April 2012

In Honour of the Mad March Hare We Start with eBay’s Mad Items of the Month.

Last month readers I kitted out the good ladies in some spiffing new eBay togs. It would be stupid to waste said kwolity togs, so let’s go out tonight à la eBay! What is the first thing you need when going out on eBay town? Yup, plenty of money. Now, I have told you all of the many calls on my money recently. I am having to make it stretch for ever. Luckily eBay, as ever, provides the perfect solution. What you need is some stretchy money. Seller smuttygifts has stretchy €50 notes. Handy when your 30 thirsty friends are looking for a drink and it is your round. Only £1.99.

At some point on your big night out ladies you are going to say to yourselves “What am I doing shacked up with this loser who is only interested in pottery?” Then…. there he is, across the crowded room – that magical moment is suddenly upon you! Be still your beating hearts. Is he the new man for you? Can trusty eBay help? It sure can. You need a set of male rating cards, another £1.99 gem from smuttygifts. There are ten cards in the pack printed with numbers and slogans thusly…..1. Complete Minger 2. Dream On! 3. I’m drunk – not blind! 4. I’ve had worse! 5. Wouldn’t say no! 6. Tasty! 7. Cute Ass! 8. Total Hunk! 9. Well fit! 10. Hit the jackpot!

 

And if you decide he is indeed Mr Right, you obviously need to inform him of this fact mucho pronto. This item is…. how to put it in words….. errrrr, direct! smuttygifts has come to your rescue again ladies for only £3.99. This item needs no further words from me.


Right, on with the blog…..

JAZZ STITCH 3655 vase S463
JAZZ STITCH 3655 vase S463

 

Blog reader tyler*95 from the good ol’ US of A binned a lovely 8” globular vase in JAZZ STITCH 3655. The vase sold for £661.88 – what a bargain! Your truly is lusting again readers, I am afraid.


FAIRY 3576 ginger jar missing cover
FAIRY 3576 ginger jar missing cover

 

tann10 auctioned a FAIRY 3576 ginger jar minus its lid, but despite attracting 13 bids up to £869.00 it didn’t reach its reserve price. Reserve price too high then, wasn’t it?


Floral Comets 3422 covered vase S244

Floral Comets 3422 covered vase S244

 

glad-findings found this lidded jar in Floral Comets 3422 and sold it after 12 bids for £111.09. Unfortunately it has suffered a bit of oopsy daisy dropsy. Regrettably it didn’t bounce. Even so, it is a rare colourway and will restore beautifully I am sure.


GARDEN GATE 3863 CONE bon-bon S797

GARDEN GATE 3863 CONE bon-bon S797

 

By way of contrast I should include small pieces (especially as Mrs Masterspy likes small pieces), so what about this little trefoil conical dish in GARDEN GATE 3863 sold by well known Aussie seller pixie5144 for £45.48? I like this pattern because it is almost cartoon like in style and yet somehow is also enigmatic. What mysterious story lies beyond the gate, readers?


Berry Cluster 4821 coffee set

Berry Cluster 4821 coffee set

 

I don’t often feature Carlton China in my blogs. Don’t know why. I like it well enough. A very nice 4 person coffee set was eBayed by mackems1 this month in Berry Cluster 4821 with its powder blue ground and gilt interiors. 13 eBayers must have agreed with me because they all made bids on it. A price of £155.00 was eventually paid by the winner. Was it you, reader? Is it as nice in the hand as it is on the screen? Let us know?


Flowering Papyrus 3242 vase

Flowering Papyrus 3242 vase

 

Another part of CW’s vast range that I probably don’t pay enough attention to is HANDCRAFT. Again, I don’t know why not. I really like some HANDCRAFT patterns. One which really struck me as a lovely piece was an unusually shaped 11” vase in Flowering Papyrus 3242. This came to eBay via maisy-patcheye and only made £44.99 due to a hairline crack and some crazing. Stick it on the top shelf buyer and turn the crack to the back! It will look seriously striking.


