Friday, July 23, 2010

French Ivory, The Greatest Sailing Ships and an Effanbee!

French Ivory Vanity Set: Powder Box, Mirror, Brush, Hair Receiver, Tray

This pretty vintage set consists of a brush, Powder box, Hair Receiver, and elegant mirror. Aside from a few invisible spots here and there (the few spots probably are from some sort of product, splashed on and can only be seen in a certain light). This is characteristic of French Ivory. Also characteristic is the wavy little lines in the celluloid that is the signature of French Ivory.
It is a creamy aged beige with a butterscotch bevel around the rims of each piece, and solidly on the inside of both lids.
The bristles on the brush appear to be horse hair but I am not certain of this. In any case, it is in perfect condition and absolutely clean.
The mirror is in very good condition, with the exception of 1 small chip under the glass. It is not on top of the glass as it is very smooth to the touch. The silver is also wrinkled at another point on the rim under the glass and not on top. It is very sturdy!
The tray has a small chip on the rim, but it also has the grain on it. It may not be part of the rest of the beveled set. So I am throwing it in at no cost. Some of the pieces also show angel hair scratches here and there from normal wear.
Measurements: Mirror: 10.5"x6", Brush: 8.5” x 3”, Powder Box & Hair Receiver Box: 4.5" X 2.25, Tray: 12.5 x 8.75" x .75".
A little history about French Ivory:
French ivory is just a fancy name for celluloid, a type of plastic invented in the late 1860s to imitate ivory. French ivory was the trade name for objects produced by the JB Ash Co. in Illinois. French or faux ivory is synonymous with several other trade names including Genuine French Ivory or Ivoire De Paris (often accompanied by an elephant symbol), Ivorette, Depose Ivor-Tone France, Ivorine, Ivorite, and Pyralin.
French ivory was in vogue from its inception through the late 1930s, with its heyday between 1910 and 1930. French ivory was used extensively for dressing table accessories and manicure sets for the bedroom. Fancier sets were often monogrammed. Many people today mistake French ivory for bakelite, which eventually replaced it.
John W. Hyatt developed Celluloid, a trademark for plastic in 1868. Vanity sets became popular during the 1890-1940. In an era when grooming was a timely process and not hurried as it is sometimes today, woman sat down to a vanity table/stand adorned with matching comb,brush, mirror, as well as manicure tools, shoe horns, button hooks, powder boxes, trinket boxes, hair receivers, etc. In think one of the most interesting pieces is the hair receivers. In Victorian times through 1900's, woman used the hair from the brushes to stuff in the container. The hair was then made into balls to stuff into small pin cushions, small pillows, or to incorporate into their hair filling in spots making hair appear full. The hair receiver could be called an early recycling device.
Bring this charming set home to your vanity table and enjoy it for many years to come!

America’s Greatest Sailing Ships Collectors Plate : “America”
dated 1987 Li
mited Edition
This plate in, pristine condition, comes with a Certificate of Authenticity #2309A, and brochure with a bit of history about the schooner and the artist. Also included, is its original box.

It measures 9.5” in diameter. It had a limited production period of just 14 firing days. One of eight issues in the series by renowned marine artist, Tom Freeman. 23K gold border. Available exclusively by the Hamilton Collection. Hand painted on quality porcelain.

The back reads: “The schooner America, was built by George Steers in New York, to be shown in the first World’s Fair held in England in 1851. She made international history when the same year she out sailed the British Royal Yacht Squadron in the race around the Isle of Wight thus winning the trophy that became known as the “America’s Cup”.

Please inquire about other America’s Greatest Sailing Ships Plates for sale at My Attic’s Charms

Effanbee Vinyl Baby Doll #2400 Circa 1971
This adorable collectible Effanbee baby doll, 12", 1971, is very sweet! She is in perfect condition! No cra
in the vinyl, no chewed fingers or toes and her “sleeper eyes” work perfectly! All her lashes are in place and she drinks and wets!
This beautiful baby doll has an all vinyl body/limbs; fully jointed. All molded fingers and molded toes. She
has adorable Effanbee features and molded hair. This sweet baby doll has clear blue eyes with all lashes. With darling pink cheeks and pink nurser mouth, she will delight any child be a wonderful conversation piece for your collection!. I was told that this is her original dress, but I am not certain of this. In any case, the little red dress is in perfect condition. Very crisp and clean.
The markings on the back of her head read: Effanbee 1971 #6171. Also a #10. Her body markings read: Effanbee 2400. There is a whistle, but is not working.

She has no under garments or shoes. She comes with a doll stand.
What a cutie!

Well that's the latest update from My Attic's Charms however this is not at all all of the newest items Please search my site now to see all the latest...Including a vintage horse pattern sweater and other vintage clothing. I do have lots more vintage clothing to post so stay tuned for that too!

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