Welcome to Harebell Vintage Co.

 

Harebell Vintage Co. has a limited stock of rare Edwardian marquetry panels, salvaged from the closure of a furniture factory in 1914/15. We sell them framed or ready to frame yourself.

At first glance, these panels appear to be painted wood, but each part of the design is a delicate piece of veneer cut from stained wood. Please view our image gallery to see the fantastic range of stunning designs we have available – many of them one-off pieces.

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Every harebell in the above design has been cut from stained boxwood and inserted into the mahogany panel, as have all the sections of ribbon.

The provenance of the marquetry panels

Our veneers are part of a small collection of Edwardian furniture marquetry originally intended for quality bedroom furniture, circa 1910/15. (There are chalk marks labelling wardrobe and bed panels on some of the pieces.)

Like so many factories at the outbreak of World War I, this London furniture factory halted production and was required to make aeroplane parts for the war effort. Most of the stock was destroyed but a bundle of veneers was rescued by one of the cabinet makers, and kept in storage for over a century until recently passed to us by a family member – who supplied us with the above information.

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The newspaper backings, which date from 1908-1912, give fascinating snippets of Edwardian life and are almost as interesting as the veneers themselves. Consequently we have tried to preserve these where possible, and are selling many pieces unmounted for the buyer to see both sides. This enables us to say with confidence that our panels were made around, or prior to, the outbreak of the First World War.

As very few veneers survive in this form, our collection is extremely rare. High quality and intricately crafted marquetry panels such as these are examples of British craftsmanship at its best, and make interesting and beautiful additions to any home.

We recently took the veneers to the Antiques Roadshow. This photograph shows us being filmed as furniture expert Lennox Cato tells us more about them. Hopefully, our section will be aired soon.

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About us

Harebell Vintage Co.

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Jenni & Sharon (Harebell Vintage Co) plus the workshop cat

The company was formed by Jenni Keer and Sharon Teague in 2017 when a selection of beautiful Edwardian marquetry panels came into their possession. No longer likely to be used in the manufacture of furniture, they believe the veneers will make interesting and beautiful pieces of art. These are currently only available to buy at fairs and events.

The panels have been gently cleaned, removing some of the 100 year old dust and dirt, to reveal the incredibly bright colours beneath. It’s very hard to believe these were not made yesterday but the fascinating newspaper backings reveal their true age.

Harebell Vintage also deal in other vintage items, but the marquetry is the main focus of the company at the present time. Recently the marquetry designs have been reproduced in to a range of greeting cards that are available at events.

Century old craftsmanship for your home

Image gallery

 

Here are just a few of our stunning veneer panels

Design details of our veneer panel fronts

 

…and the backs are often just as interesting.

Events

Come along to see these stunning 100 year old marquetry panels for yourself


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8-9 June 2018

Eye Open Gardens, Eye Town Hall

Each year the small town of Eye, Suffolk opens many of its private gardens to visitors – every year there are at least 25 gardens for our visitors to view.

The £5 entry ticket covers both days and can be bought over the weekend from the Town hall. Accompanied children are free.

Eyeopengardens.co.uk

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Easter Saturday 20 April 2019

Orange and Blue Event, Woodbridge

11am-5pm
The Bull, Market Hill, Woodbridge IP12 4LR

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9 December 2018

Antiques, Vintage & Collectables Christmas Market

3a Vinces Road Diss, Norfolk IP22 4LJ

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13-14 September 2018

Antiques Collectors & Vintage Fair
Arminghall Events, Norwich

Situated in the Stunning Tas Valley on the outskirts of Norwich, Arminghall hosts this 2 Day Antiques, Collectors & Vintage Fair. Outdoor & Marquee Stalls. Admission – Adults £2, Under 16s Free. Early Entry 7-8.30am £5. Free Parking, inc ♿️. Catering – Hot/Cold Food/Drinks. Toilets.

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10-11 August 2018

Antiques Collectors & Vintage Fair
Arminghall Events, Norwich

Situated in the Stunning Tas Valley on the outskirts of Norwich, Arminghall hosts this 2 Day Antiques, Collectors & Vintage Fair. Outdoor & Marquee Stalls. Admission – Adults £2, Under 16s Free. Early Entry 7-8.30am £5. Free Parking, inc ♿️. Catering – Hot/Cold Food/Drinks. Toilets.

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June 2018
Landscape & Gardens Exhibition
at The Bank Arts Centre, Eye, Suffolk

Wednesday – Saturday: 10:30am-3.30pm throughout June

4 framed marquetry veneers and a range of greetings cards are for sale.
(As part of Eye Open Gardens Weekend: open Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 June)

The Bank Arts Centre
The Bank, 2 Castle Street, Eye, Suffolk IP23 7AN

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9-10 June 2018
Hinchingbrook House Antiques Fair

Saturday – Sunday: 10am-4pm

Selection of our framed marquetry veneers are on display at the Keer Antiques stand 
Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE29 3BN
Lomax Fairs

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30 March – 1 April 2018
Southwold Easter Antiques Fair

Selection of framed veneers on the Keer Antiques stand
Lomax Fairs

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December 2017

Pop-Up Shop in Diss, Norfolk

For December only we have a pop-up shop at 4 Cobbs Yard, St Nicholas Street, Diss. We are selling the beautiful Edwardian Marquetry as well as other vintage curios.

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Sunday 25 February 2018
Antiques Fair at Dunston Hall, Norwich

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Sunday 19 November 2017
Antiques Fair at Dunston Hall, Norwich

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Sunday 5 November 2017
The Famous Copdock Antiques & Collectors Fair

The Best Western Ipswich Hotel (Formerly the Cameo), Old Ipswich Road, Copdock, Suffolk IP8 3JD

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Sunday 1 October 2017
That Sunday Market

La Tour Cycle Cafe, Unit 7/8, The Mill Building, Waterfront, Ipswich
VINTAGE, ART & MAKERS MARKET

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Sunday 17 September 2017
Lou Lou’s Norwich Vintage Fair

St Andrews Hall, St Andrews Hall Plain, Norwich, Norfolk NR3 1AU

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Sunday 20 August 2017
That Sunday Market at Ipswich Maritime Weekend

The Mill, Waterfront, Ipswich
Part of Ipswich Maritime Festival 2017, Ipswich Waterfront 19-20 August

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Sunday 2 July 2017
Secret Vintage World at the BIG Sunday in Colchester

Firstsite, Lewis Gardens, High St, Colchester CO1 1JH