Greatest from the Great Escape

Following up on the previous post, these are a few of my favorite items from the Christopher Clarke/Manfred Schotten Antiques charity sale, The Great Escape. The skis, the boots and the telescope are still available, and the rest can provide a litany of inspiration.  Above: 1920s wicker picnic seat, believed to have come gratis with the purchase of a Rolls Royce.

These '20s era suede riding boots were made by Bartley & Sons for the 5th Duke of Sutherland (1888 - 1963).  They come with the original boot trees for £340.

Mid-to-late 19th century Army mail bag.

1940s "Splitkein" Folding Skiis.  Splitkein or "split cane" are Norwegian skis, constructed by thin layers of wood glued together over the full lengths of the skis. They were one of the first real complex laminated skis and only invented in the late 1930’s, when the glue that was strong enough became available. £540.

Highly portable Paragon folding chairs.

Nippon binoculars circa 1950. Available for £9,800.


  1. mary says:

    Love the boots and the binoculars--a little pricey for bird watching.

  2. amazing... once again... have a lovely day...

  3. Maia says:

    Oh, those chairs...again, that's SO my parents in their early Woodstock years. I can still feel the texture of them against my thighs as a toddler, the way I'd slide deep into the bowl of them.

  4. tintin says:

    Those boot trees would make a nice pair of lamps.