First the good news, baby Oliver is doing well so far, but tests will be on-going for 2 years!
Now the bad news. I am now a proper doley! Or is it bad news? At least I am now set up and have started my new black economy job. Do you think masterspy “cuts it” as is, or should I get the battered tin cup I mentioned last month?
Mad Item of the Month
Those of you who know the masterspy are well aware that he is a bit partial to a nice hot cup of tea (non-UK readers – this is what is referred to in common parlance as a piece of typical British understatement)! Clearly, a good cup and saucer, or perchance a mug, is needed to contain said beverage. Now, there have been many types and styles made over the centuries, but none is finer than this beauty offered for only £8.99 by my old eBay friend smuttygifts. It just makes you want a nice hot cuppa right now readers, doesn’t it? Just in case you were wondering…. yes, there are indeed some more cockroaches shown on the inside of the cup. Think about it, readers. Gotta be a great birthday pressie for your boss at work, eh? It would so neatly encapsulate your feelings of downright loathing and total implacable hatred for him or her, or even, dare I say it, “IT” (I might just buy one myself – no, thinking about it, there are at least a dozen candidates, it would cost the masterspy a bally fortune lol).
Mind you, if there was a “Sirry Irriot of the Month” it would definitely be US seller renalien56-2008 who accidentally listed his Crown Devon teapot with this picture – lovely handle and spout!!!
Over Optimistic eBayer of the Month.
The winning item ran its course at the very beginning of the month and has stayed on and cantered home to beat all opposition. A quick look at other prices obtained for pieces in the same family of Handcraft patterns would have told anybody that the market was likely to be south of £100, or at least not too much above that. Nevertheless nwantiquesandcollectables listed this tea caddy in Floribunda 3236 at a price of £800.00.
Bargain of the Month
Well, this one was easy this month. Seller mik.duck of Dorset in the UK sold a teapot stand in NEW MIKADO 2814. These are obviously all too often much worn, but this one is in A1 condition and fetched the princely sum of, wait for it, wait for it…… £2.20. Complete and utter bargain. I wish I could make all my buys like this one.
This month we have seen the return of the CW blockbusters! There were at least five of CW’s big ticket pieces on eBay this month. But masterspy, being a tease, is making you all wait till later in the blog to see them.
The masterspy would never be able to make much of a post-dole living doing body double work for Arnie or Sylvester in the fillums. So small is BEAUTIFUL I say!!! The first item I want to mention is a lovely preserve pot in Zig-zag 3356. Two of these, both without their stands and in equally good condition, were sold in quick succession. One went for £122.00 in a secret auction and the other did better and made £135.73 for seller jazzmoo in an open auction, thus supporting my long held view that secret auctions are in nobody’s honest interests. Interestingly, another was sold at Fieldings Auctioneers on 27th April which had a completely different, but clearly correct, knop which depicts a tiny bowl of fruit.
The same seller, jazzmoo who is from Tasmania, Australia listed a number of good pieces of CW this month. Amongst these was an Aztec tray in the rare pale green ground Rabbits at Dusk 4257. It went for £283.47. Certainly, now appears to be a good time to buy. I do hope that this comment doesn’t move the prices back up again (pure eBay buyer only bias coming out there – sorry, sellers)!
Another piece sold by the same seller was a lovely little dinky 3” vase in VICTORIAN GARDEN 3643 which made a flower-scented £120.39. A really pretty vase this and one I certainly would love to own. Why don’t I own it? Because I am stony broke after purchasing an expensive piece in a (different) pattern I have always wanted in the auction mentioned above. You will have to imagine masterspy grinning from ear to ear, readers. Well worth the 2 hour+ drive each way. A huge prize will be given for guessing which piece it was, readers.
Another small vase with a massive impact was also auctioned by jazzmoo. This one was a 3”er in Rosetta 3505. Lovely shape as well. I do have a piece in this pattern and love it. Do you readers?
Another one which has eluded the masterspy thus far (both the shape and the colourway in this pattern) is an 1154 shape vase in Grebe & Water Lily 3530. I reckon the mottled ruby gloss finish sets this pattern off a treat. More’s the pity I haven’t got a piece then, isn’t it? Scotland based seller curio47 was rewarded for listing it by attracting 20 bids to £194.99.
Keeping to the small is beautiful theme is easy. Seller pottman321 (sorry, no points for the name, poor effort, even if your surname is Potts) put up a cigarette holder in the cream ground in SKETCHING BIRD 3891. It flew to £198.99.
Last stop in my trip round the tiny stuff is a MELON shape coffee cup and saucer in DAISY 3693 on the blue ground. What a cracker this pattern is! South African seller paisleylon quickly trousered £108.65 for the set and furthermore listed the matching coffee pot which did £170.01 and the cream and sugar together (some damage) which raised £79.35.
Let’s move up a bit in size and look at a cheese dish & cover from the BLACKBERRY floral embossed range offered by beckysbargains47. No “sweaty sock” cheese contained in here. This is a very nice piece. Unluckily for the seller, at £52, I think this should have gone to a higher price. What do you think readers?
