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Photographic equipment

This rangefinder is designed for close up photography and for use in conjunction with the  two supplied close up lenses. This unit appears to be in good working order ans comes with its own box

Kodak close up rangefinder

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Cased in a soft leather, this rangefinder appears to be in accurate working condition. The range runs between 2.5ft (76cm) to infinity. Made by the Japanese company Kobayashi Seiki Seisakusho (Kobayashi Precision Works) the rangefinder dates to about 1955. The leather case is showing wear and at present the zip is not stitched well on one side (this will be addressed if required by the potential buyer.

Kopil Rangefinder Model III

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Stewart Warner ‘Hollywood’ model 16mm cine camera dates to the 1930’s and has brilliant engine turned design in the interior compartment, in keeping with the art deco period. This camera is clockwork driven and it offers a speed range including; slow motion, low, normal and talking picture speed. The clockwork mechanism winds easily and appears to drive the gears evenly although this hasn’t been tested with film. There is an adjustable aperture control, offering4 stops between f3.5 and f11.

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The Retinette was a developed as a cheaper version of theRetina camera and soon established itself as a much loved camera. There were a number of models of this camera over the years, the 012 that we have here started production in 1949 and was discontinued in 1951. Featuring a Schneider-Kreuznach Reomar 1:4.5 / 50mm with a Prontor shutter. The camera is supplied with an Agfa “Tully” flash unit which appears designed to take bulbs. Neither unit have been tested and are sold as display…

Kodak Retinette 012 & Agfa 'Tully' flash

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Released to the market about 1930, this red leatherette covered camera looks almost new

Houghton Butcher 'Duo Ensign" box camera

Released to the market about 1930, this red leatherette covered camera looks almost new

1902 roll film camera taking 6x9cm images

Ensign Roll Reflex 2 2/4" Anastigmat Model

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Brand new in original box

Mamiya Focusing screen for C330

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Used to address the difference in view between the viewing lens and taking lens

Paramender for mamiya C220 and C330

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In as new condition with original box and manual

Weston master V lightmeter

In as new condition with original box and manual

Film plate camera - may well be a unique build

Beardsley & Son, Christchurch, New Zealand box camera

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Appears to work well and the optics are clear

1948 Pathescope "H" clockwork cine camera

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Superb quality for age, everything appears to work well

Eumig C3 clockwork cine camera 1932

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Porcelain & China

The Paragon China Company started life in 1897 as the Star China Company with a partnership between Herbert Aynsley (great grandson of the founder of Aynsley China) and Hugh Irving. he star symbol was still attached to the brand at the time this pattern went into production, in 1923.  This trio is superb and free of any imperfection. The floral design is unmistakably art nouveau with the sinuous organic presentation, set on a very elegant cup design with matching saucer and plate.

1923 Paragon China trio

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90 year old trio from the Royal Staffordshire Pottery. The pattern is “Florida” and if you see a glimmer of Clarice Cliff, that wouldn’t be surprising she became Colley Austin Shorter’s second wife. Arthur J Wilkinson took ownership of the pottery in 1885. When he died in an accident in 1891, his brother in law, Arthur Shorter took the manager’s role, ultimately buying the pottery and bringing his son’s Colley and Guy into the business. Colley and Guy were made directors of the firm in 1916

1930 Royal Staffordshire Trio

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This antique jug is a fine example of Shelley earthenware in a transitional art nouveau / art deco pattern. Great shape with an elevated handle and a flared pouring lip as well as the art nouveau style painted design, but done in a colour palette that suggests the art deco influence. The back stamp identifies this piece as having been produced between 1916 and 1925. The jug stands 3 ¼” (83mm) to the top of the handle, with a maximum diameter of 4” (102mm).

Antique Shelley earthenware jug

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This vintage stand garniture is the first offering from a small, but interesting, collection of ETB Radford pottery. The garniture is, as seen in the photographs, two conical, trumpet shaped vases and a round vase which sits nicely between. In their day, these would probably occupied pride of place on a mantle or sideboard. This garniture has the sponged backgrounds so often seen in Radford pottery, hand painted flowers and the elegant lines that his pottery seem to always show.

