Thursday, June 3, 2010

Beautiful Things

Exquisite things ... elements of style
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crocodile briefcase
Hermès Paris: a very scare ‘Sac à Depeche’ gentleman's briefcase in tan " Crocodilus Porosos", the finest crocodile skin in the world.

Note: The ‘Sac à Depeche’ was first introduced by Hermès in 1937, one of its first customers being HRH the Duke of Windsor. John Kennedy famously has an example in black crocodile given to him by
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy in 1953. The ‘Sac à Depeche’ remains in production today, the 'Crocodilus Prosos' version carrying a 4-5 year waiting list.

French Line CGT, Southampton to New York Poster
England 1938
Rare, original poster. Linen mounted and unframed.

Asprey & Co Traveling Drink Set
United Kingdom c. 1910
A magnificent and very rare crocodile-skin traveling bar of cylindrical form, the top opening to reveal various silver-plated fittings, including three curved flasks marked 'GIN', 'FRENCH' and 'ITALIAN', surrounding a centrally-mounted cocktail shaker/flask with integral strainer, all fittings marked 'Fortnum And Mason'.

Clock by Mappin & Webb
France c. 1925
A very stylish flat hexagonal Art Deco clock, made of black polished slate and silvered bronze, the square face with classic Art Deco numerals held within concentric hexagonal silvered bands, with a flat projecting stand to the back. The face marked MAPPIN AND WEBB PARIS LONDON MADE IN FRANCE.

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