complete with the original container which is in fair condition considering its age (please see photos). Measures 6cm (2¼in) high with a diameter of 8.5cm (3¼in).
Most suitable as a doorstop, bookend or as a decorative piece for a "man-cave" or other industrial themed space, this old, distressed-looking aircraft chock might also be useful if you have an aeroplane that you wish to park safely. It's had several coats of red and yellow paint over the years - at least two - with some great-looking wear and patina throughout, but it's been thoroughly cleaned so it's ready for interior use if required. The chock is sturdy as you'd expect, and weighs in at approximately 3.2kg. When placed in position it measures 33cm (13 in) on its longest side, 24cm (9½ in) on its shortest and is approximately 20cm (8 in) in height. It's not a delicate bit of kit, but it's got oodles of visual appeal for the right environment. This item may be collected by the buyer or courier service arranged after purchase.
Perfect for the person who has everything, and was born in 1959... or whose lucky number just happens to be the albeit slightly improbable 59! This is an ex-London Transport Aluminium Garage Running Number Plate. It's obviously in well-used condition, but that's all part of its appeal. It has dents, scrapes, scratches and deformations consistent with being what it is and having done what it was intended for. We aren't going to shy away from that. Ours is slotted into a wooden base painted in a matt graphite colour (Rustoleum Graphite if you really must know). This allows it to stand, but this can be easily removed if you wish. The plate measures approximately 19cm by 9.5cm including the base (7½in by 3¾in).
Dating from around 1949 this illustration - presumed to be from an educational book of some sort - depicts various road signs of the era, as authorised by the Ministry of Transport in that year. Some of these signs seem quite quaint when viewed from the present-day perspective, not to say quite confusing! The colourful nature of the illustration makes it a nice piece for a motoring enthusiast's wall -- or even as a gift for a driving instructor or professional driver. We particularly like the subtitle: "These make for safety on Britain's highways"! We've mounted it temporarily on black card and inside a clip frame, but of course the buyer or recipient might ultimately choose a different method of display. The frame measures 21cm by 30cm (8¼in by 11¾in) and the illustration itself measures 14.5cm by 22cm (5¾in by 8¾in).
A mid-Century rectangular teak table with beech frame incorporating a nest of three small teak topped circular tables, also with beech frames. This piece was made in the early 1960s from designs by Poul Hundevad of Denmark by Novy Domov of the former Czechoslovakia (as affirmed by the stamp on the underneath of the main table - see photos). The rectangular table has casters and ingeniously houses the smaller tables in slots which allow them to be easily slid out from the unit and unfolded. We obtained this item in a heavily (overly, in our opinion) stained state, but we have carefully returned it to a more natural look. The beech legs of the main table and the individual tables have a matt wax finish and the teak has been restored using Danish oil for an understated but nonetheless contrasting colour scheme. As one might expect of an item of this age, there are signs of use, but no major flaws or damage. One of the slots underneath the main table has a piece missing but this does not affect its functioning nor is it immediately visible. Dimensions Main rectangular table: Width: 62cm (21½ in) Depth: 42cm (16½ in) Height: 56cm (21½ in) Individual circular tables: Diameter: 38cm (15 in) Height: 48cm (19 in) We really like the clean lines of the furniture when the tables are nested and think that in this newly-restored state that it would not only be a good-looking addition to the home, but also a very functional one. Please contact us to discuss shipping or collection options for this item,
With a heavy weight which belies its dimensions, this rather rustic mirror is perfectly charming and perfectly functional. The frame measures approximately 19cm by 24cm (7½ in by 9½in) and the mirror 13cm by 18cm (5in by 7in), making it ideal for smaller spaces or as a purely decorative wall item. The frame has a depth of 2cm (¾in) - good things come in little packages! The mirror and frame are in generally good condition with only minor age-related wear - which adds to its appeal - and the backing has been renewed and secured with new pins and framers' tape. The original hanging fixture is present and sturdy.
Designed by Albert Hallam and James Hayward (Jim Hayward), this Zebra pattern Beswick vase is a fabulous piece of 1950s ceramics. In an uncommon shape (no. 1455), the striking black and white pattern and yellow interior certainly does make a statement and has huge vintage appeal. Being in impeccable condition, with no chips or cracks or imperfections, we think this is a superb example of the type and should surely appeal to both the Beswick collector and the general lover of design from the period... and beyond. The vase is fully marked and stamped on the base, measures 27cm (10½ in) in height and has a maximum diameter of 9.5cm (3¾ in).
