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A Day
Observed

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Scene 1:
‘Morning’

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:
‘Noon’

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:
‘Evening’

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:
‘Night’

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

‘A DAY OBSERVED’
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

Foundwell

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A large and small sized aluminum jeep lighters. These wonderful and novel pieces were made very soon after the guns fell silent in Germany in World War Two. This type of product was built from leftover pieces of munitions and military wares by, predominantly by soldiers recently back from the front lines, now looking to take on a new form of employment. They are essentially what is known as "Trench Art", except, rather than being made by service men and women whilst off the front lines, these were made in a factory. 

Featured here are the two versions that were made; a smaller three inch version, and the larger five inch version, complete with its ash tray trailer. Both examples are sparked by using the door handles on the Jeeps. The larger one and sparks from the center of the bonnet, or hood. The smaller version springs from the roof. Both are fueled with lighter fluid, and are filled via the underneath. The larger version, also with having the original ash tray 'trailer', also has a cigarette compartment hidden in the roof of the Jeep.

On the roof of the large Jeep attached is a medal commemorating the Berlin Blockade; 24th June 1948 until 12th May 1949. This was one of the first major incidents of the Cold War. After the end of World War Two, Berlin was divided into two major sectors, one controlled by the Soviet Union, and one by the rest of the Allied Forces. Upon the introduction of the Deutsche Mark into West Berlin the Soviets blockaded this part of the city by road, rail and canal in opposition. They offered to re-open routes if the currency would be dropped. This was refused, and led to attempted starvation of the parts of the city controlled by the Allies. This in turn lead to the Berlin Airlift. 

American and British forces began a joint operation in support of the entire city. Aircrews from the United States Air Force, Royal Air Force, French Air Force, Royal Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and South African Air Forces flew over 200,000 sorties in one year, providing to the West Berliners necessities such as fuel and food, with the original plan being to lift 3,475 tons of supplies daily. By the spring of 1949, that number was often met twofold, with the peak daily delivery totaling 12,941 tons. By this time the airlift was clearly succeeding, delivering more cargo than had previously been transported into the city by rail. The Soviets did not disrupt the airlift for fear this might lead to open conflict, even though they far outnumbered the allies in Germany and especially Berlin.

Made by the Walter Baier Company, in U.S. occupied Germany these Jeeps are modeled after the infamous Ford Willy MD Jeep.  Each piece is signed "GF Gesch" for the company that made the set, circa 1949. The large Jeep and trailer are sold separately ($495.00) from the smaller one ($195.00), please enquire to purchase the small example. 


Price $495.00

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Item Dimensions
Large Size
5 inches (12.7cm)
Small Jeep
3 inches (7.62cm)