May 2012

 

“Oh, to be in England now that April’s there……”

Of course the poet Robert Browning couldn’t possibly have been talking about the all time record rainfall April we have just had, could he readers? No indeedy. Mind you, half the country has a hose pipe ban. Couldn’t script the stupidity of it, could you? Rule Britannia, eh! 

It has been an absolutely mega month on eBay for us CW addicts. It has been raining ceramic magic all month from beginning to end. Sorry Harvey, this month it will be a very looooooooong blog! In fact I could have written 2 equally good blogs this month, so let’s get right into it…………

PETUNIA 1987 teapot.

PETUNIA 1987 teapot.

I am going to start with 3 bits of early blush for a change this month. andrew.crossley.antiques listed a lovely quatrefoil shape teapot in the PETUNIA 1987 pattern. Real quality. Unsurprisingly it attracted blush fans far and wide and raised £157.99. Is it as pretty as it looks, buyer? It certainly looks a lovely piece.


POPPY 752 dessert set

POPPY 752 dessert set

This is the earliest pattern number I have featured (so far) in my blog. olliesdad1943 gave us a beautiful dessert set in POPPY 752. I can’t understand why only one bidder was interested in a complete and undamaged set from the very beginning of the CW story. The £23.00 which was paid does not do this set justice in any way in my opinion. Once again, I am compelled to ask you, readers, what are you doing?


Early and elegant ewers 56/1752

Early and elegant ewers 56/1752

 

Right at the front of the file marked “What a pity” was a pair of early slender and elegant ewers numbered 56/1752 sold by johnfandmaryp. Current thinking suggests this numbering style was used on higher price items such as these splendid pieces (top of the range as we say now). Both the pattern and the shape are extremely rare. One of the leading collectors of blush commented to me that although they were damaged he had to have them as he had only seen the pattern once before in all his years of collecting. Say no more.


JAZZ 3352 DON vase

JAZZ 3352 DON vase

 It is always interesting to see an item on eBay having previously seen it in the flesh. potteryvillage-dot did a little restoration on a JAZZ 3352 ruby ground DON vase, often now called an ice bucket, which he had bought at auction in January. After a 20 bid exchange it went to a lucky bidder for £728.00, but she had better move it sooner rather than later, or one of her cats might knock it off its perch. I don’t think this pot deserves any more oopsy daisy dropsy, do you?


BELL 3788 7” conical dish

BELL 3788 7” conical dish

 

A really lovely BELL 3788 7” conical dish in the same colourway followed very soon after. 9 bidders wanted this little gem. The winner had to pay the seller mosaic787 only £150.00 owing to a tiny chip to the back of the rim. Is it as small as it looks, buyer? Is it in pride of place where another pet can’t get at it?


Mandarins Chatting 3653 temple vases

Mandarins Chatting 3653 temple vases

 

12” tall Mandarins Chatting 3653 temple vases don’t often come by in pairs, even with some restoration to both. UK seller lujesjaz offered said rare jars though and sold them for £650.00. What a display they will make! If they are bought for sale, you wanna sell ‘em, buyer? Lurrrrvly!


Floral embossed ANEMONE tea for two

Floral embossed ANEMONE tea for two

Enough ruby lustre pots, for now at least. A tea for two set in the floral embossed ANEMONE offered as a Buy it Now by 1stepahead at £395.00 was soon snapped up despite a couple of small chips and some crazing. Always sought after, this pattern and set usually finds a buyer at prices in this bracket and this lot was no exception.


Sunflower Geometric 3334 vase

Sunflower Geometric 3334 vase

 

Readers will no doubt remember the 6” Sunflower Geometric 3334 vase sold by diddybox for £275.00 recently, well it made a speedy repeat appearance this month having been briefly in the care of david010746 and this time reached a much higher £500.00.  You never know, it might appear again one day.


MIKADO 2364 candle sticks

MIKADO 2364 candle sticks

Jaxwel67 probably likes MIKADO 2364 candle sticks. He probably likes them even more after he auctioned a nice pair for the considerable sum of £157.22. Happily, I am informed that they are just perfick.


Carre 3658 HANDCRAFT handled cigarette box S923

Carre 3658 HANDCRAFT handled cigarette box S923

On the other hand, well known collector/seller cpm1947 has probably ended up disappointed for the second month running when selling a lovely HANDCRAFT Carre 3658 cigarette box and making only £57.15. Another case of what is up with you readers? Ok, it had a couple of tiny chips, but I have seen it on display and it is nice. The buyer got a bargain here I reckon.


Eden 3989 charger

Eden 3989 charger

 

Similarly, ungaas may well have felt the same when only receiving bids from 1 bidder for a 13” Eden (AKA Tiger Tree) 3989 charger. It probably deserved a much higher price. I bet the buyer is delighted.