Vintage ETB Radford hand painted garniture

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These four duos are unmarked in terms of a maker's name or cipher. The only indication on the base of the saucers is a pattern number (2785). The pink ground is bound by a gold filigree - this seems very regular and even across all of the units, possibly a transfer print for this. In each cartouche is a view of a ruin, a castle or church by the look. But here is the interesting thing - while each saucer has one view and each cup has two views, none of them appear to be exactly the same.

4 Hand painted cups & saucers

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This vase is a great example of Royal Doulton earthenware. The colourway is effective and bright, without being gaudy. The back stamp identifies the Royal Doulton pottery with the classic marks and also includes the number 27 to indicate the year of manufacture (1927). Condition is excellent, no nibbles, chips or cracks. The bowl stands 5 3/4" (146mm) tall on a base of 3" (76mm) and a maximum body diameter of 5 1/2" (140mm).

Royal Doulton vase

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Grimwades Byzantia ware marked as a Table Centre Cecil. Byzantia ware was an iridised finish china and this suits the centre piece perfectly, capturing the art deco era perfectly. The piece has a registration number of 711467 which gives a date of 1925 which matches the era well. The centre piece stands 5 1/4" (130mm) tall on a triangular foot 5" (127mm) on each side. It has a maximum diameter of 8 7/8" (226mm)

Grimwades table centre piece

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Dating to 1930, this single serve tea set comprises the teapot, milk and sugar. The hand painted art work is very much in line with the age and could be considered as quite restrained for the art deco period. Excellent condition throughout and the set doesn't appear to have much use, if any. The teapot stands 4 3/4" (120.7mm) tall on its pedestal base , is 8 7/16" (214.3mm) from spout tip to the back of the handle and 4 3/16" (106.4mm). The milk stands 2 1/8" (54mm).

Crown Ducal set

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Militaria

Small barrel is turned from the wood salvaged from the HMS Iron Duke – a dreadnought battleship of the British Royal Navy. The Iron Duke was part of the Grand Fleet which engaged German forces in the Battle of Jutland and the Iron Duke is credited with making 7 direct hits on the SMS Konig, inflicting severe damage. Useful for holding small items such as toothpicks, needles, etc. the barrel stands 2“ (51mm) high and has a maximum external diameter of 1 7/8” (48mm).

Teak barrel from the timbers of the HMS Iron Duke

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This is a bronzed cap badge for the 12th (Nelson) Infantry Company which was part of the Canterbury Infantry battalion NZEF (New Zealand Expeditionary Force). It is understood that the 12th saw action at Gallipoli and other fronts including the Somme, Messines and Passchendaele. The badge is fitted with two lugs on the rear and has a cotter pin in place.

12th Nelson Infantry Company NZEF

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Cap badge of the Regiment of New Zealand Artillery which dates to the amalgamation of the New Zealand Artillery Volunteers in 1911. The badge is voided (pierced through in the King’s crown, wheel and gun carriage area) however there was also a version made which was completely solid. The motto in Latin translates to “Where right and glory lead”. The badge differs from that of the Royal New Zealand Artillery with the NZ in the top scroll being replaced by the Latin “Ubique” (Everywhere).

New Zealand Regiment WW1 cap badge

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This is a WW1 British Army Signallers Brass Sleeve Badge, worn to signify that the soldier was a proficient signaller (presumably in semaphore, heliographs, signal lamps, field telephones and perhaps Morse code. The badge donates two crossed flags and has two pairs of lugs on the back to hold two cotter pin type fasteners.

WW1 British Army Signallers badge

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The insignia of the Sturmabteilung (SA or Brown Shirts which literally translates to the “Storm Detachment”), who acted as the paramilitary wing of the Nazi Party. Credited with bringing Adolf Hitler to power and then at least some members are regarded as then evolving into the core of the SS. The SA are attributed with Kristallnacht (Crystal night) – an event where these bully boys and thugs smashed the windows of Jewish business’s in reprisal for an assassination carried out by a Polish…

Sturmabteilung (SA) insignia from Nazi Germany era

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Cap badge for the Highland Light Infantry in white metal. The short scroll dates this badge from 1902 – 1959. Slight damage to the extreme right point of the badge so priced accordingly. The badge measures 2" (50mm) wide and 2 1/16" (52mm) in height.

