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A Day
Observed

A story presented by

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 sterling silver multi-purpose cigar ash tray.  This unique and superb silver cigar ash tray is a must have for any cigar aficionado.  It features three useful tools for the cigar smoker all rolled into one.  The center of the piece is a very long cigar rest.  At one end of the rest is a guillotine style cigar cutter that then neatly deposits the removed end into the bowl.  this can also double up as an additional ash tray.  The mirror side of this is simply an ash tray.  In the center, recessed behind the rest, is space for a match box, or alternatively one can keep a large pocket sized lighter in it.

The overall design of the piece is simple and refined.  There are no signs of over elaboration, common with Victorian pieces.  The two bowl ends have three ball feet, cauldron style.  The front of the piece features a neat sterling wire that is scrolled to provide front stability, with the base of the match box holder providing stability in the center and rear of the piece.  Although not overly heavy to will sit neatly on a table and not require it to be handled delicately.  It is stable, and well constructed.

The large center cigar rest measures a healthy eight and a half inches in length, so long enough to hold the largest of cigars, and is plenty wide to handle any gauge.  The cutter is a small holed gauge, as was more common when this piece was made in Victorian England.  However, if the preferred smoke of choice is a torpedo shape, then this cutter will still be of use.

The match box holder in the center is beautifully designed with a 'lift' built into the bottom. This is made so as the match box is pushed out from its sleeve to reveal an opening in the box to remove the matches for striking.  It is a good size space measuring one and three quarter inches across by one inch deep.  it will accommodate a larger than normal match box.

The piece has a full set of English control hallmarks stamped into the front of the match box holder.  It was made in London, England in 1900. Unfortunately the makers mark has been rubbed with only the letter "C" decipherable.  It would not be fair to guess as it could be from a number of workshops.  Regardless, it is made exceptionally well and represents a real novelty in cigar accessories.  The condition overall is excellent with no signs of damage or heavy wear. Remarkable for a piece that is now over one hundred and twenty years old.  This represents a very unique opportunity for the cigar smoker that has everything to add something new to their collection.


Price $1,375.00

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Item Dimensions
Length
10 inches (25.4cm)
Height
3 inches (7.62cm)