Once again I have missed a month. My humble apologies, readers. As I have indicated I am becoming too embroiled in other things to spare the time to continue. What is it that causes such a drain on my time, you ask?
Looking after little Oliver, yes……
Making trips to Cyprus to see little Erin, yes……
However, in a way more significantly, Mrs Masterspy and I have always harboured a deep desire to own a holiday home in France – collective gasp – (Ed – I thought you were no Francophile, Masterspy? Masterspy – Yeah, well, everybody mellows with age,).
If there is anything in this world that the French are world class at, it is bureaucracy. Andy Murray – Lionel Messi – Mo Farah! Your boys took a hell of a beating tonight.
Four copies of a 60-page document signed on every page blah blah. Grrr. Is it all worth it, we asked ourselves many a time? We certainly hope so.
We have purchased a fully furnished and equipped rustic and bucolic 3 bed home with half an acre of garden in rural Normandy 20 miles or so south of Falaise.
Hopefully, we will take possession in late February. Did I mention about French bureaucracy? Grrr. Anyway, here it is – Judge for yourselves.
So that explains why I have only made the occasional splash on eBay and in the auction market this year. Lucky for all those of you who bid on CW though. By the way, anybody who wants to stop for a few days need only stump up a large, mint piece of pink Wagon Wheels, or Palm Blossom, or Mondrian. Ha ha. Well, I haven’t managed to get any of those any other way, sooo….
Not many people would call the Masterspy well grounded (after all, I am certifiably insane) but perhaps you will need to re-evaluate me in a more “earthy” light now. Why? Well, this month’s mad item is err more err “earthy” than usual, for sure. It is a book, being sold by German eBayer medimops entitled “How to Poo on Holiday”. Only €1.39. Bargain. Say no more… aaand moving swiftly on….
Over Optimistic eBayer of the Month
This month’s offering is another from seller simon.willcock.antiques. It is described as “A wonderful very rare Carlton Ware Penguin figurine of ‘Mother’ Squeak from the Daily Mirror newspaper strip cartoon Pip, Squeak and Wilfred. It is beautifully modelled and fully of character.” £595.00 BIN/ONO (Buy it Now/ or nearest offer). Way too rich for my blood.
Well, this month it is pretty easy. You don’t often see pieces of Carlton Ware sold for one penny (yes, I did say £0.01)! There are some tiny chips on the feet of this lidless pot-pourri jar, but come on peoples this is simply the winner. Poor pictures did not help the seller here. Just a quick one on the seller. You know I love my funny eBay seller names readers, well this one is right up there on the Masterspy guffaw-ometer, it is, wait for it – exfatbird. Bwahaahaa.
Two Months’ Worth
Seller domfordyates did well with 2 separately listed napkin holders in the much sought after patterns Liberty Belle (aka Gypsy) 3506 and Awakening 3450.
The dancer fetched £133.02 while the other made £114.25. Truly beautiful CW patterns and so easy to display on the napkin holder.
Regular CW shifter april_antiques of Glasgow listed a fantastic 8” vase in Mandarins Chatting 3672 on the rare blue ground. Superb piece and for once it didn’t go to a certain Aussie buyer (mind you, most other things did). He must have overslept readers. All I can say is pass the sleeping tablets.
Now across the Atlantic Ocean we fly to see a large globular vase, shape 442 in PARADISE BIRD & TREE WITH CLOUD 3143 in the rich ruby lustre BINNed by harwil for £550.67.
Lovely. I have an 8” 442 vase in another pattern and it is just humungous. Such a brilliant canvas for a complex, rich pattern.
Later that day the CW potter probably dropped one of those 442 vases and it went all long instead of fat, so they rolled it along the bench a bit more and rounded it off a bit and there you have the 443 shape. Triffic. I like the 443 as another great canvas for a CW pattern. Seller magpiesantiques auctioned a 10”er in the blue version of PERSIAN GARDEN 3892 and trousered £360.00. Nice piece.
Sticking with PERSIAN GARDEN, 3893 in the gloss black diamond shaped trays are yummy. Stalwart CWer cpm1947 sold her example for a very cheap £150.00. Happy buyer, methinks.
What ho! Glaswegian april_antiques was at it again CWers with this lovely 7” lidded ginger jar in Devil’s Copse 3787, which sold for £186.00 after a five-way battle.
The Masterspy got a bit of a surprise when watching the 7½” jug in LILAC 4310.
I didn’t expect the Q of C to be selling it for as much as £210.00, but that is what happened. What do I know?
One pattern I don’t have is VOGUE 3868. Such a simple pretty pattern this and not expensive.
This little vase made only £9.99. If the bidder had had competition it would certainly have made more money than this because the only bidder made 3 bids. There were even 2 small embossed BUTTERCUP dishes chucked in. Bargain surely?
Mancunian nashanoo21 launched 3 pieces of Feathertailed Bird & Flower 3354 of which the first was a single footed rectangular comport in matt pale blue.
This shape isn’t highly prized, presumably because of the difficulty of displaying it with the pattern in the bowl facing outward. Suits me. You lot can leave them for me (and one or two other connie sewers of course, such as the buyer of this one). Just put it on a low shelf for heaven’s sake.
My second entry in the cracking seller names department is Aussie had_a_gut_full. So funny mate, whoever you are. But even more wonderful is “My Rant” as he or she calls it. So good I decided to copy and paste the entire thing unedited here…….
