June 2011

Forgive me Lord, for I have sinned. It is a month since my last confession. I have committed the cardinal and heinous sin of sitting in front of my computer most of the month, saying things like “Yes dear”, lying by saying “I’m coming in a minute, dear” and of course the obligatory “No, your bum doesn’t look big in that, dear” without even having turned round to look. But what else would you have expected from me, readers? I ask you, could I let you down? Could I ‘eck as like. Luckily, my wife said in public at the weekend that if we ever split up I can have the CW collection. Result!!!

Anyway, enough of my little domestic.

This month we were treated to some unusual items, as is often the case and I can’t start this month without mentioning Princess Beatrice’s royal wedding hat (it must have seemed a good idea at the time, as they say). I know it isn’t CW readers and strictly speaking outside my remit, but what a good effort to raise over £81,000 for charity by selling the most stupid head gear ever worn in public. If you don’t happen to have a spare £81,000 lying around readers, you can always buy one of the cheap plastic copies on eBay for around £3.99 instead. Wait a minute; I have just had a horrible thought……. What if the hat was bought by the same person who bought Paul Daniels’s wig? Sends a deep shudder right through you, doesn’t it? OMG! I feel a bit queasy.

Moving swiftly on, I am much obliged to a prominent UK based collector for spotting these 2 interesting novelty items.

Michael Foot mug by Luck & Flaw

Michael Foot mug by Luck & Flaw

Humpty Dumpty stamp licker

Humpty Dumpty stamp licker

As I have said before CW is a very broad church. Some prices obtained for these 2 pieces, though. Phew! £301.99 for the Michael Foot mug (although there is some debate as to whether or not this was made by Carlton Ware) and £150.00 for the Humpty Dumpty stamp licker (yes, you did read correctly….. CW did indeed make a novelty stamp licker, presumably for collectors who have everything else – they must have gone to Australia then, readers).

Ok, now without further ado, down to the serious stuff. summkit carried on from last month, selling some real beauties. I particularly liked these.

Secretary Bird vase

Secretary Bird vase

£895.89 (9 bids).

DRAGON vase

DRAGON vase

£219.27 (10 bids).

Floral Comet vase

Floral Comet vase

£522.35 (23 bids).

Parkland 3524 gondola

Parkland 3524 gondola

£279.40 (9 bids). This one really surprised me. I thought it would go for much more than this amount as Parkland 3524 is such a rare and attractive pattern and this is what I call a “Statement Piece”.

Rabbits at Dusk 4247 jug

Rabbits at Dusk 4247 jug

£1139.76 (32 bids). This one surprised me for the opposite reason. Rabbits at Dusk 4247 isn’t that rare, but this was a truly massive price. Somebody was really desperate to win it. Was it you? Did it match up to your expectations when you opened the package? So much for massive finishing prices…….

As you all know I am not keen on stupid starting prices (see previous articles which looked at this phenomenon). Perhaps the worst current example is the seller who insists on repeatedly listing a very recently made Colman’s Mustard Red Devil advertising figure for £400.00!!! Wake up and smell the roses, dear seller. 2 of these figures were auctioned this month and only made £53.96 and £29.00, so a sale for £400.00 isn’t really very likely to happen this side of Hades freezing over, is it???

Frank Salmon Red Devil Coleman's Mustard

Frank Salmon Red Devil Coleman's Mustard

kingsantiquesandcollectables sold a beautiful 12″ lozenge shaped dish (shape 1286 1) in PERSIAN GARDEN 3893 for £260.56 after 21 bids. The seller commented in his description “This is the best piece of Carlton Ware I have ever had dealing for over 10 years and these pictures do it no justice”. This is a really stunning piece and is probably my own personal favourite item of the month.

PERSIAN GARDEN 3893 diamond tray

PERSIAN GARDEN 3893 diamond tray

For fans of Embossed Ware, paulasbits (no sniggering, please readers), a seller from Lancashire in the UK, auctioned an ANEMONE  tazza shaped bon-bon in the yellow colourway with an orange flower. This attracted 10 different eBay bidders who made a total of 17 hard fought bids. It finally finished up at a really excellent £128.85. Surely a very satisfying price for the seller.
ANEMONE bon-bon

ANEMONE bon-bon

Far be it from me to ignore CW’s Blushware period either! This month a pair of 11″ ARVISTA 1062 vases, prodigiously early and interesting, extremely unusually shaped examples from around 1896 in excellent condition, were sold for £150.00 (Buy It Now) by the well known leading authority and UK collector and seller of CW Blushware.