The vintage game of Floundering by Spears, this edition dating from the 1950s, is a dice-based game where players "catch" or "poach" pieces in order to form fish -- flounders, naturally. This one is complete with the pieces (to make 12 fish in total), 2 dice and a beaker and instructions printed on the underside of the lid. The box is in fair condition with some rubbing to the edges and some writing on the underneath of tray. Looks like good vintage fun to us, and we're not just angling for a sale when we say that.
A set of four very distinctive, almost sculptural, dining chairs made by Portwood, dating from the 1960s which are feature pieces in their own right but also very functional. Ideal for any modern setting, the chairs have been upholstered in a grey felt fabric which allows the structural aesthetics to really shine.
It's quite uncommon to find small pieces of Danish mid-century furniture, and this stunning side table with drawers and a rattan undershelf is proof that good things do indeed come in small packages (sometimes!). A sleek and stylish profile houses some useful storage in the shape of two drawers and a rattan covered open shelf and the unit sits on a great pair of "compass" shaped legs. In very clean condition with signs of wear and tear consistent with the age of the item, this table is not just good because it's small, it's good because it is good and very usable in a modern home. The table measures 58cm (23 in) high, with a width of 64cm (25 in) and a depth of 30cm (12 in).
A rare and curious item (to contemporary eyes), a Kleeware plastic bear-shaped baby rattle / teether dating from the 1950s. We suspect it was originally part of a set, this figure seemingly representing Baby Bear from the Goldilocks story, and he has a charm and curiosity appeal all of his own. And he has a spoon. For his porridge (obviously). In good condition - paintwork very much intact and visible - and measuring approximately 6cm / 2¼ in high, the figure is stamped KLEEWARE.
A colourful poster for classroom activities which accompanied "Today and Tomorrow", the book edited by E.R. Boyce and published by Macmillan in 1962. The poster depicts a typical market scene of stalls, stallholders and customers. The poster measures approximately 53cm by 43cm (21in. by 17in.) and is in very good condition, with only some minor corner wear and staple holes. These imperfections do not affect the poster in any meaningful way. Please note: the frame shown is not included and is for illustrative purposes only. The poster will be carefully packaged in a cardboard tube for postage.
These BHI Lo-Vo lamps which originally found their place in machinist's benches and other workshop and machine environments are now highly sought after for decors with an industrial feel. Dating from the 1930s-60s they are unashamedly functional but this gives them a great visual appeal. This one is in good condition, albeit with the expected wear and tear from use, with a good shaped shade and good paintwork. The only minor niggles are the lack of the badge/sticker on the shade and the interior of the shade has some discolouration. Overall, the wear and tear merely adds to the intended functional aesthetic. We have temporarily mounted this one on a wooden base - partly for testing purposes - but the lamp can be removed from this via screws and re-mounted on the base of your choice. All joints are sound and their stiffness can be adjusted via the side screws. Although the lamp is wired, as with all electrical items we would recommend testing and re-fitting by the buyer. It should be noted that the length of cable on this lamp is rather restricted, so an inline-switch and re-wiring to a plug might be preferable for the buyer to consider. The lamp extends to approximatelty 1m (30 in.) and is fully adjustable - the base and shade rotate and there are three independent joints for full flexibility.
A genuine antique winder handle for an extending table. We estimate the age of this to be at least Victorian, possibly older. The wooden section of the handle appears to be made of walnut. Not only a nice decorative item but also fully usable as originally intended. Please see photos for details of condition. Measurements (all approximate): Overall length: 10 in (26cm) Overall width: 5.5 in (14cm) Wooden Handle: 4in (10cm) Shaft Length: 5in (13cm) Square shaped shaft opening 3/8 in (11-12mm)
Roll up, roll up, roll up... A set of vintage circus figures which we believe date from the 1970s and which features a weightlifting muscle man, a ringmaster, a clown, a trapeze artist and horse, an elephant, a monkey and a seal balancing balls and a fish. These are incredibly cute and colourful figures which, though showing some signs of wear and tear, make for a wonderful display piece or colourful piece for the collector of cirus-related items. It is possible that the elephant is missing an additional piece - although the ringmaster figure does sit on its back which might be his intended location. We are fairly sure that the original set of figures contained more items, but this collection of figures is complete bar that. The figures range in size from a height of 11.5cm (4½ in.) to 29cm (11 in.). The figures are solid but do have some scuffing and slight deformation from use, but given their age and material we think they have surived very well indeed.
