The holiday season is a great time for displaying Department 56 village collectibles and Downton Abbey fans who missed out on the now retired Downton Abbey pieces from Dept 56 can still find them for sale on the secondary market. The pieces are carefully designed as we can see from the Video clip below.
If you ever wondered about the lamp on the table in Mrs Hughes sitting room you may be interested to know that it is a called a Pullman lamp. Pullman lamps were commonly seen on Pullman railway carriages in in the Edwardian era. The picture on the right above is an example of a similar brass tripod Pullman table lamp and is an original antique from the era . I see more like it on eBay occasionally. Click here to see the current selection.
The household wants indicatior is a much wanted Downton Abbey related collector item and this is one that is on eBay currently - click picture above to go straight to the listing on eBay.
Recent news about the Downton Abbey movie is sure to please fans and to heat up the demand for vintage collectibles again: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/sep/19/downton-abbey-movie-maggie-smith
Downton Abbey, the PBS series, was set in the Edwardian era, however many of the original antique props were from previous eras such as this Victorian Sardine dish, which is appropriate considering that household items in such a great house would have accumulated over years. Continue reading →
I called in to Marks and Spencer yesterday to pick up some of their clotted cream - fortunately it was in stock - it is frequently sold out here in Ireland and hard to find anywhere outside of the UK, appparently because it does not travel well. I began to appreciate traditional cream teas (the cream is not actually served in the tea but on the scones) after I read an account in Agatha Christie's autobiography about her taste for the local Devon clotted cream Continue reading →
A vintage Desktop Calendar and Ink stand found on eBay.com remind me of the downstairs scenes of Mrs Hughes at her desk in her sitting room on Downton Abbey. A similar framed silhouette was seen on her wall in the early seasons.
Mrs Hughes discovers the benefits of modern technology on Downton Abbey when she treats herself to a state of the art Art Deco style english made Toaster. It took a bit of searching to identify the make of the toaster. Continue reading →