A Day

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Scene 1:

It was a bright cold day with glassy surfaces that looked hard.
Into the square frame he stood as if in a dream.

What emerged was precisely what he expected to find: a reflection of memory images. Contemplating his face in the photo frame he waited.

1960s lucite and chrome 3 image photo frame

By the steady hands of his watch, he listened to time. Every day for the past sixteen days he saw her. Silver lingered in the crease of
an open book.

Rolex burlwood dial, Jubilee bracelet Miniature
oar English university trophy, sterling silver.

So absorbed in his thoughts
he hardly saw the platinum catch-all, the key, or the revelation locked inside those lapis lazuli cufflinks tossed unmistakably in cold blue.

Hans Hanson catch-all. Mid-century, Danish sterling silver. Stirrup money clip, by Hermès. Padlock keyring, sterling silver " Tie bar-slide " Round lapis lazuli cufflinks" Square cufflinks, two tone rose and yellow gold, diamond."

Only by whirling on his heel could he hope to comprehend
the panorama.

Shoe horn, circa 1930. American sterling silver
Scene 2:

He remained.Trapped in that enormous room,
unmistakably familiar in feeling yet so peculiar.

Above the mantle was
displayed an Austrian hound
of impeccable integrity.

Hagenauer sculpture, 1930

His gaze fell on the letter opener. By accident she had learnt more about his life from the contents of that letter than anywhere.

Dunhill letter opener with lighter top, circa 1950

Cleopatra’s eye reflected
the sun. Through the hypnotism
of precious metals there
emerged a dark slender shadow.

Cleopatra’s eye magnifying glass. Mid-century, gold plated
Hermès weighted pen. Silver plated.

A lighter presented itself, smooth to the touch
it gave the impression of
intelligent company.

Table lighter St Dupont, circa 1960. Gold plate
Scene 3:

All this time light was receding from the room.

“I should explain why I spend so much time here”, said the silhouette. Leaves moved like shadows across her eyes.

Hermès rope bottle opener. Plated silver.

It’s not too late to turn back. Time moved with faint sounds.

Venini hourglass. Hand-blown lurid Murano glass.

He unscrewed the telescopic cup, rolled and remained still. Black eyes on the dice prophesied a new cycle.

Telescopic cup, J. E. Cauldwell. Gold plated. Dice,
Cartier for America. Vitreous enamel glass, silver

Staring down at the varnished surface her mouth worried him while her eyes examined the gold cufflink.

Audemar Piguet evening watch. gold plated, Roman dial, alligator strap
Scene 4:

Everything went crashing black.

Pale graceful hands placed
the gold stud box delicately
on the table.

Men’s Edwardian jewellery box, 1910. Gold plated.
Mid-century British cigar ashtray. Sterling silver and crystal.

He lit a match to make sure the watch had really stopped. Smoke lingered from its vesta case.

Realist wrapped tobacco leaf march vesta. Silver.

As the travel clock neared
one the figure vanished into dappled shadows.

Art Deco Jaeger LeCoultre travel clock.
Gold and silver plated. Retailed by Aspray.

On the newly varnished table two bronze shot cups sat alive like in a dream.

Tooth shot cup by Foundwell. Bronze and silver plated.
Set of 4, 3 silver 1 gold. Heath & Midleton champagne decanters circa 1900.
Sterling silver and glass.
The End

A story by FOUNDWELL
Photography Matthieu Lavanchy, creative direction OK-RM,
notes by Kate O’Brien and objects selected by Alan Bedwell

A story by FOUNDWELL
Photography Matthieu Lavanchy,
creative direction OK-RM
notes by Kate O’Brien
and objects selected by Alan Bedwell

Early and Rare Sterling Silver Gorham Martini Mixing Bucket

Golf Cocktail Shaker
and Matching Golf Bag Cup

Sterling Silver Woven Bottle Coaster



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A mixed metals, two piece, cocktail shaker in the form of an artillery shell. This fabulous and very rare piece is an example of a figurative cocktail shaker. Today we take for granted pieces of barware in novel shapes and forms. However, when this piece was made in the early part of the twentieth century items like this were unheard of. The golf bag cocktail set, which comprised of shot cups, tray and matching shaker is attributed as being the very first figural cocktail shaker made. This was made in America in 1926. This shaker, however, is believed to have been produced shortly after the end of the First World War, in 1918, pre-dating this golf bag shaker.

Perhaps the most important book written on the subject of cocktail shakers, and barware is by author Stephen Visakay, titled;"Vintage Bar Ware: Identification & Value Guide, Paducah, Kentucky, 1997,". This model cocktail shaker appears on page 113.

The outbreak of World War One in 1914 marked a strange time in world history. The belief was held that the Allied armies would wipe the Austro-Hungarian and German war effort off the face of the map in no time at all. After four years of the worst, most hideous conflict the world had ever seen finally the guns fell quiet. The result of which left millions of lives across the world altered forever. Some marked their time in conflict by making pieces to remember and to honour. This art form was known as "Trench Art". The belief that the majority of it was made in the down time of serving soldiers and airmen is not totally true. Although some of the pieces found today were made by the hands of soldiers on PTO behind the lines, much was made after the war by a few workshops. This cocktail shaker, although not signed, is attributed to the American silversmith; Gorham Manufacturing Company, so an example of the work produced after the war in workshops.  Research has uncovered a very rare coffee set made around the same time, also believed to be by Gorham.

The shaker itself is much like most jug or pitcher style shakers from the time. It has the applied brass handle to the body. A removable cap, or lid, in this case in the form of the range finding part of the shell, also in brass. A brass applied spout with removable cap on a chain, so as not to lose this small, but important part of the shaker once done with the shaking! The main body of the "shell" is made in silver plate, with the banding toward the base made in the beautiful pink copper. This helps give this three colour, mixed metal overall finish that is so visually appealing. One doesn't have to be a cocktail shaker collector, or even a lover of cocktails to enjoy the overall beauty of this piece as an object.

It is presented in superb condition having been fully cleaned inside and out, ready for use. A superb and very rare piece of early 20th Century barware design that would look great in even the most modern bar. Made in America, circa  1918.

Price $2,795.00


Item Dimensions
13 inches (33.02cm)
Shaker Width
2.25 inches (5.715cm)