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Excited to share the latest addition to my shop: Antique Chocolate Set, Three Crown China, Germany, Chocolate Pot, 4 Cups and 2 Saucers, Pink Rose, Circa 1910, Collectible

Excited to share the latest addition to my shop: Antique EAPG Compote Bowl, Hobstar Pattern, 1800s, Pressed Glass, Clear Glass, Centerpiece

This vintage pipe has it all! It has a yellow swirled Bakelite mouth piece & 2 Art Nouveau ladies on the brass pieces. Great looking pipe available soon in my eBay store!

We have an excellent selection of oil paintings, watercolours & prints in our 20 November & Fine Art . All lots available to view on our website (through which is available) or in person during office hours prior to the sale

"Les Anciens se révèlent frères et sauvages en même temps, tantôt nous éclairant, tantôt nous égarant, toujours nous éberluant." par 🙏🏼 "2500 ans et 60 secondes"

Some of the random, odd silver and gold finds from the last few years. Only Complete silver pocket watch I’ve found

Red Art Glass Necklace. Ruby Red Silver Clear Cake Beads Necklace. waalaa. Necklaces for Women.

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Mouse bangle, 1880s, England.


Spent a little time working in the local village church were I have my workshop , helping out them doing s couple little jobs .

It’s a lovely little village with a church being their for many years , even alleged to have some of the walls built from the local Romans’ ruin. The little village has some history with the fundraiser from the mayflower ship and house and land rewarded to a captain from the battle of Waterloo .

The church has had its roof restored recently and new oak beam replaced after rot had eaten most of it. First time probably it’s been replaced in its life . The pair of oak chairs are in the church and were made in the Victorian period with the carved panels used from the local priory when it was altered . The church is open every day and anybody can walk in and just sit their or look around the church. With its original pews still in place .



One of the lots I won at yesterday’s North Star Auction was a small stack of prints, including these two Théophile Steinlen reproductions. The one of the left is an advertising poster for sterilized milk and the other one is for chocolate. Steinlen’s the guy behind the “Le Chat Noir” piece you might’ve seen here and there. Dude dug cats.

What’s In a Kimono? Part 7

I haven’t done this feature in a long time, but since yesterday was International Kimono Wearing Day I figured we’d take a look at another piece that has more than meets the eye behind its history and wear!


Name: Kasumi (霞) - Haze
Type: Haori (羽織), Previously a Furisode (振袖)
Time Period: Taisho Period (1912-1926)
Age: 93-107 Years Old (Antique)
Condition: Excellent - No Staining or Marking
Material: Silk
Motifs: Butterflies and Haze
Execution and Technique: Yuzen
Value: $500 - $750 USD

To begin with, yes, it’s absolutely gorgeous and my phone camera can’t capture the depths of the colors properly. Second, it looks really odd for a haori, and that’s because it is! Somewhere between its conception as a furisode and my acquisition it was transformed into a haori. For this example I decided to show the front and the back just so we can get a better feel for its original state. The biggest giveaway is its sleeves as they are still furisode length (sitting at around 90cm)! If this was originally a haori then the sleeves would have been cut off just above the main butterflies on this piece and would only be about 50-60cm at most as kimono sleeve length was much longer during the Taisho Period than it is today. The other giveaway is the motifs itself; they’re very whimsical and girly! This isn’t to say that haori can’t have pretty motifs, but that they’re a coat meant to accent the kimono being worn or have more “refined” motifs.

The motifs themselves are Butterflies (蝶) that have been beautifully rendered with skill and a very bright color palette using the yuzen dye resist technique. Combined with the haze it appears as though the piece is like looking at something out of a dream as these butterflies seem too beautiful to be real. The smaller white butterflies appear to be morphing into larger and more resplendent shapes and sizes, so maybe it’s the butterflies who are dreaming? Just a thought ^^

So, now that we know all of this, let’s look at the main issue here: why? Why would someone do this to a furisode? There’s actually a few reasons why it may have ended up in this state. The first, and probably the most likely, is that the bottom of the skirt got damaged and, not wanting to throw away a perfectly good piece (mostly), it was cut off to be re-worn as a haori. The second option, which could be just as valid, is that it was altered during war time in the 1940s. During this period many families had to use whatever kimono they had, including heirlooms and formal wear, to go work in the factories or just for wear overall since new kimono were not being made. In some areas people even competed to see who could have the most fashionable work clothes (Mineko Iwasaki even mentions this in her memoir), so it wouldn’t surprise me if this furisode was turned into a haori for use during this time but possibly being too late in the war to be worn in a factory. You may be wondering as to why it’s in such good shape if it was possibly altered during the war, and the answer is that it was purchased from someone who brought it back to America after the war and kept it in storage for decades. It’s possible that it was altered for use during the war but never worn as its condition is excellent. It’s still very much wearable and I have personally worn it a few times as it’s really breathtaking in person ^^