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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 . […]

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 […]