Archive for vintage accessories
I’m a great fan of auctions, not the eBay type but real life auctions and some of you may well have read the beginners guides I have written in the past. I regularly attend auctions and indeed buy most of my antique and vintage jewellery stock that way.
One of the steps I advise is to research when and where auctions are being held well in advance and to study the catalogues. Whilst doing my own research earlier today I came across this auction, I wont be attending but may well be useful .
Vintage Perfume Bottles.
I used to have a large collection of vintage perfume bottles especially the Devon Violets variety. Most of these have now gone to their new homes but if I were still collecting perfume bottles I certainly would want to be attending this perfume bottle auction in Leeds on June 12th. There are over 200 lots so there should be something for most tastes.
Do you want to attend vintage and Antique jewellery Auctions too?
You can find Specialist antique Jewellery auctions, I believe Bonhams run them regularly for example. Specialist auctions tend to be pricey so I look for auctions where they have jewellery as part of the main auction. For example Bamfords in Derby always have a nice selection of vintage jewellery for you to choose from. Take a look at your local auction house, there is one in most major towns and you can normally look up the calendar of events on the Internet.
If your going to buy jewellery at auction do give yourself plenty of time in advance to view. The viewing will be crowded and unless you view well in advance you may find yourself struggling to get to see the pieces you are interested int. The auction will start more or less on time even if you have not finished looking. Take along a pen and paper and a 10 x magnifying loupe. you need to be prepared to accurately assess what you are going to buy and jot down notes on the item and how much you are prepared to pay. Don’t worry if you don’t buy anything at the first couple of jewellery auctions you attend. You will soon get the hang of it and snapping up some real bargains.
Vintage Jewellery Wholesale
I’ve been going to a few to many auctions recently and now have wholesale quantities of vintage costume jewellery available at discount prices. There is no gold at all in quantity but there may be a little silver. Mainly the wholesale quantities I have available are necklaces, faux pearls, chains and brooches. These are all vintage and will date circa 1920s through to the last 10 years. Most of it is from the 1950s through 1970s. If you are based in the UK and are interested then please do get in touch. I believe that this jewellery would be most suitable for sale at car boots , markets and antique fairs. You may wish to try a few lots on eBay as well. Most pieces should sell for £3 to £20. I also have some lots suitable for repair, restoration and craft projects. Sorry but the weight of wholesale quantities will make it too expensive to ship outside of the UK.
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: