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 ceramic glazed water pitcher. This is a very fine and rare water pitcher from the Princeton University Key & Seal Club. It has a stylish Art Deco form with the hand painted Key & Seal logo in black, and orange and black pin stripe accents. It is a heavy, well made piece of quality porcelain that is in pristine condition, both inside and out.

The Key & Seal Club was one of a small number of private, member only dining clubs part of Princeton University during the early part of the twentieth century. The Key & Seal Club shuttered over a half century ago as life on and off campus changed.

It was made by the Shenango China Company of New Castle, Pa., U.S.A. It is signed on the base of the jug with the fabulous full color Shenango Indian potter logo. This mark was in use from the 1930s through to 1948. As can be imagined, this is a very rare piece, with very few being made in the first place, and even fewer of them surviving the daily use nearly one hundred years ago. It is a handsome pitcher in its own right. Anyone with any interest in the University's history, or an alumn, this is a fantastic piece of its history.

The below is an extract from the Princetonian Museum website outlining some of the history of the club:

Key & Seal was founded in 1904 and started its existence in the Carroll House, a handsome three- story clapboard building on Nassau Street. Once again, an eating club took over a structure designed for domestic use and transformed it for its own purposes. The building was therefore not designed to project, through architectural style, a particular institutional image, but rather was representative of late 19th-century domestic architecture in Princeton Borough.

As early as 1910, Key & Seal was endeavoring to move to Prospect Avenue, to the empty lot just east of Charter Club. The first proposal is known through the Class of 1911 Bric-a-Brac (1909-10), which reproduced a drawing of a Tuscan- style villa. This structure bears a strong resemblance to Raleigh Gildersleeve's Elm Club of 1900, an Italianate Revival design.

The next proposal, which was reproduced in the Class of 1914 Bric, was a far more compact and contained structure that drew on Colonial and Greek Revival models. The entrance incorporates pairs of tall Corinthian- style pilasters and a large pediment that breaks through the roof's balustrade. Although the choice of wood speaks to economy in materials, this is an elegant, refined design.

What was actually built, however, was a much simplified version of this design, on a domestic scale. It discarded the pilasters and pediment and much of the ornamentation that marked the previous version. The first photograph of this structure appeared in the Class of 1915 Bric- a- Brac; the following year, the Bric showed a side view of the clubhouse, which reveals an extensive porch to the rear and a round room projecting to the east. This picture also captured the newly completed Charter Club. 

In the early 1920s, Key & Seal began the process of building a new clubhouse that would be more in keeping with the stone and brick structures that now lined Prospect Avenue. The first proposal was submitted by D.R. Everson, and was reproduced in the Class of 1924 Bric. This design, with its arched entrance and oriel windows, is instantly recognizable as being in the Collegiate Gothic tradition. Once again, however, the initial design was discarded in favor of a later proposal.

In 1925, Key & Seal commissioned Walter H. Jackson of New York to design a new brick clubhouse in the Collegiate Gothic style. Jackson delivered a successful design whose exterior blended well with the other clubs, while the interiors had a comfortable, intimate feel. Key & Seal's front elevation is dominated by three large arched windows that overlook the entrance porch. A polygonal dormer over the center of these arches helps balance the off- center door, which stands to the left of the arches as you enter. The two- story bay window on the west side of the facade, which echoes the protruding eastern wing of the building, also helps the overall balance of masses and voids.

Key & Seal folded in 1968. The University acquired the building and renovated it extensively before opening it as Stevenson Hall, a university- operated upperclass dining facility. 

Price $525.00


Item Dimensions
8 inches (20.32cm)
4 inches (10.16cm)