Highland Light Infantry cap badge

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The medal/Jewel is engraved on the reverse with L/Bdr H Beath, a gunner in a 25 pounder artillery crew with the 4th Field Regiment. Masonic Medals/Jewels were created during both WW1 and WW2 and this one appears to have been well cared for, with the enamel and ribbon bright and undamaged. Few medals/jewels of this type are seen in the marketplace these days. Postage will be determined at point of sale and is a cost to the buyer. We do this to ensure that our charges are accurate and fair.

Military/Masonic medal or Jewel

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The sinking of the Lusitania, a passenger ship, on May 7th 1915 was a contributing factor to the United States entry into World War 1. 128 of the 1198 who perished were American citizens and the sinking of an unarmed passenger ship was regarded as barbaric by the British. This iron medallion is a copy of the medal struck in Germany and distributed to celebrate the sinking. The distribution of copies such as this were aimed at vilifying the sinking as a barbaric war crime.

Lusitania Medal

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A very nicely pewter mug ( holds about 250mls/1 cup) emblazoned with the RAF 'wings' symbol. Made by Hazelware in England, the 'wings design is very much in the style of WW2 flying officer wings, rather than the more modern iterations. The mug weighs in at about  10 3/4 oz or 305 grams. There is no indication if the pewter is lead-free so would recommend this as a display piece rather than for use until that was clarified. The mug stands 3 5/8" (92mm) tall, is pre-used but shows no damage.

Royal Airforce mug

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This helmet carrier carries two brass plaques - the name of the retailer and the name of the helmet owner. The maker (Hawkes and Co,) are well known bespoke tailors and retailers who traded from 14 Piccadilly, London up until 1890, before moving to 1 Saville Row. They still operate from there under the Name Gieves and Hawkes from that address. The second and larger brass plaque has the owner of the helmet's name - in this case F Mappin Esquire who was serving with the 1st York Yeomanry…

Military helmet Carrier

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jewellery

A very attractive late Victorian cravat / stick pin with what appears to be a natural pearl set in gold coloured metal. No hallmarks have been found but the metal surrounding the pearl and shaft of the pin certainly suggest 9ct gold but there is less certainty regarding the bulbous areas on the upper shaft. The irregular shape of the pearl suggests a natural rather than a cultured pearl and the eight substantial claws suggest it was regarded with value.

Antique natural pearl cravat / stick pin

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Small but attractive and was probably worn on a watch fob or similar. When pressed into melted wax it would have created a raised Scottish Thistle. The thistle has been the emblem of Scotland at least since the 15th century – but perhaps as early as the 13th century. This is reputedly in recognition, they say, of its role in a battle at Largs when a surprise attack by soldiers of Norse King Haakon lost the element of surprise when a barefoot soldier stepped on a thistle.

Small Scottish Thistle Seal

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This carat/stick pin is 9ct gold and stamped accordingly. The horseshoe device has 11 seed pearls going around the body of the shoe. Perhaps the most favoured design of the cravat wearing men who frequented the racecourses, this is still a sought after design. The pin is 2 ¼” (57mm) long and the horseshoe has a maximum diameter of 3/8” (9mm). The case is marked as having come from G& T Young – a well-respected New Zealand Jewellers.

Horseshoe cravat/stick pin

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Cravat / stick pin with a crowned Citrine stone cut in the shape of a heart. There is no hall mark or indication of gold content so being sold as gold coloured metal and priced accordingly. The Citrine has depth of colour and the cut is most unusual but highly effective. It is tempting to interpret the symbolic form as “The king of hearts” but this may be purely coincidental. The pin is 2 5/16” (59mm) long and the head measures 9/16” from the peak of the crown to the bottom of the Citrine.

Crowned Heart shaped Citrine cravat pin

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The coffee shaped greenstone drop is definitely the hero of this cravat / stickpin. It is a nice piece of greenstone, well-shaped and polished. The pin appears to be gold coloured metal which may have been gilt treated when new, while the chain may be unmarked gold links. Cravats have not been part of the New Zealand fashion scene for about 50 years at least, but the pins remain useful as lapel pins for both men and women. The pin is 1 11/16” (55mm) long and weighs 0.07 ounces (2.1gms).

