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Silver candlesticks. Late 19 early 20th. Thank you Ebay.
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Small silver wine tray.
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Silver kitchen trays, 80cm tall.
post #348 of 358
Nice stuff!

Are you into Arts and Crafts silver at all? I think my favorite silver at the moment is Lebolt in a hand hammered pattern.
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Thank you SG.
I am not a disciplined collector , I just buy whatever suits my current living arrangements. I checked that brand you have mentioned and it seems they have produced nice and very restrained designs.

Bought a case of vintage Champagne at the auction recently all 12 were spoiled, what a let down. It is impossible to ascertain if champagne cork was compromised with all that foil around it. So my advise would be : Don't do it.

P.S. I have to say that in comparison to US market, European auctioneers are often dishonest and are trying to unload unacceptable merch or misrepresent lots intentionally (caveat emptor galore). I bought a few vintage items and their hidden condition issues were such that they would not be accepted at any auction in US, when I called to complain they told me : "We will wave our auction fees if you want to sell it ", I was shocked at their suggestion and that was large German auctioneer. Fake items mixed in a lot of authentic, silver-plated merch represented as silver etc. etc.
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I picked up an ebony clothing brush recently:





Made in France by E. Dupont & Co.
Seller dated it at 1906. I don't know if that is actually true, but I was in the market for a clothing brush, not an antique piece, and the price was right.

Might want to clean up the wood a bit (there are a couple of water spots and nicks/blemishes) but I'm not sure how to approach the finish.
post #351 of 358
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Thank you SG.
I am not a disciplined collector , I just buy whatever suits my current living arrangements. I checked that brand you have mentioned and it seems they have produced nice and very restrained designs.

Bought a case of vintage Champagne at the auction recently all 12 were spoiled, what a let down. It is impossible to ascertain if champagne cork was compromised with all that foil around it. So my advise would be : Don't do it.

P.S. I have to say that in comparison to US market, European auctioneers are often dishonest and are trying to unload unacceptable merch or misrepresent lots intentionally (caveat emptor galore). I bought a few vintage items and their hidden condition issues were such that they would not be accepted at any auction in US, when I called to complain they told me : "We will wave our auction fees if you want to sell it ", I was shocked at their suggestion and that was large German auctioneer. Fake items mixed in a lot of authentic, silver-plated merch represented as silver etc. etc.

That is a shame about the European auction houses and the champagne! Silver plated stuff passed off as silver is really bad business, also; watch out for 'German Silver' it is an old trade name for a type of silver plate and contains no silver in the base metal.

I suppose I am much the same way as most of what I have fits the look of my place, but I do have a few favorite makers I seek out ahead of the unknowns (unknown to me). I like Randahl in the arts and Crafts Era as well, it's a bit hard to come by, but nice stuff.

My wife enjoys La Paglia, an Artist who worked under Georg Jensen for a time then moved on, his stuff is a bit ornate for me personally but we have one of his more subdued takes on a Paul Revere bowl that is quite nice.

I enjoy a good bit of the Danish makers as well, especially Jensen.
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Thank you for the tip and names, I make sure to look them up. As for Silver, I did see a few "German Silver" items but did not bid on them as they were all 800. My limited understanding of silver marks is that if it is "xxx" three digit number it is 'solid' silver and if it is "xx" two digit it is silverplate. Some American makers also use 'Sterling Silver" stamp, my assumption that it is 900+ pure silver.

P.S. Forgot to mention , I also bought a forged oil painting from a famous Paris auctioneer. It was canvas print slathered professionally with tonns of varnish to make it look like brushstrokes. The frame was vintage with a label of defunct art dealer in Paris. The humorous thing is that all that effort went into forging obscure artists from 1950s and brought only few hundreds at the auction. biggrin.gif
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Some American makers also use 'Sterling Silver" stamp, my assumption that it is 900+ pure silver.

From my time making jewelry in school, I believe anything hallmarked "sterling" (and not lying) is equivalent to a .925 stamp.

The french define sterling as .950, but they use different markings, so there shouldn't be any confusion.
Edited by otc - 3/9/15 at 8:36am
post #354 of 358
Hah, someone expected that artist to be a bit more famous. All is well if you enjoy the painting regardless.

I'm not an expert in silver by any means, but it is also worthwhile to research the maker's marks and see what they produced as a double check.
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Found this thread, amazing! Subscribed? :nodding:

post #356 of 358
From France.
This was a cheap lot (50EUR + shipping.) noone wanted . I know 1994 is like the worst year for Champagne and French Bordeaux/Burgundy but heck :"How bad could it be?" it is a Champagne after all.
I never tried Marc de Champagne, which is French version of Grappa. But it appears to be either mixed with something or spend so long in a barrel that it tastes like sweet Whiskey 45% Alc does not bite at all. Very surprised to like it, will use for cocktails.
Bottle of POrt was young but something happened to it in a cellar it has so much vintage character that I keep sipping it once in a while.


From GB
Francois De Marange Supreme Plenitude, for some reason Daniel Buju decided to issue this Cognac under that name . I have no clue what is the relation. Few years back I won a bottle of Supreme Plenitude at Miami Estate Auction. It was part of large cognac lot and to my surprise it blew my socks off. That Hennessy N1 was part of that lot.


These two, I am not sure about, but I got them both for less than 100 ,so cannot be that bad. They were part of limited edition and manufacturer does not have them on their website anymore, but some sites described Heritage as 35 y.o. Cognac. We will see.
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From GB
Francois De Marange Supreme Plenitude, for some reason Daniel Buju decided to issue this Cognac under that name . I have no clue what is the relation. Few years back I won a bottle of Supreme Plenitude at Miami Estate Auction. It was part of large cognac lot and to my surprise it blew my socks off. That Hennessy N1 was part of that lot.


These two, I am not sure about, but I got them both for less than 100 ,so cannot be that bad. They were part of limited edition and manufacturer does not have them on their website anymore, but some sites described Heritage as 35 y.o. Cognac. We will see.

I'd love a mini of that cognac, if you can spare it. I might even pay the shipping.
post #358 of 358
From France
Rare and pretty delicious Champagne. I bought 1996 carafe of this and it was pretty delicious. Took a chance on these 1989 wines, hopefully they are intact. Not a bargain but at a third of a retail will do. 1989 was not an exceptional year according to my Millesime chart but it is a good vintage nevertheless.
Bargain would have been L'Espiegle 1998 that is avail. in US for around 30USD



Bought lot of original drawings all signed and dated from 1930s. The guy was prolific illustrator and advertising artist.
François d'ALBIGNAC (1903-1958).


Edited by Medwed - 3/26/15 at 2:11am
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