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Children’s Books of the 1940s

Children’s Books of the 1940s

During the Wartime years of the 1940s, and for a few years afterwards, books for adults and children alike were economy editions, due to paper shortages and restrictions.

Collecting Horse Brasses

Collecting Horse Brasses

Collecting Horse Brasses. The use of horse brass dates back to the pre-Roman period with a complete set of horse trappings with amulets, found in North Africa in 1932. Although the early forms were mostly made of bronze, some have been discovered made of silver, or gold inlaid and inset […]

Bengo the Boxer Art & Bengo the Boxer Collectables

Bengo the Boxer Art & Bengo the Boxer Collectables

Bengo collectables have become increasingly sought after by those of us who, as children, followed his simple, hand-drawn adventures

Lucky Black Cats

Lucky Black Cats

Cats are surrounded with superstition, black cats especially so. In ancient Egypt, cats were revered, the black ones being most omnipotent of all.

Collecting Polly Pocket

Collecting Polly Pocket

  Polly Pocket & Polly Pocket Collectables by Susan Brewer (follow Sue on Twitter @bunnypussflunge) Small children love small items; they get enormous pleasure from a tiny doll hidden inside a walnut shell or a matchbox filled with beads. Obviously, the smallest toys aren’t suitable for a baby, but as soon as […]

Wrotham Pottery – An Old & Unusual English Pottery

Wrotham Pottery – An Old & Unusual English Pottery

In the seventeenth century the Weald area of Kent gave rise to a simple form of pottery based on the red surface-clay found locally. The pottery became known as Wrotham Pottery. Although centred on the village of Wrotham, similar pottery wares were produced by a number of surrounding villages. The […]

Chessell Pottery

Chessell Pottery

The Chessell Pottery was founded in 1978 by Sheila and John Francis in the pretty village of Chessell on the Isle of Wight.

Collecting the Top 10 James Bond Cars

Collecting the Top 10 James Bond Cars

With the 50th Anniversary of the James Bond franchise, the release of Skyfall and the use once again of the Aston Martin DB5 as the Bond car we thought we would look  at the toy and collectable cars that have been released over the years to tie-in with the James […]

Josef Lorenzl

Josef Lorenzl

When looking to the designs of the Art Deco period one talented sculptor and ceramist that cannot be ignored is Josef Lorenzl. A master designer, his Bronze statuettes and ceramic figural work epitomise the era perfectly. As like Preiss, Chiaparus and Kelety the other great sculptors from this period, Lorenzl […]

Wind in the Willows Books & Illustrators

Wind in the Willows Books & Illustrators

The Wind in the Willows is a classic of children’s literature by Kenneth Grahame, first published in 1908.