Category Archives: 1920s

Downton Abbey: Lady Violet Style Paper Mache Table


Lady Violet on Downton Abbey seated next to her decorative Papier Mache table. This table appears throughout the series as a key piece of furniture in the Dowager Lady Violet's drawing room. Her servant bell is usually seen on this table which she uses to great effect to both summon servants and dismiss guests as the whim takes her.

Paper Mache Table
English Victorian Paper Mache Tilt Top Table

Here is a similar table seen on eBay this week - click on the picture to view the detais - just the conversation piece to impress your guests. You can be sure the Dowager Countess would approve.

Holiday Collectibles: Add to your collection of Downton Abbey pieces from Dept 56

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.

Seen on eBay:
Department 56 Downton Abbey Series the Dower Light House 64 New
Department 56 Downton Abbey Series the Dower Light House 64 New
Department 56 Collectible 4044801 Downton Abbey The Crawley House
Department 56 Collectible 4044801 Downton Abbey The Crawley House
Brand New Dept 56 Downton Abbey Series Lady Crawley and Gentleman Friend
Brand New Dept 56 Downton Abbey Series Lady Crawley and Gentleman Friend
Department 56 Downton Abbey Porcelain Lighted Building 4036506
Department 56 Downton Abbey Porcelain Lighted Building 4036506
Department 56 Downton Abbey Series Lord Granthams Limousine Figurine 4043910
Department 56 Downton Abbey Series Lord Granthams Limousine Figurine 4043910
Dept 56 Dickens Village 4043909 Downton Abbey The Dower House Retired
Dept 56 Dickens Village 4043909 Downton Abbey The Dower House Retired
Dept 56 Downton Abbey A Lady  Gentleman Friend BRAND NEW Free Shipping
Dept 56 Downton Abbey A Lady Gentleman Friend BRAND NEW Free Shipping
Brand New Dept 56 Downton Abbey Series Dowager Countess and Young Friend
Brand New Dept 56 Downton Abbey Series Dowager Countess and Young Friend
NEW Department 56 Downton Abbey Dowager Countess  Young Friend Figurine
NEW Department 56 Downton Abbey Dowager Countess Young Friend Figurine
Department 56 Downton Abbey 4036514 The Legacy Continues Set of 2
Department 56 Downton Abbey 4036514 The Legacy Continues Set of 2
NEW Department 56 Downton Abbey A Lady  Gentleman Friend Figurine
NEW Department 56 Downton Abbey A Lady Gentleman Friend Figurine
Dept 56 Downton Abbey Dowager Countess  Young Friend 4044802
Dept 56 Downton Abbey Dowager Countess Young Friend 4044802

Downton Abbey: Mrs Hughes’ Pullman Lamp

Brass tripod Pullman lamp on Mrs Hughes table

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.

Lady Violet’s perfume on Downton Abbey

Lady Violed on Downton Abbey with vintage perfume bottle,
Lady Violed on Downton Abbey with vintage perfume bottle,

A vintage Grossmith Phul-Nana perfume bottle with original box is offered on eBay this week :http://www.ebay.com/itm/PHUL-NANA-GROSSMITH-ART-NOUVEAU-ANTIQUE-FLOWERS-GLASS-PERFUME-SCENT-BOTTLE-BOX-/232105110727. The Dowager Lady Violet was seen holding one like it in a scene from Downton Abbey. I the scene Lady Edith is visiting Lady Violet following the episode where she has been jilted at the altar. She delivers the perfume to Lady Violet from her shopping trip and Lady Violet remarks on the price:"A guinea? for a bottle of scent? Did he have a mask and a gun?"

phulnana

Household Wants Indicator Available on Ebay

householdwantsindicator
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 Props: Sardine Dish

English Majolica Sardine Dish
English Majolica Sardine Dish seen on Downton Abbey

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

Travelling with Agatha Christie

Cream Tea with Clotted Cream and Scones - a favorite of Agatha Christie
Cream Tea with Clotted Cream and Scones - a favorite of Agatha Christie

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

Downton Abbey Style Finds

Vintage Desktop Calendar and Ink stand
Vintage Desktop Calendar and Ink stand

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.