Portable Post Office Letter Rack from Englandby Aeology
Portable Post Office Letter Rack from England
Unusual Wooden Rack for Letters or Documents, possibly coming from a vintage -era office or post office in England.
The wooden rack has original painted letters of the alphabet to the left side of the shaped shelf compartments and a leather carrying handle.
Measures 30 inches long x 8 deep x 10 high.
In good condition with some wear from usage.
Vintage Wooden Hatmakers Block on Standby Aeology
Vintage Wooden Hatmakers Block on Stand
Handsome & exceptional Vintage Mens’ Hatmaker’s Block , which comes from Southern France.
In excellent condition the two piece block has been carefully cleaned and varnished and is mounted on a custom made wooden stand.
Measures 12 inches front-back x 11 wide x 9 high.
Vintage Anglers’ Hanging Sign from Englandby Aeology
Vintage Anglers' Hanging Sign from England
Rare example of an Angling shop Sign, -a hanging metal Fish – made to hang outside the shop front to advertise Allcock's Fishing Reels and Tackle . In good condition though the lettering has worn off , the fish hangs from its metal wall bracket. S. Allcock of Redditch was the most famous maker of fishing rods and reels in England going back to 1803.
It was bought by American company Noris Shakespeare in the 1960's. Second to bottom photo shows a similar Allcock's sign in pristine condition with cat to show scale ! Bottom photo of Polycarp Allsopp the company's founder with history. Fishing Quotes are famous- Antique hunters are a lot like fishermen too !
Sign measures 44 inches in length x 28 high (to top of wall bracket)
Decorative 19th Century Inkstand from Franceby Aeology
Decorative 19th Century Inkstand from France
Interesting antique ‘Ink Stand’ from France, with seated metal ‘ Liberty’ female figure flanked by two globe inkwells with hinged lids – and mounted on a carved wooden base which has grooves to hold pens.
At the front of the base is a hole which may have held a glass inkwell, now missing.
Measures 13 inches wide x 10 deep x 9 high.
From France circa 1860-1890
Antique Historic Victorian Tea Tin Canisterby Aeology
Antique Historic Victorian Tea Tin Canister
Beautiful Unrestored example of an original Victorian Tea Canister from a old Grocery Store in Yorkshire, England,.
The green enamelled Canister has its original oil painting of the Castle of Ferrara in Italy, with gilded borders, and would have been a single example from a larger set of perhaps 20
canisters made to display a variety of teas , which were displayed on a shelf in the Victorian grocer’s shop.
In its original condition with some wear from age and usage.
Measures 18 inches high x 11 diameter,
( Bottom photo shows a set of 10 similar tea canisters that I sold 3 years ago in an auction in London for £15000 – or $18750.)
Pair of 18th Century Church Candlesticks from Florence Italyby Aeology
Pair of 18th Century Church Candlesticks from Florence Italy
Superb pair of tall carved wooden Candlesticks from an Italian Church. Dating from the late 18th century, the pair are wonderfully and intricately hand- carved probably by a local artisan woodcarver.
In reasonable condition with wear and imperfections from age and usage including some minor repairs to the feet, the candlesticks have carved acanthus and shell motifs and show traces of silver leaf amid different layers of paint and underlay.
The ancient candlesticks stand on tripod feet and have their original inset iron spikes.
From Florence in Northern Italy. Circa 1780-1820. Measuring 31 inches tall overall.
Rare Weather Vane Pennant with Prancing Horseby Aeology
Rare Weather Vane Pennant with Prancing Horse
Very fine example of a metal Weather Vane with Prancing Horse Pennant set above the weather pointer.
Coming from the south of France, and made by a local artisan-blacksmith , the vane dates between 1840- 1880.
A genuine and very collectible example of naive or folk art by an unknown local craftsman.
Measures 33 inches high x 23 wide.
In obviously worn though stable condition with surface rust.
Rare Historical Coffee Tin Canisterby Aeology
Rare Historical Coffee Tin Canister
Rare Printed Tin Coffee Canister issued by the Van Leckwyck coffee company in Belgium in the 1890's to commemorate the Boer War being fought by the British and the Dutch settlers in South Africa. The printed tin depicts Queen Victoria sitting round a table with the British Prime Minister, Lord Salisbury, and the generals and royal princes. Originally it was one of a pair, the other tin depicting the Boer leaders.
Standing 15 inches tall x 12 diameter and in good condition for its age , the tin is an interesting historical relic .
Antique Pair of Historical Vase Carvingsby Aeology
Antique Pair of Historical Vase Carvings
Magnificent Pair of Carved Pilasters of Vases of Flowers, in old if not original paint and gilding, which came off the celebrated turn-of-the century Ocean Liner, the S.S.Berlin. The German built liner Berlin was famous in the years before the First World War, not only for its first class luxury travel but also for the many refugees it brought as steerage passengers to ELLIS Island , New York.
The carved pilasters were taken from the 1st class Lounge on the ship- along with the Neptune figure also offered here – when as a post-war ‘prize of war’, she was sold to White Star Lines and then taken to Portsmouth. England where she was completely stripped of her original decorations, then refitted, and her name changed to the ‘Arabic’.
The Floral Carvings are made of pitch-pine and stand 40 inches high each .
The carvings are circa 1908, the year the ship was built.
Magnificent and famous 5 Bottle Champagne Bucketby Aeology
Magnificent and famous 5 Bottle Champagne Bucket
Extra Large Champagne Bucket, made of pewter , with engraved crown and lettering MOET & CHANDON. With delicately embossed vine leaves and bunches of grapes.
This exceptional bucket holds up to 5 champagne bottles.
In good condition with some natural wear and imperfections.
Measures 13 inches high x 14 wide.
Made in France.
Vintage Whisky Still from Portugalby Aeology
Vintage Whisky Still from Portugal
Brandy or Whisky Still from Portugal hand-made in copper. Coming from the wine-growing area south of Lisbon. the still , known in many mediterranean countries as an ‘Alambic’ can still be used for making ‘moonshine’ !
Dating from 1920-1950
Measures 41 inches high x 22 wide.
Pair of Antique Gilded Candlesticks from Italyby Aeology
Pair of Antique Gilded Candlesticks from Italy
Pair of turned wooden 'Pricket' Candlesticks decorated in gold leaf and coming from Italy. This handsome pair were made by a wood-turner for a church altar. The metal spike or pricket is set firmly into the wooden top.
Measuring 21 inches tall.
In good condition with a little wear.
The bottom photo shows 4 different pairs of candlesticks that I found on a recent buying trip in Italy.
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