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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 […]

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 […]

Nightmare Before Christmas 25th Anniversary Collectibles & Toys

Nightmare Before Christmas 25th Anniversary Collectibles & Toys

Wow! 25 years ago Disney released WCN’s favourite Disney film The Nightmare Before Christmas. The cult film from Tim Burton and has certainly stood the test of time to become of Disney’s best franchises and we would say has had some of best and coolest merchandise, collectibles and toys. With […]

A 1920s Fairyland Lustre octagonal bowl decorated in the Geisha or Angels pattern.Sold for £1.750 at Fieldings, March 2018.

Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre

‘Fairyland’ may not exist but the idea of an idyllic place inhabited by fairies, goblins and elves certainly is one that appeals to most children and even some adults. While Wedgwood Fairyland lustre ware may not be as unattainable, it is an unusual design and is sought after by collectors […]

A Visit to Hill Top – The Home of Beatrix Potter

A Visit to Hill Top – The Home of Beatrix Potter

One of the highlights during a recent visit to the Lake District was a visit to Hill Top the home of Beatrix Potter. The house (an other properties) were left by Beatrix Potter when she died in 1943 to the National Trust and is open to visitors throughout most of […]

Guinness Posters of John Gilroy

Guinness Posters of John Gilroy

John Gilroy’s iconic artwork, designs and influence for the Guinness advertising campaigns, from 1928 to the 1960s, are still current today and the original Guinness posters are very collectable. John Gilroy was responsible for some of the most famous advertising campaigns in history and helped turn around the fortunes of Guinness […]

A Midwinter Zambesi pattern dinner service designed by Jessie Tait

Jessie Tait Designs for Midwinter Pottery

Post-war ceramics arrived in an explosion of style and colour, creating contemporary ‘new look’ that is so desirable among collectors today. One of the most innovative potteries was Midwinter Pottery, largely due to one of its most celebrated designers – Jessie Tait. She was the only full time in-house designer […]

Collectible Glass Chocolates that Last a Lifetime

Collectible Glass Chocolates that Last a Lifetime

From their home studio tucked away on the rural coast of northern California, a pair of sisters create works of art that look good enough to eat. Dinah and Patty Hulet have created stunning art glass that you’ll find in museums, galleries, and the finest gift shops in the world. […]

Winning Moves FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Monopoly

Russia World Cup Collectables and World Cup Merchandise

The 2018 World Cup Russia begins on Thursday 14 June when Russia face Saudia Arabia.  We take a look at  some of the official and unofficial merchandise, collectables and memorabilia available to collect and buy. The official mascot for the Russia World Cup is Zabivaka™ which means “the one who scores” […]