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Winning Moves FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Monopoly

Russia World Cup Collectables and World Cup Merchandise

The 2018 World Cup Russia begins on Thursday 14 June when Russia face Saudia Arabia.  We take a look at  some of the official and unofficial merchandise, collectables and memorabilia available to collect and buy. The official mascot for the Russia World Cup is Zabivaka™ which means “the one who scores” […]

Moomin Books and Moomin Collectables

Moomin Books and Moomin Collectables

The first Moomin book was published over 70 years in 1945 and the stories and character have since inspired puppet animations, TV shows, animated series, collectables, collectors items, a museum, Moomin shops, Moomin cafes and even a Moominworld theme park. For collectors of Moomin collectables and merchandise there is especial […]

Collecting Frog Mugs – The Frog Mug A Nice Surprise

Collecting Frog Mugs – The Frog Mug A Nice Surprise

Imagine sitting down to enjoy a nice drink and whilst taking a sip you look down you are faced with a small frog in your mug. A nice surprise or maybe not! This was the idea behind the Frog Mug which were first produced around 1750 but became very popular […]

Collecting GI Joe – Collectibles and Toys

Collecting GI Joe – Collectibles and Toys

GI Joe celebrated his 50th birthday in 2014 having been released in 1964. The GI Joe line action figures, produced by the Hasbro toy company has become one of the best selling and most collected toys of all time, spawning comics, tv series, films, books and a wealth of related […]

Space 1999 Collectables and Space 1999 Toys

Space 1999 Collectables and Space 1999 Toys

Space 1999 remains a cult classic and we take a look at some of the Space 1999 collectables, Space 1999 merchandise and Space 1999 toys that have appeared over the years.

Toby Jugs & Character Jugs

Toby Jugs & Character Jugs

Toby Jugs have been around since the early 18th century. They were revived by Doulton in the 19th century, who developed the idea into a range of character jugs. Today, their popularity shows no signs of waning and they hold their price at auction sales. Their appeal is wide reaching […]

Artus Van Briggle (1869-1904) made this proto-Lorelei vase while working as a decorator for Rookwood. The 7 1/2-inch-tall vase is incised ‘A. Van Briggle 1898,’ and has a Paris Exposition Universelle 1900 label. It sold for $187,500. Rago Arts & Auction Center image

Van Briggle Pottery

The Van Briggle Pottery was founded in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1901 by Artus and Anne Van Briggle. The Van Briggle Pottery they established continued production of pottery for over one hundred years, and was until the company’s closure in 2012 the oldest continuously operating art pottery in the United States. […]

Tintin Books & Tintin Collectibles

Tintin Books & Tintin Collectibles

The Adventures of Tintin (Les Aventures de Tintin) is a series of classic comic books created by Belgian artist Georges Rémi (1907–1983), who wrote under the pen name of Hergé. The series is one of the most popular European comics of the 20th century, with translations published in more than […]

A Look at Lenox China

A Look at Lenox China

Walter Scott Lenox was born in 1859 in the “Staffordshire of America”: Trenton, N.J. which became the USA’s leading ceramics center and boasted some 200 potteries in the 19th century. Lenox worked as a decorator and designer for several Trenton potteries beginning in 1875 and six years later he advanced […]

Muriel Spark, Her Novels and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Muriel Spark, Her Novels and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Dame Muriel Spark (née Muriel Sarah Camberg) was born in Edinburgh on the 1st February 1918, and 2018 is the centenary of her birth. She is most famous for her sixth novel, published in 1961, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, with its eponymous title character, the free spirited Miss […]