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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 . […]

Wade and Disney – The Wade Hat Box Series

Wade and Disney – The Wade Hat Box Series

Disney and the Wade Hat Box Series Wade and Disney are two of the hottest collectable names around – so a combination of both makes for something really special. In 1955, Walt Disney’s Film Lady and the Tramp was released and was a tremendous success, combining an appealing story, enchanting animation, […]

Lace Bobbins – The Decorative Charm of Lace Bobbins

Lace Bobbins – The Decorative Charm of Lace Bobbins

A growing interest in lace collecting has also created a renewed interest in old pillow lace bobbins. Lace bobbins have always been a decorative adjunct to lace making and although functional and fairly standard in form the bobbin flourished in its decorative charm with carving, colour, material and decoration making […]

Collecting Affordable Designer

Collecting Affordable Designer

I don’t really class myself as a Designer Diva, however, I do always seem to pick the most expensive item in the shop or fall in love with the out of reach prices for items in magazines. So the easiest way for me to work around this little problem is […]

Collecting Victorian Copper Jelly Moulds and Price Guide

Collecting Victorian Copper Jelly Moulds and Price Guide

Copper jelly moulds are among the most attractive and popular of all kitchenalia. The humble copper jelly mould came in a variety of shapes and sizes and became more and more elaborate over time. The moulds that were part of the batterie de cuisine of the larger houses sometimes bore the name  of […]

Royal Doulton Father Christmas 2018 Santa's Christmas List

Christmas Collectables and Gifts for Christmas 2018

We take a look at some of the Christmas Collectables, Christmas Collectibles and Christmas gifts available for Xmas 2018. Royal Doulton Royal Doulton has several festive offerings including their annual Christmas Figure entitled Christmas Surprise, their 2018 Father Christmas entitled Santa Christmas List and the annual petite figure Glad Tidings. […]

A Nailsea glass rolling pin, combed in pink, blue and white, 33cm long, c.1880. Sold for £30 at Bamfords, September 2018.

Collecting Antique and Vintage Glass Rolling Pins

Antique and vintage glass rolling pins vary from simple clear examples, to the famous Bristol Blue colours, to elaborate multi-coloured Nailsea examples and to examples with motifs and words. Glass rolling pins although functional developed into quite an art form and also became known as love tokens as they were […]

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 […]