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Cowabunga! Turtles friends Hot Spot and Scratch at Vectis

Cowabunga! Turtles friends Hot Spot and Scratch at Vectis

Two of the rarest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures Hot Spot and Scratch will be fighting their way into Vectis TV and Film auction on the 15th April. The models from the Playmates Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1992-93 series included two of the range’s rarest figures – Hot Spot and […]

Sweet Shyness the 2015 Lladro Annual Piece

Sweet Shyness the 2015 Lladro Annual Piece

The 2015 Lladro Annual piece is Sweet Shyness sculpted by Javier Molina is now available replacing Sweet Adolescence the 2014 Lladro annual piece. Sweet Shyness features some wonderful Lladro colours and depicts a young girl in a pink dress, blushing in a moment of shyness. It is sure to be popular […]

New Hornby Website Exclusive LNER 4-4-0 ‘The Burton’ D49/1 Class

New Hornby Website Exclusive LNER 4-4-0 ‘The Burton’ D49/1 Class

Hornby’s latest website and concession exclusive is the LNER 4-4-0 ‘The Burton’ D49/1 Class. The model is in the LNER livery and comes DCC fitted. It is priced at £99.99. Also just released are the BR 2-8-0 52xx Class – Late BR and BR 2-8-0 52xx Class – Late BR models. About the […]

American Stoneware and American Redware

American Stoneware and American Redware

The term “American Stoneware” refers to the predominant houseware of nineteenth century America–stoneware pottery usually covered in a salt glaze and often decorated using cobalt oxide to produce bright blue decorations. Pictured right: Fenton & Hancock Water Cooler sold at auction for $88,000 in Nov 2006 at Crocker Farm Inc […]

A Small Thought – Small Pieces of Carlton Ware and other Potteries

A Small Thought – Small Pieces of Carlton Ware and other Potteries

Emerging from the Dark Ages, scholars concerned themselves with matters of magic, issues of theology and creative – if nonsensical – arguments such as the Flat Earth Theory. Pictured right: W&R Carlton Ware 3″ NEW MIKADO 2814; 4 3/4″ CHRYSANTHEMUM 2930; 6″ PARROT 3018 vases Among those who queried the […]

A Dinky Life, the illustrated history of a passion by a long-time collector of die-cast

A Dinky Life, the illustrated history of a passion by a long-time collector of die-cast

I got my first diecast fifty years ago. My mother and father must have thought that at six years old I was ‘grown-up’ enough to have a real toy at last, and so Christmas morning 1958 saw me tearing open the brown paper packaging (potato-printed with holly and what could […]

1st Wade Collectors Day of 2015

1st Wade Collectors Day of 2015

The 1st Wade Collectors Day of 2015 will take place at Moorville Hall, Leek Road, Werrington, Stoke on Trent, England on Sunday 29th March between 10 am and 2pm. The Wade Event is dedicated exclusively to Wade Collectors and C&S Collectables and The Wade Club will host the Wade Day […]

Tiny Tears Dolls – The Most Popular Vinyl Doll

Tiny Tears Dolls – The Most Popular Vinyl Doll

Tiny Tears Dolls – The Most Popular Vinyl Doll – Launched in a blaze of publicity in 1965, amazingly Tiny Tears dolls are still sold today – and the earliest ones are becoming exceedingly collectable. At the time, Palitoy was one of Britain’s largest toy manufacturers, and their revolutionary doll […]

Victorian Christmas Cards

Victorian Christmas Cards

Victorian Christmas Cards – The very first Christmas card was printed in December 1843, at the request of Sir Henry Cole, who was also the instigator of the Great Exhibition of 1851 and founder and first director of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Indeed, he was responsible for the whole […]

Collecting Chinese Snuff Bottles

Collecting Chinese Snuff Bottles

Snuff bottles were used by the Chinese during the Qing Dynasty to contain powdered tobacco. Smoking tobacco was illegal during the Dynasty, but the use of snuff was allowed because the Chinese considered snuff to be a remedy for common illnesses such as colds, headaches and stomach disorders. Therefore, snuff […]