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A lovely musical compact made by Kigu. This has a royal blue enamelled top and is set with a marcasite style panel on the top. There is a button on the front which is pressed to open the top. Inside it is both a powder compact and a musical box. This Kigu musical compact comes in its original Kigu box. The compact measures about 8 cms wide. Here is a little video so you can hear how this lovely musical compact sounds Its a jaunty little tune, any ideas what its called? This is one from a collection of vintage accessories from AntiquesAvenue.
One of the rarest and most fascinating vintage silver charms Ive seen. It has also reminded me that the first world war was almost 100 years ago now – strange to think as my Grandfather fought in it. 100 year anniversaries always renew interest in a subject, just think of the recent anniversary of the Titanic. This tends to drive the price of related collectables to rise rapidly so now is a great time to acquire WW1 memorabilia .
A most fascinating silver charm. This is in the shape of a box which opens and so can be used as a locket charm. The four sides are each enamelled with a flag design. On the base it reads ” Success to our Allies 1914″. The charm is also stamped as silver. I presume that this was a good luck charm for the 1st world war and its the first Ive seen like this so must be very rare. The box measures about 1.1 cms high and is in excellent condition
Vintage Compacts are very collectable with some costing several hundred pounds. One type of Vintage Compact which is highly sought after is those set with Wedgwood Jasper Cameo plaques.
Today I came across a particularly rare Wedgwood Jasper Cameo Compact which would be great for any compact collection or to accompany a collection of Cameo Jewellery. This compact was made by both Stratton and Wedgwood and features Paul Revere’s Ride. It is also nice to be able to put a name to the scene on a Wedgwood Jasper plaque.
According to the accompanying leaflet:
“Paul Revere and William Dawes, trusted couriers of the Patriots, rode on horseback from Charlestown, outside of Boston, into Lexington warning the countryside that the British were coming, under the direction of General Thomas Gage.
Revere and Dawes, with Dr Samyel Prescott, who joined them to help spread the tidings, went to Concord. They were intercepted by mounted British officers, but Prescott was able to make his way into Concord with the alarming news. Revere, who became an American folk hero, was captured but later released.”
Have you a Wedgwood Jasper piece ( compact or otherwise) accompanied by Wedgwood’s description of the scene? If so it would be great to hear about it.
Antique sewing tools are popular with collectors especially amongst those who love to sew themselves. One of my earliest antiques purchases were some antique crochet hooks and lace bobbins which I bought as a present for my mother when I was still at school It is still possible to buy many sewing related collectables at pocket money prices ( Think buttons) although you will need a small fortune to buy some of the best .
Sewing related collectables include buttons, scissors, sewing boxes, thimbles, crocket hooks, lace making equipment needles cases and tape measures. Examples of actually sewn work are also collected, handmade lace, samplers and tapestry pictures. Here is my guide to the top 5 antique sewing collectables in no particular order. These have been chosen for their easy of collectablity in todays market.
1. Buttons Starting with buttons as this is probably the easiest collectable of all. Vintage buttons can be found very cheaply and if you want a bright and colourful collection quickly this is the place to start. Naturally there are rare and sought after antique buttons which can fetch very high prices hundreds of pounds each. Due to the sheer volume of buttons available it is perhaps best to theme a button collection. How about art nuvo silver buttons or art deco bakelite buttons. Animal shaped buttons or ones by named makers.
2. Thimbles and Thimble Cases
Whilst thimbles had the practical purpose of protecting fingers many were also made quite decorative too. Thimbles have been made in vast quantities recently especially for the collector as they display well however I suggest that any real colletor would do better to search out more unique items. Look out for silver thimbles made by Charles Horner or steel core ones made by Dorcas both can be found from about £20. Good names in ceramic thimbles are Wedgwood, Royal Crown Derby and Royal Worcester. If you have a bigger budget how about a Victorian gold thimble? Especially desirable are thimbles in their original cases.
Buying a metal thimble? Check its condition by holding it up to the light. Can you see any holes? If so either pass this time or if it is a rare example you really want for your collection make sure you pay a small fraction of its perfect price.
Look out for hallmarked silver scissors this way you can tell the date they were made on. A fancy handle makes a pair of scissors desirable, scissors inthe shape of a bird for example. As with thimbles a pair of scissors in its original case is nice to find. When buying scissors do check to see how they open and close. Over the years many pairs have become loose or the blades worn – buyer beware.
Needles, Needles case, Bodkins and Bodkin cases can be very decorative and make a fascinating colection on their own. Needles and their larger cousin the bodkin were originally made from wood and bone, later they were made from silver, steel or even gold. Needle and bodkin cases were often highly decorative, you can find examples of battersea enamel cases, carved bone or decorative silver. Have you seen the paper cases that steel needles were sold in from thoughout the Victorian era to the middle of the last century? Many are very pretty with multi-coloured designs printed on them.
5. Pin cushions and half dolls
I have grouped these together as half dolls were often used as the decorative part of a pin cushion in the 1920s and 1930s. Silver pin cushions from the early 1900s in the shape of animals are delightful but getting to be quite pricy now for a rare example in good condition.
