Rafael Hoard

Rafael Hoard

Back in January, I wrote about Andrew’s friend Linda’s Rafael Alfandary owl necklace. She had bought it at a convenience store in the Annex and told us that she had bought all the pieces in the shop. I had meaning to go there to see if maybe, just maybe, she had missed some.

Last Saturday I finally made it my mission to see if the legend was true. And guess what? It was! I picked up two signed pendants and two unsigned brooches (plus a couple of other 1970s pieces including two hammered spoon bracelets with Jonathan Livingston Seagulls on them and an owl pendant). The owner told me this story: “I have been in this store for 43 years. The guy who made these was a teacher at George Brown* and he brought them for me to sell. You always buy more things than you can sell, so these have been here for a long time.” He has all kinds of groovy jewels, not just Rafael. So if you are in the market for some New Old Stock, you should head to Stanley’s.

*I don’t think Alfandary was ever a teacher at George Brown.