PHOTO’S FORM PART OF THE DESCRIPTION AND ARE WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS SO THERE ARE 5,000 WORDS OF DESCRIPTION HERE.
PLEASE NOTE THAT I HAVE NOT SOLD ANYTHING ON E-BAY FOR OVER A YEAR.
I HAVE JUST FINISHED THERAPY BECAUSE OF THE PRESSURE OF GRAPPLING WITH ALL THE CHANGING EBAY AND PAY PAL RULES AND REGULATIONS AND ANSWERING CRAZY BUYERS QUESTIONS.
MY THERAPIST SAYS IT IS NOW SAFE FOR ME ONCE AGAIN TEST THE EBAY GODS BUT I MUST AT ALL TIMES STAY ON MY MEDICATION, SO HERE GOES.
BECAUSE OF THE TIME DELAY SINCE MY LAST SELLING FORAY ALL MY WONDERFUL SELLER FEEDBACK HAS PROBABLY DROPPED OFF AND I MAY LOOK LIKE A NEW SELLER, BUT REST ASSURED I AM AN OLD HAND AND AN OLD FART SO YOU CAN BUY WITH CONFIDENCE.
I have found that 99% of people are WONDERFUL ,1% are the exactly the opposite
If you are part of the 1% please go away now,
I will not suffer you.
IM OLD, IM SELLING OLD SECOND HAND CRAP
IF YOU WANT “NEW” THEN GO TO KMART
IM SLOW SO DON’T EXPECT ANYTHING YOU BUY TO
ARRIVE WITHIN A DAY OR 2 BECAUSE IT WONT
I DON’T COMMUNICATE UNLESS THE QUESTION IS WORTHY OF AN ANSWER
OR THE ITEM IS VALUABLE
IF YOU CAN’T HANDLE ALL OF THE ABOVE YOU ARE NOT WELCOME HERE
YOU ARE PART OF THE 1% THAT MAKE THE ON-LINE WORLD STINK.
IF YOU BID YOU ACCEPT MY TERMS
IF I DO NOT BREACH MY TERMS YOU OWE ME A POSITIVE FEEDBACK
IF YOU CANT ACCEPT THAT
YOU ARE PART OF THE 1%
I START ALL MY AUCTIONS AT 99 CENTS AND ACCEPT THE FINAL PRICE OFFERED
GOOD OR BAD SO I KEEP MY WIFE HAPPY AND I GET RID OF ALL MY CRAP.
SO BID WITH CONFIDENCE AND ASK QUESTIONS AND IF I’M STILL ON MY
MEDICATION I WILL ANSWER YOU GOOD LUCK.”
Totally and absolutely priceless. Obviously went to the Donald Trump School of Iffy Salesmanship! So anyway, to get back to the purpose of this here blog the item was a special little vase in Chevrons 3657. It made a half decent £95.32. Not bad for a piece of “crap”. Luckily, the buyer is an old thief and has many characteristics in common with the seller. Don’t you Jack??? Ha ha. Enjoy it mate. After winning that auction you blooming well deserve it.
I feel the blog will go downhill after that item. Luckily, next up are two lidded 7” vases in the matt green Iceland Poppy 3507 auctioned separately by steve180553, who is probably 63 years old. Why do people do that? Oh well, it is their business, not mine. Lovely colours, which make the pattern a stand out one for me. The first one made £124.33, while the second one only rose to £83.77. Odd.
If it were not for the one-penny wonder buy above, I think this would have been my Bargain of the Month. It is a 10” x 7” REVO the pale blue matt version of GUM FLOWER 3789.
This is magnificent and so cheap at £76.33, though it is worn in the centre. I paid more than this for a piece which had been broken and stuck back together not that long ago (Can I have some of my money back please missus?). Easily the best of the three colourways of the pattern in my opinion.
Back to nashanoo21 readers for the second of his three pieces of Feathertailed Bird & Flower 3354. This one is an 8” 406 shape. It has a mysterious “ridge” in the potting on the edge of the main display pattern, but the seller sold it for his desired BIN price of £220.00. Assuming it has not been tampered with at some stage in its life, it is a good buy. The third piece still remains unsold at time of writing for £285.00.
DUTCH 3255 is an enigmatic pattern to me. It is a mixture of lines and shapes which only hint at the name of the pattern. I like it though. On a 10” 443 vase it is a good display piece and definitely under-priced to my mind at only £127.00. I doubt captainlionheart0 was desperately impressed. A bit Marmite for some of you perhaps?
Lucky got lucky again readers with his offering of a 6” bowl in Prickly Pansy 3424, which sadly sports some marks and does not ring properly.
It made a healthy £65.26 to add to his already huge bank balance.
There is some wear to the gilding on this 8” bowl in Carp 2437, which no doubt badly affected what is usually a high price pattern.
Sadly, it only sold for £42.98 for yet another humourously named seller downtherabbithole.
Well, the lid is a right royal mess on this 12” lidded vase in HONESTY 3278 and there are a couple of longish cracks down it too. Obviously therefore, it went cheap at £27.20, but I reckon it could look spectacular when restored properly.
Finally, eBayer atticsaleroom auctioned a 7” bowl in the uber rare Handcraft pattern Intersections 3690.
Wow. This pattern is like being hit hard in the mush with an Art Deco baseball bat. Sighhh, if only, but I have a house to pay for….It topped out at an impressive £320.00. What a piece to end on!
Ok, readers. That is it for this blog.