Coffee bean shaped Greenstone drop cravat /stickpin

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Since the demise of cravats from gentlemens attire, these pins have found favour as lapel pins for both men and women. 9ct gold with a good sized Amethyst and 4 small pearls

Gold, Amethyst and pearl stickpin

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Featuring a wedge tailed Red Hawk on the obverse and a compartment on the reverse to hold a personal memento of a loved one (present or passed)

Mourning (Remembrance) brooch

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Sparkling crystals and turquoise blue glass 'stones' give this brooch and earring set enormous impact. Clip on earrings and a 'c' bar brooch fitting make this a great set for a 'roaring 40's night on the town. Each strand of stones is flexible from the mount down, swaying and moving with the wearers movement. The brooch measures 4 5/8" (117.5mm) in depth and 2 1.4" (57mm) at the widest part of the circle. Each earring is 3 1/2" (89mm) in depth and 5/8" (16mm) wide.

When sparkle & pizzazz required

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Facetted beads in green, black and clear with brass spacers between the largest stones. Wear to the cord showing at the simple screw fastening. 16 1/4"  (41.4cm) in length.

Black, green and clear facetted bead necklace

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Facetted beads in green, black and clear with brass spacers between the largest stones. Wear to the cord showing at the simple screw fastening. 16 1/4"  (41.4cm) in length.

Black, green and clear facetted bead necklace

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A nice little bracelet but I am unsure regarding the stones, as to whether they are genuine opal or otherwise. The metal is clearly marked as .925 for sterling silver and the bracelet measures 7 3/8" (188mm) long and 3/8" (9mm) wide.

Sterling silver mesh bracelet with blue stones

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There is a very continental / middle eastern look with this brooch, but unfortunately no history to offer. The frame is marked as .925 silver, a system of indicating silver content since the 1200's in England. That isn't to suggest that this brooch is that old, but the style of dress does seem to be pre 1800's. The brooch is 2 3/16" (56mm) deep and 1 5/8" (42mm) wide and weighs 29gms

Hand painted portrait on porcelain brooch

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This is a much less common item and certainly one to be considered by the viewer. The chain is made of 148 small faceted beads and 6 larger lozenge shaped beads which have been carved with a swirl pattern. Each bead has been individually tied to the cord and at the mid point there is a small clip to attach either a pince nez or less likely, a muff. Condition is remarkably good for what is certainly a Victorian era piece, but please note that there are 4 small gaps in the cord = 4 beads lost.

Whitby Jet, ladies pince nez chain

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Very much in the late art deco / early 1940's style, this marcasite brooch is high impact as an accessory. Even in a time where brooches are less common, this statement piece is the exception. The brooch is 1 7/8" (48mm) deep and does not show any damage. The marking of 'sterling' has been double stamped and is therefore difficult to read in the photograph.

Sterling silver and marcasite brooch

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Very much in the late art deco / early 1940's style, this marcasite brooch is high impact as an accessory. Even in a time where brooches are less common, this statement piece is the exception. The brooch is 1 7/8" (48mm) deep and does not show any damage. The marking of 'sterling' has been double stamped and is therefore difficult to read in the photograph.

Sterling silver and marcasite brooch

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This plastic body brooch has 36 diamantes plus 128 small copper coloured, tiny,  elevated domes.The brooch is cut in a very strong angular form, softened by the glittering effects of the diamantes. The brooch is 2 1/4" (57mm) in depth and is secured with a simple pin at the back.

Late Art Deco / early 1940's Brooch

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Yellow beads (?Bakelite and black facetted stones create a stunning effect, 23  1/2" (62cm) in length with a simple screw fastening

Art Deco Style necklace

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Yellow beads (?Bakelite and black facetted stones create a stunning effect, 23  1/2" (62cm) in length with a simple screw fastening.

Art deco style necklace

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Composed of 64 crystals and 66 black beads on the body of the necklace with a simple hook and clasp. the centre of the strand has small elegany white metal floral style feature with a drop of two asymmetric stands with a total of 7 crystals and 12 black beads. The crystal drop is detachable uf required, by a simple pressure clasp. Total length of the strand is 23 1/4" (57cm).

