We found this on a brocante sale in rural France. I can only guess at the age...it could come from any period but I'll say 1960s. A solid brass plaque for the kitchen door. A great gift for someone who likes to know they are in their beloved kitchen! A real heavy quality item around 6" long (15 cm) (just guessing that as it's in storage). A dream present for any aspiring chef.

£23  ($us. 30)   ref. no. G.018   (please contact us with the ref. no. for shipping costs and details of PayPal payments)     contact   or   buy at our shop : 

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Found this on a brocante sale in France. A well known make, SMI. Very 50s, and incredibly, still working! It still has its key and ticks and tocks as it should. I can't guarantee accuracy, but it's in remarkable condition for its age. It has a light greenish Formica surround with black plastic trim. An absolute must for any designer trying to replicate a 50s room. 

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This is a pair of brass wall mounted candle sconces found on a brocante sale in rural France.They are solid brass, but the bowls beneath may be copper. They are in excellent working condition. I have left them in their tarnished condition as some people prefer the aged dull look and areas of verdigris, but if you prefer the shiny look, it would take very little work to achieve that with a good cleaning product. From the wall, they reach out to a length of 7.5" (19 cm)

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This is a good solid, clean, and usable vintage coffee storage container from the 1950s. Made from enamelware in a very decorative 50s/60s style. We found this on a brocante sale in rural central France. It would look great up on the shelf of a dresser in a French style kitchen. A beautiful well made object and authentically rural French.

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A pair of powder compacts found on a French brocante sale from the Art Deco period (1930s). A little battered in places, but as you can see from the second photo, in great usable condition inside with original pads....and some powder! These would make a couple of great gifts for someone who loves that period as much as their face!

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This is probably from the 1950s, and is still in magnificent usable condition. For decades in France, no workman was without one of these enamelware containers for his noon meal. You know how the French are about their food! It has a lovely mottled enamel covering...all parts working and un-rusted.

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We found these cards on a brocante sale in rural France. Postcards sent between lovers around the time of WW1. If you speak a little French, you can lose yourself in the often sad exchanges between lovers, all hand written. Sad, because as you can guess, many of the soldiers never returned. A real piece of history that would make an interesting and poignant display in a double sided glass frame.

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This is a beautiful old French enamelware candle holder found on a brocante sale in rural France. Many a book must have been read by its light during the early part of the last century. A bit battered as you would expect for something so old and well used, and looking better and more authentic for it.

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This is an extremely old tin from the company of Bordin in Paris. It was once used for preserved mushrooms. My guess is that it is from the very early part of the last century, but may be even older. It has a cork top, and mysteriously, an old postage stamp attached! Needless to say that this beautiful old piece of French domestic history is purely for decorative purposes.

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An old pastel tin from the very early part of the last century. Docteur Guyot's cure all in a tin that takes the form of a book. Very collectable as a tin, but unfortunately for chest sufferers...its empty! It measures 3.5"  x  3"  x  0.5".

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 It is commonly agreed that the work jacket originated in the late 19th. Century France. The blue colour of the French work-wear, or 'bleu de travail' as it became known was a rich indigo, and served as a hierarchical distinction in the world of work. Blue for general workers, with white and grey serving those in more superior positions. Paradoxically, the more well heeled fashion conscious sectors of today's society crave the image of the lowly work clothes of the past.

The 'bleu de travail' jacket has its variations, but almost universally features a box shape cut with large pockets and button up front, usually made in heavy canvas. The blue dye is often fairly cheap and so fades easily, a feature so beloved by the fashionistas.

Several companies have manufactured 'bleu de travail' in the past, and some still in business today, the most famous being Vetra in Paris. This company was launched in the 1920s by Edouard Beerens and still produces today.

And after that little article on 'bleu de travail', here is a classic example of a work jacket, that we found on a brocante sale in central France. It has a little fading from being folded and stored in a sunny place, but I'm sure the fading will level out after being worn for a short while. Not sure how old it is or the manufacturer, but possibly 60s . However, it is a classic example of its type, with button up front and large patch pockets, and as always, the box shape cut. The label shows it as a French size 50, but it may be more accurate to take notice of the following measurements:  armpit seam across chest to armpit seam -  22" (56 cm)   top shoulder seam to sleeve end - 23" (59 cm)   collar fold to jacket bottom - 31" (79 cm).

I should say that I have tried to track down the 'Auchere' logo over the breast pocket. The only link I can find is the Auchere vineyard in the Sancerre region of the Loire, which was not a million miles away from where we found the jacket, so I am assuming it came from there originally.

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We found this old iron birdbath/feeder, which i am guessing is from the early part of the last century, on a brocante sale in rural France. It's rusty, but still in good condition. Quite a heavy piece for its size.

top dia. 12.5 cm (5")

base  5.5 cm squ. (2" squ.)

o/all ht.  19 cm (7.5")

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