The thing about the Holy Grail, is that there was only meant to ever be one of them.


As a term in English language it was meant to be reserved for exceedingly, almost impossible to comprehend, rareness only seen in the very best of the best. In regards to vintage terms everyone will of course have their own interpretation of what that looks like, but my one wish would be that before the term was tagged to a great piece, or sometimes lets be honest a mediocre one, that the person writing just stopped for a moment and considered, is this is really the Holy Grail?


It was working on the Archive project for Belstaff, back in 2012, while going through old trademark journals at the British library, that I came upon the original trademark application as it appeared in the Trade Mark Journal on the 15th September 1933. This application referenced an earlier trademark held by the company. What I did not realise at the time was that this earlier application had been made with Bellstaff spelt with a double L and double F.


At the time I uncovered this fact, I would have been without question the only person in the world that knew this. In terms of research, that was an incredible find, and one of those discoveries that makes me love the research work we do for various Brands around the world into their Corporate History.



We find something incredible pleasing and strangely beautiful in these rusty old scissors. Made as a Standard Pattern sample, which would have been sent to factories for quality control checks.


Scissors Lamp with guard, Intended to snip the wick from Air Ministry candles.



If Peter and Harriet Potter from the Carry on Camping film of the late 60’s were going rambling and camping through Europe, this is what they would have worn. No doubt a Charlie Muggins type character would have joined them on their travels.



After the untimely death of Sam Shepard recently, we thought we’d pay tribute with a reminder of his portrayal of Chuck Yaeger, in the film version of Tom Wolfe’s 1979 novel The Right Stuff.



In the early 1950’s an Edwardian look was being revived by young men, wearing long lean high buttoned jackets and adopting a tapered trouser. The so-called Teddy Boys was one of the first teenage subcultures, influenced by US rock’n’roll and Edwardian men’s fashion.


We were lucky enough to be offered this fascinating RAF grouping recently by a family member of the original owner, and we felt that we should share.