Crystal Necklace

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Tiger's Eye is a chatoyant gemstone, renowned for it's silky lustre. This offering comprises 52 round Tiger's Eye gemstones, individually knotted on cord with a drop pendant that has a pierced and carved design.The clasp is marked as being silver and has a gold coloured plating. The necklace is 28 1/2" (71.75cm) in length. This is an attractive statement piece and the interaction with light is truly eye-catching.

Tiger's Eye necklace with carved pendant

Tiger's Eye is a chatoyant gemstone, renowned for it's silky lustre. This offering comprises 52 round Tiger's Eye gemstones, individually knotted on cord with a drop pendant that has a pierced and carved design.The clasp is marked as being silver and has a gold coloured plating. The necklace is 28 1/2" (71.75cm) in length. This is an attractive statement piece and the interaction with light is truly eye-catching.

White metal bracelet mounted with 5 Scottish agates. The bracelet is a true statement piece of considerable age. A simple hook and ring fastening and agates which have been tumble polished but 3 of them have been mounted with indentations in the surface where the polishing didn't reach. While this may sound as if the stones are flawed, in fact it adds to the earthy quality of the bracelet. The metal does not carry any mark to indicate maker or silver content, so sold as white metal.

Scottish agate stone bracelet

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Crystal & Glassware

This pair of crystal specimen vases by Webb Corbett are cut in a rising leaf pattern which repeats three times around the body. The acid etch mark suggests a manufacture date of 1968 and the vases are in remarkable condition for that age – no chips or damage seen. The vases stand 6 ½” (161mm) tall with a base diameter of 1 7/8” (48mm). Postage will be determined at point of sale and is a cost to the buyer. We do this to ensure that our charges are accurate and fair.

Pr Webb Corbett Specimen Vases

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Carnival glass is best known in the pale orange of Marigold, synonymous with the brand for years. However purple, closely followed by blue and green also abound (it seems that red is the rarest colour). Imperial Heavy Grape pattern and the iridescence of the finish is a great enhancement (created by adding metallic salts to the formed glass item and refiring it). Condition is excellent, no chips, cracks or repairs. The bowl stands 2 5/16” (59mm) tall and has a diameter of 7 1/8” (182mm).

Heavy Grape pattern Carnival Glass

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Large Stuart Crystal rimmed bowl. This is a stunning piece of crystal with a clear acid etch maker’s mark. The pattern is a repeating leaf design above concentric circles. The bowl has a registered design number of Rd682563 which dates to 1921. For a 99 year old design, this bowl retains considerable appeal. It shows some wear with light scratching to the inner surface, but no signs of chips or cracks.2 7/8” (73mm) tall and the rim diameter is 11 1/8” (283mm).

1921 Stuart Crystal Bowl

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This footed comport is classic Webb Corbett with a combined wave and fern pattern giving a real touch of elegance. Standing7 ¼” (185mm) tall and with a rim diameter of 6 13/16” (173mm). The coport has the Webb and Corbett makers mark acid etched on the base, with the mark used between 1930 to 1947. The foil label was used between 1930 and 1940 only so age falls within the 10 year period. Condition is excellent with no defects noted

1930 - 1940 ear Webb Corbett comport

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A very attractive pair of sterling silver rimmed glass bowls. It is difficult to say whether these may have had a designated use, but it seems likely that they were probably decorative rather than anything else. The assay mark designates London, 1904 and the maker’s mark id for David Loebl-Schindler and Company. The bowls stand just 1 7/16” (36mm) tall with a rim diameter of 1 13/16” (47mm).

Pair of small, silver rimmed, bowls

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Decanter is acid etched to advertise William Teacher and Son Highland Cream Scotch Whisky.

Highland Cream Whisky decanter

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Vintage Fishing equipment

This antique surf casting fishing reel is a product of Australia, manufactured by the Alvey company and is thought to date to the 1920’s the reel is likely to be Australian Red Cedar and would have been one of 20 reels produced per week on a lathe. The reel rotates through 90 degrees to make casting very easy – the line peels off the shaped reel and through the white metal guide, enabling casts of good length, necessary for sea fishing from the shore.

