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 medium size, sterling silver, highly detailed box.  This is perhaps a unique, private order piece.  We have never seen, or handled another like it.  It is modeled on an English, World War Two mortar munitions trunk.  It is an exact, miniaturised replica of a B166 II trunk.  This   type of strap lidded box with swing out side handles was made across the English Army pre, and during, the Second World War for a variety of munitions ranging from bullets all the way through to larger artillery shells.  This deeper rectangular shape appears to be more of a mortar carrying example.

The box was originally designed to hold cigarettes with a large central compartment lined with cedar wood.  This wood was used to keep moisture and freshness to the tobacco.  The interior has the space for a cedar wood divider that can be removed (as it has in this case) to also store smaller cigars.  Being that during this time cigarettes did not contain filters, they would have been more than likely sat on their ends making the divider obsolete.   

The exterior body is very highly detailed with all of the relevant parts functioning as they would on the life-size example.  The front locking straps fold up to clasp the lid shut.  The straps on the opposite side of the lid are hinged to mimic the real life example where a bracket on the top of the lid, and the base is held together by a moving buckle like detail.   The side handles, as in the real life box, swing out to help in the lifting and transporting of the box.  The box is fully handmade, and is a perfect replica with even the pressed, stamped edges being hand picked out by hand engraved lines around the edges of the sides of the box. 

The condition of the box throughout is impeccable. It has been polished over the years, and the original exterior hallmarks are a little rubbed as a result.  However, the interior marks are perfect.  It would make a wonderful addition for any study or library for anyone with military interest.  It was bought along with another box that was made for the Royal Artillery section of the English Army.  It was a presentation piece also in the form of an artillery shell trunk.  Only this time larger, and featuring the Royal Artillery's crest on it.  Given that this was a mortar shell case, it is likely that this too was made for the Royal Artillery, with both boxes either sitting in a mess hall, or in the offices of commanding officers during World War Two.  Pieces like this do not ever come to market, and represent a unique opportunity to purchase hand made, Army owned, silver boxes.

There are a series of hallmarks on the outside edge of the base above the lift out handles of the box denoting the sterling silver content, and that it was made in London, England in 1940 by Padgett & Braham Limited.  Padgett & Braham  were one of England's top silversmiths and had a rich history in making items for the English military as commemorative and presentation pieces.  So, this relationship makes sense with this example.  A truly special piece of history made as the Second World War was raging throughout Europe.

Price $5,895.00


Item Dimensions
4.5 inches (11.43cm)
2.75 inches (6.985cm)