BOOKS, DESK ITEMS AND EPHEMERA 

The written word is possibly the closest link we have to the people of the past, reading the thoughts, pursuits and even shopping lists is one of the best ways to connect with history. Books and ephemera are wonderful for that reason, as well as the personal items people used every day to write the words and speak their minds. 

 

BEAUTIFUL MOTHER OF PEARL AND SILVER DIP PEN

A lovely stylish dip pen, the perfect elegant desk accessory. With a handle made from mother of pearl and the delicately chased silver main section this is in great working order with a nice steel nib. A classic, great quality piece. 5.25" long £38

 

VINTAGE SOLID BRASS ORNATE ROCOCO STYLE LETTER RACK

For the most sumptuous of desks! Ideal for grand Victorian desk dressing or even a little earlier - and still completely useful for everyday letter storage. Solid and heavy with some oxidisation so could be cleaned or enjoyed with the patina of age. 19cm long x15cm high. £38

 

LEATHER BOUND 1828 BOOK OF PSALMS  

This is beautiful thing. A lovely book of Psalms (approved by the Church of Scotland) published in 1828 during the reign of George IV. At one point it was owned by someone with the initials F.H., who knows who they were? In fantastic order with a lovely patina to the leather and nothing visibly missing. £80

 

VICTORIAN PAINTED CAST IRON EMBOSSING PRESS STAMP

7" high x 6.2" long x 3.2" wide. £35

 

VINTAGE / ANTIQUE PAPER KNIFE / LETTER OPENERS

You never know you needed a letter opener until you use one. This is a selection of vintage and antique pieces in wood, bone, ivorine or metal. £10 - £15 each depending.

 

SELECTION OF VINTAGE DIP PENS

Great for desk dressing or for the budding artist working with ink - the pen of choice until the mid-late 19th century when fountain pens were invented. £6 each

 

SELECTION OF VINTAGE METAL PROPELLING PENCILS

Propelling pencils could be very ornate, rather ingenious and altogether cleaner than rougher traditional lead pencils. Most of these do not contain lead and are either for decorative use or repair. £8 each

 

SELECTION OF VINTAGE GEOMETRY TOOLS

These make great detail for desk dressing and with a little cleaning and oiling, should still work! £8 each

 

VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPHS AND CABINET CARDS

Probably the best part of antiques collecting - seeing the people who owned the stuff in their natural habitat! I always wish we could know more about them! £3 each

 

VINTAGE GREETINGS CARDS & POSTCARDS

The original text message. Far more beautiful, original and heartfelt though and some of the early artwork is highly collectable. £3 each

 

MID-CENTURY LEATHER CASED GEOMETRY SET

This fantastic and complete geometry set could have been made yesterday, but probably dates to late 1960s-70s. It has an insignia on the front which I haven’t identified and all the items are in superb condition in their red plush fitted case. School-days flashbacks anyone? £28

 

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