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 ...