Unusual find.

Unusual find.

Postby bobbee » June 24th 2017, 1:02am

Spotted in the window of a local charity shop today.




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Low (£2!) price and attractive with the teeny tiny shells, which are only 4-5mm across, so I paid my money and took it home.
Opened it up, and inside it was hallmarked "A.G.R." for Robert Pringle & Sons, also the acorn and leaves for Chester imported, and the date letter "G" for 1907/08.




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I might try to find a nice 13''' movement (only 1 1/2 inch case) and dial to fit inside, but honestly someone made a lovely job with those shells, so I may leave it as is.

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Re: Unusual find.

Postby biglove » June 24th 2017, 5:19am

Well that's a cool find.
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Re: Unusual find.

Postby svaglic » June 24th 2017, 7:27am

That case is super cool. A nice position to be in, if you find a nice movement and dial it can be resurrected, if not it's cool the way it is.
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Re: Unusual find.

Postby Mortuus » June 24th 2017, 9:59am

This is really cool the way it is, but I always love seeing if I can find a nice set of innards so that it re-fulfills its original purpose. (Of course, I've only done that with vintage and antique radios, so you may want to take my input with a very large grain of salt...) Congrats on a really very cool find! 8-)
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Re: Unusual find.

Postby conjurer » June 24th 2017, 10:09am

That is indeed an unusual find, and very cool, Mr. bee. I know the Victorians were nutz about putting things under glass, and I've never seen something like that before.
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Re: Unusual find.

Postby MKTheVintageBloke » June 24th 2017, 12:05pm

Great find, mate!

One thing- wasn't the maker's mark A.G.R. for Arthur George Rendell?
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Re: Unusual find.

Postby jason_recliner » June 24th 2017, 3:58pm

What a great find! Really cool little case. Perfect for your stash.
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Re: Unusual find.

Postby Racer-X » June 24th 2017, 4:00pm

Loving this one Bob, Congrats.
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Re: Unusual find.

Postby TemerityB » June 24th 2017, 4:42pm

More proof that it always pays to keep those eyes open, regardless of where you are. Good on ya, bob.
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Re: Unusual find.

Postby bobbee » June 25th 2017, 8:45am

Thanks guys, some great comments there so thankyouse.
Mikey, Rendell was the manager at Pringles and for some reason his initials were used for a reg. mark.
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Re: Unusual find.

Postby Falstaff » June 25th 2017, 11:45am

...or repurpose it as a snuff box.
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Re: Unusual find.

Postby eddiea » June 25th 2017, 2:38pm

Really nice!!
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