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Shelley Pottery

Shelley Pottery

Shelley China was adopted as trademark in 1910 by Percy Shelley, however the potteries heritage goes back nearly 100 years before that when in 1827 John Smith built a group of potteries which came to be known as the ‘Foley Potteries’. The factory was let to a partnership which included […]

Rookwood Pottery and Maria Longworth Nichols Storer

Rookwood Pottery and Maria Longworth Nichols Storer

Maria Longworth Nichols Storer founded Rookwood Pottery in 1880 as a way to market her hobby – the painting of blank tableware.

Fairings – Fun at the Victorian Fair

Fairings – Fun at the Victorian Fair

  The term Fairing  can be designated to anything obtained at a Fair, but the term has become exclusively attached to small porcelain figures &  figure groups, and sometimes trinket boxes, match strikers, pin holders and spill holders that were given away as prizes or sold at the local Fair. […]

Greetings from Holly, Sarah & Betsey

Greetings from Holly, Sarah & Betsey

  Most of us have heard of Holly Hobbie, but perhaps Sarah Kay and Betsey Clark are slightly less familiar. All three artists specialised in drawing greetings cards, lending their names to the characters they drew, which were later issued in doll form. The Betsey Clark character is an old-fashioned […]

Holly Hobbie Dolls

Holly Hobbie Dolls

  Holly Hobbie was an artist specialising in drawing greetings cards, lending her name to the characters she drew, which were later issued in doll form. Pictured left: 1975 Knickerbocker Holly Hobbie doll During the 1960s, people became intrigued by her designs featuring a little girl, facing sideways, dressed in […]

A Della Robbia Pottery Vase by Lizzie Wilkinsincised and painted with foliage no 3388incised marks, green painted LW. 13cmSold for £200 at Thomas Watson Auctioneers, Dec 2016

Della Robbia Art Pottery Price Guide

Della Robbia Art Pottery Prices Della Robbia Art Pottery Birkenhead 1894 – 1906

Scalextric The R.A.H Steward Collection at Vectis

Scalextric The R.A.H Steward Collection at Vectis

Vectis will be offering the R.A.H Steward Collection of early Scalextric (including tinplate) pieces on the 16th February. The sale includes over 30 Scalex models including keyless, clockwork examples which work in a similar way to friction drive toys. A number of early Startex, tinplate and plastic examples are to be […]

Alice in Wonderland Collections Goes Under the Hammer at Mallams

Alice in Wonderland Collections Goes Under the Hammer at Mallams

  The Alice in Wonderland collection we reported on previously sold at auction today at Mallams, Oxford. The collection, one of the largest ever put together and sold, was the result of a 25-year collecting odyssey by the late Thomas Schuster and his wife Greta. The collection consisted of some […]

Swarovski Swarovski SCS Jubilee Edition 2017 Swans

Swarovski Swarovski SCS Jubilee Edition 2017 Swans

The Swarovski Collectors Society (SCS) celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2017 and to celebrate Swarovski artisans have brought the brand’s iconic symbol to life in the wonderful Jubilee Swans. The Jubilee Swans have been designed by Martin Zendron. This is a wonderful Swarovski design from one of the best designers. […]

Bucherer Dolls – Swiss innovation and invention in Doll design

Bucherer Dolls – Swiss innovation and invention in Doll design

Whilst reporting on a toy auction I came across a collection of unique jointed metal dolls from the A. Bucherer and Cie Company of Amriswil, Switzerland. The dolls ranged from popular characters from the 1920s including Charlie Chaplin and Mutt & Jeff to farm ladies and a pilot. On checking […]