Friday, 7 September 2012

Some Lovely Old Miniatures!

At last I have managed to get my act together and today have been able to begin listing some antique/vintage miniatures onto KT Miniatures website. A mixed bag of items of various eras and types but equally rather lovely, some of which I have shown below.

First up is a Victorian leather and metal framed photograph under glass- the inner metal frame part can be removed from the outer stitched leather frame which makes this quite versatile. Although the photograph has almost completely faded, if held at an angle to the light one can just make out the ghostly image of two ladies in rather splendid hats in front of a building. Even though at first glance the photo kind of appears black, this would look great hanging on an old dolls house wall.

 There is also a gorgeous Victorian soft metal frame which gives someone a wonderful opportunity to frame one's own painting or family photo.These frames simply do not come along very often.

Next is this wonderful 1930s German bakelite wireless that was originally a pencil sharpener, so evocative of the era and highly sought after. Isn't it fabulous?! The tiny metal control knob turns the little dial.

Although this started life as a pencil sharpener, if you unclip the metal backplate you will find that the inner sharpening mechanism is long gone. But I don't think the inhabitants of an old dolls house would you?

And how about this pair of c1930s metal napkin rings (& napkins)? The napkins are simply bits of very old material rolled and insignificant on their own, as it is the napkin rings themselves that are the stars! Just imagine how many of these would be lost in young hands.....they are so teeny, one sneeze and they could disappear in seconds!

 From an entirely different era altogether is this rarey seen metal tv aerial. In fact I have to admit that I have not handled one quite like this before and at first glance, assumed that it was homemade but now on close inspection feel that it could actually have been manufactured. Has anyone every seen a dolls house aerial like this before.....if so, do get in touch, would love to hear your comments?
All the above can be found on the Antique 1/12th Living & Dining Room Page.

Then there is this wonderful c1915 metal bed with bedding including a mattress. What is really sweet about this bed is that it has embossed cherbubs at each end of the bed ends.
This can be found on the Antique 1/12th Bedroom Page.

Moving onto some miniature delights with a difference. This lead farm set is undoubtedly old however, quite old I am not sure but there is a price of 3/6 written in pencil on the backing maybe about the 1930s? What is really whacky though is that the scale is wonderfully all over the place. The lady is the same height as the hen, the chicken is the same height as the pig etc......!! So, whoever takes this on will have to be of the mindset where scale does not matter. It appears that these pieces have never been played with as they are still fixed to the backing card...although saying that, one or two pieces do appear to have some slight wear to the paintwork.
This can be found on the Antique 1/32 Lead Page.

And finally......I have listed a whole section of wonderful c1930s Taylor & Barrett metal items, most of which have come from a lovely lady who had these from childhood and were much cherished. It is time for them to go to a good home. So, here are just a few of the items below...
Gas cooker with opening door and plate rack plus a wonderful fridge with both of those very elusive metal interior shelves.
A complete metal fireplace with fender and more importantly a rare fire fret......these tiny frets are fragile so broke easily in young hands as well as small enough to be mislaid quickly.
A companion set with tools.......including real bristles in the brush. Plus there is a coal box and lid - very rarely do them come along these days all intact.
Then there is this gas fire. Could look good with both 1/12th and 1/16th fireplaces.
These and more can be found on the Vintage 1/16th Barrett Page.

It is good to be back!!!!!


carmen said...

que hermosos hallazgos!

Dave Williams said...

Great to see you back in action Celia and was nice to meet up with you again at Thame.
The photos of your miniatures are great and considering there were no computers or fancy tools around in the days those minis were made make them even more amazing.

KT Miniatures said...

Glad you like them Carmen, they are lovely arn't they.

Yes, cheers Dave...was great to see you and your wonderful mini creations the other day! The detail on some of these old mini treasures is just wonderful. Celia