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 pair of sterling silver salt and pepper shakers in the form of chauffeurs in full uniform.  This pair of exceptionally rare shakers are lightly weighted at the base to keep them well waited to the table.  Both of the figures are wonderfully executed with a large amount of hand engraved work to the bodies.  For example, all of the coat buttons and sleeve details are all applied to the sterling body by hand.  The driving goggles on the heads of both the figures are also hand made and applied to the heads.  There is also a small engraved nose and mouth under the goggles giving both of the drivers a great personality.

The outfits of the chauffeurs was common attire during this very early, pioneering time of the motor car.  The motor car, at this time, was only really accessible to the world's elite.  The cost and upkeep required was very prohibitive to most, and as a result of which, many wealthy owners decided not to drive themselves.  Instead, they employed the services of a chauffeur.  A number of cars at this time had an unprotected cabin for the driver, while the wealthy owner would have been well protected in the rear, with many luxury comforts.  As a result of this, a large and heavy, often waxed cotton, or leather and shearling coat was worn by drivers, and goggles were also a necessity.  Any windscreen that may have been fitted to a car would have offered little overall protection for the exposed driver.

These wonderfully charming pair of shakers really capture these early days of motoring, and are whimsical in their almost cartoon like forms.  It is especially hard to find n original pair in this unused condition.  To fill them, simply remove the heads. The shakers were made by silversmiths Cornelius Desormeaux and Francis Shepherd in Chester, England in 1907.  They have been reproduced toward the end of the twentieth century, however the execution of the re-issue is lackluster, and compare not to these originals.  The condition is excellent throughout, and they come in the original fitted box.  A perfect table companion for any motor enthusiast. 

Price $2,975.00


Item Dimensions
3.5 inches (8.89cm)
1.085 inches (2.7559cm)