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Laurel and Hardy for Collectors

Laurel and Hardy for Collectors

Laurel and Hardy were one of the most popular and critically acclaimed comedy double acts of the early Classical Hollywood era of American cinema. Pictured left: LAUREL, STAN AND OLIVER HARDY. Photograph Signed (“Stan Laurel” and “Oliver Hardy”), 8 by 10 inch silver print, of both men wearing bowler hats, […]

Crackers About Christmas

Crackers About Christmas

Crackers About Christmas by Tracy Martin No festive dinning table would be complete without one of our greatest British traditions – Christmas crackers. Each year we all gather around and politely ask the person sitting next to us if they would pull a cracker. Then out floats the corny jokes, […]

Tiffany Glass and the Accrington Connection

Tiffany Glass and the Accrington Connection

The Tiffany family might not have made it to the New World aboard the ‘Mayflower’ but they might still qualify as early arrivals when, sometime around 1660, a certain Squire Humphrey Tiffany arrived and settled in the Massachusetts Bay colony. Some 150 years later his descendants were in business running […]

Blue Mountain Pottery

Blue Mountain Pottery

  I believe in synchronicity. Wandering around antiques centres and fairs, as is my want, my eye had been caught on a number of occasions by some rather good ceramic animals and vases decorated with an interesting vivid green, flowing glaze. Forms were lively, or strongly stylised, and the variety […]

Collecting Plastic Radios

Collecting Plastic Radios

After a very rainy and dismal Summer, we’re now looking at chilly mornings and nights returning, so why not curl up in the warm and turn on the radio to listen to your favourite programme? After all, it’s better than the reality contest rubbish that assails our senses on the […]

Lalique Glass

Lalique Glass

Having already attained the accolade and recognition for being France’s premier jeweller, by 1905 Rene Lalique had begun to focus his attention to the possibilities of commercial art glass. Additional impetus came in 1907 after being approached by Francois Coty, the celebrated parfumier, and his neighbour in the fashionable Place […]

Folio Society Books

Folio Society Books

All those who appreciate beautiful books should give three cheers for The Folio Society, the sixty-four year old publishing enterprise which produces fine volumes of great literature at affordable prices. Founded in 1947 by Charles Ede, The Folio Society caters for bibliophiles who value books not just for their literary […]

Keith Murray – Design for Life

Keith Murray – Design for Life

Everything about our lives is influenced by design, whether it is the offices that we work in or the clothes that we wear – someone, somewhere has taken a vision and made it reality. Design appears in all industries from fashion to architecture and art to furniture but one of […]

A Rather Weary Doll – Robert Tonner’s Ellowyne Wilde

A Rather Weary Doll – Robert Tonner’s Ellowyne Wilde

Ellowyne Wilde is a doll with attitude, a world-weary doll with an unusual take on fashion. There is something about Ellowyne’s languid, lazy, rather bored approach to life which makes me smile. And many of her costumes are stunning – though what else would you expect when they are designed […]

Ferdinand Preiss the ‘Master’ of ivory sculpture

Ferdinand Preiss the ‘Master’ of ivory sculpture

Considered by many to be the ‘Master’ of ivory sculpture, Ferdinand Preiss was a skilled designer, modeller and carver, who worked throughout the Art Deco period.