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 solid fourteen carat gold and carnelian graduation ring from the U.S Naval Academy.  This is a stunning, early and very rare piece of American history.  These rings were obtained upon graduation from the Naval Academy in Annapolis.  The class sizes during these early days of academy were very small indeed.  Consisting of little over one hundred graduates, therefore making these rings today almost unique. Let alone in this near perfect condition.  They still exist today for graduates, but changed dramtically since these early examples.  Not another example like this has been found after extensive reseach.

The design features the U.S Naval Academy's coat of arms on one side.  The seal, or coat of arms, of the Naval Academy has for its crest a hand grasping a trident, below which is a shield bearing an ancient galley coming into action, bows on, and below that an open book, indicative of education, and finally bears the motto, "Ex scientia tridens".  On the opposite side of the shank is the American Eagle standing on top of a torpedo with a trident behind it.  Below this exceptional piece of art is 07, for 1907.  The graduating year the ring was obtained.  At the top of the ring is a typical hard stone that was used in signet rings for centuries.  A carnelian, a red in colour stone.  Around the stone the intricate detailing continues with a frame of rope knotted on each side.

On the inside of the shank the name of the graduating recipient is beautifully hand engraved into it, along with "U.S Navy".  This ring was owned by Robert Frank Gross.  Gross boarded U.S.S Tennessee in 1909 as Midshipman, then aboard U.S.S Rowan in 1911 being promoted to Ensign.  He went on to serve aboard U.S.S Truxton in 1913 as Lieutenant, before quickly joining the crew of the U.S.S St. Louis, where he served a number of missions during the First World War.  Post the war he served aboard U.S.S O'Bannon.  Much can be read about the voyages these ships embarked upon, if desired.  But, it is fair to say Lieutenant Gross served a dedicated part of his early life to serving and protecting the country.

The maker of the ring is a very famous and respected silver and goldsmith; the Gorham Manufacturing Co.  Gorham was established in 1831 by Jabez Gorham, a master craftsman, in partnership with Henry L. Webster. The fledgling American silver manufacturing market was boosted in 1842 when Congress enacted a tariff which effectively blocked the importation of silverware from outside the United States. However, the company stuck to mainly making spoons and assorted silverware until Jabez's son, John, took over the company in 1847.

Under his direction the company improved production methods, expanded the range and quality of pieces, and brought in skilled craftsman from throughout Europe. A notable edition was the English silversmith and designer, George Wilkinson. He became the workshop manager.

The company went on the make a silver service for many administrations in the White House. Mary Todd Lincoln's set is now on display in the National Museum of American History. Many other trophies, such as the Indianapolis 500 trophy were produced by Gorham, along with famous statues throughout America, such as the monument of George Washington in the Capitol's Rotunda.

The piece is marked with the makers mark of "Gorham" on the inside edge of the shank, along with "14k" for fourteen carat yellow gold.  The condition of the ring throughout is exceptional.  Usually rings such as this, an as early as this are heavily worn and rubbed and damaged.  However, this is very much not the case, with all of the stunning and intricate detail still very prevalent, crisp and clear.  As mentioned prior, the graduating classes from the Academy at the turn of the 20th Century were very small, so to find these rings, let alone in this condition, is exceptionally rare.  It is a real piece of American, and American Naval history.  

It is a small ring finger size, and it is not recommended that this ring be sized as it will destroy the original detail.  It is a ring finger size three and three quarters.  This ring came directly from the descendants of Mr. Gross.


Price $5,400.00


Item Dimensions
Width of Stone
0.4 inches (1.016cm)
.4 inches (0.0cm)