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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 […]

Jumeau Dolls by Pierre-François & Emile Jumeau

Jumeau Dolls by Pierre-François & Emile Jumeau

Jumeau was a French company, founded in the early 1840s, which designed and manufactured high quality bisque dolls. It was founded by Louis-Desire Belton and Pierre-François Jumeau in the Maison Jumeau of Montreuil-sous-Bois, near Paris, France. While Belton did not remain with the company for long, under Jumeau’s leadership (and […]

Design in the British Garden – Garden Collectables

Design in the British Garden – Garden Collectables

Britain is a nation of gardeners; I’ve heard that 80% of houses in Britain have private gardens, covering an area twice as large as Surrey. That’s fifteen million gardens in our green and pleasant land. Every weekend sees thousands of us making our way to garden centres, where we choose […]

Robert Thompson’s Mouseman Furniture

Robert Thompson’s Mouseman Furniture

Robert (Mouseman) Thompson (7 May 1876 – 8 December 1955) was a British furniture maker whose designs were both functional and very collectable. His designs with their clean, simple lines, careful workmanship, classic construction and mouse carvings have attracted and continue to attract considerable interest from collectors not only in the […]

A Look at Nailsea Glass

A Look at Nailsea Glass

Nailsea glass was originally an inexpensive means of introducing radiant colour into farmhouse and cottage. This was because the basic glass was pale green bottle-glass or, from about 1815, crown glass. Such glass was not subject to the excise tax of sixpence per pound levied on flint-glass. Colourful curios in many shades of blue, green, amber and red, which might be flecked, mottled or striped, were made not only at Nailsea in Somerset but by the glassmen of Sunderland, Newcastle, Stourbridge, Wrockwardine Wood in Shropshire, Alloa in Scotland and elsewhere.

Historical Staffordshire Pottery

Historical Staffordshire Pottery

It was at the beginning of the reign of Queen Victoria that the Staffordshire potters first produced their characteristic portrait pottery. The young Queen and her family inspired enough pottery models to suggest an important collection in themselves. Pictured right: c1840s Staffordshire figures of Queen Victoria and Albert on horseback. […]

Kitchenalia – What’s Cooking In The Kitchen?

Kitchenalia – What’s Cooking In The Kitchen?

Unlike other rooms, the kitchen is much more difficult to personalise. Kitchens, especially those in modern houses, tend to consist of rows of white metal appliances with wooden cupboards above. Pictured right: Carlton Ware Sheep Mint Sauce Boat Unlike kitchens found in older houses, or those used by our ancestors […]

Doll Postcards

Doll Postcards

Have you considered complementing your doll collection with picture postcards? There are thousands of designs available, and as they take up so little room, you won’t get guilt feelings each time you buy another. Picture postcards became popular in the 1890s, reaching their peak in the early 1900s, up to […]

American Stoneware and American Redware

American Stoneware and American Redware

The term “American Stoneware” refers to the predominant houseware of nineteenth century America–stoneware pottery usually covered in a salt glaze and often decorated using cobalt oxide to produce bright blue decorations. Pictured right: Fenton & Hancock Water Cooler sold at auction for $88,000 in Nov 2006 at Crocker Farm Inc […]