OBJETS DE VERTU & COLLECTABLES

This term usually means items with no real practical use, but created and appreciated simply as something beautiful. Nowadays many antiques are made redundant by modern technology or fashions so formerly  useful everyday items can become something worth collecting and displaying in its own right; its craftsmanship and aesthetic appeal every bit as worthwhile. Nothing is ever really redundant when you can give it a new life. 

 

PAPIER MACHE SNUFF BOX WITH TORTOISESHELL AND INLAID LID

Coming soon..  £38

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GEORGIAN HORN SNUFF BOX WITH CARVED LID

Coming soon..  £85

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EARLY 19TH CENTURY HORN SNUFF BOX WITH TORTOISESHELL VENEERED LID

A classic early 19th century snuff box made from horn which has a tortoiseshell veneered lid which has sustained a little damage to the corner, but otherwise in great condition. 3.25" (8cm) wide. £28

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BEAUTIFUL FAUX TORTOISESHELL SNUFF BOX WITH METAL AND ABALONE INLAID LID

This is such a pretty snuff box with a decorative metal and abalone shell inlaid motif on the lid. I am not completely convinced that it is real tortoiseshell so selling as faux - possibly an early celluloid from very late 19th to early 20th century. Excellent overall condition and very decorative. 3.75" (9.5cm) wide. £38

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QUALITY SILVER PLATED COLLAPSIBLE STIRRUP CUP IN LEATHER CASE

An ideal gentleman's travel accessory for when you need a snifter on the go! A collapsible silver plated travel cup in its own leather case which would have been a great stirrup cup for a day out riding or hunting. The case has a lovely worn patina and some faded initials so perhaps it was originally a beloved gift.  £28

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BEAUTIFUL SILVER PLATED ART NOUVEAU PILL BOX WITH INTERNAL MIRROR

An unbelievably pretty silver plated pill box which has a loop at the top so could have been used as a pendant or on a chatelaine by the lady of the house. With gorgeous Art Nouveau styled flowers and foliage and an internal mirror. Wonderful condition. £45

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CHARMING IMARI STYLE CERAMIC PILL BOX

In the classic colours of Imari and very much in that style, though with no great age to it. A charming little pill box that could also be great for a dressing table pot and a decent usable size, approximately 7cm across the width. Great condition. £15

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CHARMING EDWARDIAN/1920S OPERA GLASSES WITH ORIGINAL CASE

Any well dressed lady attending the opera would have had her own pair of glasses, preferably in a stylish plush velvet case such as this. The velvet has rather worn down over the last century but the glasses are in superb working condition. Next time you attend the theatre, do it in style! £38

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SMALL PAPIER MACHE SNUFF BOX WITH PAINTED DETAIL TO LID

A small and discreet papier mache lacquered snuff box with painted detail to the lid. In excellent overall condition and small enough for the pocket! 2.75" (7cm) wide. £17

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PAPIER MACHE SNUFF BOX WITH ABALONE SHELL INLAY TO LID

A smart papier mache snuff box with inlaid abalone shell on the lid. Good clean condition with a few small chips to the inlay only. £22

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PAPIER MACHE SNUFF BOX WITH ABALONE SHELL INLAY TO LID

A smart papier mache snuff box with inlaid abalone shell on the lid. Good clean condition with a few small chips to the inlay only. £15

 

VICTORIAN PAPIER MACHE SNUFF BOX WITH WORN PICTORIAL LID

A charming piece of Victoriana, with the wear you'd associate with having been used on a daily basis. Often these painted or printed lids were of slightly more...risqué depictions - but this one seems to be of a more religious topic so perhaps its owner was a man of good moral fibre. Who knows? £15

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19TH CENTURY PAPIER-MÂCHÉ FLORAL PAINTED AND GILT BOX

In deliciously mellow colours of dark red, terracotta, gold, dark brown and green. Some slight wear to the lid but otherwise excellent. 5" x 4" x 2.25"  £15

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19TH CENTURY PAPIER-MÂCHÉ PAINTED AND GILT BOX

Papier-mâché was a huge design craze particularly in the late 19th century when even chairs could be made from it and lacquered for strength. This charming little box is a lovely nod to the style, beautifully decorated in subtle mellow colours with gold accents. What a charmer for any dressing table or sideboard. 4.5" across. £15

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JAPANESE BLACK LACQUERED PEN BOX WITH BIRD AND FLOWER DECORATION

A charming and naively painted lacquered box in the Japanese style with a depiction of a bird and blossom. Perfect for pens, brushes, gloves or fans!

