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Post by June on Mon May 07, 2012 9:32 am

This is my remaining brassware:

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Which includes Bells, a very old photo frame intricately worked with flowers, incense burner, pair of Turkish slippers, a sconce made by my great uncle, an ice-pick, three wise monkeys, candle holder, two vases (Indian), a windmill, snuff box, rose bowl, bracelet and the little set of goblets at the front is only 2" across.

Some cutlery mainly silver with either bone or mother-of-pearl handles. They are all engraved with flowers etc. and the two spoons have a monogram of the letter 'S'. These include a knife sharpener, pickle fork and sugar tongs. The spoon with a badge is Lancaster, our county town:

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Finally, an old Oriental mirror:

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P.S. They are all in need of a good clean! Brasso/Silvo anyone ? Very Happy







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Post by Tan on Mon May 07, 2012 9:43 am

Erm, my arm is still slightly aching our June from the polishing I did...maybe in the future I can help.. chuckles

*trying to reach through my laptop screen to carry those lovely spoons away chuckles

These are all so very nice, the brass there is lovely, I have some I'm sure that you might like to have for your collection there, sure I still have the one like you have there of the lady bell.
The little goblets there on the tray is so nice like that, as the little piglet too, all are lovely of course and treasures for you.

The sugar tongs are so lovely, I used to get the sugar cubes at one time, I was given some tongs, they have like a little claw hand on each of the tong grips.
I'll take a photo when I remember where I put them, think I know.. Laughing

Such lovely designs there on the knives, fork and spoon, works of art for sure, as so much from the past, more interesting too than what is created these days.

The mirror there is so pretty, what is it made from June?.

Thank you so much for showing these, so nice to look at. Very Happy

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Post by Tan on Mon May 07, 2012 10:00 am

I found the sugar tongs..

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Post by June on Mon May 07, 2012 10:21 am


That's an unusual one Tan. Like a chicken's feet.

The mirror has a wooden surround which I think has been lacquered. Probably brought back from the wars by my great uncle.
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Post by Tan on Mon May 07, 2012 10:28 am

Yes, that's it, just never thought what feet they were before.. chuckles

Just a bit tarnished as can get over the years..
I have a little silver container, can't even think what it is called, when I find it I will take a photo, it is like say a little longer than a lipstick, a bit thinner too, with a screw lid on the top.

I know when I got it there was a strong smell from inside, maybe some smelling salts had been added in the past, but I used it to put sewing needles in, not seen it thinking about it for a while now, so I will be on the hunt later. chuckles

The mirror has certainly been kept so very well, and nice for the wood then, all carved out there like that, so lovely.

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Post by Nev on Mon May 07, 2012 10:38 am

Indeed very unusual sugar cube handlers as that is all they could lift, and is a design similar to a birds foot, doesn't have to be chicken but does remind you of them. I have two but with the standard small spoon shape on the ends similar to Junes. A very nice collection June as well.

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Post by nordog on Mon May 07, 2012 10:40 am

At first I thought your tongs where hall marked, but on using the Magnifier I could see JB-E R N S. I wonder what the meant? June I like the bottle opener come toffee hammer and ice pick. And you have a candle holder you never know when you might need that.
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Post by Tan on Mon May 07, 2012 11:54 am

It's so lovely for sure seeing all these lovely items from the past, all so very well made too, made to last for sure and really nice treasures to keep.

I'm not sure what the marks mean on the tongs of mine, but think maybe the N S is nickel silver.

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Post by June on Mon May 07, 2012 12:39 pm


The initials Nordog stand for Electro Plated Nickel Silver. EPNS.

