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Set of six pewter plates - a little over 9 inches in diameter and all with matching London touch marks but of varying legibility. There are also two substantial chargers. One is about 18 inches in diameter and the other about 15. Neither have marks and both in poor condition - the larger with some corroded holes and denting, the smaller with circumferential splitting. All came from the same mid-Devon farmhouse and

Price £245    €274.55    $319.65

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Set of six pewter plates - London touch marks -
Original early 1950s poster for the steamy 1953 Mexican film La Red starring the Latina temptress Rossana Podesta. Has mailing folds and marks commensurate with age but will frame/display with a great deal of impact. A little larger than the regular US one sheet at approximately 29 by 43 inches. Price includes insured postage to any UK address. "La red" is a story of sexual desire, reportedly inspired by Maxim Gorki's "Malva", and interestingly told with sparse dialogue, and mostly through images, a strategy that merited a special award by the jury in the Cannes film festival. When a robbery fails, a thief escapes, while his mate is caught by the police. The fugitive goes to a remote community to hide from the law, living in a hut by the sea with a beautiful woman (Rossana Podestà) who fishes sponges and sells then in town. But then his mate is released, and the three have to live together. As expected, desire and jealousy arise. When the film premiered in Cannes, Robert Wise selected little-known Italian actress Podestà to play the leading role in "Helen of Troy": convinced by the evidence that "La red" was, Warner Brothers backed the decision. Remade 25 years later by Fernández, as "Erótica".

Price £120    €134.47    $156.56

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seductive 1953 film poster - La Red -
Late 19th century sea chest or maritime campaign chest. Original brass escutcheons and handles to drawers. Original locks to top drawers but no key, lock missing on lower drawer. Original iron carrying handles. Measures 38 inches wide by 21 inches deep and 22 inches high.

Price £485    €543.49    $632.78

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Sea Chest or maritime campaign chest
Two Murano glass fish - each around 250mm high, in perfect condition and retaining Murano labels to underside of bases.

Price £90    €100.85    $117.42

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Murano glass fish
Two oak banks of card index filing drawers. Both made by the North of England School Furniture Company of Darlington, carrying their transfer and impressed with GR cypher. Can be located side by side or stacked. Used in same studio for many years but not an exact match as you can see by photos. Circa 1920 and in as used, unrestored condition. Each is 435mm high by 530mm deep and one is 340mm wide whilst the other is 350mm. Drawers are 100mm high........£180 each or £340 for the both.

Price £340    €381.00    $443.60

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Oak card index filing cabinets with drawers
A 1920s / 1930s Mahogany 3 section stacking bookcase with separate top and base and 6 glazed doors. The deeper base section is sized for reference books while the top two have an adjustable shelf. Good condition throughout and original fittings. H 1800mm x W 880mm x D 280mm/230mm

Price £495.00    €554.70    $645.83

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Early 20th century Mahogany Stacking Bookcase
This mid 19th century pine table has something a French look about with its tapered legs but its pegged 3 plank top and general construction points to it being West Country English - which is were we found it incidentally. Measuring 72 inches by 32 there is room to feed six with ease or a couple more with a squeeze and having no drawers and a height of 29 inches there should be plenty or leg room with conventional chairs or benches. Stands straight and firm with no wobble or sway - the top boards have shrunk over the years however to whilst one has a gap the other has at some time had a fillet applied.

Price £625    €700.38    $815.44

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Circa 1850 pine farmhouse table 6ft - 3 plank top
We couldn't resist this much travelled chair with its connection to the uncrowned king of magic and wizardry during the 19th century John Henry Anderson - or the Great Wizard of the North! Walnut framed arm chair of, we would say, either a French or American maker carrying an engraved plaque to the rear bearing the legend ' Presented to Mrs John Smith by John Henry Anderson (The great Wizard of the North) as a token of his gratitude for the many acts of kindness done to him by her beloved Husband. Boston. Massachusetts. United States of America. 29th September 1852'. The Wizard was indeed touring the United States at this time and it is intriguing to ponder upon what services Mr Smith could have performed that resulted in such a gift - hopefully not an unsuccessful rendition of anderson's gun trick! Whilst the upholstery is not the original it has some age and is very usable, with good springing, webbing and padding, despite showing very slight signs of having been caressed by a cat's claws at the back. The Boston date of 1852 There is much to be found about the Great Wizard of the North, as he was apparently dubbed by Walter Scott, on the 'web' but this is how Britannica sums him up - John Henry Anderson, (born July 14, 1814, Craigmyle, Aberdeen, Scot.—died Feb. 5, 1874, Darlington, Durham, Eng.), Scottish conjurer and actor, the first magician to demonstrate and exploit the value of advertising. Described on playbills as “Professor Anderson, the Wizard of the North,” he first performed in 1831. Seasons at Edinburgh (1837) and Glasgow (1838–39) followed. In London (1840) he made use of the most elaborate collection of magical apparatus ever seen there. During a U.S. tour (1851–53) Anderson first did his famous “gun trick,” by which he appeared to catch a bullet fired by someone in the audience. On his return to Great Britain he performed before Queen Victoria and then took the title role in the melodrama Rob Roy at the Lyceum and Covent Garden theatres (1855–56). The three-day “Grand Carnival” with which the Covent Garden seasons were concluded ended in disaster in 1857 when Anderson tried to dispel drunken revelers by lowering the gaslights. The ceiling caught fire, and the theatre was burned down. This only added to his fame, and he continued to tour widely, his style of presentation gradually becoming less flamboyant.

