Just love these celluloid cocktail sticks - probably from the 1950's. Painted in gold, red, white and blue - they would look good on any bar! I have in the past had these with various tops - food, naked ladies etc. but they are getting much harder to find. See full description on my web site - www.gillianhorsup.com - ref: 2482 B110/10 price £25.
Sunday, 28 July 2013
Here's a real beauty - if you like white paste jewellery! It is a very large bow brooch - probably Art Deco. It is about 4 inches across and has 6 baguette white paste glass stones in the middle. There is a full description on my web site - www.gillianhorsup.com - do take a look. I always have a good selection of white paste jewellery in my shop at Grays antiques - in central London - and it is always popular with weddings. Reference 2481 B110/53 price £88.
Sunday, 21 July 2013
This 'Melody 1950's vinyl record powder compact by J.D.Creations compact is quite rare and it has been difficult to find out any accurate information about it. It is in the shape of a vinyl record and has a blue label - with a red banner saying MELODY. See a complete description and my thoughts about this on my web site - my website is here ref: 2478 B113/1 price £220. I always have a stock of interesting vintage powder compacts for sale on the web site and in the shop - at Grays Antiques in central London. If anyone has any definite information about this compact I would be glad to hear about it. There is some information on the web but I do not know how accurate this is!
Wednesday, 17 July 2013
Where have all the butterflies gone! There's hardly any in my garden this year. I expect the long, hard winter has killed off a lot of them - hope more will return next year. I was lucky to find this brillian blue enamelled silver butterfly brooch recently. It has blue wings and a green body. Full description on my web site - www.gillianhorsup.com - price £75 reference 2471 B112/55
Tuesday, 16 July 2013
Have been reading up on Louis Feraud - the French fashion designer (see Wikipedia).
Sunday, 14 July 2013
I do have a thing about glass beads! Unfortunately there is not enough written about the sorts of beads I like for me to be able to describe and date a lot of the beads I sell. I can only make informed guesses. I love this opaline glass beads necklace and earrings set. I think it is post WW11 - more likely 1950/60's but cannot be sure. Anyway it is lovely. The beads are so smooth and comfortable to wear. the earrings are simple but very attractive. I would be happy to wear it - whatever date it is! Ref: 2468 B89/9 Price £95 for the set. www.gillianhorsup.com - to see full description.
Friday, 12 July 2013
I was pleased to get this - the Lea Stein Eye of Horus brooch. It is one of the harder ones to get. This one is in pearlised grey and blue/black. Very different from a lot of the other Lea Stein brooches. I do like to have a variety! See them on my web site - www.gillianhorsup.com - or at my shop at Vintage Modes, Grays Antiques in central London. Price £65. I only sell genuine Lea Stein brooches which can be recognized by their V shaped, white metal brooch backs marked 'Lea Stein Paris'. A few early Lea Stein brooches were not marked. Watch out for the modern copies that are not Lea Stein. Please do not buy them.
Thursday, 11 July 2013
I love gold tone jewellery - this Osca de la Renta flower brooch is just such a lovely colour - a mixture of matt and shiny. The only trouble is I find it so hard to photograph and get the colour exactly right! This is as near as I could get - but it is not quite right! Anyway the brooch is about 2 2/4 across and is marked on the back. Reference 2466 B111/47. Price £88. See full description etc. on my web site - www.gillianhorsup.com - or see the brooch at Grays Antiques in central London. (Ring the shop on 020 7499 8121 if you are coming for something special - just in case it has sold, or is out on loan.)
Monday, 8 July 2013
Here's another wonderful Grosse (Henkel & Grosse) bracelet - this one from the 1950's (Marked on back of clasp 1958). It has four well made chains passing through a slider. This can be fixed so you then slip the bracelet on. It can be loosened or tightened. The maximum is approx 2 1/2 inches in diameter. It just looks so 1950's - and like all of Grosse's jewellery it is very well made. Grosse made for Dior in the 1950's too. See more details on my web site - www.gillianhorsup.com - price £95.
Saturday, 6 July 2013
Here's a smallish faux tortoiseshell, celluloid, hair comb with white paste stones. It is not really small - but some of those I have in the shop are much bigger. Wish I could wear it - but my hair is much too short! It measures approx 5 inches in length. Lola - who I share my shop with - also has some great hair combs - and there are some stunning, more expensive ones in the main part of Grays Antiques. (I am in the Mews). See full details on my web site - www.gillianhorsup.com - price £55 ref: 2461 B114/27.
Friday, 5 July 2013
Have fallen in love with the 1967 gold tone bracelet made by Grosse. Henkel and Gross is a high quality manufacturer who also made for Dior at that time. This stunning bracelet is made up of 7 links. Each is part shiny and part patterned. It has a secure clasp and a safety catch. It is very well made and in good condition. It is marked on the back of the clasp - Grosse Germany 1967. (see images on my web site - www.gillianhorsup.com - price £145 ref: 2460 B108/30.