Zig Zag 3356 chamber stick

Zig Zag 3356 chamber stick

 

While on the subject of handcraft pieces a real CW tour de force came up this month. This was a chamber stick in Zig Zag 3356. The winner is probably quite smug to have had to battle only 4 other bidders for it. Paid a pretty penny for it though – £186.15.


Geometrica 3566 vase S467

Geometrica 3566 vase S467

 

I’m on a roll now, readers. Another handcraft piece hove into view from Durban in South Africa. ungaas listed a Geometrica 3566 4¾” vase which unfortunately had 2 tiny rim chips. Despite this it still made £224.96.


TUBELINED TREE 3943 vase S467

TUBELINED TREE 3943 vase S467

 

Really ringing the changes this month! Next up I want to mention a little 4” vase in TUBELINED TREE 3943. Seller partiques*uk proclaimed it to be in outstanding condition, which probably contributed to a good price of £99.99 being paid by a single bidder. I am a fan of the tubelined patterns and have pieces in this pattern and in TUBELINED FLOWER.


Mad Hatter eggcup from the ALICE range S3398

Mad Hatter eggcup from the ALICE range S3398

 

I was tempted to place this item in mad items of the month, but decided to give the seller the benefit of the doubt. Speculation or a mistake? charityaidtheworldcares2011 binned 4 Mad Hatter egg cups from the 1980’s ALICE range for a price of £7500 each!!! No, I haven’t forgotten to enter a decimal somewhere. The seller claimed they were “extremely rare, highly collectable and sought after”. A few days later the price was changed to £65.00. Another seller, cashquest3 also listed one of these and got no bids at a price of £15.00, so say no more. Make your own minds up.


MONK cruet minus stand S2845

MONK cruet minus stand S2845

 

Novelties, I hear you say. Wot abaht novelties? Ok. I liked this cheerful little 3 piece MONK cruet set auctioned by 1annrabbit. It received 7 bids and went for £21.00.


SKIER teapot

SKIER teapot

 

Frequently seen on eBay the SKIER teapot is another chirpy little novelty item. Seller miracle0115 asked for one, but only achieved a price of £21.00.


BARGE 2519 chargers

BARGE 2519 chargers

I started my CW collecting with chinoiserie patterns. I still have a soft spot for BARGE 2519 so when sjh9531 listed a pair of 12½” chargers in very good condition I obviously kept my eye on them. They went for a very reasonable £205.00. I predict we will see them again one day on eBay, possibly separately.


BLACKBERRY preserve S1266

BLACKBERRY preserve S1266

 

Aussie seller debscornucopia tried a preserve pot from the embossed BLACKBERRY range. Unfortunately the lid had a bit of a chip and the pot exhibits the usual crazing, so it only fetched £27.03. Pretty though.


Devils Copse 3817 VELOX bowl

Devils Copse 3817 VELOX bowl

Another sadly damaged piece was a VELOX bowl in the matt turquoise version of Devils Copse 3817 launched by deafeardave. It has a rim chip and some cracks in the base. Heaven knows how much it would have gone for if it had been perfect, as it was it still raised a solid £178.73.


Feathertailed Bird & Flower 3355 vase S463

Feathertailed Bird & Flower 3355 vase S463

 

A piece without any significant damage was a lovely little 4¾” vase in Feathertailed Bird & Flower 3355. Strong colours and a strong pattern in my opinion. Seller cpm1947 might feel slightly let down by you eBayers. A price of £167.00 is not far short of a bargain. Are you happy with it, buyer? I would be.


BEE range honeycombe box

BEE range honeycombe box

 

Another seller who probably thinks the price was not right might be Puffett. Normally the BEE range items attract serious interest, but only one bid was placed, so the lucky buyer only paid £40.00. Lucky indeed.


