September 2011

Once More Unto The Breach, Dear Friends, Once More…

Another month has passed and more CW has passed me by. Hey ho. If only I had enough money for the WAGON WHEELS 3813 jug vase auctioned by doc_julio. Trust me I haven’t. It went for a whacking great £1200. What a beauty though. A masterspy reader, Dennis, called it the “real deal”. Couldn’t agree more!

WAGON WHEELS 3813  jug vase S496

WAGON WHEELS 3813 jug vase S496

bull4949 brought to market a terrific gondola in Gazania3592. A good example, this piece attracted over 160 watchers and 5 bidders made 9 bids, which topped out at £207.65.

Gazania 3592 GONDOLA

Gazania 3592 GONDOLA

Those who know me will tell you that I am partial to a spot of MODERN WARE. auchoillie4 auctioned a 4 person coffee set in different mottled colours with lashings of gilding. With little wear, and being so unusual, it surprised me that only one bid was made on the set, so it sold for the starting price of £199.99. However, Sara and John, who had seen these items in the flesh observed that some of the decoration was crude suggesting that it could have been part out decorated.

MODERN part coffee set

Well known collector and seller cpm1947 used eBay to divest herself of a lovely vase in Hedgerow 4119 (aka Primula and Leaf with Butterfly). The vase sold for £131.00 after 2 bids. Again this piece went for less than one would think for a piece in such lovely condition. EBay strikes again, giving somebody a real bargain.

Hedgerow 4119 vase S406

Hedgerow 4119 vase S406

One of CW’s many triumphs as a pottery maker was the stunning pattern Nightingale 3562. a.kerr put up a wonderful tall stemmed gondola for sale in almost unmarked condition. This time there were 15 bids and the price rose to £571.00. In my view another super bargain, but hold hard readers, there may be more on this in a future edition of my blog.

Nightingale 3562 REVO COMPORT

Nightingale 3562 REVO COMPORT

One of the most consistent and successful sellers of CW on eBay is oscarpops. This seller must have a cellar somewhere stuffed full of joy for a CW collector. I was particularly taken with a fantastic 10” OXFORD bowl in CHINALAND 3015 on the ruby ground. Ye gods and little fishes, what a pot! You must all agree with me out there, because there were 460 viewers. 11 bids were tabled and the outcome was a cracking £776.00.

CHINALAND 3015 OXFORD bowl

CHINALAND 3015 OXFORD bowl

Do you like a clean and simple classic deco pattern, dear readers? What about Carre 3658? A nice jug was listed by vons-treasurechest, which moved 5 bidders to make a play. The price reached £112.00, even with a little wear to the silvering on the handle.

Carre 3658 jug S469

Carre 3658 jug S469

Many people love Embossed Ware. I have a couple of pieces myself, readers. Mind you, I don’t have one of these. Seller attherainbowsend (how suitable a name in this case) auctioned a teapot in the purple lidded ANEMONE. After 15 bids it had achieved a lofty £361.51 – a terrific result.

ANEMONE teapot

ANEMONE teapot with purple lid

As many regular readers will know both Mrs. Masterspy and I love Summer Flowers 3926. I also love the diamond dish as a display shape. mybruno123’s offering combined both of these in one package. There were 15 bids, but the price only went to £84.00. The piece looked so good, the gilding looked sooooo perfect, if perhaps a little matt, I wondered if it was restored, or if potential bidders had thought so. Did you buy it? Is it restored? Beautiful nevertheless.

Summer Flowers 3926 diamond tray

Summer Flowers 3926 diamond tray

Another stonking great success for oscarpops was a 442 shape vase in Heron & Magical Tree 4159. There were only 5 bidders, but by Godfrey, were they determined, or wot? The price ballooned to a massive £1232.21. A “Magical Tree” indeed!

Heron & Magical Tree 4159 vase

Heron & Magical Tree 4159 vase

As if that wasn’t enough excitement for one month, dealsanmore put up a DEVIL 3765 vase in shape 217. Wowww! Light the blue touch paper and stand back to a safe distance. Only the daft and the dedicated need apply (10 did, making 20 bids). It soared to £1933.00! Go straight to your bank dealsanmore, do not pass go, do not collect £200 (after all, you don’t bloomin’ need it now, do you)? I would like to tell you about the DEVIL vase I own, but I can’t, for the simple reason that I don’t….. But somebody does….. Lucky devil!

DEVIL 3765 vase

DEVIL 3765 vase S217

Another fine example of Carlton Ware drew the month to a close. mackems1 risked it for a biscuit with a lovely covered vase in CHINALAND 2948 (great shape for this pattern). Unsurprisingly, this was hard fought over. After 13 bids, the victor has had to part with £671.83.

CHINALAND 2948 covered vase

CHINALAND 2948 covered vase

Ok, so that’s dealt with the good stuff, now what about the mad stuff? Has eBay let us down this month? Not a bit of it, readers. With so many nutters out there is it possible to go a whole month without any mad items? No, of course not.

In the worrying section this month is dtm_enterprises. This eBayer listed 20 pens for £14.99 Buy it Now or Best Offer. So what, I hear you say? Well, it’s like this, the pens look like hypodermic syringes containing a coloured liquid and the seller says they would be good for a doctor, nurse or dentist. Ok, I don’t know about you, readers, but if my doctor or dentist hove into view clutching one of these pens and smiling a Boris Karloff smile I would be overtaking Usain Bolt as I left the surgery. Even weirder and more worrying still is that they have sold plenty of them!

Ok, so the last one could be put down as black but quirky humour (cast ye not a stone at her and so on). This one is just strange. Who would want to buy such a thing as this? Even odder is this seller’s sheer unmitigated cheek in listing an old faded Polaroid photo in poor condition and asking $35.00 (£21.60) for it as turntablebooks of New York did. Sorry, but that is plain old optimistic, stupid, or just mad, one or the other. Needless to say, no bids.

That’s one bookshop I am keeping out of next time I am in the Big Apple and no mistake.
Right, that’s my work done for another month, readers. As always I love your feedback. Feel free to respond using the response form provided.

Happy eBaying in September.
Ebay Masterspy.

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3 Responses to September 2011

  1. Barbara Foskett says:

    How nice to see my newly won Anemone Teapot listed! I added it to my CW teapot collection. I started out innocently enough with embossedware salt and peppers, cruets and cups/saucers then preserve pots, toast racks, small bowls, plates and biscuit barrels. I then moved on to bestware. Now I have a little bit of everything CW! I do enjoy your commentaries! Spy on SuperSpy!
    Barbara

    • ebay masterspy says:

      Hello Barbara,
      Nice to hear from such a prominent collector as yourself. In my case my starting point was CW Chinoiserie before moving on to the Deco phase pieces. There were several pieces on ebay in August which I am sure attracted most collectors. Were you tempted to bid on anything else? We are putting in a new kitchen at home, so I had to curb my enthusiasm (curses). Thank you for saying you enjoy my blog. It is almost a year since I began. I intend to do an extra article soon showing some of my favourite pieces from the year on ebay. If you, or anybody out there has any particular favourites you feel should be included please let me know.
      Best wishes,
      ebay masterspy

  2. Keep up the good work. Your comments and wit always bring a smile,
    Take care, from Rebecca
    South Africa

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