Thursday, August 31, 2017

Fun Item From Time Was Antiques Archive: Grimwades Bleriot Pie Vent Divider

From our archives at Time Was Antiques... and you will never guess what we sold it for in 2008.... and is hardly ever seen...

This is a VERY RARE Grimwades, England pie funnel and pie divider combination kitchen gadget with an art deco design.

The Bleriot Pie Divider was made by Grimwades, Stoke-on-Trent England who were soon to be associated with Royal Winton. The pie vent and pie divider combo is glazed ceramic and measures 4 inches high by 6.5 inches long by 3 inches wide and was made 1909-1920. The patent registry date is on the piece for 1909. The Grimwades Bleriot Pie Divider was part of the Hygenic Kitchen and Tableware division of Grimwades, Ltd. And is a great piece of antique kitchenalia.

These pie funnel, pie vent or pie bird with a pie divider to serve 2 different types of filling in the same pie are extremely rare, especially in this condition. The Grimwades Bleriot Pie Divider is in very good +++ condition with no cracks and only a teeny, tiny spot on the spout rim and a small shallow chip on the base rim. There was a bit of discoloration because this pie vent and divider was used and cherished.

 The Bleriot Pie Divider is pictured with original patent schematic on page 38 of Collectibles For The Kitchen, Bath and Beyond by Bercovici et al. Cool!

The Grimwades Bleriot Pie divider was a great addition to someone's pie funnel, pie bird collection, kitchenalia or kitchen gadget cache or Royal Winton Grimwades collection.
And the price it sold for in 2008??? 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Commemorating Princess Diana...20 years after her death

The night of August 30 to 31st, 1997, Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris, an event that shocked the world into mourning.

I don't think there was a dry eye as her sons followed her coffin during her funeral...

William, Harry and Kate visited what used to be the sunken garden at Kensington of our favorite places in the grounds...which is now the Princess Diana Memorial Garden. To see more of that, click the link below...I was unable to embed it so you can see it here on the blog...

There have been many documentaries in the last few weeks to commemorate this sad anniversary...some good, some bad, some sensationalizing. The People's Princess has become a figure of myth almost, and this date just needed to be commemorated and remembered.
From our archives, some of the many memorial items that we had on Time Was Antiques...such a feeling that we all needed something tangible to remember her by....

Friday, August 4, 2017

Queen Mum's Birthday, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon Windsor


August 4, 1900 was the birthdate of Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, wife of King George VI and mother of Queen Elizabeth II and affectionately known as the Queen Mum

This photo was apparently taken in the 1970s of the Queen Mum with her 2 daughters Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret Rose
 The Queen Mother died at Windsor at age 102 in 2002

Brought back to a new generation by the movie The King's Speech, Elizabeth's role in the monarchy was an important one. 
Born in Hitchin to the Earl and Countess of Strathmore, she apparently refused Albert, the Duke of York and the future George VI, 3 times, not wanting to be in court life.
 But they were married in 1923, and had the 2 princesses, Elizabeth and Margaret

 In 1937, after Albert's elder brother King Edward VIII abdicated to marry American divorcee' Wallis Simpson, Albert became King George VI and she, Queen Elizabeth

Elizabeth was a tireless supporter of her husband and the GBP or Great British Public, during World War II earning her the heart of the people.
She refused to move from Buckingham Palace, made frequent tours of goodwill and support to bombed areas and quipped about Buckingham Palace being bombed as well. There were also the famous black lines in the Buckingham Palace bathtubs because water rationing was in force elsewhere in London.

On her husband's untimely death on February 6, 1952, she was became the supporter of her daughter, now Queen Elizabeth II. She was affectionately nicknamed The Queen Mum...both my family and my husband's always referred to her as that, and we grew up with that....

Her legacy lives on now...Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge was recently seen wearing the Papyrus or Lotus Tiara...

The piece was produced by royal jewellers Garrard & Co in 1923 at the request of the Queen Mother using the diamonds and pearls from a wedding gift. The pearls were from her mother in law Queen Mary.

A wonderful legacy and a wonderful personality.
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