Vintage Accessories have been very collectable for some years now but recently there seems to have been an explosion of interest. Lets take a look at a few vintage accessories and try and answer a few questions about them too. What are vintage accessories? where can I buy vintage accessories and how can I tell they are genuine vintage rather than new copies?
When we talk about Vintage Accessories we are generally referring to smaller add ons to your main clothing . So a dress is not an accessory but a belt is an accessory. Here are a few types of the many types vintage accessories for women you can find:
What are Vintage accessories?
Jewellery, A whole topic in its self but vintage jewellery has to be the main form of accessory for collecting and wearing
Buttons, Belts and buckles, Looking for a budget area to start a collection? Although vintage buttons and buckles can cost a small fortune you can also find lots to choose from starting from a very low cost
Hats and Hat pins. A lady was not considered to be properly dresses if she left the home without her hat adn every hat needed a hat pin or two to keep it in place
Bags, Purses and Compacts.
Fans, Chatelains, Vestas, Card Cases – mostly accessories from the past and not used today.
Dressing Table accessories: Perfume bottles, hatpin stands, Trinket boxes – these all make excellent gifts for the collector of vintage accessories. The dressing table is now used quite as it used to be in the Victorian and Edwardian era. Our lotionsand potions are used directly form the packaging they are bough it. The Victorian lady would decant her perfume into an atomiser and keep trinket boxes to place pins, clips and even to tidy her hair into.
Where can I buy Vintage Accessories?
Like most vintage collectables you can buy accessories at most antiques fairs and auctions. These days most people like to buy their accessories on-line as there is a far wider choice and it is easy to compare the offerings from different websites. Have you looked on eBay? With a bit of care you can hunt down the occasional bargain ( see the next paragraph about finding the genuine vintage article). Of course I am going to recommend you take a look on www.antiquesavenue.co.uk which specialises in many vintage accessories including Jewellery, trinket pots, Hat pins, buttons and buckles.
How can I tell its genuine Vintage?
Learn about your chosen collectable, a little knowledge can help out a lot ( see where to find out more) and if in doubt ask the seller. The problem is that often the seller does not know how old the items is. Here are a few pointers to start.
- Is the button made of silver or gold? Look for hallmarks and learn how to date an item from its hallmark
- Does the buckle have a country of origin? If the country is present does it just say ” England ” or “Made in England”? You will find that “Made in ” dates from post circa 1920 . Anything marked as “Foreign” is vintage as would be “Made in Great Britain”.
- What materials is your accessory made from. If there is a care label on a scarf which indicates that it is machine washable then you do not have a Victorian or original art deco piece. A buckle made from cut steel is likely to be Victorian or earlier a stainless steel piece later 20th century. If you know what materials were available when you can start to date your vintage accessory
- What style is your accessory? This just gives a clue. An art deco compact could be original 1920s / 1930s or could it be 1 1980s revival of art deco or a brand new copy
Where can I find more ?
This website has lots of information about vintage jewellerywith more about vintage accessories planned for the near future. Ask your favourite dealer questions. Here is a book list you may find useful:
Powder Compacts a collectors Guide pub Millers
Scent Bottles pub Shire
Hat Pins pub Shire
Button Button pub Schiffer
There are loads of introductory Jewellery books available .
Some Links to AntiquesAvenue’s vintage accessories for sale:
The collection includes a magnificent tuderic pewter owl jug by Archibald Knox:
Do you have a collection you would like featured here? Please get in touch – Anne x
I have had a couple of enquiries recently from readers wanting to know about their Victorian Pictorial paperweights. There is not a lot of information about these around. Here is my understanding:
Originally these paperweights were cheap souvenirs, just like the holiday souvenirs you can buy today. They were made by attaching a picture ( originally a lithograph) to the base of the glass weight and then sealing this with a layer of paper. Later the Lithograph was replaced by a photograph or a print . Occasionally you might come across a hand painted example but this would be quite rare.
How can you tell the age of these souvenier paperweights?
I like to look at the scene its self. What are the people wearing? Are there any cars in the picture? If there is a famous landmark in the picture you can consider the date the landmark was built. A colour photograph will be 20th century as will any souvenir paperweight made of resin rather than glass.
What are these souvenir paperweights worth?
These currently do not fetch a lot of money from £5 upwards to about £25. The value will depend on factors such as : age ( Victorian worth more than 20th century if all other factors are equal), Shape of the paperweight ( round is usual less common shapes may be worth a little more, rarity and desirability of the scene) Very importantly the condition of the picture – many of these have wear to the picture which can greatly reduce the price.
Care of your Pictorial Paperweight
Do not use water on these are you will ruin the picture. If necessary a wipe over the glass with a soft cloth taking great care with the base or the picture will come off!
Victorian pictorial paperweights are interesting pieces of social history and would make a great collection. How about trying to find ones of places you have visited? My opinion is that these are worth collecting for the future as they are currenly undervalued.
Many such as the Vesta Case have dissapeared from everyday life today but there remains a large collectors market for antique and vintage smoking related items. Read More→