Vintage Saporiti Italia armchair and matching footrest. The design and concept company, which was started in 1950 and is still family owned, specialised in high quality products, each item created and constructed by the company is slightly ahead of its time and is destined to last, both in form and function, until the next era.
This armchair and matching footstool, with its label "Made by Fratelli Saporiti, Besnate (Varese) Italy" does have a timelessness to the set. The frame is probably steel, light and flexible, upholstered with fine pale teal leather, the edges piped with contrasting brown leather. Each cushioned part is removable and finished with a zip, allowing the cushion to be replaced. The leather is in fine condition generally, but the piping has suffered deterioration, mostly on the footstool (as shown in the close-up photograph) Comfort and elegance from the 1970s/80s
Early walnut furniture glows at Christmas time! This William and Mary period bureau bookcase is exquisitely proportioned for any house. It is made in 2 sections. The bookcase, with 3 adjustable shelves, has bevelled glazed doors with decorative arched tops. Below is a classic bureau. The fall front, with mirror veneers and inlaid feather banding, opens to reveal a fitted interior and a faux leather writing surface. A sliding panel opens onto a "well", a slightly hidden storage space. Most of the brassware is probably 1930's vintage, but the fall escutheon and hinges are original. The bun feet are excellent replacements. This period of cabinet making was all about the decorative beauty of the wood itself, and this piece is a fine example.
This Toy Train is guaranteed to light up Christmas for a lucky child. Its perfection is in the simplicity. Red painted wood, with fine line decoration, it runs on rubber wheels. It is coupled to a cargo truck, and dates to about 1920-30, but is still in excellent running order!
A mid 20th century Globe Drinks Cabinet in fine condition. The 50cm globe opens to reveal an interior fitted out for bottles, glasses and ice. The bar revolves fully. The globe is papered with a copy of a 1578 Italian map, beautifully hand drawn. The interior of the lid is a brilliance of Classical scenes. The fine quality wooden turned stand gives this cabinet a rich antique appearance. The Globe and platform are made of an early plastic with a black and gold brushed finish. Missing only the inner liner for the ice bucket, this Globe Cabinet is in lovely, gently aged condition.Circa 1960
The Tan Sad Chair Co., London, produced these chairs for the busy factories of the 1930s. Made of tubular metal, the seat revolves through 360 degrees, and the back rest adjusts in height. The sturdy base incorporates a circular foot rest for further comfort of use. It is in very good condition, the original green finish showing typical wear for the age. The seat and back is upholstered with hard wearing rexine. The seat has been recovered at some time in a rich tan, which works well with the original green back, and has 2 small punctures to the fabric (see photograph). The chair is in excellent working order. Circa 1930
The joy of Christmas is in a child's rocking horse. This mid century wooden horse was made by the company of J Collinson & Son, who made these dapple grey horses (after a visit by Queen Victoria in 1851, during which she rode a dapple grey, they stopped making other colours and just made the greys in honour of the Queen) This horse is largely unrestored. The surface is original, with cracks and rubbing. The saddle is partly replaced, reins and halter missing, and the mane is cut short. The stand is in good condition. It could be restored, but has an aged charm in its present condition. Circa 1950
A good set of Staunton type Chess pieces. Weighted and having felted bases, they are a classic set. The black pieces are ebonised. The black king has a minor chip to the finial, otherwise the condition is excellent, and all held in their wooden box with sliding lid. Circa 1950
his early 20th century Dolls House has the unusual added feature of being portable, collapsing neatly into a flat package for moving house! Made of wood, with opening windows and doors, the front opens to reveal original wallpaper in 4 rooms. The back retains electric switches from the 1920's/1930's when it was wired for electricity. Presently unfurnished. Circa 1930
A mid 19th century composition stone fountain in 2 parts. The top part features a charming pair of cherubs, holding the fountain head. The base consists of a hexagonal plinth. Whether displayed as garden statuary or with running water, it is a classic well cast model, in superb condition.
A large bespoke vintage club fender. The substantial brass frame has square tubular rails and is firm and strong. The buttoned leather upholstered seat is in immaculate condition. Made approximately 40 years ago.
A good mid 20th century wooden Staunton Chess set. Of medium size, (the king is 8.3cm tall), this is a set that has seen many skirmishes and is perfect for a good sized board/table. It comes in a pine box with a sliding lid. Circa 1950
A gift to be treasured by any chess player, this Chess Set is a classic Staunton. Turned in boxwood and ebony, the pieces are weighted and finished with green baize on the bases. A small set, they are nicely portable in their box. Condition is good, just some damage to the lower part of the white king (see photographs). Circa 1930s.
Unusual vintage model of a Horse's Stable. The wooden barn has opening doors to side sections, and a movable central section fitted with hay feeders and hitching posts. Papering the floors are original 1950's printed papers. The pitched roof is similarly papered. central on the roof is a clock/bell tower. Great attention to detail throughout and good condition, just waiting for some 4-legged friends to move in. Circa 1950.