Heron & Magical Tree 4159 triangular dish

Heron & Magical Tree 4159 triangular dish

Back to the ruby lustre again. Lightning then struck ungaas right in the wallet again as exactly the same thing happened with a 10” triangular dish in Heron & Magical Tree 4159. This time the price was £647.99 with only 1 bidder prepared to pay the opening bid price. Having said which, if ungaas is very, very old and had it from new, the label on the back says that it was sold originally for 11/6d (this is 56½ pence in decimal currency), which has got to be a good profit, though the average week’s wages was then about £1! Patience is a virtue as they say.


BELL 3788 covered vase S311

BELL 3788 covered vase S311

 

Another lovely piece, this time in BELL 3788 was a 7” covered vase which was Buy-it-now/ONOed by vanilla-pods. It found a taker at £600.00. Almost mint, by the looks of it. A pride of place piece, if ever I saw one.


SKETCHING BIRD 3889 biscuit barrel

SKETCHING BIRD 3889 biscuit barrel

 

Keeping with the ruby theme (and it really has been a theme this month, readers) glad-findings brought to the table a cracker barrel in an unusual deco shape in SKETCHING BIRD 3889. This one reached £360.00. Considering the rarity of the shape and the nice pattern, were you disappointed by the final price, seller?


Nightingale 3562 table lamp

Nightingale 3562 table lamp

 

 

Nightingale 3562 lamp bases don’t come along very often, either, do they? Two were hatched out this Spring in quick succession. One was not sold as it didn’t reach its reserve price, but the other one, listed by mel1online soared skywards to £515.00.


Devil’s Copse 3769 CONE bowl S1062

Devil’s Copse 3769 CONE bowl S1062

 

My personal favourite piece this month was a fantastic 9” Devil’s Copse 3769 conical dish in yellow (yes, I did say yellow)! After 7 bidders had landed 15 mighty blows, seller mackems1 can pocket a highly satisfying £759.00. Luvly jubbly, Rodders! I am sure both the buyer and seller will be delighted with the outcome. Are you both?


GUM FLOWER 3794 ginger jar

GUM FLOWER 3794 ginger jar

 

mackems1 was on a roll now. Next up was a GUM FLOWER 3794  ginger jar. A big lump this one, at 11” in height. GUM FLOWER always does fairly well, so mackems1 will have to make enough room in that bulging pocket for another £102.00.


Forest Tree 3238 cigarette box S356

Forest Tree 3238 cigarette box S356

A stunning FORREST TREE 3238 cigarette box on little bun feet and with lashings of 24 carat splashed all over it pushed the GUM FLOWER ginger jar out of the way and demanded our attention. 7 bidders “went down to the woods today”, but nobody “got a big surprise” when this pot made £304.00 for markyeva1968.


Holly 3418 HANDCRAFT ginger jar with cracked cover

Holly 3418 HANDCRAFT ginger jar with cracked cover

Things were hotting up now, as even the French started to get in on the act, with the charmingly named seller spit941 (love it, another great id name – as the seller is French registered, I wonder if it is really El Hadji Diouf – football fans only) offering an 8” lidded ginger jar in Holly 3418, a HANDCRAFT pattern, which spiked its way up to a massive £1156.22, but alas readers, all was not well. After the end of the auction the buyer was informed the lid had a number of very visible cracks. Now, this buyer doesn’t do cracks, let alone when not advised of them until after the auction ends, so he emailed me to tell me how mad he was (quite rightly). Needless to say the sale was not completed and the item was listed again as a Buy-it-now/ ONO with the damage pictured. It went quickly for £413.92. I bet the first buyer felt like somebody had nicked his ice cream before he even had one lick.


Scroll HANDCRAFT vase S467

Scroll HANDCRAFT vase S467

Before we had time to wipe our brows and draw a raggedy breath another piece of HANDCRAFT with Scroll, this time a 6” vase in a pale blue colourway came up. Thankfully, this piece was said to be mint. Only 2 eBayers bid this time, but what lofty bids they were! tyler*95 found himself £1177.13 the richer, but what a beauty he has lost from his collection, readers. Did it hurt to part with it? Let us know.


PERSIAN GARDEN 3894 vase S466

PERSIAN GARDEN 3894 vase S466

Yet another wonderful rarity was soon available. This time it was a 5½” PERSIAN GARDEN 3894 vase on a sumptuous graduated turquoise ground. My little gob was proper smacked, let me tell you. I would have loved this one, but it went stratospheric, making £620.00 after 34 bids. Buyer, please tell me, is it as good as it looks on screen? I bet the seller, potteryvillage-dot is as happy as only a happy thing could be. Are you happy with the outcome too, potteryvillage-dot?


