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Christopher Dresser and the Design Revolution

Christopher Dresser and the Design Revolution

Known as Britain’s first ever independent industrial designer, Christopher Dresser was a major contributor to the British Anglo Japanese and Arts & Crafts movement.

Armand Marseille Dolls & Other Bisque Dolls

Armand Marseille Dolls & Other Bisque Dolls

Bisque china dolls are those tranquil faced beauties we see featured on the Antiques Roadshow, with glass eyes, hand-painted features and, often, ‘double-jointed’ limbs.

Wooden Jigsaws – A Bit of a Collecting Puzzle

Wooden Jigsaws – A Bit of a Collecting Puzzle

Most researchers agree that the first jigsaw puzzle was produced in 1762 by John Spilsbury, an engraver and mapmaker from London.

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.