August 2012

Well, it has quieted down with a vengeance this month and no mistake. Is it silly season, holiday season, the Olympics, or the weather? Who knows, but come on, sellers, I have had to resort to paying a vastly inflated sum for a piece privately to avoid going completely cold turkey (gobble gobble gobble). At this point you have to imagine masterspy sitting in a corner, holding a little piece of dirty old blanket, humming tunelessly and gently to himself and rocking back and forth slowly, tears trickling down dirt-grimed cheeks, while sucking his thumb till it dissolves. Not a pretty thought, or indeed a pretty sight, so get your fingers out sellers and put some nice pots up for auction. If it wasn’t for the Cat and his new career as an art seller (!!!) things would be unbearable.
As if that isn’t enough to throw a person out of kilter, your very own masterspy is about to become a grandfather for the first time. OMG!!! To be honest, at a mere 25 years of age I don’t quite feel ready for it, so if I have missed a pot or 2 this month I hope you will understand and forgive my lack of attention and my tardiness.
Da ditditdit da daditdit…. Stop press….. Great news, I am a Granddad and all went well (except being kept awake all night by ‘er Indoors worrying – what an elbow the woman has!).Gorgeous little girl. Anybody got a microwave? I could eat her.
 

 Now then, where to start after that? I think something soft and cuddly would be appropriate, so how about this one? Seller inzeebox put up a nice birthday card which I hope you will enjoy. Ahhhhhhhh (sigh).If anybody asks if the picture is of me I will hunt you down, ok?

 

 

 Mad Item of the Month

US seller p.s_youwontforgetme strikes again. Unbelievably, somebody has paid the BIN asking price of £416.69 for a “magical djinn ring” made of the usual cheap materials including a “hint” of diamonds (gasps). This little beauty is going to “give you what you want when you want it” (5 numbers and 2 stars next time of asking might be a good start). The listings are a work of both art and fiction.Luckily the seller currently has over 60 spells and unique trinkets which allow for all pocket depths from £25 to £1425 (and yes, the expensive ones are just as much cheap tat as the low priced ones). So roll up, roll up and get yourself some bona fide (?) magic. Sad or what?

Over Optimistic EBayer of the Month


 This month’s easy winner is UK seller mairsantiques who has been trying to sell a 4” trefoil conical dish in Medley 3587 for an astounding £265.00 for a long, long time. Come on, it is worth £75 at best in today’s market. 

 

Let’s Get Back to Errrrrr “Normal” Shall We?

Moonlight Cameo 2944 jardinière

Moonlight Cameo 2944 jardinière

 

First up and giving the month a kick start was seller call94 who often lists good CW pieces. This time it was a large 9” x 10” jardinière in Moonlight Cameo 2944. A couple of scratches and a little wear on the base inside as would be expected for a jardinière, but unsurprisingly it rose and shone brightly to £211.00 – a bargain methinks.


Oriental Watergarden 2505

Oriental Watergarden 2505

 

Forming a similarly coloured bookend at the other end of the month was a 6” bowl in Oriental Watergarden 2505. Seller myngswyk asked £195.00 BIN/OBO for it and struck a deal at £175.00. Not bad for a piece with slight wear and damage.


DRAGON 3145 vase

DRAGON 3145 vase

 

Sandwiched in between were a number of other red, orange or terracotta pots, so let’s have a look at some of them. First up was the Cat (catstealer) with a stupendous 10” DRAGON 3145 vase. What a beauty! I wish I owned it (see comment above re waiting for 5 numbers and 2 stars), but I don’t. Still, somebody got a reasonable deal at £293.99 though. Was it you? Is it right in the middle at eye level on the top shelf, taking the rightful place of honour as any self-respecting dragon should? Do tell us.


Medley 3591

Medley 3591 vase S777

 

As many readers will recall, I have long yearned for a vase in 777 shape, believing it to be quintessential deco. Well, bumble.bee sang a Medley 3591. Unfortunately a hairline sent the seller’s warbling a little off key, but £36.00 was still achieved. The beauty of Medley as a pattern is that it doesn’t have a display side and a non-display side, so stick the crack to the back and tell all your visitors it is perfect, buyer.


