(A) What self-respecting oenophile (aficionado) could be without this gem on his dining table? Silver-plated and in excellent condition, just rarin' to hold a bottle of something a lot better than my model! (e-mail Jack for a price)

(A-1) And while we're on the drinking theme, why not gab about the ultimate martini mixing vessel, this Hawkes crystal cocktail -- I want to say "shaker" but...I don't want the martinis all over the walls and floor. Anyway, whatever it is, it's got a sterling top, so marked and emblazoned with "HAWKES" to boot. It's undoubtedly a Steuben blank, as that's how things were done in those days of yore. The wheel-cutting is top, top quality in execution and design. It stands about 11 inches tall, large enough to quaff the thirsts of four at the bridge table. Then they'll be too plastered to care how they do. (e-mail Jack for a price)

(B) Brilliant design, n'est-ce pas? By Hallberg, I presume a Dane. It would make sense, no, with that delicate design? Can you feel the influence of Jensen? Originally silver-plated and lacquered, and as you can see it has "the patina of the ages" upon it. I should double the price!! (e-mail Jack for a price)

 

(C) is for Celsius, but here we have only Fahrenheit! Our thermometer is bronze, of course, and O-L-D... maybe about a hundred years? When did you last call it "blood heat?!" Oh, you're not a hundred? This bronze beast, by the Tycos Company, is over 16 inches long and tips the scales at over four pounds! A total MUST HAVE. (e-mail Jack for a price)

 

(D) Pure brute Art Deco power here -- in the design of these candelabra --sufficent for placement on a grand dining table, a sideboard, a mantle. Quelle presence, one might say (at about 13 inches tall)! They're nickel or nickel-silver plated, over bronze or brass (probably the former). They were originally created to hold electric candles, but beeswax would be my preference... (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)

 

(E) One of the cooler things I've dragged, kicking and screaming, out of la belle France. It's either a jewelry box, a cigarette box, or a "stash" box, your lifestyle choice! Perch it next to your modernist chair, on your Hoffman chromed table, and watch your friends' eyes pop! It's about 4x4x4. (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)

 

(F) Were you wondering whether there'd be something great at the bottom of this page?! Was this worth the scrolling (yes)? Oy, such a workout! Well, this opalescent box isn't by Lalique, but the quality is consummate! Both design and craftsmanship, tops! The seagull motif shows up again and again in French art, and our friend on top of the box is lunching on a fish. These things happen. The box is signed on the bottom of one of the larger "panels" but illegible, at least by these eyes. The beveling on the top of the box itself and the bottom of the lid will impress you, guaranteed! "Made in France" is molded into the glass on the bottom, as if we had to guess! Measurements: about 4 inches tall, 5 across. So fine! (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)

 

(G) I'm told that the French word for this item is "necessaire." What could be more obvious to a lady of high standing and sophistication? The finest materials have been brought into play here, chrome or nickel-plated brass and yes, that would be Macassar ebony, aka "zebra wood." There are a two empty holes where ?? used to reside, but the visual impact of this testament to the "swell life" remains entirely intact. I suspect some movie scout will find this and you'll see it in the remake of a Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers film. (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)

 

(H) Excalibur!! Yes, I'll send you the foam, then you can pretend it's stone and impress your date. The dagger/letter opener is just over 11 inches long, all together, and has a very sharp point. Great for opening letters, especially if you're hostile to what arrives in your mailbox. (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)

 

(I) This exemplary bronze by Pierre Turin -- France's premier bronze medal artist -- typifies the sensuous quality of France's contributions to the Art Deco movement. It measures 2 3/4 across and is signed on the lower right. The edge under that bottom of the hexagon has "bronze" stamped in it. (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)

(I-A) Yes, this medal's a bit smaller than her mother above, measuring just an inch and a half across. Curiously, the word METAL is stamped where BRONZE is on Mama. Being non-ferrous, it must be mere brass. Whatever! It's in near-mint condition and has definition even superior to Mama's. I guess that's really just the story of life itself, huh? (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)

 

(J) Nothing particularly French about these stunners, they're by REBAJES, no news to you "in the know." The top two measure about 12 inches across. The first one is a tray (or whatever), the second one a wall decoration (!); the set of three smaller "plates" are 5 1/2 inches square. All are signed. Where else to find treasures like this but...(ta-da)... DECORUM! (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)

 

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