9.5" long x 3.5" wide x 1.75" high including slightly domed lid (24cm x 9cm x 4.5cm)

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VINTAGE PAINTED ORNATE CASKET BOX WITH GILT FINIAL

A touch of the exotic in this vintage painted wooden casket, it is in a rich cream with red detail and has ornate scroll decoration and feet and a tall finial on the lid. this box would look lovely in a medieval style set and also has a slight middle-eastern feel about it. Great condition. £28

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LITTLE EMBOSSED LEATHER CIRCULAR TRINKET BOX

This lovely little pot is covered with thick embossed leather giving it a robust and tactile quality, the stopper lid fits tightly and at first glance it looks like carved wood. Excellent condition and great for medieval or Jacobean styling! Approx 3" diameter. £25

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VINTAGE FLORENTINE MUSICAL JEWELLERY BOX

A charming painted wood vintage musical box that still plays "Eidelweiss" albeit rather slowly and a nice size for storing your trinkets. 
8.5" w x 6" h x 5" d (21cm x 15cm x 12)
£30

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CHARMING ART DECO CIVIC PEWTER VASE

Civic Pewter were a leading English pewter company from the 1920s onwards and their quality is always reliable. This gorgeously stylised Art Deco vase stands at just 5” tall and should fit even the tiniest of modern homes! I suspect two of the feet have been reattached at some point as it stands infinitesimally uneven! £28

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SELECTION OF ORNATE PILL AND TRINKET POTS

Trinket and pill pots are a very collectable field and these vintage examples are a lovely detail for any dressing table or collectors cabinet. All in good condition and ranging in age from late Victorian to mid 20th century, some with paste detailing and ornate metalwork. Contact for more information on individual pieces or bulk pricing. Priced between £5 and 15 each.

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QUIRKY CARVED BONE CIGARETTE / CHEROOT HOLDER

Definitely a conversation piece and one of collectors, this is a naively carved bone cigarette / cheroot holder. In great overall condition with signs of use and tobacco stains as would be expected. £12

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CHROMIUM PLATED ART DECO MACHINE DECORATED CIGARETTE BOX - 1920

This would have been an gift - maybe for a retirement - or a promotional item, as it is inscribed "Baxter Bros 1920 Ltd". It has light tarnish and a small stain on the lid but the interior is in good clean condition.
4.5" wide x 3.5 deep x 1.2" high
£28

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SMART VINTAGE PIPE WITH DETACHABLE FAUX AMBER MOUTHPIECE IN FITTED CASE

For the vintage smoking collector, this charming pipe has ornate gilt metal mounts and a detachable faux amber mouthpiece in its original plush lined fitted case. Excellent overall condition, the metal has a few marks but the pipe has been scarcely used. The case is in good condition with very light wear. £28

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ONYX TABLE LIGHTER

A lovely and decorative pale peachy/oyster coloured onyx that makes it quite a smart and unusual choice for a table lighter. It sparks so should work once filled, but this has not been tested. The metal top has some light wear and tarnish but the body is in good condition with no chips or cracks except the natural seams found in the mineral. Has some weight to it as you’d expect, so a nice solid piece. 2.5” (6.5cm) tall.  £17 

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1920S STERLING SILVER CIGARETTE CASE

This is a classy piece of Art Deco if ever there was one. Hallmarked for Birmingham 1925 and with makers mark for J. Gloster Ltd, it sports machine decoration very much in the style of the period and has a cartouche with initials. It can hardly have been used as it’s in superb condition with only one small dent, the interior is lined in tortoiseshell and has expanding clips to hold cigarettes, business cards, notes or anything else you fancy. £32 

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EDWARDIAN STERLING SILVER CIGARETTE CASE

This is a lovely piece of Edwardian silver, hallmarked for Birmingham 1909 with beautiful floral chased detail. It’s the slightly fatter shape of the earlier cigarette cases, than their later 20th century counterparts, with an honestly worn gilded interior where you can see nice crisp hallmarks. £40

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EARLY 20TH CENTURY ROYAL MAIL STEAM PACKET COMPANY SOUVENIR MATCHBOOK CASE

The RMSPC was bought out by Royal Mail Lines in 1932 so these lovely souvenirs come from the early decades of the 20th century - the glory days of transatlantic steam travel! Silver plated and in good order, the crest is readable but a little faded. You can still keep those paper matchbooks in here and look super swish when you strike a match! £28

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VINTAGE LEATHER COVERED BINOCULARS / FIELD GLASSES

A smart set of French field glasses by Grand Lumiere Paris. In excellent working order and leather covered with minimum wear. The eye pieces have been slightly squashed on top but still work perfectly. £45

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LARGE BRASS FIELD GLASSES

Made by W Heath of Plymouth as marked on the eye pieces these are a solid and good quality pair of 19th century binoculars. There is some verdigris on the brass casing which would originally have been leather bound but this is now long gone, leaving a lovely aged patina to the metal work. £50  

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MODERN/VINTAGE CHROME PLATED CIGARETTE CASES

These are more modern made and therefore chrome plated but it better condition than you’d find in antique cases. Which makes them good for gifts or for shop dressing! £17 each

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EPNS EDWARDIAN/1920S CIGARETTE CASE

This little case has seen some use in its life, judging by the tobacco stains which have cleaned up quite a bit, and the wearing to the lovely floral chasing on the lid. Once someone’s daily companion, whose will it be next? £25

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SILVER PLATED MACHINE DECORATED CIGARETTE CASE

Likely from the 1930s or a little later, this had that rare thing: an empty cartouche! It has some wear, a small dent to the lid and sadly a broken stretcher on the interior. With a little love and care it could be brought back to life and presented to someone with initials to put in that cartouche! £22

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