Price £585    €655.55    $763.25

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Great Wizard of the North - presentation chair
Book press by Waterlow Bros & Layton of London, circa 1880, on its original drop leaf stand with two drawers. Used in the same workshop for many many years, and alongside the die stamp press we are also offering, this press is ready to continue work or equally ready for a life of retirement as a piece of wonderfully evocative decor. Exhibiting the patina of over 125 years use the press itself retains the majority of its black japan and parcel gilt finish: and its brass work and finial, which we have left unpolished, are crisp and unscarred or bruised. The walnut and fruitwood base has the original and distressed cup handles to its drawers (the upper with Bramah type lock but no key), and its side flaps are fully functional with hinged wing supports under - original finish and timber itself also has blemishes, knocks etc consistent with years of use. Although there are signs of historic woodworm (re-treated for surety by us) and there are a pair of ancient iron braces, front to rear, at the base of its legs, the stand is extremely robust and holds itself and the weighty press absolutely firmly. The press itself is demountable but the whole is 47 inches high. The stand alone measures 29 inches high by 16 inches deep and 25 inches wide - or - 45 inches wides with its flaps up. For a more complete history of Waterlows we commend you to search the internet but briefly - Waterlow and Sons Limited was a major worldwide engraver of currency, postage stamps, stocks and bond certificates based in London, Watford and Dunstable in England. The company was founded as a family business in 1810

Price £725    €812.44    $945.91

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Victorian book press on wooden stand by Waterlow
Beautiful and well preserved Canton Shawl, black silk back ground embroidered with exotic birds and flowers. Size 54" x54" plus 24" crocheted edge with long silk tassels. There are no holes or tears and the colours are bright and clear with no fading. This came from a home near a large sea port so was probably brought home from Manilla where it was made by Cantonese workers, sewing both sides on a frame with the needle being passed through from one embroiderer to another. The shawls were made for both the English and Spanish market. Sold in Liberty's of London they graced many a society piano, where as in Spain they were worn by ladies, some times sitting sidesaddle behind their men, on horseback. The longer tasseled edges were made so that there was more "swing" when worn. To be worn the shawl is folded triangularly. There is a lovely weight to this shawl which just oozes quality. A fabulous item for collecting, wearing or decorating.

Price £450.00    €504.27    $587.12

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Embroidered Silk Canton Shawl Exotic Birds Flowers
Framed and glazed panel of Swedish embroidery, size 52" x 23" including frame which is 1" wide. This beautifully subtle embroidery is worked in soft wools and silks, each, flower, leaf, bud, petal or stem is shaded and verrigated with enormous delicacy. Some of the flowers and buds are raised work (padded) and the fine tendrils are worked in chain stitch and back stitch. The majority of the work is long stitch.The pattern of the panel is reminiscent of The Tree of Life, Swedish embroiderers were inspired in the mid 19th by William Morris and started to produce work based on traditional patterns. This panel has been embroidered by a lady named on the back as Johanna Karolina Nennes F Sellman born 1828 and died 1909, this means that it could be any thing from 160 to 120 years old. At this moment the positioning of the hanging strings mean that it hangs vertically but personally I would prefer to see it hung horizontally. It would be very attractive placed above a bed head, for instance. Left in original frame to preserve authenticity of labeling and so purchaser can choose if change is required.

Price £225.00    €252.14    $293.56

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Embroidered Floral Panel Mid C19th Wools & Silk
A 17th or early 18th century Oak 6-plank Chest with 5 faux octagonal panels to the front, curiously not all of the same dimensions giving a lovely, quirky country look. The front and sides of the chest still have a covering of ancient "ox-blood" colour with a good texture to the finish. The interior is divided into 4 with more substantial oak boards, giving the chest a very heavy construction throughout its considerable size. The floor has been damaged by water or damp over the years but is still serviceable. A few new pieces of oak have been used to both strengthen the lid and lift it slightly from the floor. There is an old lock but no key or hasp. Dimensions :- 1700mm x 480mm x 480mm 67" x 19" x 19"

Price £675.00    €756.41    $880.67

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Early Oak 6-plank Chest with faux octagonal panels