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Graceland Elvis Presley’s Home & Graceland Collectibles

Graceland Elvis Presley’s Home & Graceland Collectibles

  Graceland is the name of the 13.8 acre estate and large white-columned mansion that once belonged to Elvis Presley, located at 3734 Elvis Presley Boulevard in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. It is located south of Downtown Memphis, less than four miles north of the Mississippi border. It currently serves as […]

Collecting Elvis Presley Memorabilia

Collecting Elvis Presley Memorabilia

Elvis Aaron Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi. He died aged 42 on August 16, 1977 but during his short life and since his death he has become one of the most well known cultural icons of modern times.

Portmeirion Pottery and Sir Clough William-Ellis

Portmeirion Pottery and Sir Clough William-Ellis

Portmeirion Pottery The name Portmeirion to many people conjures up images of the beautiful Italian style village in North Wales or they find themselves reminiscing the cult 1960s television series “The Prisoner”. To collectors the name Portmeirion is innovative and decorative designs in pottery created by Susan William Ellis. Sir […]

Shelley Pottery

Shelley Pottery

Shelley China was adopted as trademark in 1910 by Percy Shelley, however the potteries heritage goes back nearly 100 years before that when in 1827 John Smith built a group of potteries which came to be known as the ‘Foley Potteries’. The factory was let to a partnership which included […]

Rookwood Pottery and Maria Longworth Nichols Storer

Rookwood Pottery and Maria Longworth Nichols Storer

Maria Longworth Nichols Storer founded Rookwood Pottery in 1880 as a way to market her hobby – the painting of blank tableware.

Fairings – Fun at the Victorian Fair

Fairings – Fun at the Victorian Fair

  The term Fairing  can be designated to anything obtained at a Fair, but the term has become exclusively attached to small porcelain figures &  figure groups, and sometimes trinket boxes, match strikers, pin holders and spill holders that were given away as prizes or sold at the local Fair. […]

Greetings from Holly, Sarah & Betsey

Greetings from Holly, Sarah & Betsey

  Most of us have heard of Holly Hobbie, but perhaps Sarah Kay and Betsey Clark are slightly less familiar. All three artists specialised in drawing greetings cards, lending their names to the characters they drew, which were later issued in doll form. The Betsey Clark character is an old-fashioned […]

Holly Hobbie Dolls

Holly Hobbie Dolls

  Holly Hobbie was an artist specialising in drawing greetings cards, lending her name to the characters she drew, which were later issued in doll form. Pictured left: 1975 Knickerbocker Holly Hobbie doll During the 1960s, people became intrigued by her designs featuring a little girl, facing sideways, dressed in […]

Bucherer Dolls – Swiss innovation and invention in Doll design

Bucherer Dolls – Swiss innovation and invention in Doll design

Whilst reporting on a toy auction I came across a collection of unique jointed metal dolls from the A. Bucherer and Cie Company of Amriswil, Switzerland. The dolls ranged from popular characters from the 1920s including Charlie Chaplin and Mutt & Jeff to farm ladies and a pilot. On checking […]

Mary Gregory Glass

Mary Gregory Glass

Mary Gregory Glass Mary Gregory Glass is a charming style of enamelled figure glass, popular in Victorian times and now being re-discovered. The distinctive feature of Mary Gregory Glass is the painted and enamelled scenes of Victorian children in silhouette, dressed in their best clothes, playing games and having fun. (see […]