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Thursday, January 15, 2015

An O and an X from Roman Polanski

I always enjoy his daily posts - so European . . .

Sunday, January 11, 2015

X and O on flywheel tags

We are down in the midlands of Tasmania on our annual summer break staying at our 1856 shop and residence in Tunbridge. We have building restorations, paint removal and stain preparations ahead of us but we punctuate our efforts with visits to shops and bush walks.
Flywheel at New Norfolk has been a destination even before it opened as I follow Tammy on their Drill Hall blog. We managed to go there on our first free day last Friday.

Having been shop keepers we know how hard it is to manage the look and feel of an establishment, these three women do it first class, believe me. Please click the links and follow their prepared scripts to find out more. Their web is set for Android and IOS although I prefer the larger screen format.
My choice of their product should be no surprise:

I also bought this artist's palette, its French and it is my ninth in the collection although it will travel back to Brisbane, end Feb 2015.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Another cross in a circle repetition

From my archive of Rick Meyerowitz humour, he's a friend of mine since my first trip to NYC

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A firm in FortitudeValley - my second post on Star Mirrors

Recently found in the urban_ archaeology archive - see

Friday, October 10, 2014

Continuing our tinware collection and research into colonial tin smithing

I found this set of 'French curves' in an antique shop in Murwillumbah, Northern NSW. They belonged to an old local hoarder who was a tradesman, I was told. The box is handmade and fitted to accommodate the longer parabolas curve, every one is hand cut from old tin with the remaining paper template still glued in place. The next question is: does this go into tinsmith collection or my graphic tools collection?

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Dr Sal' French clock case restoration shot in the studio last weekend

I just love a silhouette, they work so well as illustrations also.
Thanks for the feedback - the viewer site blog post is here . . . the Facebook mention is here.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A firm in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane made these mirrored shadow boxes in the 1930s–1950s

Stamped with the brand - 'Star Mirrors' these do pop up from time to time, all mine were found in the sixties and into the seventies. Barb and I had every one we own massed on one of our bedroom walls when Alan Carter came and did his two five minute episodes of "treasure hunt' at the house.
He had never seen one and came the following day with his wife in tow to see ours.
We moved the collection down to Tasmania to hang on the bathroom walls in Tunbridge, shown above. The local dealers and collectors were equally astonished to see them as they were not evident in Tasmania either. Ann Hesse bought one of the two spare ones I couldn't accommodate and took it home to their Avoca house. People made plastic and paper flowers on tall wires and placed them in the drilled masionite just viewable in the one on the bottom. Another shot here.

Here today, gone tomorrow - the house that is, he still owns the artwork

A shot of Barbara in front of a Michael Zavros' drawing at the farewell Main Street dinner at Craig Rose's house just before he sold earlier this year.

Friday, September 5, 2014

More crosses and circles on this late 18th century carnelian seal

I've posted the story on our wordpress blog but left the detail to those who follow me here.

The numerology works out to 9 - 108 beads of (human) little finger tips

I spent 1972 and part of 1973 travelling and buying British antiques in India, working for the Meher Baba Australian fashion enterprise. I saw a few of these Tibetian prayer beads in the Colaba Market but never purchased as they were outside of my focus . . . these popped up on our recent trip from the antiquarian dealer in Hobart, Peter Lane.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

From those wonderful folk who gave us the twisted vintage blog, a hearty thank you!

This graphic was quickly updated with the 'pink' element and joins the other lovelies in the "pinks' folder thanks to random comic book panels at TwistedVintageBlog