Antique Alvey Fishing reel

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Scientific and Technical

As seen in the photographs, a cased drafting set. The top tray holds the instruments while underneath is space for any other pens, pencils etc.

Cased drafting tools

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This very collectable item is simplicity itself - the key has good tension and the brass contacts would provide quick and easy connection. Morse code has probably become a lost art for most of us, but the SOS (save our souls) is still recognised as a universal distress call. The base (which appears to be Oak) measures 4 1/2"(114mm) by 2 1/2"(64mm).

Morse key on an Oak Base

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Manufactured by W G Pye and Co, Cambridge, England, this item is iconic of communications from yesteryear. Morse code was the "go to" for telecommunications from around 1837 and along with semaphore was taught right into the 1960's in groups such as Boy Scouts etc. The morse code for SOS (save our souls) is still an international distress signal. This unit has a bakelite base and knobs along with good sturdy brass fittings. There is a simple lock mechanism on the arm.

Lockable Morse Code key

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Silver & Silverplate

Antique silver plate water jug with attractive art nouveau decoration. This jug is in remarkably good condition for age and shows little sign of previous use. The ebonised wood handle with thumb piece  appears to be modelled on, and pays homage to, that used on Georgian silverware, but body shape and decoration dates this to around 1900 – 1910. The marks on the base suggest Biddle and Collinwood, a Birmingham company who appear to have produced from 1875 onward.

Antique silver plated hot water jug

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a pair of sterling silver cufflinks decorated with a strong art nouveau theme, by GH Johnstone, Birmingham

1902 Art Nouveau cufflinks

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A nice seal from 1913 with Truth and Love and a hand with a heart on the pam. The sterling silver body of the handle is assayed in Chester and maker was the Boots Pure Drug Company

Sterling silver seal

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Badges and memorabilia

This dip pen has a nicely carved body and is marked (albeit slightly faded) as being another souvenir from The New Zealand and South Seas Exhibition of 1925 – 26. Marked as Dunedin Exhibition 1925  -26, which seems to have been the common name for the fair - the 3rd that Dunedin hosted. The dip pen has a wooden body with a carved terminal which has been decorated with a hand painted image of a bird in flight. At the working end of the pen, the steel nib is held in place by a metal collar.

Souvenir dip pen

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This little trinket box is the second of three offerings related to The New Zealand and South Seas exhibition of 1925 – 26. This international fair, promoting a number of countries within the then,  British Empire attracted more than 3 .2 million visits, at a time when New Zealand’s total population was 1.2 million. The trinket box appears to be made of timber native to New Zealand and hand painted with a flower device and what seems to have been the commonly used name for the fair.

Trinket box souvenir

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This is a copper/bronze type metal and marble plaque, identifying itself as a souvenir of the Dunedin Exhibition of 1925 – 26. The exhibition was formally known as “The New Zealand and South Seas International Exhibition” and ran from the November of 1925 until the May of 1926. This was the third International Exhibition to be held in Dunedin. The exhibition was built on reclaimed land in what had been a tidal inlet known as Pelichet Bay.

Souvenir The New Zealand and south Seas Exhibition 1925 - 26

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Metal ware

Antique Victorian pin cushion in the form of a woman;s boot

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Metal pincushion in the shape of a woman’s boot, with a blue velvet area for receiving the pins and needles. This is a well-made item dating to the Victorian era, with the metal appearing to be likely be zinc or tin with silver or white metal finish (some of that finish has worn off however). The styling of the boot includes the look of button fastenings and a small heel. The boot measures 3 ½” (89mm) in length and at the highest point is 2 ¼” (57mm) tall. Postage will be determined at…

The imprinter advertises Wells and Son, Shop Fitters of London, with the wording being the correct orientation, suggesting that there would  second plate with the same wording cut into a flat surface so that both plates could come almost together with just paper (or similar) between them.  Imprinting in this method requires some degree of force to pressure the wording through the paper or similar, giving raised letters. The body of the printer appears to be a metal, iron or similar.

