Telephone accessories

When we say phone accessories in the vintage context, we mean handset holders and phone list finders, not mobile phone cases or screen protectors 🙂 Those born in the seventies and earlier will probably have used these before. The handset holder plays the theme from Romeo & Juliet  when activated. Lovely!

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Singapore Telecoms phone and some cool phone accessories

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New in box telephone list finder

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All Bottled Up

Our favourite find this week has got to be the green vintage Givaudan glass perfume bottles. A famous Swiss fragrance company which traces its roots back to 1796(!!), the bottles still have perfume in them! They have an office in Singapore too! Anyone from Givaduan out there? 🙂

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We love old glass bottles, and these will make a fine pairing next to vintage amber, cobalt blue and clear ones. Turn them (or any bottle) into oil/kerosene lamps with these wicks we just got in, made from cotton and recycled metal.

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Global Table

Buying items from all over the world is common and easy today, but in the past, owning something from the other side of the world must have gotten one huge bragging rights.

So it kinda romantic to think of how they came to Singapore, and why.

Clay containers from Amsterdam. Used to store liquor. These were probably used on a ship.

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Vintage jug from Sri Lanka.
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Pretty soup bowls from England (set of five)
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Porthole art

Ever wondered what you might do with a porthole at home? We saw a great example at Xtra Design – use it as a frame!
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Have any ideas for our porthole? It’s perfectly sized and solid brass.

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This one’s an aluminum alloy,  and larger.

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How about setting it in a door?

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Perfect for Chinese New Year

As the Snake slithers away, here are some decor items to welcome the Year of the Horse! Great for your impending gatherings 🙂

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Time for a Tiger!

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Happy New Year!

It’s just past midnight here in Singapore and it’s officially 2014. Happy New Year to all and may the new year be kind to everyone because we are kind to everyone 🙂

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Three Handsome Briefcases

Well, if these vintage briefcases were men, there’s only one word to describe them – handsome. Sturdy and well put together, you just know you’ll be able to depend on them for a long time (not to mention that rough-around-the-edges charm we all love!) 🙂

Echolac briefcase with original key intact
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Offermann briefcase
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Presto superslim leather briefcase (only 6cm in width!)
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There are more in the shop, come check them out!

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Harmonious Harmonicas

We’re excited about our latest finds – harmonicas, or chromatic harmonicas to be exact (look up Wikipedia for the lowdown on what this is!). The thought that these vintage pieces, so well loved and played by someone obviously accomplished, would be loved and played once again, makes us happy that we can be a part of this process.

The two main brands we have are Hohner (the world’s foremost manufacturer of harmonicas) and Nippon Gakki (known now as Yamaha). All come in their original packaging and in great condition.

Hohner 265 Bass Chromatic harmonica
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Hohner Chromonica 270 (said to be the world’s best-selling model)
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Nippon Gakki Seizo Butterfly Orchestra series Single Alt Pitch A-440
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Nippon Gakki Seizo Butterfly Orchestra series Single Bass Pitch A-440

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Open on Christmas day

Merry Christmas to all our Christian friends! It’s a time not just for merrymaking and feasting but also to count our blessings and appreciate family and friends.

We’re open today till 5pm, and also on New year’s day from noon to 5pm.

See ya!

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Random items + a quiz!

I’ve only heard of this item and I’ve been told you can’t find it Singapore anymore, although it was common in the past. So we were thrilled to see it in a country not far from us! What do you think this is for? Answer at the end of the post 🙂

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Here are the items just in:

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Cabbage chopstick holder

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Norwegian plate

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Colonial hat

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Huge pine cones

Now here’s the answer 🙂
These clay bowls with a moat were used to keep ants away from food stored in the kitchen cupboard. This cupboard was the “refrigerator” in those days. The moat of course, would be filled with water. Clever huh?
And yes we have a set of four for sale!

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Did you get it right?

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