Last weekend we went with the family to a large vintage and collector's fair in Utrecht. We bought some nice things for our business, only finding out afterwards they had a true story to it.
Vintage bakelite desk lamp labelled as 'KGB' lamp
We found this bakelite desk lamp and were attracted by the industrial look it has. When we came home we found the mark on the bottom and it looked to be Russian. We did some research on the internet finding out this type of desk lamp was very specific for the 'Soviet era' and in some articles was labelled as 'KGB lamp'. Can you imagine this was used at interrogations in the Soviet era?
Paris shopping at Les Grands Magasins
One of the others items we ran into is a beautiful wooden box used to 'wrap' clothes when they are bought at 'Les Grands Magasins' in Paris. This is one of the first department stores and has a great historical value. I can only imagine the vibe during those times in a store like this. Attached some of the amazing advertisements I found from this department store when doing some research.
Mr. W.L.G. Lemaire
When you google this name you find a William Lemaire (Dr. W.L.G. Lemaire) born in 1907 and coming from Indonesia. He was a professor and a politician and described as being very important and influential in the fifties. In the end he was awarded the 'Ridder in de orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw' and the 'Officier in de orde van Oranje-Nassau', two royal medals.
We have bought a chest, probably an army chest, with stickers on it from Jakarta and a very clear name on top: Mr. W.L.G. Lemaire. Unbelievable to find this piece with historic value. By the way, if any of the ancestors of Mr. Lemaire find this page - please do not hesitate to contact us to talk about this object. I can imagine you might want it back in the family.
Talking about pieces with a story ...
Some pieces make your heart skip a beat - and this magic lantern is definitely one of them.
Around 1918/1919, Etablissement Tiranty in Paris makes a brand new projection lantern, called the 'Magic Lantern'. The idea is that this 'elegant piece' needs to be able to be in a living room, low volume and easy to transport. It is also one of the first suited to electric lighting.
We bought one of these unique 'Gnome 1' magic lanterns from a family collection. And in addition to that, we found glass slides on an American auction depicting historical Dutch places like Rotterdam before the second world war, showing even the canals.
The construction company, Tiranty, was situated on the Rue La Fayette in Paris. To demonstrate the qualities of its projector, Etablissement Tiranty organized free screening sessions every day. In 1927, the price of a projector like this was 310 francs, quite a big number for those days.
We have the Magic Lantern and about 200 colored glass slides with stories, like Puss in Boots and the Precocious Pigs, slides from Sumatra and the slides with historical Dutch places, for sale.