Antique business imprinter

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By far, one of the most attractive pieces of cloisonné that we have handled in a long time. The decoration flows beautifully both in terms of line and colour. There appears to have been a concentrated effort gone into having the various hues of blue create a sense of depth to the floral design. There are two large, stylised, chrysanthemum blooms set high on the shoulder of the jar and what may be two peony set lower and at 90 degrees to the chrysanthemums.

Cloisonne ginger jar

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The Gebruder Bing Company was renowned for its pressed metal toys, especially the railways rolling stock and the clockwork bears that they made. Established in the early 1860’s as retailers, by the 1880’s the  company began producing their own metalware for the kitchen then became renowned through Europe for their own toys, optical and electrical equipment. The base imprint here is in the style of the mark used between 1906 and 1912, which would be in keeping with the Arts and Crafts…

Antique Gebruder Bing copper jug

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Copper trough style ornament has all the hallmarks of the Arts and Crafts style, perhaps influenced by the hand beaten works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The maker’s mark is commonly attributed to being Australian firm but there is very little reference found on the internet. One of the two references that were found suggested the firm may have been active about the 1950’s. The trough measures 7 11/16” (196mm) long, 3 1/8” (79mm) wide and has a height of 3 5/16” (85mm).

Arts and Crafts style trough

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This vintage “Haro” fountain pen has the added attraction of a glass nib. Designed by Hans Roggenbuck, Haro (name created using the first two letters of his first and surname)pens were initially made in Pomerania in 1926. The pen works well without leakage (has been tested with good quality ink) and measures 5” (127mm) long with the cap in place. The body has a very attractive grey marl and the metalwork is generally in good condition –the pocket clip has lost most of the gilt finish…

Haro glass nibbed fountain pen

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Parker 51 fountain pen

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Antique Victorian pin cushion in the form of a woman;s boot

Antique Victorian pin cushion in the form of a woman;s boot | Auld Curiosities

Metal pincushion in the shape of a woman’s boot, with a blue velvet area for receiving the pins and needles. This is a well-made item dating to the Victorian era, with the metal appearing to be likely be zinc or tin with silver or white metal finish (some of that finish has worn off however). The styling of the boot includes the look of button fastenings and a small heel. The boot measures 3 ½” (89mm) in length and at the highest point is 2 ¼” (57mm) tall. Postage will be determined at…

The imprinter advertises Wells and Son, Shop Fitters of London, with the wording being the correct orientation, suggesting that there would  second plate with the same wording cut into a flat surface so that both plates could come almost together with just paper (or similar) between them.  Imprinting in this method requires some degree of force to pressure the wording through the paper or similar, giving raised letters. The body of the printer appears to be a metal, iron or similar.

Antique business imprinter

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The Paragon China Company started life in 1897 as the Star China Company with a partnership between Herbert Aynsley (great grandson of the founder of Aynsley China) and Hugh Irving. he star symbol was still attached to the brand at the time this pattern went into production, in 1923.  This trio is superb and free of any imperfection. The floral design is unmistakably art nouveau with the sinuous organic presentation, set on a very elegant cup design with matching saucer and plate.

1923 Paragon China trio

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90 year old trio from the Royal Staffordshire Pottery. The pattern is “Florida” and if you see a glimmer of Clarice Cliff, that wouldn’t be surprising she became Colley Austin Shorter’s second wife. Arthur J Wilkinson took ownership of the pottery in 1885. When he died in an accident in 1891, his brother in law, Arthur Shorter took the manager’s role, ultimately buying the pottery and bringing his son’s Colley and Guy into the business. Colley and Guy were made directors of the firm in 1916

1930 Royal Staffordshire Trio

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Antique silver plate water jug with attractive art nouveau decoration. This jug is in remarkably good condition for age and shows little sign of previous use. The ebonised wood handle with thumb piece  appears to be modelled on, and pays homage to, that used on Georgian silverware, but body shape and decoration dates this to around 1900 – 1910. The marks on the base suggest Biddle and Collinwood, a Birmingham company who appear to have produced from 1875 onward.

