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 large oval turquoise sterling silver hand made ring. The ring features a stunning, hand selected and cut, piece of turquoise with amazing matrices through it. The design of the shank is that of the Navajo Native American tribe.

The open work split shank on this ring is quite substantial, made to support and surround this vibrant large piece of turquoise. Each side of the stone, on the shank, there are engraved lines and a matte sand cast finish.  The overall finish is an organic, almost Samorodok style finishing. Fine work across the shank in general.

This attention to detail is also followed around the large overall turquoise stone. There is an unusual, saw edge, hand cut edge to the rubbed setting edge, but this sits on top of again an organic silver finished ledge.All of these details, aside from adding more beauty to the overall look, are a time consuming labour of love added by Mr. Bingham in his pursuit to create a highly attractive overall and unique designs.

The type of turquoise selected as the center stone in this ring is an old stock piece of turquoise that is believed to originate from the Tyrone mine. The Tyrone mining district, the second largest porphyry copper deposit in New Mexico, is located 10 miles southwest of Silver City in the Burro Mountains of southwestern New Mexico.  Native Americans initially mined turquoise from the area around 600 AD (McLemore, 2008). Underground mining was established in the early 1860s and the current mode of mining, open-pit stripping, began in 1968. The mine became part of Freeport-McMoRan in 2007.  It has produced some of the most magnificent examples of turquoise mined over the years. This being a superb example in both size and form.

Like most high quality pieces this ring is signed on the inside of the shank; "JB" for Joshua Bingham.  From their home studio in the Galisteo Basin, Joshua works side by side with his wife Rachel. While Joshua dedicates himself to the meticulous fabrication of his one-of -a - kind pieces  Born and raised in New Mexico, Joshua is a third generation craftsman and a self taught metalsmith. Heavily influenced by his surroundings, Joshua's designs are rich with New Mexico's ranch and western heritage. Attention to detail and unique style are cornerstones of his individualism, creativity and respect for all the deep heritages.

An accomplished metalsmith, Joshua is able to be bold, subtle and edgy. His process from start to finish is one of extreme focus and passion. Quality craftsmanship comes from many hours searching for the very best American high grade stones, and using sterling silver, and fine gold.  Working from the homestead Joshua is able to draw great inspiration and drive, to be true to his craft and heart.

This is perhaps one of the finest examples of a single, large, stone ring we have had. Not to mention heavy and substantial! The ring is a size 12. This ring cannot really be sized due to the intricate nature of the handmade tapering band having the sand cast finish and wavy design.

Price $745.00


Item Dimensions
Height of front
1.29 inches (3.2766cm)
Width of front
.945 inches (0.0cm)