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Vintage Art Supply, Vintage Watercolor Tin, Nicholson Peerless Watercolor Sheets, A. W. Faber Castell Watercolor Tin and Accessories is a very wonderful and unique find. I collect a lot of vintage art supplies and tools myself but these should be displayed and to be honest, I just don't have the room. I am very excited to have found them in the basement of an artist's home which was chock full of wonderful supplies and the artist's wonderful drawings and paintings as well.

These pieces date from the late 1920s and 1930s and are somewhat unique. The Nicholson Peerless Watercolor Sheets have an interesting history and I invite you to look it up as it is too much to put in this description but Charles Nicholson of Madison WI created watercolor sheets in 1885 and there is still a studio in Wisconsin that makes them! Up until this time watercolors were wet, not dry, here in the US and these pages allowed artists to blend transparent watercolors from a dry state to the desired wetness with little mess, allowing artists to carry these with them to work outside. Based on the old Japanese inks these little booklets were quite the rage in the US in the early part of the 20th century as were so many things Asian.

The little booklets are not in great shape. In fact, one is in horrid shape--torn and tattered, even. The other is well used but in slightly better shape. Please look at the pictures--I have tried to show the worst of the pages but it is far from alone in the one booklet. There is actually a fair amount of pigment left on some of the pages so these are usable as well as displayable.

The A. W. Faber "Castell" tin is a lovely old watercolor tin with 3 china ink or palette cups, each with some amount of a metallic paint remaining. I am leaving the brushes with the set but they are in horrible condition and I can't imagine they are of much use at this point. They are probably sable however so who knows? The tin itself looks beat up on the outside but on the inside it is showing its age with rust, old paint stains and all sorts of history. Personally I find this pleasing but of course that is up to you in the end. The dimensions of the tin are 7 x 2 x 3/4"

I am selling this set as is and only within the US as I don't know what elements may be in the pigments and metallics and it could get held up in customs somewhere. Please, please, please look at all the pictures so you are not surprised by the condition of this set.

I ship the day after I receive payment.

You can find more fun and wonderful vintage items in my shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/MunasTreasures

Vintage Art Supply, Vintage Watercolor Tin, Nicholson Peerless Transparent Watercolors, A. W. Faber Castell Watercolor Tin and Accessories


  • Vintage Supply from the 1930s
  • Materials: paper, pigment, tin, china
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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