Iceland Poppy 4221 MODERN WARE tray S1571

Iceland Poppy 4221 MODERN WARE tray S1571

 

Also in bargain territory we had a 10” finned dish in Iceland Poppy 4221 which maisy-patcheye stated had no crazing which is unusual for this pattern and colourway. Mysteriously it only made £59.89. I know Iceland Poppy isn’t DEVIL or JAZZ, but come on you lot. That’s cheap.


FAN 3557 powder bowl cover

FAN 3557 powder bowl cover

Mind you, none of the above pieces are as cheap as this one. ungaas also listed a powder bowl in FAN 3557 and it went under everyone’s radar. Well, everyone’s radar except one. The buyer paid an astonishingly cheap £188.64. I have been in touch with the buyer and he is just a little bit pleased. In fact, he is probably still rolling around on the floor laughing, the old thief! To add insult to injury he tells me that it is mint! Don’t worry readers; on your behalf I have told him he is a thief and a lucky thief for good measure.


Rayure 3955 MODERN WARE sugar bowl

Rayure 3955 MODERN WARE sugar bowl

monticellomike continues to reduce his collection (in only 2400 years it will all be sold)! Amongst the pieces he sold this month was a little sugar bowl in Rayure 3955. This is a truly stunning deco pattern in masterspy’s opinion. The trouble is, others thought so too. I made the stupid mistake of sitting on my hands thinking it wouldn’t make its reserve. It did, so I don’t own it. Damn it. Worse still readers, monticellomike isn’t planning to sell any more pieces of Rayure. Damn again.


MIKADO 2364 teapot

MIKADO 2364 teapot

 

amheretosell – a no nonsense name if ever I saw one – auctioned a very unusual teapot shape in MIKADO 2364. 10 bidders recognised its rarity and made bids all the way up to £266.00. A high price for MIKADO these days, but how many more of this shaped teapot are you going to see?


Malcolm Gooding Queen Mother sheep

Malcolm Gooding Queen Mother sheep

 Now then, I wonder if my readers Sally and Janette were the lucky buyers of any of the Malcolm Gooding Sheep which were auctioned by damiin this month. Were you, ladies? Do let us know if you were successful. If not….. Baaaaaah (sorry, couldn’t help myself). The one which sold for the highest price was the Queen Mother sheep.  It made £70.00 which is high for one of these.

(Apologies to the seller damiin  with the error we made about saying the Queen Mum was wrongly categorised.  Identifying some of the Gooding models is confusing).  To see click here


Well, that’s me done for another month. I hope you have enjoyed reading it. Our webmaster is getting it sent to him earlier than usual this month, because I have a wedding to plan and a Father of the Bride speech to write. OMG. Despite these onerous duties I will answer all queries and comments in the usual way, so feel free to send them entirely as normal.
Best wishes,
eBay masterspy

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15 Responses to April 2012

  1. Jack Segal says:

    Well hello masterspy,
    so you calling me a thief !!!! and not only a thief but an old thief my answer to you my friend?????? is every dog has his day, if you spend as much time as I do on the key board you have to get lucky sometimes.
    And just to wet your appetite the Fan powder bowl is better than I could ever wish for.
    Good luck with the wedding and enjoy the day.
    Jack from down under.

    • ebay masterspy says:

      Hello Jack,
      Just jealous, Jackie my boy. You lucky man.
      Thanks for the kind words about the wedding.
      We are just at the bit where we are looking at the tihngs which could go wrong on the big day and the women folk are stressing out big time.
      I reckon ebaying has done me a lot of good in that respect.
      All those times watching the auction clock count down and seeing yet another cherished item go elsewhere has made me pretty fatalistic and pressure hardned. If it goes wrong now it goes wrong, so I am not getting stressed.
      Nevertheless, as I sit down after it is over, speech made, you can rest assured I will begin a mighty supping session the like of which would stun a bull elephant (unless an important auction is finishing, of course).
      Ha ha,
      ebay masterspy

  2. Barbara USA says:

    Hello Masterspy!

