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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 […]

Lea Stein – Jewellery Designer

Lea Stein – Jewellery Designer

On my travels around collector’s fairs I have recently been drawn to a range of unusual looking costume jewellery. So distinctive in design it keeps leaping out at me and I cannot walk past without studying its intricate patterns and styles. So intrigued was I that after some investigation and […]

Collecting Pop Star Dolls

Collecting Pop Star Dolls

This is an ideal time to begin collecting pop star dolls, because at the moment the shops seem to be full of them; stars include Steps, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Five and S-Club 7, but perhaps the most notable dolls of recent times have been the Spice Girls. These certainly […]

My Little Pony Collecting

My Little Pony Collecting

My Little Pony Collecting Animals hold a strong appeal to many young people as they grow up. This is especially true of animals that many children will never have for their very own. Horses are a favourite, as are the mystical unicorn and pegasus, who hold their own appeal from the realm of fantasy. […]

Crown & Cyphers on British Uniform Buttons

Crown & Cyphers on British Uniform Buttons

In the UK, government land is known as crown land. Anything belonging to the government is called crown property, and if you are prosecuted in the courts, you are prosecuted by the crown.  So the crown is more than just a symbol of Royalty in the UK – it represents […]

Buttons The World’s Most Popular Collectible Secret!

Buttons The World’s Most Popular Collectible Secret!

You see them every day.  They fasten your shirt together, hold your pants up, and maybe make a fashion statement on your new sweater.  Buttons!  Almost everyone has some buttons stashed away in a box or jar. They can be plain and simple, or truly elegant works of art.  Due […]

A Short History of Enamelled Coins

A Short History of Enamelled Coins

There seems to be a little confusion as to the origin of enamelled coins, and the subsequent artists who created and designed them. The craft sprang from the Victorian love of unusual jewellery. Enamel buttons were popular, and the skills of enamelling could be transferred to coins. Being decorative and not functional, these […]