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Clarice Cliff Teddy Bear Bookends

Clarice Cliff Teddy Bear Bookends

Clarice Cliff is well known for her range of colourful pottery but she was also responsible for other items such as the Clarice Cliff Teddy Bear Bookends. The Teddy Bear bookends date from the 1930s and were sold in pairs and show a teddy bear sitting holding on to plinth […]

Cluedo Detecting the Value of this Classic Game

Cluedo Detecting the Value of this Classic Game

In this highly digital age board games are taking more and more prevalence for spending interactive time with family and friends. From this we seem to be digging those family board games we still own from the seventies and eighties out of the cupboards, blowing off the dust and this […]

A Royal Winton Grimwades Chanticleer Three Piece Teaset

A look at Grimwades Royal Winton Chanticleer Series

The Grimwades Royal Winton Chanticleer  series first appeared at the British Industries Fair in February 1936. The range of realistically moulded cockerels and hen, in warm colours, were a popular addition to the breakfast table and was produced for many years. Grimwades described the range as ‘distinctive novelties’ on their […]

Bois Russell - Arthur Gredington 1938 Derby Winner

Arthur Gredington and Beswick

Arthur Gredington was one of the leading animal modellers of the 20th Century, not only for Beswick  but in the world of ceramics . He was responsible for the creation of nearly 400 models (well over 400 with pieces he collaborated on), some of which will probably be in your […]

How much is my Monopoly worth?

How much is my Monopoly worth?

Most of you will have a copy of Monopoly of some form tucked away somewhere. Whether it’s at the back of a cupboard, on a shelf or in the attic. Before you dig it out for a post lockdown car boot sale check out the value of it. You could […]

Collecting Give a Show Projectors

Collecting Give a Show Projectors

Whether the young people of today would find these as much as fun as I did when I was given a Give a Show Projector as a present in late 1970s is open to question. My guess is probably YES but there a lot of middle aged children who are […]

Collecting James Bond 007 Jigsaw Puzzles

Collecting James Bond 007 Jigsaw Puzzles

There are many different strands for James Bond collectors to collect and this feature looks at collecting James Bond 007 Jigsaw Puzzles. We also include a price guide on some of the puzzles that have been sold at auction. Arrow Games produced a series of great jigsaw puzzles in the […]

Oiva Toikka and his Fabulous Glass Birds – Birds by Toikka

Oiva Toikka and his Fabulous Glass Birds – Birds by Toikka

I only discovered Oiva Toikka recently when visiting a glass gallery in Chester (Pyramid Glass) which had a display Birds by Toikka and was immediately struck with the design, colour, variety and ingenuity of the birds. This feature focuses on the Birds by Toikka but I hope to feature further […]

Swarovski Limited Edition Disney Princesses

Swarovski Limited Edition Disney Princesses

The first Swarovski Limited Edition Disney Princess was Cinderella and was released in 2015. Each year since Swaroski have released a limited edition annual edition Disney Princess. The series has proved very popular with the early editions rising in value on the secondary market. Cinderella was followed in 2016 by […]

The Naturalism of Manuel Mafra Portuguese Palissy Ware

The Naturalism of Manuel Mafra Portuguese Palissy Ware

Manuel Cipriano Gomes Mafra (1829-1905) was one of the foremost Portuguese ceramists of the 19th century who developed a vast array of work influenced by the natural world. Manuel Mafra’s pottery work, marked by naturalism, was strongly influenced by the French 16th century engineer, craftsman and potter Bernard Palissy . […]