Lacecap Hydrangea 3969 vase S456

Lacecap Hydrangea 3969 vase S456

 

A seller who is not quite as actively selling CW as she used to is carltonwarekath. I suppose it is getting harder and harder to find good stuff at a resalable price. However, she found a nice 6½” vase in the red ground Lacecap Hydrangea 3969. 8 bidders fancied it, so it made £93.87. Are you happy with this amount, Kathy? I do hope you and Tony are well, by the way.


Birds on Bough 3394 jug S789

Birds on Bough 3394 jug S789

 

Birds on Bough 3394 is a pattern I am not too keen on, but plenty of you are. Despite some wear to the gilding on the handle, the 7¾” jug listed by appitantiques made a creditable £80.15 after 10 bids. As I say, not my cup of tea, but I am sure the buyer will find it eminently drinkable, so to speak.


JAZZ STITCH 3655 jug S789

JAZZ STITCH 3655 jug S789

 

Only 30 minutes later, another similarly sized and shaped jug ended, this time in JAZZ STITCH 3655. I am a big fan of this pattern, but my hand was stayed by the wear to the gilding. Nevertheless, this is a seriously deco pattern and always makes money. Despite the wear it reached a chunky £294.00 for seller getcarter3.


Crested Bird & Waterlily 3529 vase S217

Crested Bird & Waterlily 3529 vase S217

 

As the end of April raced toward us, a nice little Crested Bird & Waterlily 3529 6” vase did too. wenynot put this one up for sale. It had a little bit of crazing on the pale colours, but nothing excessive. Unfortunately it only made £112.00. I predict we will see this one again one day.

 

 

 

Lastly…….  Play the Game

In some respects I am of course highly flattered to be quoted verbatim in a seller’s listing, but if you are going to do so, I would be very grateful if an extra zero is not added to the price I have quoted for a sold item, the currency is not changed and the wording itself is not about a piece with completely different attributes. This is absolutely not acceptable to me as it is misleading for eBay buyers and I will not be any party to that. I am not all prissy about this, but please get it right, or please don’t do it! They don’t call me eBay masterspy for nothing, so I will spot such transgressions, wherever in the world they are perpetrated, xuout1971.

Mad Items of the Month

Previously I have given my advice to the ladies on sartorial elegance eBay style and on what to do when out doing a spot of “Ruby, don’t take your love to town”. Now, eventually ladies, there will inevitably come a time when you just need to get shut of that boring old CW obsessed nutter you are stuck with. Worry ye not, eBay has all the answers.

Speaking personally, I think the thing I fear most deeply is a bunch of marbles left at the top of the stairs. After all, once the perpetrator has heaved your prone and broken body out of the way and picked them all up, there is no evidence left at all. Ladies, 116thdream has provided you with the opportunity to commit the perfect crime for only £0.99! What a bargain! I hope ‘er Indoors never reads this bit!!!!! 
I have to say however, that the tradition of evil murdering women going way back to Lucretzia Borgia and well beyond is that the weapon of choice is poison, so I can offer you 2 alternatives. You could always use some good old fashioned and traditional ground glass (just think of the pain he will be in). Don’t stint on it, ladies, it may take a fair quantity to remove your little problem from the face of the earth. frostautorestoration has enough to do the job properly. 25Kg for only £19.99. Another absolute bargain. In fact you will probably have enough left over to finish off all his relatives too – you don’t want to share the inheritance, do you?

Perhaps you feel that your man has been a rat (I can understand that, buying yet another piece of CW on the quiet, hiding it in plain sight in a busy display cabinet – hell, I’ve done it myself and I know one or two others who do the same). That obviously calls for a good dose of industrial strength rat poison. Seller swiftbuys234 can solve your problems. Nothing worse of course than your hubby clinging grimly on to his miserable life and frustrating you (despite the obvious and highly satisfying massive internal bleeding), so I recommend that you buy a full 2.5Kg tub of happiness for only £21.95.

Ladies, I am not a greedy man. If my advice has helped you solve your intractable problem, a mere 10% of his estate paid into my account at the Bank of Switzerland, a/c no. 1234567890 would be most deserved and thoroughly welcome. Surely, that is the biggest bargain of all. I think that finishes that series off nicely.

Finally, as you know my blog has been littered with tales of magnificent pieces of CW broken in the post. My thanks go to eBay seller doc_julio, who has sent a really useful guide to packing fragile items to withstand the rigours of our postal system. It will appear on the website shortly.

As ever, I welcome your responses (and this time, your cheques as well).

Good eBaying next month and let’s hope it is as good a month as this one was.

eBay masterspy.

