Posts Tagged ‘wire’

Greek style teapot, c.1850

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Porcelain teapot made in the UK in the mid nineteenth century with matte finish neoclassical decoration, stands 7.25 inches long by 4.5 inches tall. I originally thought this teapot was made by Samuel Alcock but I have been told it was made by Dudson.

The other side of the teapot with chariot decoration.

Both the handle and the spout have an unusual repair of tightly wrapped metal wire.

The undamaged lid has extra deep sides.

The teapot was also available with a black background, shown here without the wire repairs.

Photo courtesy of eBay

Tuscan pottery jug, c.1860

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

When this redware pottery Italian jug from the mid-1800’s cracked, a skillful person enmeshed it in a hand-woven wire net.

I spotted this jug at an outdoor market in Tuscany a few years ago and since then I discovered similarly repaired pottery from other European countries.

The large rim chip on the lip reveals the red clay underneath the black glaze. Jug stands 6-3/4″ high.

Cold painted cast lead dog figure, c.1930

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

A simple yet remarkable home repair using just a small nail and short length of wire to replace a tiny toy dog’s missing leg. I find vintage toys with inventive repair rather poignant and I am always glad to see that someone bothered to repair the plaything, rather than discard it.

Dog measures just 2″ wide and 2” high and is incised “France” on belly with a paper label marked “46”.

Recently, a friend named the toy canine “Lucky”, but I think I am “lucky” to have adopted this stray dog with a most effective inventive repair!