Thursday, 20 December 2012

Vintage Scarves by Arnold Lever

It's no secret that Alfies is an exceptional place for finding beautiful and unusual vintage pieces. With an ever-changing collection of rare antiques and quirky vintage objects, there's always something new to explore. For example this wonderful collection of vintage scarves by Arnold Lever, which are currently displayed in room S014-16 on the second floor.

The rare WWII  Jacqmar scarves designed by Arnold Lever are amongst the most sought after scarves ever produced. Arnold Lever was a wonderful artist and besides his famous WWII propaganda scarves, he designed for companies such as Harrods, Lord Cricket Ground and Butlins. The Butlin Bahamas scarf is a very rare piece and designed for the holiday village that Billy Butlin opened in the Bahamas in 1950. Billy Butlin took a vacation in the Bahamas in 1946 and saw the future potential of this area. Two years later he decided to build a holiday village in true British style to appeal to the wealthy American market. This holiday village was intended to cater for middle class Americans and was designed with an typical English atmosphere. The village opened in January 1950 eventhough it was partly unfunished due to financial problems. Later that year the Korean war caused overseased investments to dry up and the holiday village had to be sold. This very rare scarf is one of the few remaining merchandising left from the holiday village.

Butlins Bahamas Scarf by Arnold Lever

The London 1948 Olympic Scarf

The Arnold Lever Gardeners Calender Scarf
Swan Lake Scarf

Lord Cricket Ground Scarf

For more information contact Leslie Verrinder - Tin Tin Collectables
0207 258 1305

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Alfies Christmas Shopping Party

On the 29th of November we held our annual Christmas Shopping Party, music was provided by the Wayward Sisters and customers were treated to canap├ęs and drinks while they shopped, it was a perfect evening. Thank you to everyone who came!

The Wayward Sisters at the Rooftop Kitchen
Trevor of Persiflage
Happy Shoppers
Dealer Tony Durante
Rooftop Kitchen

Carole Collier and June Victor
The Wayward Sisters

More pictures here.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

It's almost December, the Christmas lights have been switched on and it's time to start thinking about what's on your Christmas shopping lists this year.

Last week the Telegraph came to visit Alfies to find out why antiques and vintage make the perfect gifts.  With vintage luggage, silk dressing gowns, danish table lamps and silver napkin rings they found a wonderful array of items to suit all tastes and budgets.

Here is our very own Christmas wish list from Alfies:

1.  Sparking gold and seed pearl jewellery. From Pari's Jewellery.

2. Magnificent pair of silver game birds Royal Irish Silver Co, c 1971. From Adrian Cohen Antiques.

3. A single sun head table lamp, signed 1968. From Astor Place London.

4. A blue and white Worchester butter dish, c1775. From Janes Antiques.

5. An advertising poster for Mackintosh's toffee by Jean D'ylen, 1928. From Dodo Posters.

6. A 1940s silver plated desk calender. From Good Time Antiques.

7. A pretty tortoiseshell mantilla comb. From Melinda Colthurst.

8. A glamorous mirrored frame (we'd love a blue one!). From Mirror Master.

9. A dainty matching cup and saucer. From W&L Antiques.

10. Enough colourful vintage decorations to make our Christmas tree shine. From Persiflage.

Don't forget we are hosting our annual Christmas Shopping Party this Thursday 29th November, from 5pm-9pm. Come and explore all four floors, find some special Christmas gifts and get into the festive spirit!  RSVP for your free invitation by emailing or join the event on facebook.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Adire African Textiles

Adire African Textiles is a small gallery based on the first floor at Alfies where you can find an extraordinary selection of hand woven African textiles. One of the best sellers in Duncan Clarke's shop are the indigo dyed vintage cotton fabrics from various parts of West Africa.

Indigo was the foundation of numerous textile traditions throughout West Africa. For centuries before the introduction of synthetic dyes the ability to transform everyday white cotton into prized deep blue cloth was a mysterious and highly valuable skill passed on by specialist dyers from generation to generation. A century ago blue and white striped cloth was the normal attire across a vast area from Senegal to Cameroon, while numerous traditions of "shibori" type resist pattern dyeing flourished. Although today only isolated pockets of real indigo dyeing remain it is still possible to source old cloths from some remote areas. Adire African Textiles stock a large collection of vintage strip weave hand-spun cotton indigo cloths which are popular for use in interior decoration as well as appealing to indigo enthusiasts and African textile collectors. Part of the appeal of indigo is the way it fades with years of wear and this is represented in many of the cloths shown.

Here's a selection of our favourite indigo cloths:

Hand-spun cotton natural indigo dyed strip woven man's cloth from north-eastern Ivory Coast. 
 Age estimated circa 1920-40.

Hand-spun cotton natural indigo dyed strip woven man's cloth from north-eastern Ivory Coast.
Age estimated circa 1920-40

Hand-spun cotton natural indigo dyed strip woven woman's cloth from north Ghana. 
Age estimated circa 1920-40

Hand-spun cotton natural indigo dyed strip woven woman's cloth from northern Ivory Coast. 
Age estimated circa 1920-40.

Hand-spun cotton natural indigo dyed strip woven woman's cloth from the Mossi peoples of Burkina Faso. 

13-25 Church Street
NW8 8DT London 
T: 07710791497

For more information visit
or read more about the Mossi Indigo Wrapper Cloths here

Friday, 2 November 2012

Feliks Topolski Trunk

Feliks Topolski studied at the Warsaw Academy of Art and went on to become a war artist for Poland and Great Britain. From 1953 to 1979 he produced a fortnightly chronicle, 'Topolski's Chronicle', which communicated his art and observations to a wider audience, since his death the chronicles have gained great respect as a pictorial and political record spanning nearly thirty years of world history.
Feliks Topolski
We were delighted to be hear that Tin Tin Collectables Luggage have Feliks Topolski's trunk in stock..

Feliks Topolski's trunk from Tin Tin Collectables Luggage

"Feliks Topolski used this trunk on his travels as a war artist on the Western Front where he executed some of his most compelling work. He is also well known as a textile designer and his work can be seen on many a silk scarf from the 1940-1960s. He painted the 600ft mural under the Hungerford Bridge.

This trunk was made to his own design. The top opens to reveal a drop down tray, there is another tray which when removed reveals a hanging wardrobe complete with custom made hangers. The front opens show space for folded shirts."

- Leslie of Tin Tin Collectables Luggage, Stand F014.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Happy Halloween!

Alfies is the perfect destination for the lead up to Halloween, here you will spot lots of spooky antiques for your celebrations!

1960s Lea Stein Cat from The Originals - Paola & Iaia

1960s Witch Charm Bracelet from Kieron Reilly

1930s Match holder from Good Time Antiques

1940s Spider brooch from Carol Collier

1950s Halloween giveaway with treats from Tin Tin Collectables

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