HOLLYHOCKS 3972

HOLLYHOCKS 3972 tray

 

Having said which, like a small runny-nosed child with his nose pressed hard against the icy sweet shop window, I also similarly fancy a 10” finned dish. Northeast seller markyeva1968 had such a piece in HOLLYHOCKS 3972. Not any more he hasn’t. This one raised the sum of £103.99 for the seller’s red wine fund.


Dragon & Traveller 3594  vase

Dragon & Traveller 3594 vase

 

More copious quantities of delicious red wine can be purchased by the same seller after the sale of his 5” terracotta vase in Dragon & Traveller 3594 for £180.00. A bit of gild wear here and there, a little missing black paint inside and a little crazing, but a good piece of CW nonetheless.


Dragon & Traveller 3594 bowl

Dragon & Traveller 3594 bowl

 

What do you know? Yet another super DRAGON 3145 piece reared up, this time a 9½” bowl was eBayed by Essex seller thevintiquechamber and this time the dragon’s roar was good for £182.99.

 


TREE & CLOUDS 4217 vase

TREE & CLOUDS 4217 vase

 

And finally in the CW July red/orange/terracotta fest we were offered a handsome little TREE & CLOUDS 4217 vase by seller laughteristhebestmedicine. I had hoped to pursue an interest in this little gem, but it went too high for me. Oh well and hey ho.


Stork & Bamboo 2932 vase

Stork & Bamboo 2932 vase

 Well, we don’t want the other colours to get all sullen and dangerous and threaten to throw their pots off the top shelf, do we? Better look at some of the others before their bottom lips start wobbling.

So starting with blue, petrol blue in fact, billysmarket caned us with an 8” 217 shape vase in Stork & Bamboo 2932…. owwww, the buyer’s wallet is smarting as the final reckoning was £170.00. Again there is a little wear to the top rim gilding, but hey, we can forgive that. Just how opulent does this vase look?


CHRYSANTHEMUM 1635 vase

CHRYSANTHEMUM 1635 vase

 

Over to Blush in flow blue for my next item, a 4 footed 9” vase in CHRYSANTHEMUM 1635. The Cat auctioned this one and had a £109.99 reward. My father, an avid gardener, used to grow hundreds of Chrysanths every year, so I have a bit of a soft spot for this pattern.


Feathertailed Bird & Flower 3354 vase

Feathertailed Bird & Flower 3354 vase

 

Once again it was The Cat who auctioned a lovely 6” Feathertailed Bird & Flower 3354 vase and trousered a healthy £275.00. Are you sure you are doing the right thing, dealers, staying out of the market and letting The Cat have it all his own way? He’s making a fortune while you lot do nowt! He’s a Cheshire Cat now.


PERSIAN GARDEN 3892

PERSIAN GARDEN 3892

Seller rent15c listed this piece as “sadly a/f”. I would go so far as to say a crying shame! As you know PERSIAN GARDEN is one of my favourites, so to see a 9” footed and handled dish in powder blue 3892 with such a grievous crack is such a sorrow. However, 5 bidders obviously like the pattern as much as I do and it still managed to go for £66.00. A fraction of its perfect price.


Hedgerow 3872 pot pourri

Hedgerow 3872 pot pourri

 

 

Keeping with blue glad-findings found us a nice pot pourri in Hedgerow 3872, unusually complete with its lid, although this had its finial restuck. So all in all, a good buy at £64.89. I bet you love this piece buyer, don’t you? I would if I were you.


NEW MIKADO 2814 AMORY coffee set

NEW MIKADO 2814 AMORY coffee set

Lastly with the blue stuff, I hope you aren’t going to use your NEW MIKADO 2814 coffee set for slurping the vile brew, buyer. Somebody probably has done in the past and has chipped the cream jug on the base rim. Careless devil (or she-devil…. must remember to be PC…. WHAT? YOOOU? PC? Editor). Considering the BIN prices some sellers want for some plain coffee sets this must rate as a bargain. However, fair play to seller, gordon504 this one was started at £29.99. Happy with it, buyer? Do tell us.


Feathertailed Bird & Flower 3354 covered vase

Feathertailed Bird & Flower 3354 covered vase

 

Let’s switch to green. Green is for envy and I am seriously envious of the buyer of this 11½” lidded vase in Feathertailed Bird & Flower 3383 auctioned by glad-findings. Ok, it has had a little restoration, still has a little hairline and a little gild wear where the lid sits, but what a stunner. Happy? I bet you are buyer.


