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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 […]

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”. […]

Strawberry Shortcake Dolls

Strawberry Shortcake Dolls

Strawberry Shortcake Dolls Toy boxes suddenly started to smell delicious in 1980! Delicious fruity scents of cherry, lemon, raspberry, blueberry, lime and – most of all – strawberry filled our homes. Here was a toy we really didn’t mind buying for our children. Pictured right: Strawberry Shortcake The perfume drifted […]

Buddy Holly Memorabilia – The Day The Music Died A Look at Buddy Holly Collectibles

Buddy Holly Memorabilia – The Day The Music Died A Look at Buddy Holly Collectibles

Charles Hardin Holley was born in Lubbock, Texas to Lawrence Odell Holley and Ella Pauline Drake on Labor Day, in 1936. The Holleys were a musical family and as a young boy Holley learned to play piano, guitar and violin (his brothers oiled the strings so much that no one […]

Quimper Tradition Pattern

Henriot Quimper and Quimper Faience Pottery

On a recent trip to Brittany and the magnificent Mont St Michel I came across a wonderful display of modern Quimper Faience Pottery and notably Henriot Quimper. Many of the designs and colours were instantly recognisable and based on the traditional The Petite Breton  pattern, but there were also many […]

RD03 The BFG

Roald Dahl and Robert Harrop

Robert Harrop  created this wonderful set of official Roald Dahl figurines based on the illustrations by Quentin Blake in 2003. There are 27 figurines in the collection featuring all of Dahl’s most famous characters with RD01 being Willy Wonka. As with all Harrop figurines they are very accurate and a […]