I frequently mention the “Wabbits” don’t I? Well the pesky but very tasty little critters are out and about again, lurking in the undergrowth painted on an 8” 1692 shape vase with lovely serpentine handles (not as that will save them from my trusty little 8” stew pan – yum yum – go on animal lovers, boo and hiss, see if I care, ha ha). The “Tasmanian Devil” himself, jazzmoo ate this Wabbit up and spat it out onto eBay where it made £350.54. That isn’t much per pound compared to previous well cooked prices for the Wabbits.
There has been a goodly selection of masterspy’s favourite CW this month, the slightly damaged, but still buyable type that is. For example, how’s about one of my favourite patterns JAZZ STITCH 3655 auctioned by localbibelots? A 7” jug vase would normally be serious money, but a singleton bidder can display it for £160.00 because it has some gild wear largely on one side of the handle. Ok, come on, wake up you lot.
Keeping with the same pattern one sharp-eyed eBayer will no doubt be extremely happy (unlike seller olivia2638) with a 10” REVO tray with a little restored chip and hairline on the back for the “you are joking me” price of £16.50. Stop crying readers, it is most unseemly.
Whilst the tears are flowing fast and free I might as well add to the general wailing and gnashing of teeth by telling you of another piece of somewhat blemished beauty which all but one of us missed. Seller anywares got even less than olivia2638, only £14.99 for an 11” 443 shaped vase in DRAGON & CLOUD 3331. It has in the past suffered an attack of the oopsy daisy dropsies and has had a significant piece knocked out of it, which has been well restuck, but I have been told by the buyer that all the damage is on one side and this piece has the same pattern on both sides, the large ones often do, so it displays as good as new apparently. Those sneaky singleton bidders are nicking your pots!
One reader decided to beat these awful singletons at their own game and become one him or herself, nipping in to grab a 6½” ginger jar (minus its lid and with a couple of small hairlines, but beggars can’t be choosers) in the rare pattern Melange 3601 for a decidedly pleasant £70.00. I bet he or she is smirking right now. What are you going to do about it readers?
Now the tears are all cried out and noses have been blown, it is time to turn you all towards the emotion of annoyance. Australian seller 5moonwitch123 is either about 2 feet tall, or the ginger jar she is selling is 2 feet tall. Well, no actually, it is a 9” ginger jar held out in front of her so it looks much bigger than it really is, owing to the effect of perspective. Your eyes tell you it is 2 feet tall because your only point of reference is the normal length of a person’s body. Come on 5moonwitch123, no using tricks please.
Ok, I have teased you long enough, readers. Here are the biggies. US seller sentimentalrose had a 15” lidded temple jar in the rare as rocking horse poo pale blue ground CHINALAND 3014. It was soon snapped up as a Buy it Now for £961.29. I can think of several eBayers who might be wishing they had spotted it sooner. In fact it was gone so quickly I wouldn’t be surprised if it is news to some of them.
Not to be outdone, UK seller daisy-jack, serial seller of high end CW treasures, listed a perfect 8½” globular vase in Fantasia 3388, which also went to a BIN for £1400.00. The outside is in the pale matt blue ground, but even the inside is in a pretty special matt purple colour. I have its little brother the 5½” version in my cabinet and if the seller fancies swapping because it won’t fit on his or her shelf I am quite happy to oblige (generous to a fault as ever is good old masterspy).
It is said that orchid lovers will fight with bare fists to secure a single rare specimen. I wouldn’t be surprised if the eBay bidders had been in one room instead of 2 continents to have seen fisticuffs over the 8” jug in Orchid 3325 on matt yellow ground which glad-findings auctioned for £510.00. I am sure that some may think this pattern is just too strong, but by gum and by Godfrey one thing is for sure, you aren’t going to be looking somewhere else when you first spot it, are you readers? Come on, buyer, is it wowing ‘em round your house? Do tell us.
Whilst we are giving it large with the 8” jugs, seller doncaster-collectors-emporium owned one too many Sagittarius Serpentariuses, so he or she sold it off. This is the orange ground version of Secretary Bird. This bird has a few tatty golden feathers and has had a run in with a much bigger bird, because some of its orange plumage has suffered a little too. Despite being a somewhat endangered species it made £460.01. Imagine how much it would have cost had it had it been in the best of health (a bit like Monty Python Dead Parrot all-time classic comedy sketch).
“And finally Esther Rantzen…..” (this comment will only be understood by older folk who used to watch UK tv programme, “That’s Life” in the 1970s and 80s) we had the most superb ciggy box in Scimitar 3651 which was listed by Aussie seller wallybelp. There is nothing to say about this pattern or this particular piece other than that however much the buyer paid for it (and changes to eBay’s information system make this impossible to specify exactly) it will have been fully worth it. I just wish it had been me, readers. Don’t you?
So another month has gone by and masterspy’s life has changed forever. See if masterspy cares… till the “rocknroll” runs out anyway. I suppose if one is going to be made surplus to requirements kicking it off on a lovely day in spring in England is as good a time as any.
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