A piece of childhood nostlagia masquerading as a craft book for sewing and knitting, we present to you "Play School Patterns" by Joy Gammon, published in 1983. You might very well see this as a handy guide to toys and clothes to knit and sew, but it's much more. It's also quite kitsch and very worthy for the photographs and naivety contained inside which are certain to raise a smile, as well as possibly re-ignite some memories. This particular book is in excellent condition - almost as new - which is remarkable given how old it is. It is filled with great photos throughout. We have tried not to spoil things by taking too many photos ourselves, but you'll forgive us (we hope!) for revealing "Hamble's track suit" -- knitted no less!
This vintage oak panel originated from a now disused church and features a charmingly naive painted scene, depicting a stylised green hilly landscape with a river and bridge. The colours are strong and the artist clearly had some skill in execution. It is a highly unusual piece with considerable decorative appeal. The wood panel measures 23cm by 38cm (9 x 15 in.) and is approximately 2cm (¾ in.) thick, and appears to be of some age. The painted portion of the panel measures 13cm by 19cm (5 x 7.5 in.). The work is unsigned. There are no fixings for wall hanging, but they could easily be added by the purchaser.
Of unknown age but most likely Victorian or Edwardian due to their styling, this pair of original turned wood door knobs - with shaft, screws and washer, but no backplates - are in good condition with wear commensurate with age and very nice patina / colouring. The knobs match but there is some difference between the two in terms of wear and fading, which should be noted. They have been cleaned and given a clear BriWax finish. Each knob has the following measurements: Length: 5cm (2in.) Maximum Diameter: 5cm (2in.) Minimum Diameter: 2.5cm (1in.) The shaft is 1/4 in. square in profile (6mm) and measures 10.2 cm (4in.). The holes in the shaft allow the knobs to be between 1 1/4 in. (3cm) and 2 1/2 in. (6.5cm) apart.
Fully stamped and debossed on the base with the shape number "7653", this Beswick vase in lemon and black with Sgraffito design has also, rather unusually, retained its Beswick sticker on the outside. The lemon yellow tone of the outer design is complemented with a corresponding gradated colour interior making for a stylish piece which makes quite a statement in its own right. We believe that this style of vase dates from the late 1950s/early 1960s - it would certainly fit right in with the decor from that period or a contemporary home with vintage sensibilities. The vase is in excellent condition with no chips or cracks and with only one minor indentation on the exerior which is barely noticeable except via very close inspection. It measures 27cm (10½ in.) high with a rim diameter of 6cm (2¼ in.) and a base diameter of 8cm (3¼ in.)
"An adventurous Game of touring in the country and by the sea". Another one for the category of "board games you've probably not heard of", "Bike About" - which was made by Ravensburger and dates from 1983 - is rather cute and interesting. It features a colourful board and is complete, with two bicycle playing pieces, and a deck of 33 destination cards. The idea of the game is to try to get a bicycle to your destinations on the board before your competition gets it to theirs by diverting the route of it by turns. There's a bit of luck but also a bit of strategy involved, and we at AiP HQ have had an entertaining few games of it 😉 The outer box has some wear and tear but the game itself is in very good condition.
A gift for the couple who have everything, except perhaps for their teeth? Actually, we don't anticipate that these denture holders would be used for their original purpose, but rather for their quirky and charming character. They were perhaps sold originally as a novelty item and they perhaps that's exactly what they still are. In any event, they're quirky and we like them! Made by Knobler of Japan, these his and her's Chopper Hoppers are ceramic lidded pots featuring a mature man and woman complete with their dressing gowns and toothbrushes, ready for bed. Both are in good condition, although the male chopper hopper does have a small chip to the lid at the rear. Each has a sticker on the base, slightly different from the other, and measures approximately 11cm (4¼ in.) high with a base measure of 11cm (4¼ in.) by 9.5cm (3¾ in.)
A fabulously retro drinks or serving tray in a deep blue-purple colour with concentric circles design which brings in tones of pink, orange and yellow. A good example of a Worcester Ware metal tray in used condition, but with no major defects or dents and only surface wear and tear from general use. The tray has none of the rusting which is often present in tray of this age. Diameter approximately 30cm (12in.)