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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An Hermès silver plated bronze, eight day desk or wall clock incorporated into the body of a ship's anchor.  This beautifully made clock has been directly influenced by a classic ship's anchor design. Every detail is true to actual form featuring the bill, shank, throat, arm and stock. The quality is as one comes to expect from Hermès from this period. The clock is thick and fairly heavy, but by no means cumbersome and would suit to sit on a desk of bedside table. Each piece of the anchor is stamped with its unique part number, all fitting together perfectly.

Another wonderful, and totally original, detail to the clock is that the back end of the stock can be unscrewed from the center. This then allows the bale at the top of the anchor to used to hang the clock on the wall and lay flat.  The simple reason behind this is that it allows the clock to leave a desk and be hung on a wall once the boat leaves port to prevent it from sliding around in rough seas. A beautiful and wonderfully considered detail. It was design to be used on a boat!

The dial on this clock is known as a ‘sector dial’. It is made very much the same way that would be found on watches such as the Patek Philippe ref. 130, or famous and highly collectable wrist watches such as the Longines from this period, the 1930/40's. The open six and nine font use is also very in-keeping with these watch dials from this time, and are highly collectible.  The dial is also painted in the same way with a raised enamel on all the Arabic numbers, minute track, hour markers and original signature.  The dial is all original, has not been reprinted and is free of any damage. Quite rare for a piece of this time and for one that is not as well sealed as many of its wrist contemporaries.

The clock itself is powered by Pontifa-Audoine decorated Landeron caliber 24, fifteen jewel, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance, self compensating flat balance spring, index regulator movement. This movement was used among a number of very rare, and limited production clocks by Hermès to help bring their own decorative creations to life. The development of complicated and quality in-house watch and clock movements is incredibly time consuming and costly, so this practice of working with haute horology specialists to provide calibers for more dedicated luxury fashion and jewellery houses was common place.

The condition overall is excellent. There is light surface wear on parts of the anchor, as one would come to expect from a piece that is coming up to being nearly one hundred years of age. However, there are no serious scratches or dents. The movement is keeping excellent time, and is in superb condition throughout.

This is a very rare chance to own a piece of history. These pieces come up for sale very infrequently, and when they have in the past they are not in as good a condition as this example!  We have never handled another. Made in France and Switzerland Circa late   1930’s.

Price $12,750.00


Item Dimensions
7 inches (17.78cm)
Width at Bottom
4.5 inches (11.43cm)