Some of mine have that on but the others have hallmarks.
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Post by Joelle on Mon May 07, 2012 12:47 pm

Lovely to see your treasures June. I used to have a lot of brass at one time, but over the years gave it away or sold it because of th cleaning and not really having room to display it. The mirror is lovely. I also had a lot of old silver cutlery, including sugar tongs and special little spoons etc but sold them a few years ago.
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Post by June on Mon May 07, 2012 12:51 pm


I have also sold a lot of mine too Joelle. I don't collect the brass anymore because of having nowhere to display it, plus the cleaning, and these few stay in a box under the bed. Just kept for sentimental reasons.
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Post by Joelle on Mon May 07, 2012 3:22 pm

Yes I often wish I had kept some things for sentimental reasons June, and did do over the years, but then got to the point when I wanted not to have the bother of them. I did give a lot of things to my family and of course I see them when I visit so that is nice.
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Post by June on Mon May 07, 2012 6:04 pm


Our Sally has already ear-marked the bits that she wants Very Happy
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Post by Guest on Tue May 08, 2012 8:10 am

Oh, what a lovely collection you've got there, June!

The little ladies are bells, too - I love bells and I bet each of yours makes it's own distinctive sound. And your little flower holder there really makes me smile as I had a couple silver ones and used to love the 'mesh' across the top for holding the individual Pansies, etc (I lent mine to a lovely young lady who wanted to borrow them for her 'bride's table' and sadly, she forgot to return them).

And what pretty cutlery ... I really enjoy seeing old things like this - each must have been held by so many hands through the years - wonderful!

Do understand why you sold and/or gave away so many things too, Joelle ... like so many of us, the space just isn't there anymore but I'm pleased you can still see some of your treasures when you visit.

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Post by Guest on Tue May 08, 2012 8:16 am

Re: "I have a little silver container, can't even think what it is called, when I find it I will take a photo, it is like say a little longer than a lipstick, a bit thinner too, with a screw lid on the top".

Tan, is the lid very slightlly 'domed' on top? I had something every so similar from the sounds of it and simply and utterly loved it.

My Grandmother used to keep sewing needles in hers too and when I inherited it, had a jeweler add a silver chain to match and I used to oh so often wear it as a piece of jewelry.

How lovely you should have something similar - mine has been gone since 1992 (we had thieves who made off with things, sadly) - hope you can find yours and take a photo - bet it's lovely!

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Post by Captain Nemo on Tue May 08, 2012 8:56 am

Sorry June I answered this yesterday but its not here ,
you have a nice selection of silver there and the Mirror though wood looks like Iron to me its lovely and then look at Tanoomas sugar tongues or choccie nickers they are lovely and very well photographed ,
It really is lovely to see these old handed treasures chuckles
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Post by June on Wed Apr 24, 2013 5:55 pm


Just to add to this, one year on, I recently sold the mirror on e-bay so it is no longer mine Very Happy
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Post by Captain Nemo on Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:20 pm

Well done Sylvia I hope a good price and dont miss it to much , bow
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Post by June on Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:11 am


It had no sentimental value to me Captain. Just kept in a box in the wardrobe.
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Post by Tan on Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:27 pm

That's lovely you were able to sell it our Sylvia, Very Happy sure the buyer is so pleased to own it now.
No point is it keeping things that are just stored away and that can be just in the way.

So sorry I never got back to this thread our Mara.
Such a terrible shame those thieves take all those treasures away, I would much rather give things away than know they were stolen from me.

I have since found the silver container, and just taken these photo's of it.



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Post by Joelle on Thu Apr 25, 2013 5:00 pm

That is lovely Tan and something to treasure for sure. So sorry yours was stolen Mara.
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Post by Maywalk on Thu Apr 25, 2013 5:15 pm

I love the shoes Sylvia. You have a great collection there.
I collected Swarovski crystal but I have had to pack it all away because I started getting cramp in my fingers when dusting and broke a couple of beautiful pieces. They will be going to my granddaughter when she gets her own place.
I now collect wooden carvings of animals and they are a talking point with any visitors. I even have two carved heads brought back from Africa. I love them all.
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Post by Guest on Thu Apr 25, 2013 6:31 pm

Thanks, Joelle - people who steal are quite beyond my comprehension - sigh.

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Post by June on Thu Apr 25, 2013 6:43 pm


The shoes are ash-trays Maisie. I like the bangle as it actually opens and is not just moulded in one piece.
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Post by honeybee on Fri Apr 26, 2013 8:06 am

such lovely treasures our june. also the shoes caught my eye. Yet all beautiful
Lovely silver container our tanbubs
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