Friday, 28 March 2014

Dead Men's Spex gets all dramatic!

Hi there
One of the good things about selling vintage items is that we sometimes supply T.V programmes and theatres with period eyewear. Presently on TV, Julian Rhind Tutt can be seen cutting a dash in his monocle and ribbon. He plays Gally Threepwood; Clarence's rascal of a brother in BBC1's production of Blandings set in 1929 and based upon P.G Wodehouse's novel of the same name.
Gally lounging elegantly in his monocle

We then move to 1960's Oxford in Series 2 of Endeavour the ITV prequal of Morse on Sunday 30th March. Look out for the character who breaks his glasses..
Shaun Evans as Endeavour Morse

Dead Men's Spex is also currently treading the boards at London's Garrick Theatre in their production of the 1950's court room drama 'Twelve Angry Men'  by Reginald Rose. 
Martin Shaw with other cast members in Twelve Angry Men


It is always fun looking out for our glasses; it's like playing our own version of Where's Wally ! 
Where's Dead Man?


TTFN 
Mrs Dead Man

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Upcycling in style at Dead Men's Spex

Hi there
Uh oh,  sorry! I confess; I have been very lax on the writing front. Over the winter Dead Man has expanded his skill set into crafting and has knocked out several scarves and a fab hat complete with megga bobble. He is now in the process of making me a shawl which at the moment bears an uncanny resemblance to a pair of frilly knickers!
Cosy hat
Here at Dead Men's Spex we do like a bit of recycling and upcycling and Dead Man  has re used materials in some of his projects. Dead Man Junior's had a new mat woven out of a load of old jeans and some of the scarves were from recycled t shirts and skirts. It doesn't do to sit still for too long in or house or you might be made into something!

We sell Spexlaces which are made from old frame fronts and were thinking of what else we could do with glasses.


We looked online and found a great site called ReFab Diaries that had loads of great suggestions. How about brooches from lenses or frames from frames?

Photo Frames 

Brooches from lenses 

Sunnies Lamp

So watch this space you never know what we'll be making next!

See you later.
Mrs Dead Man

Sunday, 17 November 2013

We're in Clover here at Dead Men's Spex!

Hi There

Here at Deadmen's Spex we currently have some great spectacle frames from Dolabany (the company who supplies us with our Tart Arnel replica- think Johnny Depp.) They are called Clover and are modern replicas of 1930's and 40's tortoiseshell frames.

Clover frame


Like a true 1940's frame all the joints are fully pinned and not heat inserted and the colouring is true to genuine marine shell frames of that period. Being a reproduction they are larger than many period frames, thus suitable for the modern wearer. They are great for reenactors and are strong and durable enough for every day wear.

TTFN

Mrs Deadman

Friday, 18 October 2013

Dead Men's Spex admire mermaids and kissing fish

Hi there
Wow, where has the time gone? Since I last wrote we have been to two shows; Sheringham and Hemsby. We had fantastic weather at Sheringham and Deadman even got sunburn!

A view at Holt Station 

We've also had some deliveries recently; the most exciting was a shipment from Best Image in America which included a wonderful selection of cocktail glasses. These are copies of original 1950's designs. They are fabulous darlings, but my favourite has to be the kissing fish!
Athena

Mermaids
Kissing Fish



TTFN Mrs Deadman


Thursday, 12 September 2013

Super-size at Dead Men's Spex

Hi there
We are into super-size this week and no, it's not because Deadman's been overindulging on the pork scratchings, although there is always a strong possibility of that!
He's just bought some beautifully made 1940's tortoiseshell frames, we're always on the look out for large frames and these certainly fulfil that criteria. They are fully jointed with perfectly reproduced metal joints and even have a metal support in the bridge, Deadman thinks they must have been part of an optician's display.

That's a big one, display frames compared with a standard frame
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We've just got to find someone with a super-size head and we'll all be happy....!

TTFN Mrs Deadman

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Kustom Kulture Blastoff 2013

Hi There

Doug's pick up (from The Tonsorial Artist barber's in Holt)
On Sunday 1st September we went to Spalding in Lincolnshire to Kustom Kulture Blastoff run by the magazine Pinstriping and Kustom We had a great day out admiring some fantastic vehicles and watching artists and tattooists at work; Deadman junior loved the airbrushing. We met Doug and Graham from The Tonsorial Artist in  Holt, they had both arrived in their rat rods.

A decorated Lambretta.

It was a great day out!

TTFN Mrs Deadman











Sunday, 1 September 2013

Twinwood Festival 2013

Hi There

The August bank holiday saw Dead Men's Spex at  The Twinwood Festival in Bedfordshire. It was lovely to see so many of our customers and friends again and we had a busy weekend. In the Twinwood tradition we also had loads of rain; on the Saturday morning the local village of Clapham was flooded and there were three female mallards dabbling around the cars in the High Street!
Mrs Deadman on the stall
However, this did not stop the fun, it delayed things a little, but a good wartime spirit prevailed and festival goers kept calm and carried on in their best wellies and brollies. By all accounts the Colonial Club; a large marquee with a stage, tea and stalls, provided a welcome refuge for soggy re enactors.
Inside the Colonial Club
On the main stage there was some excellent music and Terry Elliot and John Miller entertained us all with their usual witty banter. We particularly enjoyed Kai's Cats and Michael Law's Piccadilly Dance Orchestra.

Three Belles and the Bevin Boys on the main stage

Luckily by Monday we had glorious sunshine, so I went out and about with the camera.
                                           1950's stage                                           
Thank you to everyone who came to see us.

 TTFN Mrs Deadman