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Hi De Hi – Collecting Butlins Badges and Butlins Memorabilia

Hi De Hi – Collecting Butlins Badges and Butlins Memorabilia

Collecting Butlins Badges and Butlins Memorabilia Each year millions of people head for sunnier climates to enjoy their annual holiday. Whether travelling to Spain, Italy or Florida, no-one gives a second thought to boarding an aircraft and jetting off to all the different corners of the globe. However, this wasn’t […]

Disney and The World of Miss Mindy

Disney and The World of Miss Mindy

If you combine Disney, ENESCO and talented artist Miss Mindy you get a wonderful and unique re-imagining of Disney with The World of Miss Mindy. The collection has definitely struck a chord here at WCN and everybody loves Miss Mindy’s take on Belle, Cogsworth and Lumiere. The launch collection of […]

Collecting the Banana Splits

Collecting the Banana Splits

Whilst travelling back from a toy fair where I saw a couple of Banana Splits toys, The Dickies version of the Banana Splits Tra La La song came on the radio. I was a massive fan of the show when I was younger so I thought I would indulge myself […]

Ida Rentoul Outhwaite Her Fairies and Postcards

Ida Rentoul Outhwaite Her Fairies and Postcards

Ida Rentoul Outhwaite Her Fairies and Postcards Ida Rentoul Outhwaite (1888 – 1960) was an Australian illustrator of children’s books and most noted for her work depicting fairies. Born on 9th June 1888 in Carlton, Victoria to Rev. Dr. John Laurence Rentoul and Annie Isobel. She married Arthur Grenbry Outhwaite […]

Tunbridge Ware history, design and price guide

Tunbridge Ware history, design and price guide

Tunbridge Wells is located in Kent about 40 miles south-east of London, and situated in a pleasantly wooded district. In the seventeenth century, before many fine trees were cut down to provide fuel for iron-smelting, there was so much timber that woodwork became the town’s staple industry. For over two hundred […]

Toys to Delight – Sugar and Spice Toys

Toys to Delight – Sugar and Spice Toys

Toys to Delight – Sugar and Spice Toys by Sue Brewer Is there a difference between girls’ toys and boys’ toys? Well, yes, quite often there is. Sometimes it’s a fairly obvious distinction; as a rule of thumb girls are given dolls, cradles, dolls’ houses, toy brooms, fluffy creatures with […]

Masons Ironstone China

Masons Ironstone China

Masons Ironstone China The 19th Century saw a massive growth in the British pottery industry with the production of functional, durable and decorative ceramic tableware. The durable nature of the pottery being produced and the ability to use transfer-printing, meant that customers still wanting Oriental patterns could now have the […]

The Decorated Glass of William and Mary Beilby

The Decorated Glass of William and Mary Beilby

English glass of the early eighteenth century was plain with the Queen Anne taste for simplicity clarity, and as such there was no for applied decoration.  Several factors saw this change including a period of peace with the Treaty of Utrecht, which was signed in 1713, and led to an opportunity for the […]

Sunderland Lustreware and Sunderland Pottery

Sunderland Lustreware and Sunderland Pottery

Sunderland lustre (luster and lusterware in North America) is a general name given to a type of pottery with a pink lustre glaze made by a number of potteries in the 19th century including Leeds, Newcastle, Liverpool, Bristol and Swansea but principally and most famously by a number of potteries […]

Wine Coolers and Cellarettes – Style and Splendor in Utilitarian Funiture

Wine Coolers and Cellarettes – Style and Splendor in Utilitarian Funiture

The rise of the cult of wine, the growth of the British middle classes in the 18th century and the fact that the dining-room had become the most important room in the house meant that every architect and designer of the time gave a great deal of attention to its […]