Mid 20th century metal tray on folding stand. The traditional rectangular tray has a moulded border with inset carrying handles. It is painted an earthen red with black line decoration to the edges. This is continued on the metal stand, which folds with an interesting mechanism. Circa 1950s
This antique boxed Croquet Game is a reminder of the history of the sport in England. Before Wimbledon became the home of tennis, until 1877,for nearly a decade, the grounds were known as The All England Croquet Club. This early 20th century boxed set is called The Wimbledon, and came from the Sports Dept of The Leyland & Birmingham Rubber Co Ltd of Birmingham. The fitted box, with carrying handles, contains 4 quality mallets, the boxwood heads stamped with the makers name, F H AYRES LTD, LONDON. 4 wooden balls, 2 banded posts, 8 iron hoops and 8 small marker pegs, complete the game. Circa 1910
1970s Peacock Armchair. The rattan is in its natural state, unvarnished with a natural light colour. The bamboo seat is furnished with a comfortable cushion. A small break in the front of the seat has been repaired generally the chair is in very good condition.
A stunning pair of vintage red leather wing armchairs. With deep buttoned backs and sweeping shaped arms, they are trimmed with smart lines of brass studs. The high back Georgian style is continued in the pad feet and shaped stretchers of the base. Circa 1950.
This fabulous vintage Chemist shop sign is bold and great fun as it lights up a room! The 3-dimensional rectangular box is made of rivetted metal, with glass panels to the two long sides. The decoration with the word"CHEMIST" is in prefect condition on one side, dull on the other side. The metalwork has survived in superb condition. Circa 1930-50
A pair of mid 20th century upholstered wing armchairs. The sturdy frame of beechwood is fashioned with shapely wings and curves to the back. The chairs have been re-upholstered in brown corduroy, with feather filled seat cushions. They can be sold separately. Circa 1930s
Trailing spring blossom on a vivid sky blue background makes this Japanese kimono fresh and light. It is made of soft crepe silk, cleverly dyed so that the blue fades into the cream. The lining, in fine silk, is mostly red with pale cream to the lower part. The printed decoration is hand finished with gold highlights. The whole kimono is hand stitched.The condition is very good for its age, the only damage is a small rip to the lining at the neck (see photograph)Circa 1920/30
An early 20th century wooden expanding Book Rest. The folding ends are decorated in a late Art Nouveau manner, with panels of pressed copper in a sunflower design. Brass nail heads form the centre of the flowers. The base has fine copper stringing inlaid into the wood. Continental, probably French. Circa 1920.
20th century vintage glass ceiling light lantern. The elongated glass bowl is etched with grapes and branches. The metal trim holding the bowl has cast decoration and extending dragon heads feature. It has been re-wired. Circa 1950's
A wonderful vintage equestrian cut metal hanging sign. Probably from a riding stable, the double sided sign features a female rider and horse taking a jump. The finely cut image is brought to life by excellent folk art painting, the gate/jump in particular appearing to be 3-dimensional wood instead of flat metal. This charming and rare sign is mounted on a scrolled wall bracket. Circa 1930s
Philips' Challenge Globe, copyright 1958. It sits in a half meridian, mounted on a wooden ebonised stand. The condition is good, although there is slight discolouration where the paper gores meet (this shows up excessively in the photographs).
Vintage 1950s wall mounted Hat and Coat rack. Made of metal with original cream painted surface, silvered balls with black rubber detail makes a bold statement. In good original condition, there are some very minor chips to the paint work.
All the anticipation of Christmas snow is wrapped up in this beautiful sled. This is a great example of the famous Flexible Flyer sled, made by the American company of S.L. Allen & Co. of Philadelphia. They revolutionised sledding in the late 19th century, and this Airline Pursuit series came into being about 1935. With its thin metal runners and steerable mechanism, it promises fun and delight for a special person this Christmas!. It is in lovely condition, with good paintwork and makers stamps to the underside. Circa 1930's
The design of this iron floor lamp is rooted in the Arts and Crafts/Art Nouveau period of hand crafted items for the beautiful home. Standing on tripod feet, the lamp is a decorative pole with a brass acorn finial. Pivotting on the pole is a twin branched lamp holder, which also moves up and down the pole. The simple integral spring mechanism is cleverly made to be a design feature. Circa 1930.
Create an interesting space with these vintage wooden shutters! With a crusty green painted surface, they are probably too fragile to serve their original purpose but would make a great furnishing backdrop. Circa 1910.
A floor standing iron Bridge Lamp from the 1920s/30s. The game of bridge was popular during this period, and these lamps used the newly available electricity to illuminate the games tables. This attractive example stands on stable tripod feet. The decorative lamp fitting sits on the central pole and adjusts horizontally and vertically. The metal surface has a gold coloured finish which has worn on the pole.This vintage lamp has been completely re-wired. Circa 1930.
Floor standing electric lamp with adjustable light fitting. Set onto a central iron pole, a scrolled ironwork arm holding the lamp can be adjusted up and down the pole, and also moved around the pole horizontally. The lamp is completed with a cast iron finial, a decorative glass ball and scrolled tripod feet. It has been re-wired.
Vintage metal electric floor lamp. The scrolled iron-work arm that holds the lamp is adjustable. It incorporates a design feature whereby a squeeze on the arm releases the tension on the pole, allowing the arm to move up and down the pole, and also horizontally. The lamp has new wiring.
A 60 piece complete vintage cutlery set never used in its original oak box comprising 6 side knives and forks, 6 main knives and forks, 6 tea spoons, 6 coffee spoons 6 dessert spoons, 6 soup spoons, 2 serving spoons, carving knife, carving fork and sharpener. Made by James Lodge Ltd, Sheffield, England.