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 metal enamel painted desk model of a AGM-45 Shrike Air to Surface missile on brass stand and mahogany  wood base.  This is a very rare scale model, the likes of which were commissioned by the makers of the actual missiles and give to high ranking servicemen and women, members of the armed forces or government that commissioned their order, in very limited numbers.

The Shrike anti-radiation  missile was designed to home in on hostile anti-aircraft radar. The Shrike was developed by the Naval Weapons  Center at China Lake in 1963 by mating a seeker head to the rocket body of an AIM-7 Sparrow.  Phased out for use by U.S. military in 1992.  Introduced in the Vietnam War, it was  utilized  by the U.S Navy F105 Thunderchief and F4 Phantom II aircraft.  The missile was upgraded by 1967 to the AGM 78 Standard Arm which had a longer range and an easier attack profile.  However, the AGM-45 was still used fairly regularly as it had a cost of  around $7,000 compared to the nearly $200,000 price tag of its replacement.  The missile was used up until Operation Desert Storm in 1991, with 95 being deployed.

It was also used by the Israeli and English military.  Even though it was not part of weaponry used by the RAF, it was covertly supplied by the US for use against Argentinian radar bases during the 1982 Falklands War.  Although, with little success. The Argentinian army's main radars were simply switched off when the Vulcan bombers were in Falkland's air space.

This model is a rare example in perfect original condition.  The livery of the missile is of the U.S Navy, which makes sense, since they were the first to commission its use.  It would therefore date to the mid-1960's.  There is a small ball bearing joint into the arm which allows it to be positioned in a number of ways.  A great piece of military history, and a rare an unusual find.

Price $0.00


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