Vintage Bangles

Just a quick post today, to share with you these lovely vintage bangles that I found recently.

 

Vintage Bangles

At only £5 each, I thought that they were a relatively inexpensive way to add a ‘pop’ of colour to a modern outfit.

'Beeswax' Bangle

‘Beeswax’ Bangle

The finish on this one reminds me of beeswax candles – I think it’s made of resin. As well as the dimples on the surface, the variations in colour mean it looks different whichever way you look at it.

This bangle is a bit more sophisticated, with ‘gilding’ to the edges of the flower petals.

Gilded Flower Bangle

Gilded Flower Bangle

It’s lined with a thin brassy material and has a clasp and hinge to open it so that it fits closely around the wrist.

Flower Bangle Open

Flower Bangle Open

Sadly, the hinge is a bit delicate so I suspect this will be the least worn of the three.

I have to confess that, although many people would find this a bit creepy, I love this bug bangle.

The Bug Bangle

The Bug Bangle

It’s made from clear resin, and you can see from the irregular outline of the bangle that it wasn’t made recently.

Side View showing Irregularities

Side View showing Irregularities

The resin is tinted blue around the wrist side and clear elsewhere. This means that when you look at the bangle edge on, it looks blue.

Ladybird and Beetles within the Resin

Ladybird and Beetles within the Resin

Set within the clear resin are a series of ‘bugs’ – ladybirds, beetles and even a small scorpion!

More Bugs!

More Bugs!

It wouldn’t suit everyone, but I think it’s great, and I’m enjoying wearing it to jazz up a navy work suit. It’s a great way to combine vintage and modern in a traditional workplace.

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A Day Out at Kelham Hall

On Sunday, I went to an Art Deco and later British Style fair at Kelham Hall. This was going to be a blog about the great vintage items I saw on sale there, but sadly photography was discouraged and I can’t wax lyrical without showing you the pictures. Instead, as Kelham Hall is such an amazing place, I thought I would share the place with you.

Kelham Hall

Kelham Hall

Kelham Hall as it stands today was built by a Victorian brewing magnate. The architect was Gilbert Scott, who was also responsible for the Albert Memorial and St Pancreas.

Kelham Hall, side view

Kelham Hall, side view

Apparently, the plans for the original building were even grander, but the money ran out before the towers could be built!

Inside, everything is either carved:

Carved Pillar

Carved Pillar

Painted:

Ceiling

Ceiling

Carved and painted:

Arches

Arches

Made of stained glass:

Dining Room Window

Dining Room Window

Or decorative brickwork!

Arched Walkway

Arched Walkway

In the early 1900s, the Hall was bought by a monastic order who added an extension in the prevailing Arts and Crafts style to serve as a seminary.

Arts & Crafts Extension

Arts & Crafts Extension

Love these benches – originally from the Great Western Railway.

GWR Benches

GWR Benches

Given that this area is served by the East Midlands Railway, I wonder how these got here?

At the moment, Kelham Hall is used as the local Council’s headquarters, but is used to host weddings and events such as the Deco Fair.

Check out their website if you’d like to find out more.