    I liked that Mikado teapot enough to win it and it has exceeded my expectations! Not that I needed to add to the Mikado pieces I already have but an interesting and unusual shape is a joy! Maybe I should have tried for the coffee pot too as I hate to see such matching items separated….but I did win a sugar bowl which matches so now I’m on the lookout for a matching cream jug…..

    Barbara

    • ebay masterspy says:

      Hello Barbara,
      Glad it more than met your expectations.
      The shape was certainly very unusual.
      What will you go for next I wonder??????
      ebay masterspy

  3. Toni Purcell says:

    Hello Masterspy,
    The Geometrica vase made the trip from South Africa to Australia in great form. It sure has personality. Happily it has only 1 tiny rim nibble and is just over 5 inches in size.
    The small Tubelined Tree Vase you refer to also now resides in Australia and is now keeping company with 2 Tubelined Flower big sister vases! It is a very clean and nurtured piece looking as new as the day it was made I imagine, feels lovely in the hand.
    Toni

  4. ebay masterspy says:

    Hello Toni,
    Very nice to hear from you. I always wonder when somebody buys a piece with a small flaw such as the nibble on your Geometrica vase whether the purchase is made with the intention of restoration or not. The pictures in the listing certainly seem to show a vase which doesn’t really need restoring, but I would be interested to know if it is to be left as is. The Tubelined Tree vase is in the same shape, of course. Are you a pattern collector, or a shape collector? One of your fellow countrymen has perhaps 6 to 8 trinket dishes in different patterns, for example, which make a spectacular display and I know several collectors whose main interest is coffee sets which are also stunning on display.
    Best wishes,
    ebay masterspy

  5. Toni says:

    Good Morning Masterspy,
    I collect only what I find to be beautiful. I do tend to have a shape theme going on but that is accidental. Almost all of my pieces pre date 1940. My collection has proven very useful for introducing folks to the tremendous scope and variety of Carlton Ware and I often purchase to regift to others.
    I don’t know what to do with my Geometrica vase. Would you recommend a repair? Do you feel that a repaired piece adds to the value over the piece retaining a minute fault.
    The flaw is at the rear, is roughly half the size of a small match head and is at the side of the rim not the top. It does not diminish it’s beauty for me and as I am keeping it a repair may be irrelevant, although I would still be interested to learn of fellow collectors views on the merits of repairs and whether a repair improves the value of a damaged piece if done professionally.
    Take care,
    Toni

    • ebay masterspy says:

      Hello again Toni,
      This is one of the most interesting aspects of collecting anything breakable which has had a long life. Very few pieces of CW from pre-1940 survive without a scratch, so what to do?
      I think in this case I personally would leave it alone. I have just had another look at the pix on the listing and you are correct in saying that the damage is on the side of the pattern and not on top of the rim, so you should be able to display it without the chip showing (unless you place it below eye line of course). You certainly seem to be at ease with that course of action.
      Although the restoration would be fairly simple to do (and reasonably inexpensive) as the affected area is not in a highly patterned part the gilding will need to be dealt with and it is problematical as to whether the colour and lustre of the original gilding can be matched and without looking “painted” as well.
      It is easy to decide what to do if the chips, cracks or wear are significant, because you are likely to have paid much less than the same piece would have realised undamaged. The improvement made by the repair will be obvious and therefore worth it in those terms.
      In respect of post restoration value the piece will never be worth the same as a perfect one and the resale price will depend on how “invisible” the work is and whether there is any other general wear not being touched.
      That is my view, but I recognise that other readers may well feel very differently. Some might always restore, while others might never do so. I would be very interested in other readers’ views on this, so please comment further on this everybody. It would be especially interesting if a restorer could comment.
      Best wishes,
      ebay masterspy

  6. carole moore says:

