VANITY & DRESSING TABLE ITEMS
These are charming decorative objects that also can tell much about their owners. Female adornment goes back millennia so you know you are in good company with millions of historical women, and men for that matter. Over the centuries, dress and grooming became a ritual that it’s easy to ignore these days. The quality and variety of vanity items speaks volumes about the pride and detail people took in their appearance.
STYLISH PAIR OF CHROME CANDLEHOLDERS WITH BLACK AND MARCASITE DETAIL
About a stylish a pair of candleholders as you could hope for! With gorgeously shaped struts holing the candle holder over a black base with pretty marcasite detail. The base has some wear and rusting underneath but the upper parts are in good order and very smart! 3.75" (9.5cm tall) £25
TINY EARLY VICTORIAN STYLE SCENT / SMELLING SALTS BOTTLE WITH BRASS LID AND GLASS STOPPER
Probably an early 20th century version of a much earlier style that could work for the Georgian period through to high Victorian. Complete with chased brass lid, finger loop and glass stopper and with pretty hand painted floral decoration. £38
TINY PORCELAIN SCENT / SMELLING SALTS BOTTLE WITH HALLMARKED SILVER LID BIRMINGHAM 1905 CHARLES MAY
The date letter is worn on this screw top lid but it looks to be for 1905 and likely made by Charles May. A stunning little thing, perfect for using scent or salts on the go, slipped into your reticule. The porcelain body has beautiful painted floral pattern but has suffered a crack and been mended at some point but this does not detract from the beauty of the piece and is still quite usable. £35
STUNNING PAIR OF ART NOUVEAU STERLING SILVER AND FAUX TORTOISESHELL HAIR BRUSHES BY MAPPIN & WEBB, LONDON 1924
This stunning pair of brushes is hallmarked for London 1924 and though the marks are rubbed you can just make out that they are by the great Mappin & Webb. A quality pair made from faux tortoiseshell with exquisite inlaid Art Nouveau silver swirl pattern, they are in excellent condition. There are a few small areas where the inlay is lifting a little but there is no visible chips, cracks or water damage. £75
ORNATE GOLD COLOURED HAIR BRUSH AND CLOTHES BRUSH SET
Ornate and decorative, these vintage gold tone metal backed brushes will add a little luxury to any dressing table! In the high-Victorian style with almost baroque style swirls, this set comprises a hair brush and two clothes brushes and in great condition. £45
ART DECO BRASS AND BLUE GUILLOCHE ENAMEL HAND MIRROR & CLOTHES BRUSH
A 1940s-1950s classic. The key to value with enamel is condition. These are in generally very good condition with minimal nibbles and no cracks. A lovely accent for any Art Deco dressing table. £25 per set
ART DECO BRASS AND BLUE GUILLOCHE ENAMEL HAND MIRROR & CLOTHES BRUSH
A lovely attractive vintage dressing table set with gilt metal handles and embroidered gold and cream backings. Circa 1950s and in superb overall condition. £22
LITTLE GILT METAL TRINKET / PILL / PATCH POT WITH DAMASCENE TOLEDO-WARE STYLE LID
This is a stunning little pot, with gold tone metal basket style woven body and an ornate damascene inlaid lid. It has no great age to it, perhaps 1970s, but with a mirror in the lid and sitting on three feet it would be a charming period addition to a dressing table as a trinket pot, patch pot, pill pot or anything you like pot! £15
1950S VINTAGE PIFCO GREEN HAIRDRYER WITH ORIGINAL BOX
The ultimate addition to any vintage dressing table! This 1950s green hairdryer is a great quality piece by Pifco with original plug and wire AND.....in full working order! It would be a good idea to get the electrics checked and PAT tested but she definitely does work beautifully still. A great stylish addition to your vintage home! £25
ART DECO LEATHER CASED MANICURE SET
Perfect for the jet-setting travelling lady, this leather cased manicure set screams Art Deco lines but probably dates to 1940s. Containing a set of red celluloid manicure tools all in good order and an internal compartment. Superb overall condition. £35
MID CENTURY LEATHER CASED MANICURE SET WITH FAUX MOTHER OF PEARL HANDLED TOOLS
This is a lovely cased set and almost complete, and certainly unused. Made by Two Tix, a popular maker of travel sets in the mid 20th century and with pretty faux mother of pearl handled manicure tools. £18
PRETTY CERAMIC TRANSFER PRINTED HAT PIN STAND
From a time when hat pins were a staple of every woman's ensemble, this lovely Devonware Fieldings Ceramic hat pin stand is a lovely example in great condition with transfer printed swags and garlands with flowers giving it a lovely Rococo/Regency style. These days it could be used for thin flower stems or decoartive grasses - or even hat pins! £12
SMALL GLASS SCENT / SMELLING SALTS BOTTLE WITH STOPPER
These are great if you're styling for the Georgian and Regency period (before screw-tops!) and want some simple stoppered bottles for your dressing table or fainting damsels! This early flask shaped example has it's original sponge which would have held the scent to waft under your nose. Excellent condition. £24
1930S TRIPLE GOURD ART GLASS SCENT BOTTLE WITH ATOMISER
Beautifully elegant triple gourd scent bottle, believed to be French opaque art glass with marbled effect. Original atomiser with the rubber now rigid and degrading so for decorative use rather than action. An old repair to the neck. 20cm tall. £38
1930S MOULDED GLASS SCENT BOTTLE WITH CHROME PUFFER
This is a gorgeous example of these types of bottles with chrome puffers from around the 1930s-40s. The atomiser is in working order but is missing the glass tube into the liquid which could be replaced. The glass is in great condition with no chips or cracks. £35
STERLING SILVER AND CUT GLASS ROUND SCENT BOTTLE - BIRMINGHAM 1909 E F BRAHAM LTD
A staple for any Victorian or Edwardian dressing table. Scent wasn't about designer branded bottles, any chemist would mix up a blend to your taste which you could decant into your own choice of beautiful scent bottles or personal travel bottles. A classic Edwardian style this is hallmarked for 1909 by a great Birmingham maker and in superb condition - apart from one little dent to the lid which could be easily repaired. It has the original stopper which is currently stuck in. £55
SMALL EARLY STYLE GLASS BOTTLES
These early style glass bottles and pots can be great for styling displays but also cover 17th and 18th century styles, being useful for smelling salts, scent, fake poison or even ink pots! £5-10 each. Bulk discounts available.
