In 1996, to mark the 75th anniversary of Filofax, the company produced a limited edition of 1,921 burnished calf-leather, dual gilt-mechanism Filofaxes, complete with cream 18-month diaries. The commemorative design was based on one of Filofax’s earliest incarnations: a diary owned by Grace Scurr, who started at Norman and Hill (now Filofax) as a temporary secretary. When the company’s offices were blitzed during the war, it was Grace’s diary, in which she had recorded customers and suppliers, that literally saved the firm. And it was Grace (who went on to become Chairwoman, retiring in 1955) who coined the name Filofax – “a file of facts”. This Filofax was sold in a beautiful wooden case and retailed for £500.
I managed to get my hands on one but sold it when I moved to Sweden as I had decided I would move to my new life with only one suitcase. It seemed silly to keep something I would never use. I regretted it bitterly as soon as I saw it disappearing out the door. I set eBay searches and hunted online antique stores, bulletin boards – to no avail. I did come close to another one but that one went for £800 to a collector in Japan. In the end I all but gave up. My saved searches sat dormant, never finding anything to report back on.
Until 10 days ago when my saved eBay search threw up one hit. I almost fell off my chair. Thought it was an error. But nope, there it was…finally! I set my snipe at quite a high price and went about my business, sure I would not win. Then someone posted a link to the auction in a couple of the Facebook groups I belong to and I was sure there would be so much interest that my bid would sink to the bottom of the list like a stone.
I was watching Big Bang Theory when an eBay ping on my phone alerted me. I had won the auction! I was so flabbergasted I couldn’t believe it. There had been only five other bids and it went for £130.
So without further ado (please excuse the cat photobombing the pics – he was almost as excited as I was!):
So my question now, dear readers – do I use it?