For years I have been meaning to start collecting cut steel jewellery.  It was fascinating for me to learn that this type of vintage jewellery was first made in good old England.  Here is a picture of a cut steel buckle which I owned and sold a few years ago.  How they were made is fascinating.

 I recently wrote an article about cut steel jewellery which you can find here  I have used several references and as with all my information articles, they are unique and not just copied and pasted from other sites.  So many people spend such little time on research that often a whole page boils down to one correct sentence.  It is really very frustrating for anyone who wants really accurate information.

Saturday saw me at a local ‘collectors fair’ held in a village church hall which was really just an excuse to get out of the house and not have to do the cleaning up.

The village hall was packed with people and about twenty stalls showcasing many different antique, vintage and retro collectables, from antique lace to war collectables and of course vintage costume jewellery.

The first stall holder was a lady I often visit to look at her treasures.  Her daughter collected all kinds of vintage and antique accessories over the years and now her mom is selling them for her as a poor student, she needs the money.

The first thing I spotted was what I thought might be a uranium glass necklace.  The price was reasonable so I held on to it while still looking.  Next I saw a classic Art Deco Czech necklace with rare fan shaped top drilled beads on its original twisted cord.  Another one to hang on to as people gathered to my left and right. 

 The sellers best price was quite good but common sense told me to ask her to put them to one side while I looked around some more.

I am always on the lookout for Art Deco Czech Rosalin glass here, as it seems a little known subject, especially out in the wilds of the Kent countryside.  This is a rosalin art deco trinket pot bought for very little money at another country market a couple of years ago.  So few people know that this glass was vastly under-produced (and hence is hard to find) but also that it is uranium rich and therefore glows. 

Moving around the hall I came upon a stall holder who was selling everything at half price.  It was mostly antique ceramics and china but there were one or two vintage jewels and metalware in amongst the rest.  I spotted what I thought could be a cut steel brooch, but it turned out to be a button.   They had some Arts & Crafts pieces too so I made a note of it and moved on to the next stall.
Next came a seller who insisted that a really awful modern plastic ‘fakelite’ necklace was actually:

“Antique bakelite of course  –  worth ten times what I have it priced for”

Since it had bright white beads, with a very obvious mould line all around the middle, along with hideous fake Egyptian revival beads of a cheap shocking pink, I just smiled and moved on.  There seems little point in trying to educate people about what they have – they always seem to think there is an ulterior motive.

So finally back at the first stall some three hours later, and I again looked at the two selected items.  First I looked again at the possible urganium Czech necklace.  Yes – the instinctive radar worked well and I knew it was for sure.  

A second look at the classic Art Deco vintage necklace proved again that was precisely what I had thought at first glance. This time with the most unusual beads of which I have none.  But I have seen them in one of my reference books.

 Another request of the sellers best price reduced the price again.  I ‘hummed and harrred’ while looking at her other stuff.  As a previous customer of hers, I knew she would give me a good price.

Something caught my eye which I liked but which I have never had any interest in collecting.  A hand held fan.

This one looked to be in a kind of mottled tortoiseshell colour plastic (it never entered my head that it could be bakelite)  and was in exceptionally good condition and obviously well made and beautifully carved.  I asked the price and put it down again very fast – the asking price was £10.00

I do seem to be lucky enough to have some kind of built in radar which never fails to point me towards items which are rare, exceptional or both.

Something drew me back to the hand held fan, so I added it to my stash and asked in the nicest way possible what would be the best price this lovely lady could offer me for all three items?

She reduced the total again making each item just under three pounds each (I’m guessing this is about $5 each item).

I paid for them and went back to look at the half price stall.  The prices had been reduced again and I snapped up the cut steel button for only a few cents.  If nothing else it will illustrate the article I am writing on this subject for my new site.  It had obviously been kept in damp conditions as it did show some slight signs of rust.  Here is one I owned several years ago, and sold, which did not suffer from rust.

As the vendors were closing up shop because of the recession here, they were kind enough to throw in two or three other items, all of which turned out to be Arts & Crafts metalwork including a rather special hammered copper Victorian brooch shown below.

But the best buy award of the day must go to the fan. 

It turns out to be the biggest surprise of all (in a blog to follow) and an interesting day with even more things for my collection which I hope to share with the world via my blog and website. If you are interested in looking around it is at

Can anyone out there guess what age this fan is and what it is made from?