Pair ARVISTA 1062 vases

Pair ARVISTA 1062 vases

Three fairly unusual  British army soldier figures were sold by blubberlover (Hey! Judge ye not readers. Does it make you a bad person is what I say?). I just love this seller name. It makes me laugh every time. Two sold for £41.00 each and one for £25.01. I haven’t seen these figures before. What can you tell me about them readers? Have you got any?

Military figures

Military figures

How about a drop of the hard stuff? Gazania 3592, part of the HANDCRAFT range,  is nothing if not a strong pattern and when mounted on CW’s handled pedestal bowl shape an art deco version of a punch in the teeth is guaranteed. 16 bids were placed for this hunky chap with the final price being £171.52. Not to all tastes, perhaps and so not a huge price, probably because the handles and rim are missing their gilding, but an imposing piece nevertheless. What do you think?

Gazania 3592 footed fruit bowl

Gazania 3592 footed fruit bowl

As a contrast I offer you Summer Flowers 3926, lightly and delicately done with a lovely nose. That reminds me (a red wine is in order right about now. I have been 2 finger typing for more than long enough to deserve it). Ahhh. Back to the task (hic). This and the item above were further offerings from summkit. This one fetched £258.20, perhaps a little below par for such a large piece in good condition in this pattern. What’s up with you lot out there? If only my pockets were still deep enough after a busy month of eBay (and I confess auction house) buying. It is a class piece. I bet the buyer is delighted with it, especially at this price.

Summer Flowers 3926 REVO tray

Summer Flowers 3926 REVO tray

I am always going on and on about deco patterns, but what about deco shapes? The triangular MODERN WARE tray shape 1601 is the archetypal deco shape and amongst my all time favourites, especially in the top pattern Heron and Magical Tree 4160 – £336.85 worth of pure pretty pottery poetry. I can just see Poirot now passing the leetle cream cakes to Miss Lemon to sample, can’t you?

Heron & Magical Tree 4160 MODERN WARE tray

Heron & Magical Tree 4160 MODERN WARE tray

Ok, enough from me for this month. If there isn’t an article next month my (possibly ex) wife will have won custody of the computer in our divorce settlement or I may be at the bottom of a lake talking to the fishes and wearing concrete boots. Oh dear.

In case it doesn’t get quite that bad I would welcome all comments as usual.

Best wishes and happy ebaying in June.

Ebay masterspy.

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5 Responses to June 2011

  1. Helen Martin says:

    Hi Masterspy
    Brilliant, for someone who hardly ever looks at eBay it is good to catch up. I know of about three soldiers for sale on a shelf in Fenton, Stoke on Trent. The stamp licker was a surprise, if only they would fetch that money on a stall. You will hopefully see one for sale at Stoke in September.
    As for the Red Devil, pie in the sky comes to mind. People who read price guides (or even produce them) need to get into the real world, very few of the prices are ever realistic and of course how many times do we here “well it was in the price guide at this”. aaargh!!

  2. Jenny Dawson says:

    The following message has been redacted. Please see the following post for an explanation.

    I have a Carlton Ware xxxxxxxx vase No xxx for sale and would be happy to hear from anyone who might be interested. I also have a small jug No xxxx which has a small chip on the base rim. Please email with offers.

    • heart-blog2 says:

      We thank you for your posting, but regret to say that this site isn’t intended to be a selling platform. Any reader of the site can comment on any item on the website (indeed we both encourage and welcome such comment) using the response and contact mechanisms we have in place. We will always offer any interested party information and where appropriate advice, with the exception that we do not offer a valuation service. In this case our general advice would be to offer the pieces you have for sale on ebay. If you feel unable to set a starting price we suggest you first take your pieces to an auctioneer, who will value ceramics.”

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