A lovely lady got in touch with me a short time ago and asked me whether I could look after her gorgeous Osnath Albany pram for her. She has had this pram from new and it has lived for a lot of that time in her entrance hall. I would have agreed to look after anyone's pram I think, but who could say no to an Osnath? And when I saw the colour of this one then I was just lost, it is the most glorious colour, plus it has that lovely 'pointy bottom' that is so lovely I think. I was honoured to be asked to care for it.
The pram is in remarkable condition because of Pam's care over the years, the chassis needs a little work and there are a couple of scratches on the body but not much at all. The paint on wooden bodied prams tends to get a yellow tinge over the years and on this pram which has Alice Blue paintwork, the body has changed to a lovely almost duck egg blue but the chassis has not changed colour and is the original pale baby blue.
The lining on it is Ice Blue and the silk hood and apron is this glorious almost sea green shade, called Cotswold Blue. The hood and apron need replacing, they have become very hard over the years and there is a hole in one side of the hood. My challenge is finding the right colour of hooding fabric, I can't put an ordinary navy blue onto this pram can I?
I took 'Alice Blue' to Onslow this year and I think she looked glorious, in original condition, the only thing I have done is to make some temporary straps to put onto it and put on a new handle cover, plus make a quilt and canopy set for it. I was very proud of it I must say I hope that Pam is too, now that she has seen the photographs.
You may or may not notice in the above photograph that I have lost a little weight, one lady at Onslow didn't actually recognise me at first and had to ask if I was indeed Sandra. I didn't know I had lost quite that much, but I'm very glad that I have managed it I must say ;-)
My 60's costume doesn't do me a lot of favours in the Onslow pics - the pattern is so big I think - but I showed willing at least for the first time.