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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 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 below for example Mary […]

Raphaël Kirchner Postcards

Raphaël Kirchner Postcards

Raphaël Kirchner (1876 – 1917) was an Austrian artist, best known for Art Nouveau and early pin-up work, especially in picture postcard format which became extremely popular during World War I. Kirchner attended the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and began his career as a portrait painter for the fashionable in […]

Wicked The Musical Collectors Items and Collectables

Wicked The Musical Collectors Items and Collectables

Everyone I know who has seen Wicked the Musical has become a massive fan. As with the original Wizard of Oz it has captured the public’s imagination and is now performed all over the world. The original production of Wicked premiered on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre in October 2003, and […]

Speed Freaks! Freaked Out!!!!!

Speed Freaks! Freaked Out!!!!!

Freaked Out!!!!! Speed Freaks! I am the first to admit that I know next to nothing about cars and to be honest, was not really interesting in learning anything about them either – but that was until I met Terry Ross, an enthusiast on the subject, it didn’t take him […]

Hagen-Renaker & Disney – DISNEYLAND AND THE 1950’s

Hagen-Renaker & Disney – DISNEYLAND AND THE 1950’s

The opening of Disneyland in Anaheim, California in 1955 opened the door to worldwide recognition of Hagen-Renaker’s craftsmanship. By the Fall of 1955, the first of the Hagen-Renaker “Disney” pieces were released. Walt Disney is quoted as saying, “they made the finest three-dimensional reproductions of the drawings he ever saw”. […]