HOLLYHOCKS 3818 vase

HOLLYHOCKS 3818 vase

 

The Cat cattily clawed a bank balance swelling £333.00 by selling an 8” 326 shape HOLLYHOCKS 3818 vase in pale mottled green gloss. This piece has CW’s million mile deep black gloss at the base as well. I love that gloss black. What a colour!


Babylon 4125 tray

Babylon 4125 tray

 

Sometimes you buyers amaze me too, readers. mackems1 finds a 10” rectangular finned tray in Babylon 4125, a highly sought after pattern, with no crazing (!!!) and only a little gild wear to one fin and all you can manage is a paltry £200.00. I know there is a recession on, but come on! Wake up you lot. This is a cracker.


BELL 3786 biscuit barrel

BELL 3786 biscuit barrel

By way of comparison, another green pot, this time a 6½” biscuit barrel in BELL 3786 with a broken and badly reglued lid (in need of restoration to make it look anything like its best) auctioned by blackstot, rose to £117.00. A fair amount for such serious damage.


Corn Marigold 4277 vase

Corn Marigold 4277 vase

 

Partly to include a pattern I haven’t blogged before, I will start the yellow section with a nice 9” vase in Corn Marigold 4277. This was a maisy-patcheye special, a bit of a hairline and some crazing, so it only fetched £16.50. It is a lot of pot for the money though, isn’t it?


SKETCHING BIRD 3891 tray

SKETCHING BIRD 3891 tray

Back to The Cat again…. His cream SKETCHING BIRD 3891 oval Aztec handled tray flew up to £298.73. The customer is always right as they say and 12 different bidders wanted this in their collection. The cream will always rise to the top and The Cat will happily lap it up.


MODERN WARE preserve & stand

MODERN WARE preserve & stand

 

Another cream piece, a MODERN WARE preserve pot complete with both lid and saucer in excellent condition was auctioned by heatherinhayle and achieved a very creditable £67.00. Is it alone or among plenty of (MODERN WARE) friends, buyer? Do tell us.


Black & Gold cruet pattern number 3846

Black & Gold cruet pattern number 3846

A swift sideways slide into black reveals a 4 piece cruet in black and gold pattern number 3846. Almost poke you in the eye Art Deco with the pieces resembling 1930’s New York skyscrapers such as the stunning Chrysler Building. Seller decoseek priced this one just right because a singleton bid of £39.99 was enough for the Post Office to have to do their thing.


JAZZ 3352 6” bowl

JAZZ 3352 6” bowl

To bring the month to a conclusion I have 2 final offerings. Firstly I think I can finally bring to an end the long-running saga of the bouncing JAZZ 3352 6” bowl!! collectors.corner has parted with it at last (to an underbidder, I leave that one to your imagination readers) for £431.33. Perhaps if it moves home again it can do so without any more shenanigans.


Secretary Bird 4918 jug

Secretary Bird 4918 jug

 

And Finally……. You didn’t think I was going to forget the super 8” jug in Secretary Bird 4918 sold by UK seller lujesjaz for £400.00 did you? Not a bit of it. A masterpiece and still so despite a small restoration to the rim. Do you like it, buyer? Tell us what you have done with it.

 

 

 

Well, another month goes by and masterspy is no longer only a father, but is also now a grandfather. OMG!!! If you have any comment or response to my blog please feel free to have your say.

eBay masterspy

 

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9 Responses to August 2012

  1. Jack Segal says:

    Hello Masterspy,

    Congratulation to you and Mrs. Masterspy on the new arrival a gorgeous healthy little girl how wonderful and proud you must feel GRANDDAD!!!!!!, from my own experience it is the best feeling one could ever imagine, all the very best once again mate.
    STILL WAITING FOR CIGARS TO ARRIVE??????

    • ebay masterspy says:

      Hello Jack,
      Thank you so much for your kind words. It is a worrying time, the last few days before one’s first grandchild is born and all the more wonderful when all turns out ok. Sorry about the cigars. I smoked ’em all (and wetted the baby’s head most thoroughly with something sparkling)!
      Best wishes,
      masterspy

  2. James says:

    Ahhhh Hello Again Mr Ebay Masterspy,
    Firstly Congratulations on Becoming a grandfather, You shall have to Teach your Granddaughter the delights of Carlton Ware from an Early age.

