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Bela Lugosi's Count Dracula cape from Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

Bela Lugosi’s Count Dracula cape leads The Dark Side of Hollywood auction

The Dark Side of Hollywood, an auction of more than 470 memorabilia, costumes, posters, and significant pieces of Hollywood history featuring Bela Lugosi’s Count Dracula cape from Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Universal International Pictures, 1948 . Unlike other films where pieces of the same item were made, there was […]

The London Decorative Tin Collection

The London Decorative Tin Collection

The Tinplate and Specialist sale at Vectis on the 14th November includes The London Decorative Tin Collection – a single private owner collection of  33 lots of unusual and scarce decorative sweet and biscuit tins. Tins from the collection date back to early 1900s and designs include sentry boxes, a windmill, Grandfather […]

Wade NatWest Pigs Price Guide

Wade NatWest Pigs Price Guide

If one collectable could epitomize the rise and fall of collectables in the last 20 years I would probably pick the famous NatWest Pigs. We look at the collectable phenomenon, some interesting NatWest Pig facts and look at prices. The pigs were a promotion began by NatWest Bank who were looking […]

Queen and Freddie Mercury Pop! Vinyl Figures

Queen and Freddie Mercury Pop! Vinyl Figures

Ever since I watched Queen at the 1985 Live Aid concert I, along with many others have been a massive fan. With the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody just released there is a lot of new merchandise for collectors including a set of Funko Pop! Vinyl figures featuring all 4 band […]

Shirley Wharf for Troika textured cube vase showing all four incised and geometric sides.

Troika Pottery – History, Designers and Troika Price Guide

Troika Pottery has become one of the most collected forms of modern British pottery with it’s distinctive colours, incised and geometric designs it has attracted many collectors. Early works from two of the company’s founders Leslie Illsley,  and Benny Sirota are especially collectable with prices for rarer items reaching well […]

Barbie Disney The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Dolls

Barbie Disney The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Dolls

To coincide with Disney’s latest feature The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Dolls, Barbie are introducing four fantastic dolls based on characters from the film and sculpted to the likenesses of the actors. Each one comes with a doll stand for display and Certificate of Authenticity. The four dolls are: FRN75 […]

Lalique Crystal Limited Edition 2019 Naiade

Lalique Crystal Limited Edition 2019 Naiade

The release of the Lalique Limited, Numbered and Signed Editions of Collector’s Flacons has become an annual event since 1994 when Marie-Claude Lalique introduced her perfume. The 2019 Lalique Crystal Limited Edition is entitled Naiade and shows a figure draped in a veil that reveals her voluptuous figure, adorned with […]

Royal Doulton Prince Charles 70th Birthday Figurine

Royal Doulton Prince Charles 70th Birthday Figurine

To celebrate the 70th birthday of His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Royal Doulton have created a new limited edition figurine featuring Prince Charles in his Royal Air Force Marshal uniform taken at the Battle of Britain 70th Anniversary at Westminster Abbey. The figurine has been sculpted by Neil Welch and […]

A rare early 19th century West Indies carved horn pipe tamper, with a head finial having braided hair and a pewter collar, replaced base, 3¼in (8.2cm) high, an 18th century boxwood squirrel pipe tamper, 3¼in (8.2cm) high, an 18th century boxwood pipe tamper with chip carved geometric decoration, a 19th century treen boot and leg pipe tamper, a 19th century treen shoe pipe tamper and a brass bust of the Duke of Wellington pipe tamper.

Tobacco Stoppers and Tobacco Tampers for the Collector

The tobacco stopper, also known as a pipe stopper or a tobacco tamper, is used to enable a pipe to be filled by evenly distributing the tobacco within the length of the bowl, and to press the tobacco down. What started as a utilitarian device developed into a vast array […]

A 19th century German Stobwasser lacquered papier mache cigar case. Finely painted with the portrait of a violin player under a gilt border, named indistinct. Stamped inside the cover Stobwasser Fabrik Brunsieg, 13.25cm. Sold for £500 at Paul Beighton Auctioneers, May 2017.

Decorative Cigar Cases

As with much of tobacciana the growth of decorative cigar cases relates to rise of smoking. The first use in this country of the word ” cigar” (or ” segar ” as it was often written and pronounced) is ascribed by the Oxford Dictionary to the year 1735. The date is curious […]