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A Small Thought – Small Pieces of Carlton Ware and other Potteries

A Small Thought – Small Pieces of Carlton Ware and other Potteries

Emerging from the Dark Ages, scholars concerned themselves with matters of magic, issues of theology and creative – if nonsensical – arguments such as the Flat Earth Theory. Pictured right: W&R Carlton Ware 3″ NEW MIKADO 2814; 4 3/4″ CHRYSANTHEMUM 2930; 6″ PARROT 3018 vases Among those who queried the […]

A Dinky Life, the illustrated history of a passion by a long-time collector of die-cast

A Dinky Life, the illustrated history of a passion by a long-time collector of die-cast

I got my first diecast fifty years ago. My mother and father must have thought that at six years old I was ‘grown-up’ enough to have a real toy at last, and so Christmas morning 1958 saw me tearing open the brown paper packaging (potato-printed with holly and what could […]

Tiny Tears Dolls – The Most Popular Vinyl Doll

Tiny Tears Dolls – The Most Popular Vinyl Doll

Tiny Tears Dolls – The Most Popular Vinyl Doll – Launched in a blaze of publicity in 1965, amazingly Tiny Tears dolls are still sold today – and the earliest ones are becoming exceedingly collectable. At the time, Palitoy was one of Britain’s largest toy manufacturers, and their revolutionary doll […]

Victorian Christmas Cards

Victorian Christmas Cards

Victorian Christmas Cards Victorian Christmas Cards – The very first Christmas card was printed in December 1843, at the request of Sir Henry Cole, who was also the instigator of the Great Exhibition of 1851 and founder and first director of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Indeed, he was […]

Collecting Chinese Snuff Bottles

Collecting Chinese Snuff Bottles

Collecting Chinese Snuff Bottles Collecting Chinese Snuff Bottles – Snuff bottles were used by the Chinese during the Qing Dynasty to contain powdered tobacco. Smoking tobacco was illegal during the Dynasty, but the use of snuff was allowed because the Chinese considered snuff to be a remedy for common illnesses […]

A Brief History of Tobacco Pipes & Pipe Collecting

A Brief History of Tobacco Pipes & Pipe Collecting

Since history began man has attempted to smoke various burning herbs in different ways, but the first appearance of the pipe, functioning on the principle of the familiar briar, is a matter for conjecture. Pictured left: An American Indian Stone Pipe With Lead Inlay To The Bowl And Stem 6In. (15Cm.) Long.  Sold […]

Raggedy Ann Dolls

Raggedy Ann Dolls

Raggedy Ann Dolls by Sue Brewer @bunnypussflunge Raggedy Ann is one of the great American classic dolls. Instantly recognisable with her beaming smile, red triangular nose and round black eyes, Raggedy was originally a storybook doll. Unlike the majority of dolls which are devised purely for commercial reasons, Raggedy Ann […]

The Eyes Have it – Blythe & Friends

The Eyes Have it – Blythe & Friends

Why have collectors suddenly gone overboard for an out-of-proportion teen with scary eyes? And what can you do if you can`t afford the £500 or so needed to buy one? Blythe was a novelty doll produced by Kenner in 1972, and distributed in Britain by Palitoy. She was just under twelve inches tall, with a […]

Collecting Post-war Soviet Porcelain

Collecting Post-war Soviet Porcelain

I first fell in love with USSR porcelain in the late 1960s – 1969, to be precise – when I purchased a small figurine of a badger. I loved it because it was so smooth, so tactile and was so different from the fussy, whimsical ornaments that were around at […]

Lenci and Art Deco Ceramics

Lenci and Art Deco Ceramics

When it comes to design innovation, in my opinion the Italians have always gotten it right. Now this may be a piece of hand blown glass created on the Island of Murano, or a fashion garment that resembles a work of art rather than an everyday outfit. However, for me, […]