    Secondly i must inform that The Feathertailed Bird & Flower 3383 Is every bit as beautiful as it looked, I am Extremely happy with it it is currently Nestled alongside a rockery and Pheasant Example on Blue Ground, Inside the same cabinet but just along from the CHINESE BIRD & CLOUD 3275 you featured last Month.

    I must say it is very nice to have 2 items i have Purchased Featured in your Blog in such a short period of time!
    I am also Surprised you did not feature the Chinaland Vase sold by dancinggillian which sold for a mere £76.89 (Item number: 170885139549)
    I look Forward as always to the Next Edition of your Blog.
    Many thanks for an entertaining read.

    • ebay masterspy says:

      Hi James,
      You betcha! I will do my best to awaken her interest in CW.
      You have done very well recently on ebay.
      Any chance you could leave a few bits for the rest of us….. only kidding. Good luck to you and thank you very much for your kind words. I am also pleased to hear that you are looking forward to next month’s effort. I hope to be able to produce it a little quicker next month (as last time I asked my other daughter she isn’t expecting any babies in the next 4 weeks… next year is another story, however).
      Do let us know if you have any more successes on CW I feature. By the way, had you thought of going to the CWW annual meeting in Stoke in October? It is a good “do” and always good to welcome new attenders.
      BWs,
      masterspy

  3. Toni says:

    Hello Ebay Masterspy,
    How wonderful to be a grandfather and a little girl, she will charm you forever. Please be sure let us know when she is blest with a name!
    I must apologise for depriving you of the small tree and clouds vase. It is lovely and as I am also fond of smaller pieces, I also procured for my collection the lidded Hedgerow pot pourri holder, so both pieces have left British soil but are still part of the Commonwealth, if that is any consolation.
    I was wondering if you could provide me with any information about the series of novelty mugs that were produced in the 1940’s, I think ? !
    I have seen them cropping up from time to time with titles such as ‘ The Dreamer’ and ‘Friends and Relations’. I know nothing about them although recently purchased one from the US in cream and brown with a Victorian Crinolin Lady on it for $20.00US. I’m fond of the curious shaped handle. I’m not knowledgable about the value of these mugs and am a bit confused as some of them seem to have quite pricey tags on them. Do you think that the higher prices are warranted? Are some of the designs in this series more valuable than others? Just wondering.
    Best Wishes

    • ebay masterspy says:

      Hello again Toni,
      I hope you are well.
      The little hunk of beauty is called Erin Elizabeth.
      With extreme difficulty I am restraining myself from boring everybody with further lengthy stuff about how gorgeous she is.
      Mrs Masterspy has been in her element, looking after her while mum is asleep and recovering from her ordeal (to be fair, Erin’s birth-weight was about 50% of her mother’s pre-pregnancy normal weight!). Luckily, I have been working away this week, so I am only “normally knackered”.
      With regard to your query about 1940’s novelty mugs I must confess I know little about them. However, my instinct is to advise looking for bargains and to buy with 2 things in mind, to buy what you like and to buy for the long term where newer items are concerned. My gut feeling is to avoid high priced items as being priced speculatively by sellers.
      Having said this, I am sure there are collectors out there who know more. I appeal to any readers who collect these mugs to assist Toni in her quest for information on this subject. Simply, what should she be paying for them and are there any rarities which are worth significantly more than the norm?
      Best wishes,
      ebay masterspy

  4. Toni says:

    Thank you for your advise re the novelty mugs. I will bare in mind your thoughts if I decide to purchase any more of them. I love your grand daughter’s name, so pretty and feminine. I myself have an Emma Elizabeth ! Your daughter is fortunate to have devoted parents to help out with Erin.
    Kind Regards, Toni

    • ebay masterspy says:

      Thank you very much for your kind words, Toni
      Erin appears to be flourishing and has regained the little weight babies lose after their birth and has put on a few ounces.
      ebay masterspy

  5. James says:

    Have you noticed ??

    Item number: 251138538102

    WOW!!!!

    🙂

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