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 set if four silver plated cocktail shakers in locking tantalus with cocktail name dial on the lids. This special, and amazing talking point for a bar comprises of four single cocktail size miniature cocktail shakers.  Each of which has a cocktail indicator dial on the top.  Each of the four, or, however many are required, then go back into the locking tantalus, and can all be shaken at the same time, thus delivering your guests four different cocktails all at the same time.  There is a very simple lifting and locking mechanism built into the handle which both secures and releases the shakers, when ready to make you the perfect host!

This wonderful set was made by one of the leading names in barware from America in the early to mid twenty-first century; Napier.  Employing a number of leading designers from the period, such as Emile Schulke, who is most likely responsible for this set, they were responsible for other iconic shakers such as the "Penguin" and the "Tells You How" during the excitement of the "Jazz Age", coming out of the Prohibition era.  This piece was given the name the "Foursome", for obvious reasons.

The lids of each shaker have stamped into them the following cocktails:  Alexander, Bronx, Side Car, Clover Club, Martini, Manhattan, Dubonnet, Bacardi, Orange Blossom and "Own Choice" for the host's special something!  There is then a movable arrow that can be set to any of these allowing easily for one to keep track of the contents.

Fully restored, this set is presented in perfect condition, and ready to be used to wow your guests.  The original walnut wood base is in perfect condition, with four small recesses carved into the wood which neatly hold the bottom of the shakers, keeping them in place while vigorous shaking ensues.  Each one of the bases of the shakers are stamped Napier, as is the under side of the handle of the locking tantalus.

Made in America. Circa 1934

Price $3,875.00


Item Dimensions
Frame Height
9.5 inches (24.13cm)
Shaker Height
6.25 inches (15.875cm)