This week, we have up for sale a rare metal spice caddy.
It has compartments for all the flavourings you need for traditional desserts, fruit cakes or mulled wine.
Manufactured by H F & Co, it’s very robust and has just the right amount of wear – aged, but not battered.
Perfect for the vintage country kitchen look!
We have a very unusual item for sale in this week’s auction. It’s a visitors’ book from the Old Curiosity Shop in Manchester.
The Old Curiosity Shop, Bridge Street, Manchester
credit: Alexander Henderson
The shop was founded in 1868 and, after repeatedly being forced out of 5 separate premises, sadly finally closed for good in 1974.
The Old Curiosity Shop, Chapel Street, Salford. September 1973
credit: Visual Resources Centre, Manchester Metropolitan University
During the 60s & 70s, the shop was a visitor attraction for many local and touring stars of theatre and television. The visitors’ book is chock full of press clippings, autographs and personal notes from both celebrities of the day and by the shop’s proprietor, Harold Gilbert.
Towards the back of the book, Gilbert collected press clippings and details about his friend, L S Lowry. This included correspondence from the auction house and the buyer on the sale of the artist’s rent bag. The item had been given to Gilbert as a birthday present which he put up for sale with Christie’s in 1999. There are also lots of pictures and signatures relating to Coronation Street stars and we noticed a very interesting section featuring Muhammed Ali.
Here’s a more detailed look at the visitors’ book – you can scroll down the flip book and look at the individual pages. It’s lot #335 in this week’s auction – Friday 17th July starting at 10am.