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7 Responses to May 2012

  1. Toni says:

    Hi Masterspy, thank you for your most recent post. I really, really, really wanted the “Scroll”, Handcraft vase for my very own, however, the children do need to be educated !
    I am hoping that you may be able to shed some light on a query I have in regard to 2 small Carlton Ware jars, that I own. In “Carlton Ware The Complete Guide” by the Kosniowski’s they are pictured on page 244 in the Shape section as pattern number 155.
    I have seen them referred to as small pot pourri holders. One has it’s lid, sadly the other does not. Both have the electric blue, lustre background. The patterns on them are Stork and Bamboo and New Mikado. My question is , are they supposed to have maker’s marks on them? Mine do not. The first one I purchased was minus lid. As I could not find a maker’s mark on the body of the pot I thought perhaps the lid might have the identification mark. However, I now have one with a lid , and no mark to be found. Am I correct in thinking that they were produced minus an identifying mark?
    Also if they were marked, would they be stamped with the W & R Carlton Ware Mark?
    I guess my greatest concern is that even though they are in a recognised Carlton Ware shape and have identifiable Carlton Ware Patterns that they are in fact impostors!
    Looking forward to closure on this mystery,
    Kind regards, Toni

    • Harvey says:

      Hi Toni

      I think I can help with your query about your Carlton Ware pot-pourris, which I am sure are genuine. As you know, they have a pointed base. To enable the pot-pourris to stand they are raised on four small feet, too small to carry a backstamp. The backstamp on the examples I have is centred on the pointed base despite the limited space available. Here too the pattern number is written.

      So why do these not appear to be present on your two examples?

      I suggest that they are there but you can’t see them!

      Usually, but not always, backstamps are printed underglaze on the white biscuit ware before decoration is applied. I am sure this is the case with your STORK & BAMBOO and NEW MIKADO examples. However the wonderful petrol or electric blue ground that is applied after the backstamp obscures the backstamp. I would hazard a guess that if you examined the pointed base under strong light you might just about see that the backstamp is there after all. Move the pot-pourris about in the light to catch site of the marks. It is likely that for pots of this age both carry the Crown backstamp, though it could also be the Script mark.

      On later pieces, to overcome the “missing mark” when dark backgrounds are used sometimes a gold printed mark was used. This being placed on glaze was applied over the dark background so was visible.

      Hope this helps.

      The Scroll HANDCRAFT vase was indeed lovely, but so are your pot-pourris.

      Best, Harvey

      • Toni says:

        Hello Harvey,
        Thank you so much for your help.
        Great excitement; with strong light and a magnifying glass I have been able to discern the Crown Backstamp, ( Crown 1894 – 1927 ) on the Stork and Bamboo. It was not unlike finding a small hidden treasure !
        I am still unable to find a mark on the other pot- pourri .
        I asked my husband and 18 year old, ( whose young eyes picked up the other back stamp unaided once we knew what to look for), to also have a look.
        Not to worry I am reassured that it is, as you mentioned, hidden under the deep blue glaze.
        Much appreciation, Toni

        • ebay masterspy says:

          Hello Toni,
          I am so glad that Harvey has managed to answer your question. I wasn’t ignoring your enquiry about the pot pouries. I was away for the weekend in Scotland at the latest CWW thrash and had no access to my emails. This jaunt incorporated a trip to the Ingliston Antique Fair (which is right next to Edinburgh Airport – just handy for a quick getaway if you sneak off without paying for your purchases) and trips to an antique centre and to 2 members’ homes to view their lovely collections. I managed to buy a couple of nice pieces myself, so I have returned home tired, but happy!
          Thank you for your post. As previously, feel free to send as many as you wish, on whatever CW subject you wish.
          Best wishes,
          ebay masterspy

  2. Diddybox says:

    Hi Masterspy,
    Just a note regarding the Sunflower Geometric I sold on Ebay for £275.
    I feel sorry for the buyer who subsequently paid £500, for it was wrongly described by the seller who misguidedly stated a similar one sold at Christie’s for a vast sum. Not true this little vase although perfect had only limited decoration missing most of the true pattern including the sunflower a bit like Fighting cocks without the cocks which does exist. This is not sour grapes as I had this vase for over ten years and made a nice little earner out of it, good luck to David but in my opinion tough on the buyer.

  3. Toni says:

    Hello Masterspy,
    Am envious of your proximity to Edinburgh to be able to have quick getaways. beautiful city indeed.
    I have another query that I’m seeking clarification on. I recently purchased a lovely wee vase that was described as having a ” hairline on the inside”. A picture was included and indeed an injurious line of some description could be seen. What I was wondering is what constitutes a “hairline crack” as opposed to a full blown “crack” ? I was under the impression that if I could feel the line while running my fingernail across on one side only that this would be a hairline crack and that if it could be felt both sides, i.e full thickness that it was a crack proper irregardless of whether it was visible to the naked eye? Is there a general consensus on this? Kind Regards, Toni

  4. Laura says:

    i was wondering if you could give some more details/information on these Early and elegant ewers 56/1752 (may 2012) page, 3rd item down. i would love to know the pattern, approx price, age etc. I think these are lovely and very elegant many thanks in advance for your time.

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