VINTAGE STERLING SILVER VANITY BRUSH SET
Comparatively modern, though still over forty years old, this is a lovely sterling silver vanity set comprising hair brush, hand mirror and clothes brush with opulent and baroque-esque floral relief work. As it’s a more modern copy, its therefore far more affordable and cleaner than its Victorian counterparts and a wash should enable it to still be used as it was meant to be. Hallmarked for Birmingham 1978 with makers mark for Broadway & Co. £25
SILVER PLATED THREE PIECE BRUSH & MIRROR SET
Possibly dating to the 1940s-50s this charming three piece set comprises hair brush, hand mirror and clothes brush. It has been loved and used for many years as you can see from the wear to the machine decorated backs where the under layer of copper showed through but is still in great condition and now has a soft patina. £30
ART DECO BLUE GLASS SCENT BOTTLE AND TRINKET POT
A stylish addition to any dressing table, this pair of blue glass items are in excellent condition with Deco style fan shaped stoppers. Good solid glass with weight to them, not flimsy or too delicate to use. Scent bottle stopper has a few tiny chips to the bottom but otherwise no chips or cracks. £28
SELECTION OF VINTAGE HAND MIRRORS AND HAIR BRUSHES
Mostly mid century, these charming little pieces of social history will lend a lovely vintage accent to your dressing table! £8-15 each depending
PAIR OF CHROMIUM PLATED MEN'S HAIR BRUSHES
These are most likely Art Deco with machine decoration and a cartouche inscribed " C C ". These would have been a more affordable option than silver or silver plated and are in superb condition. £18
ART DECO METAL CASED VANITY BOX WITH CONTENTS
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SELECTION OF SOLID EBONY DRESSING TABLE ITEMS
If you are styling a Victorian, or deeply masculine dressing table from any era, this is a great place to start. Solid ebony pieces ooze period appeal and you have a good selection from trays and candle holders, to glove stretchers and turned wood pots. For more information on any piece drop us a line. Bulk prices available. Priced between £8 - £15 each.
SELECTION OF EARLY CELLULOID FAUX TORTOISESHELL DRESSING TABLE ITEMS
This is a charming set of early celluloid plastic dressing table pieces designed to look like tortoiseshell. Indicative of the 1920s and 30s when new plastics enabled everyone to afford a luxury look. £8 per item.
SELECTION OF TAN LEATHER COLLAR BOXES
Collar boxes are no longer used to store your collection of crisply starched wing-tips but they can be wonderfully useful for storage and create a gorgeously mellow vintage look. Some are missing their straps so prices vary but all in great condition. Discounts for multiple items. £15-30 depending on condition. Message us for availability.
1950S LEATHER CASED MEN'S VANITY TRAVEL SET
This was a Christmas gift from Pam to Charlie, likely in the 1950s, but Charlie never used it. Still in as new condition with her hand written label, this is a story I’d like to know! Comprising leather case, comb, brush and two shaving sticks/pots and two packets of safety razor blades. Made by Two Tix. Why didn’t he use it?! £35
SELECTION OF CUT THROAT RAZORS & BOXES
A selection of cut-throat razors in varying condition, with handles made of plastic, celluloid or bone. Some have lovely engraving from the maker, all have rust to different degrees so definitely not recommended for use anymore! £5-15 each depending on condition.
EDWARDIAN SILVER HANDLED MANICURE TOOLS
All together these make a fabulous display and individually add lovely period detail to any dressing table. Most of the handles are hallmarked Sterling Silver with one or two exceptions that are silver plated or unmarked. The tool parts themselves are plated. Priced between £5-10 each or discounted for multiples.
VINTAGE CUFFLINK / DRESS STUDS BOXES
Keep your cufflinks, shirt studs, paper clips or anything you like neatly and smartly with a charming piece any gentleman would be proud of! £10 each