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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

Monday, May 26, 2014

McTavish clan emblem wrist bracelet - handmade solid silver and leather © BH 2014

Commissioned for Peter McTavish from his wife, Wendy.
The studio started with the all the historical clan emblems available, one from the family and a previous wide wrist band Peter had found at the local Eumundi markets as a size indicator. Barbara has retained all her leather working tools from the 1970s and it was a delight to go back to this medium. We started by working up the vector line artwork both by hand and computer until we had all elements signed off and Juan-Luis could start the minute saw cuts that have realised this task. The shot below is of the emblem prior to chemical oxidisation and the fitting of the pins that secure the piece to the leather band.

Hand made solid silver buckle and lip finish off this one-of-a-kind commission, we love it!

Monday, May 12, 2014

We are busy in the studio doing a pierced silver boar's head medallion for a Hong Kong client

and tonight I've seen this boar's head tureen for sale - Christies NYC

Friday, May 9, 2014

I was reminded this week to drag out my copies of manipulator magazine from the late 1980s

. . . after a Londoner emailed me after seeing an old post of my colonial wire worked cake racks I shot over old manipulator pages:

he wanted me to detail the covers and numbers that I had

so I shot them all and created a .pdf - here

I researched their current asking price on eBay

I followed up the request to let him know if I wanted to sell them

made an offer to sell at less than half of the asking price

pack in one secure box and dispatch

but on the condition he buy the lot . . .

sell for $1,400.00 or wait for possible $5,000.00

no reply as yet . . .

issue #5 is the earliest  . . .

and on the 30th May 2014 I received another email offer - see comments:

Monday, May 5, 2014

Another Inseparable - fakir/duck from 1983

I'll never forget the time I showed this to Ron McBurnie, he laughed till he cried. He has a signed version . . . this is the 2014 .pdf version, download and go print it.