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Collecting Antique Fans

Collecting Antique Fans

The collecting of antique fans is one of the most satisfying of hobbies, for a small collection of fans can comprise a museum in miniature. Specimens covering the period from the 16th century, when fans were first introduced into Europe from the East, up to Edwardian days include the work […]

The Cottages of W H Goss

The Cottages of W H Goss

Of all the varieties of china manufactured by the firm of W. H. Goss, the cottages and other small buildings have probably the greatest appeal. They are accurately modelled, of a fine translucent body, well decorated and are not disfigured by a transfer crest. It is these two latter criteria […]

Collecting Shoes

Collecting Shoes

In the 21st Century they put the finishing touches to any outfit and are a sign of status and adornment but shoes were originally the simplest way to protect the feet. Early shoes were made of large leaves, bark and grass tied together with vines. The decades have seen progression in the design of footwear […]

Thomas Sheraton and his Furniture Designs

Thomas Sheraton and his Furniture Designs

London was already the great centre for the furniture world when in 1790 Thomas Sheraton, whose styles and designs were to be dominant for many decades, moved there from the North of England. Even at that time many of London’s shops were putting up plate glass windows, and a number of […]

Visiting Calling Card Cases of the Victorians

Visiting Calling Card Cases of the Victorians

The leaving of  visiting cards was a prevalent feature of Victorian society and life. Visiting cards were an essential accessory to any proper Regency or Victorian lady or gentleman and served not just as a letter of introduction or aide memoire, but as an indicator of social class and good manners. In those […]

Samuel Pemberton Silver VinaigretteBirmingham 1807 Estimate £150-£250

Vinaigrettes and Pomanders – The sweet smell of collecting

It is not surprising that so many collectors find vinaigrettes a fascinating subject. These small boxes, used for holding a sponge soaked in sweet-smelling vinegar, were made in an endless variety of shapes and decoration. Their inner grilles were delicately pierced for the escape of the scent in charming and […]

Louis Comfort Tiffany and Tiffany Favrile Glass

Louis Comfort Tiffany and Tiffany Favrile Glass

The most famous American name in the history of art glass is Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933), the first and the greatest of his nation to make an original and lasting contribution to the art of glass making.

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Coco Chanel – The Great Fashion Designer

Coco Chanel – The Great Fashion Designer

As an obsessive follower of fashion one of my favourite pastimes is spending copious amounts of money in the designer shops lining London’s smartest streets. Just recently I caught the train home armed with bags bearing the names of Gucci and Lulu Guinness, but if I’d had enough money then […]

Fairy on the Tree – Collectable Christmas Fairies

Fairy on the Tree – Collectable Christmas Fairies

What will top your tree this year? Will you opt for an English traditional fairy, a continental angel, or play safe and affix a star? Nowadays, it seems almost impossible to buy a tree-topper fairy doll – Christmas stores are full of angels. Where have the wand-waving fairies disappeared too? […]

Doll Decades 1910 -1919: Bolsheviks, Battles And Brassieres

Doll Decades 1910 -1919: Bolsheviks, Battles And Brassieres

A decade of tragedy; in the space of a few short years, almost ten million young men died on the battlefields of Europe, with 200,000 losing their lives on the fields of Flanders. Yet it was also a decade of triumph and creativity. Pictured right: Ernst Heubach 1910 bisque When […]