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 sterling silver engine turned pocket lighter with in built mechanical watch. This is the 'Unique' B, the largest sized version of the lift arm model that was produced by Alfred Dunhill in the 20th Century. This petrol filled wick, lift arm lighter is perhaps one of the greatest lighters made by one of the best makers of lighters in the world, made at a time when it was really the pinnacle of illustrious history of this great company. Very easy to operate with a lift arm mechanism and flint wheel close to the wick. The best feature of this wonderful piece is the inbuilt watch with mechanical movement fitted into the center panel of the front of the body. It is accessed via a hinged panel that drops down allowing access to the winding crown to set and wind the small watch movement. On this example there are two hand engraved initials hidden under the inside of the flap; E. G. These can be seen on sixth image. They are not visible once the clock is folded away.

This lighter is fully operational with cotton wick. The base has a removable screw which has a filling point for any lighter fluid or fuel, which will need to be filled. There is a brand-new flint fitted. The condition is excellent throughout, for what is unusual when it comes to a pocket lighter with this vitreous enamel bodies, as any damage is not repairable.

The 'Unique' B, along with its smaller sized sibling, was introduced into Dunhill's line in 1928, and went on to become very popular as it came in a myriad of patterns, jewels, colours and metals. The examples fitted watch movements being the most expensive, rare and desirable at the time. It must be remembered that at this time very few people had the means to own a wristwatch. Let alone a lighter with watch movement fitted inside.

This stunning and rare example with an engine turned patterned body is very much the Art Deco look. There is an exact example of this in the Blei and Bottoni Dunhill book on page 142, just with the orientation of the watch in a portrait fashion. The watch is a Swiss made, fifteen jewel with three adjustments, that was a contract movement signed Dunhill on the plate. Interestingly, it is a larger caliber that that found in the A. The dial appears to be original, and not re-finished with its original trademark Breguet style hands. This dial is very attractive with raised, gold plated Arabic numerals. The lighter itself is French made, in Paris. They were made in both England and France. But, this example is a French one with French control marks throughout. This model also has the clip on the spring screw which allowed the lighter to be added to a watch chain for safe keeping! Made in France, circa 1930's.


Price $5,400.00


Item Dimensions
1.712 inches (4.34848cm)
0.512 inches (1.30048cm)