What happens when you search Ebay

…using Regency as a search term.

First, not so much of the real stuff as you’d expect. Quite a few books and some furniture. But also some strange things. Did you know there was a design style called Hollywood Regency? There seems to be a lot of it up for sale, and no wonder.

You are bidding on a Mid Century Hollywood Regency Serving Bar Cart by Aldo Tura in Lacquered Goat Skin! This piece is HOTT! Art Deco influence and STUNNING Hollywood Regency styling! Goat skin finish has a beautiful golden blond color and wonderful grain!

Goat skin finish? Why would you want a goat skin finish on an item used to serve drinks?

This one is even more bizarre.

DOG FOOTSTOOL or OTTOMAN. Just found stored away at a Ca. estate. Not sure what kind of dog he is supposed to be.. possibly a Bulldog? Very nice and clean. Looks like he spent most of the time stored away

Frankly if I owned this I’d keep it stored safely away too.

How about this little monstrosity?

Vintage Mother of Pearl Regency Glam Poodle Pin Brooch. This little guy has got the look! He is studded by nine high sheen thick cicular Mother of Pearl disks. On his head and tail he has a brushed pink enameling with black tips on his paws. The puppy has a single green glass faceted eye with a cute as can be pose.

I’m not convinced it’s a poodle. Those are hooves. And it’s one-eyed. I think it’s a cyclops.

This too is a Hollywood Regency piece that would give me the creeps if I owned it.

This is a hand cast piece…..pottery/plaster over resin……….and each and every finger/thumb look very realistic! This is new, never used, no damage anywhere….there is felt on the bottom to protect your furniture. A truly magnificent piece……sure to please! Don’t miss out…….you won’t see another one soon!

Just to cleanse the aesthetic palate, however, here’s a pic of the rug I’ve just bought on eBay for my office. Isn’t it pretty? Ridiculously cheap, too.

Have you had any good eBay experiences recently?

Or eBay disasters?

Or found any inappropriately named Regency items?

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12 Responses to What happens when you search Ebay

  1. Cara King says:

    I’d never heard of Hollywood Regency style before, so I googled it…and it’s interesting! From the 1930’s, apparently.



  2. Santa says:

    Those hands are too freaky but I do like the poodle piece.

  3. Elena Greene says:

    LOL, Janet! When you just google “Regency” you mostly get dull stuff like hotels and dry cleaners.

    Interesting article, Cara. It never did say where the style got its name. I suspect it’s because Regency has somehow become synonymous with elegance. Which makes me wonder how those bizarre pieces fit in…

  4. janegeorge says:

    Wow. Hollywood Regency. Learn something new every day when I visit the Riskies.

    Today I spent precious writing time riding herd on an E-bay auction for a piece of designer denim my pre-teen just had to have. It was her money. I got it for her and she was thrilled. It did add a few minutes of adrenaline to my day.

  5. I’ve gotten a few really good research books about the Regency period on eBay. And I got some first edition Georgette Heyer books in great condition. I am just amazed at the range of things you can get on eBay!

    They have some gorgeous cameos and Regency period jewelry that I would love to have. And I have a thing about mourning jewelry – but the pieces on eBay are SLIGHTLY out of my budget at present!

  6. Diane Gaston says:

    Another cool thing is to put in a year, like 1815 and see what comes up.

    I just bought a silver chain necklace for $11 on ebay.


  7. Har. Har. Har. What horrors you’ve dug up, Janet.

    It’s probably only me, but that ottoman looks like a hippo, not a dog.

    The pearl poodle isn’t remotely Regency-ish, but he sure is cute.

  8. I’m going to be oohing and aahing a lot more about this in the coming days, so you’re forewarned.

    On Tuesday, one of my all time favoritest author of mine is publishing her second book of 2008. And… it’s her best to date. From that atmospheric begining, through the nail-biting scenes, and especially through the “Ms. Wee, we can skip homework for tomorrow.” scenes, I loved every single page of it.

  9. I buy all my Diane von Furstenberg wrap dresses on Ebay. I also bought the cherry dress I wore to the book signing at National off of Ebay. I’ve only ever bought books through benefit autions on Ebay.

    Keira, who is the author, whose book is coming out?

  10. Lois says:

    Yeah, I’ve hit on those Hollywood Regency stuff too. . . though that hands piece is so very new to me (and I think I’m going to have nightmares now. . . LOL) But my favorite area of ebay is the Ducky Depot store. I collect Rubber Duckies, and they have plenty to browse! 🙂


  11. Elizabeth, that author is Diane Gaston.

  12. Diane Gaston says:

    Keira, you sweetie!

    I wrote Keira privately that my initial reaction to her comment was, “Who does she mean? Does Anna Campbell have another book coming out?”

    It took me awhile to figure out she meant me!!!

    I had a sighting of Scandalizing the Ton today, Sept 26, at a Barnes & Noble in Baltimore, MD.

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