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Louis Wain and His Cats – Life & Pottery

Louis Wain and His Cats – Life & Pottery

  In June 2008, The Canterbury Auction Galleries realised a record price for a Louis Wain ceramic cat figurine. Estimated at a modest £1,500-£2,00 the 20th Century Amphora pottery figure created in a ‘Cubist’ manner designed by Louis Wain went on to sell for a staggering £8,200 hammer price. One […]

Hi Ho, Hi Ho! Snow White Dolls

Hi Ho, Hi Ho! Snow White Dolls

When we think of Snow White, most of us remember the classic Walt Disney animated film, first released in 1937, and which has terrified small children ever since with  its scary witch. However, the story of the film was not something that Disney dreamt up, it was based on a […]

Star Wars Drifter

Star Wars Drifter

Star Wars Drifter In 1977 George Lucas’s Star Wars was released in cinemas all over the world. The film revolutionised the cinema industry, and the two sequels, The Empire Strikes Back, and The Return of the Jedi were equally successful. Around the films has been built a massive merchandising industry […]

Barbie Turns Fifty!

Barbie Turns Fifty!

  Barbara Millicent Roberts is fifty years old this year, yet she is looking younger and more glamorous than ever. How does she do it? It’s just not fair. This American icon, with her huge family of friends and relations, is famed world-wide and recently a megastore dedicated just to […]

Paddington Bear at 50

Paddington Bear at 50

  Unlike us, bears have discovered the enviable secret of eternal youth. An eighty-eight-year-old Rupert? Ridiculous! A seventy-eight-year-old Mary Plain? Unthinkable! An eighty-eight-year-old Pooh? Preposterous. And as for a fifty-year-old Paddington – you must be joking! How can a bear who creates mischief and mayhem wherever he goes – admittedly […]

The Willow Pattern

The Willow Pattern

Two birds flying high, A Chinese vessel, sailing by. A bridge with three men, sometimes four, A willow tree, hanging o’er. A Chinese temple, there it stands, Built upon the river sands. An apple tree, with apples on, A crooked fence to end my song. As one of the most […]

The Cube Teapot

The Cube Teapot

It was a combination of modern design, successful advertising and British innovation that made the Patent Cube Teapot a revolution of its day. Now it is a rare and stylish collectable item that conjures up images of the times when “everything stopped for tea”. It was a quest to find […]

Collecting Vintage Handbags

Collecting Vintage Handbags

Some say “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend” but in my case it is not the diamonds that make me shine but the handbag that I am carrying. There are so many to choose from so do you opt for a modern designer Gucci or a vintage 50s Llewellyn. The […]

Two for the Price of One! Changeable Dolls

Two for the Price of One! Changeable Dolls

We all love a bargain, so it`s a bonus when one doll suddenly becomes two! It`s a lot more common than you might think – many dolls can be altered in appearance, giving extra play value, as well as novelty interest. Children love it when a sad doll becomes happy, […]

Star Wars Revenge of the Sith Collectables

Star Wars Revenge of the Sith Collectables

Star Wars Revenge of the Sith Collectables With the sixth Star Wars ‘Revenge of the Sith’ film opening shortly – the merchandise and associated premiums have been finding their way into shops, cereal packets and elsewhere for months. The first Star Wars film ‘A New Hope’ in 1977 was the first film to really […]