Antique silver plated hot water jug

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By far, one of the most attractive pieces of cloisonné that we have handled in a long time. The decoration flows beautifully both in terms of line and colour. There appears to have been a concentrated effort gone into having the various hues of blue create a sense of depth to the floral design. There are two large, stylised, chrysanthemum blooms set high on the shoulder of the jar and what may be two peony set lower and at 90 degrees to the chrysanthemums.

Cloisonne ginger jar

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The Gebruder Bing Company was renowned for its pressed metal toys, especially the railways rolling stock and the clockwork bears that they made. Established in the early 1860’s as retailers, by the 1880’s the  company began producing their own metalware for the kitchen then became renowned through Europe for their own toys, optical and electrical equipment. The base imprint here is in the style of the mark used between 1906 and 1912, which would be in keeping with the Arts and Crafts…

Antique Gebruder Bing copper jug

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This vintage “Haro” fountain pen has the added attraction of a glass nib. Designed by Hans Roggenbuck, Haro (name created using the first two letters of his first and surname)pens were initially made in Pomerania in 1926. The pen works well without leakage (has been tested with good quality ink) and measures 5” (127mm) long with the cap in place. The body has a very attractive grey marl and the metalwork is generally in good condition –the pocket clip has lost most of the gilt finish…

Haro glass nibbed fountain pen

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A very attractive late Victorian cravat / stick pin with what appears to be a natural pearl set in gold coloured metal. No hallmarks have been found but the metal surrounding the pearl and shaft of the pin certainly suggest 9ct gold but there is less certainty regarding the bulbous areas on the upper shaft. The irregular shape of the pearl suggests a natural rather than a cultured pearl and the eight substantial claws suggest it was regarded with value.

Antique natural pearl cravat / stick pin

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This antique surf casting fishing reel is a product of Australia, manufactured by the Alvey company and is thought to date to the 1920’s the reel is likely to be Australian Red Cedar and would have been one of 20 reels produced per week on a lathe. The reel rotates through 90 degrees to make casting very easy – the line peels off the shaped reel and through the white metal guide, enabling casts of good length, necessary for sea fishing from the shore.

Antique Alvey Fishing reel

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This rangefinder is designed for close up photography and for use in conjunction with the  two supplied close up lenses. This unit appears to be in good working order ans comes with its own box

Kodak close up rangefinder

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This antique jug is a fine example of Shelley earthenware in a transitional art nouveau / art deco pattern. Great shape with an elevated handle and a flared pouring lip as well as the art nouveau style painted design, but done in a colour palette that suggests the art deco influence. The back stamp identifies this piece as having been produced between 1916 and 1925. The jug stands 3 ¼” (83mm) to the top of the handle, with a maximum diameter of 4” (102mm).

Antique Shelley earthenware jug

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This vintage stand garniture is the first offering from a small, but interesting, collection of ETB Radford pottery. The garniture is, as seen in the photographs, two conical, trumpet shaped vases and a round vase which sits nicely between. In their day, these would probably occupied pride of place on a mantle or sideboard. This garniture has the sponged backgrounds so often seen in Radford pottery, hand painted flowers and the elegant lines that his pottery seem to always show.

Vintage ETB Radford hand painted garniture

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As seen in the photographs, a cased drafting set. The top tray holds the instruments while underneath is space for any other pens, pencils etc.

Cased drafting tools

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Small barrel is turned from the wood salvaged from the HMS Iron Duke – a dreadnought battleship of the British Royal Navy. The Iron Duke was part of the Grand Fleet which engaged German forces in the Battle of Jutland and the Iron Duke is credited with making 7 direct hits on the SMS Konig, inflicting severe damage. Useful for holding small items such as toothpicks, needles, etc. the barrel stands 2“ (51mm) high and has a maximum external diameter of 1 7/8” (48mm).

Teak barrel from the timbers of the HMS Iron Duke

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Cased in a soft leather, this rangefinder appears to be in accurate working condition. The range runs between 2.5ft (76cm) to infinity. Made by the Japanese company Kobayashi Seiki Seisakusho (Kobayashi Precision Works) the rangefinder dates to about 1955. The leather case is showing wear and at present the zip is not stitched well on one side (this will be addressed if required by the potential buyer.

Kopil Rangefinder Model III

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