    Interesting conundrum restoration or not! my view is if you have a restorer with reputation e.g. seen quality of workmanship then restore if it makes you feel more contented with the piece. Once a piece is restored the value is nearly always reduced by at least a third or more unless the piece is extremely rare, which this vase is not. Another view is if the gilding has to be restored this will always show even with the best restorer one can find, therefore if this nick is so small I would not bother spending another £70 because you will not get this money back if you come to sell the piece. I have a Floral Comets Temple Jar which is damaged I was thinking about restoration however the longer I look at it I cannot see the damage and just enjoy the beauty of the piece, this pot may not now reach the restorers delicate hands because guilding has to be painted over which will show. Its your preference at the end of day.

    • Toni says:

      Thank you Carole and Masterspy for the considered and greatly appreciated responses. As I live in a rural area and would also have to add the cost of travelling to my nearest quality restorer in Melbourne, I will happily leave my vase with it’s slight imperfection.
      Toni

      • ebay masterspy says:

        Hi Toni,
        Your rural location clinches it really. 2 choices now…. shlep down to the post office and risk the post twice (out and back) or get into the old jalopy and emit some co2. Either option might push the cost beyond the level of the national debt of Peru (sorry Peru). Of course you can always go to Melbourne for another reason and kill 2 birds with one stone, but again, you have to have another reason to go a second time to collect the restored pot. Having said all of which if you happen to find a 10″ vase in Wagon Wheels and only pay a few quid because it is in 2 pieces it is a no brainer to have it restored. Thanks for the interesting exchange of posts and if you feel like contributing again further, now or on any other matter at any time in the future, your thoughts would be most welcome. Thanks also to Carole for your contribution. If anybody else wishes to continue this thread I am happy to discuss further, especially if you do restoring (as a hobby or as a profession).
        Best wishes,
        ebay masterspy

  7. Charlie says:

    If you do decide to restore a piece and need to find a good”restorer”, then I would suggest that you contact a museum in your area and ask who they would recommend. Even if the museum does not have ceramics in their collection, they may still know of a good ceramic’s restorer. Or they will refer you to another museum that has ceramics.
    The folks recommended by my local museum has worked out very nicely. (and it works for other services also…I now also use the same framer that the local museum does.

    FYI

  8. David Macdonald says:

    With regard to the Iceland Poppy dish, the prices for this pattern are all over the place I have discovered recently. I purchased a 10″ dish at auction recently in good nick for £16 but I couldn’t sell a Moderne Jug in excellent condition in this pattern at Fieldings last auction with a reserve of £60. I am sure you have noticed that recently that Vanilla-Pods has been asking £550 for the diamond shape finned dish. Help!!! On another subject you will have no doubt noticed the Tiger Tree ginger jar currently being offered at a BIN of £1300, I was one of the underbidders on this at an auction a couple of weeks ago. It sold for £600 + costs. Seller being rather ambitious.!!

    Regards,

    David

    • ebay masterspy says:

      Hello David,
      Yes, I agree. Iceland P is indeed all over the place at the moment. Firstly, I declare an interest…. I love Iceland P and have a couple of pieces. Some sellers are being really silly at the moment, however (may I say, greedy?) and I think it only makes buyers feel that they may become somewhat exposed if they buy, so they simply don’t buy and the item goes round and round and round for months and months. An item in the same pattern which exemplifies this is a finned dish in tip top condition which was purchased for around £60 on ebay a short time ago and then relisted almost immediately for an eye watering and ridiculous £285. It just isn’t on. I have always said that it is fair enough to seek a profit when a seller takes a risk and buys the stock, but it is just a waste of listing fees and search time to over price to that degree.
      As for the seller you mention, anybody who pays much more than a quarter of the amount asked for their Iceland P diamond dish quite simply wants their bumps feeling!
      Thanks for your post and feel free to respond on this or any other topic (I particularly value posts from sellers),
      ebay masterspy

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