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A Day
Observed

A story presented by

Scene 1:
‘Morning’

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:
‘Noon’

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:
‘Evening’

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:
‘Night’

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 DAY OBSERVED’
A story by FOUNDWELL
Photography Matthieu Lavanchy, creative direction OK-RM,
notes by Kate O’Brien and objects selected by Alan Bedwell

‘A DAY OBSERVED’
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

Foundwell

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A sterling silver and cut crystal drinking flask.  This exceptional quality and highly unusual piece is one of the finest drinking flasks from the period.  It has an extremely heavy and thick cut crystal body that has remained in perfect condition.  The sterling silver lid screws on, and is completely removable, allowing for easy access to drink from.  The lid itself is very thick, heavy gauge silver and is beautifully threaded to meet cleanly to the neck once attached.  The overall appearance of the piece is like that of Mills grenade designed and used in World War One by the English, but pre-dates this weapon by some thirty years.

 

The top of the rim has a number of stamped product numbers as well as 'Tiffany & Co.' and a capital 'M', and 'Sterling'.  The seraph font of the 'M' allows the manufacturing of piece to be dated between 1873 - 1891, under the directorship of Edward Moore.  Since the founding of America's finest silversmith, in 1837, Tiffany would be world renowned for initially selling, but eventually manufacturing some of the most luxurious items the world had seen.  It was under Edward Moore's father, John C. Moore, that the company really put a serious foot forward in the manufacturing of silver items under the Tiffany & Co. brand.  Up until the early 1850's much of what Tiffany was selling was bought in from local New York silversmiths.  Now, after incorporating J. C. Moore's business they went on to produce exclusively for Tiffany & Co.  The business continued in this way for two decades, with Edward Moore now in charge of his father's company, and with Tiffany's business acumen they began to make a real mark on the global luxury goods market.  The culmination of which was the in 1867 at the Exposition Universelle, the second world's fair to be held in Paris, when Tiffany & Co. became the first American company to win an award fro excellence in the manufacturing of fine silver.

 

In 1868 Charles L. Tiffany went on to purchase the Moore silver firm from Edward Moore.  Moore became a Tiffany & Co. stock holder and the general manager of the silverware arm of the firm.  In 1869 Moore undertook a very important part in the growth of the Tiffany & Co. silver business by producing its first silver flatware pattern; "Tiffany".  Under his supervision and artistic direction the company went on to win a string of both domestic and European accolades and went on to become the most respected silversmith in America.  After Moore's death in 1891 and Charles Tiffany's in 1902 the firm continued to dominate domestic silver, and be a real competitor in the luxury global market.  The firm even remained in the hands of the Tiffany and Moore families until 1955. 

 

This, therefore, is a very important piece of Tiffany & Co.'s history and a very rare and unusual piece from this time.  There are many sterling flasks of a variety of shapes and sizes, but very seldom does one come across such a fabulous crystal example.  The condition of the piece is exceptional with no issues at all, with the silver also in superb condition.  Made in America, circa 1880.


Price $1,575.00

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Item Dimensions
Height
5.5 inches (13.97cm)
Width
3.75 inches (9.525cm)