My underwood typewriter, an irish guard’s jacket and the Sunday Telegraph

vintage underwood typewriter
Last week I was lucky enough to come across this old underwood typewriter in a secondhand store. I’ve admired so many online before, but they are almost impossible to freight because they are so very heavy. Local pickup is the only way to get your hands on one. I was surprised when I saw this one in an unassuming secondhand store at such a cheap price. I’ve seen them priced over five times what I paid, so I was doubly thrilled with this latest vintage find.

red military jacket front
This Irish guard’s jacket has been a part of the guesthouse for a while now. It hangs proudly on one of the antique mannequins in the parlour. It’s a gorgeous shade of red and according to the label at the collar, it once belonged to an Irish Guard named Lieutenant Stacpoole.

military jacket sleeve

The detail on the jacket is amazing. It has beautiful braiding, appliqué and piping on the sleeves, collar and tails. And is accented by brassy, gold buttons. It may look pretty, but it clearly has been made to protect the guards from the coldest of weather. It is so heavily quilted that even the strongest of guards would have felt weighed down…..warm, but weighed down.

irish guard jacket with gold buttons

This pretty little bird plate is yet to find a home at RedAgape. I picked it up at an antique shop in the blue mountains. I don’t think it’s worth anything, but the colours caught my eye! It should be a nice match for the living room.

pretty bird plate

Finally, it was a little bit exciting to have one of my instagram pictures featured in Sunday Style, the pull out in the Sunday Telegraph! Please follow me on instagram to see more of my pictures. Have a good week!! 🙂
sunday telegraph sunday style



  1. Juliette OSullivan
    September 2, 2013 / 4:54 pm

    Blast Mandy, we nearly always get the Tele on Sunday, however it was Stampede Day and no paper. What a shame we missed it. Love getting your messages. Cannot wait to go and see RedAgape again in all its completed splendour. Love Julie

    • September 2, 2013 / 5:40 pm

      It was actually the Sunday before…..I bought three copies, so I’ll show you next time I see you. 🙂

  2. September 2, 2013 / 5:45 pm

    the underwood is fabulous- what an eye (and luck) you have!

    • September 2, 2013 / 7:25 pm

      It really is luck and timing Edwina. I was very lucky with this one! 🙂

  3. Vicki Bateup
    September 3, 2013 / 10:10 pm

    That’s quite an achievement Mandy! We almost ALWAYS buy a Telegraph but because of all the running around with the Stampede, visitors, etc, it slipped our minds last Sunday so will just have to have a look at yours next time we’re at your place. Also forgot to give you that “Daily Bread” booklet for your mum too so will give it to you next weekend.

    Hope you have a good week.

    Love, Vicki xox

    • September 11, 2013 / 10:16 am

      Thanks Vicki. I was a bit excited. 🙂 It was actually the weekend before the stampede.

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