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Standing or Wall Lamp 

Dutch, "1764"

A rare and attractive form. The spiral stem suggests a date closer to 1725 than 1764 -- the date may have been added later.

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oc1521

 

Four-Lugged Quaich 

Scottish, 1660-1690

Four-handled quaichs (pronounced "quakes") are extremely rare. Was this four-lugged model used to pass the whisky around four friends? Decorated with turned rings and two willow bindings, one just below the rim and the other below the lugs. The decoration is of the plain style and local wood that is typical of work from the Highlands. Rich color and patination. Sycamore does not taint drink or food.

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vi636

 

Cuff and Collar Iron 

English, 18th c.

An interesting period piece used for pressing collars and cuffs. Stamped "R Hovenden, London." Fruit wood handles.

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sd621

 

Pair of Medieval Hair Shears 

English, 14th/15th c.

Medieval haircut? Possibly used by a professional barber-surgeon or in a monastery or nunnery. They still have some spring in the handle and a bit of a cutting edge. Mundane tools such as this rarely survive. Medieval art often shows Delilah cutting Sampson's hair with shears like these. Excavated from the Thames in 1978, in a private collection ever since.

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xb391

 

Tea Cannister or Caddy 

Dutch,

One of the very few caddies that retains its lid. Mark of Adriaen Pynacker (1690-94). Heraldic decoration of two lions rampant holding a shield with lion rampant: the arms of the Prince of Orange (in 1695 William of Orange was ruling Britain with his wife and cousin Mary.) Also chinoiserie decoration of bird, chrysanthemum and foliage, all in a deep cobalt blue. European heraldry with baroque scrolling meets traditional Chinese motifs! A true collector's piece.

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xa414

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