Category Archives: Props

The Halcyon: Deco Photo Frame

Art Deco Photo Frame in a scene from The Halcyon Credit: ITV The Halcyon

Here is an interesting 30's style art deco photo frame prop you might have noticed in Episode One of ITV's The Halcyon.  Lady Priscilla Hamilton is seen holding the photo frame while she waits to see Mr Garland in his office in a scene from the first epidode of the ITV series. If you are interested in collectibles from the era you can find similar frames on eBay. Below is one example I saw on eBay today.

Reference: http://www.ebay.com/sch/Art-Deco/69471/i.html?_nkw=deco+oak+photo+frame&LH_PrefLoc=2

The Halcyon ITV: Royal Suite Crystal Lamps

Royal Suite at The Halcyon Credit: ITV The Halcyon - Left Bank Pictures

The Halcyon Episode 1 Royal Suite

The Halcyon is an ITV drama series about a grand hotel in wartime London. Lord Hamilton occupies the royal suite amid dramatic events in Episode 1 which was brodcast on ITV on Monday 2 Jan 9pm

Warren Kessler New York Crystal Table Lamp w/ Swan Neck in The Halcyon Royal Suite Credit: ITV The Halcyon - Left Bank Pictures

The set of such grand London hotel is fitted and decorated to perfection reflecting the wartime era. One of the first decor items we notice in the royal suite is a pair of ornate crystal table lamps.  The pair of cut glass crystal urn shaped table lamps are decorated with swan neck accents and  would not look out of place on Downton Abbey. You can see the details in a similar lamp that is currently listed on eBay.com

Warren Kessler New York Crystal Urn Style Table Lamp w/ Swan Neck

This lamp is not an exact match to the pair on the show but is very similar and was made by Warren Kessler, New York Crystal. It is described as a  Brass Goose Neck Table Lamp. The lamp is 29 inches tall and has a telescoping rod to allow for varying heights. There are 2 sockets with pull chains that take standard bulbs. Similar lamps are seen in various materials. French garniture urns are seen with similar swan neck handles in marble with ormolu gilded bronze accents.

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The Rear Window Back Scratcher

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James Stewart in Rear Window uses a wooden back scratcher in key scenes from the movie.
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Similar back scratcher to one uses as a prop by James Stewart in Rear Window

Jimmy Stewart's character is confined in a plaster cast and makes good use of a back scratcher in Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 movie Rear Window.  He uses the back scratcher several times, not only to scratch his toes or to reach an itch inside his cast, but for emphasis when gesturing as well. Continue reading The Rear Window Back Scratcher

Doris Day’s Wicker Handbag in The Man who Knew Too Much

Doris Day's wicker handbag
Dorris Day's wicker handbag

Doris Day carries a white wicker bucket bag in The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) the suspense thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring James Stewart and Doris Day. The top handled bucket bag is made of wicker/rattan with metal fittings and is painted white with red lining. Continue reading Doris Day’s Wicker Handbag in The Man who Knew Too Much

Household Wants Indicator Available on Ebay

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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

Rear Window Camera and Lens

Camera and Telephoto Lens used in Rear Window movie 1953
Camera and Telephoto Lens used in Rear Window movie 1953

One of my all time favorite movies is Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window which goes along with my favorite era for 1950's collectibles. I decided to dedicate a shelf in my bookcase to the movie with some easily found 1950's items as seen in the movie. The piece-de -resistance has to be the Exakta camera, which was surprisingly easy to source. Continue reading Rear Window Camera and Lens