Collecting German Skull Steins – In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, graduating from a German university with a medical degree was often commemorated with a truly unique artifact – a skull stein. These eccentric and morbidly fascinating mementos, bearing an uncanny hollowed-out model of a human skull, were […]
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The history of the Royal Crown Derby Porcelain Company begins with Andrew Planche, a Huguenot refugee from Saxony, in 1750. Fleeing religious persecution, Planche relocated to England, bringing with him his extensive knowledge of porcelain production. In Derby, he established a porcelain factory, manufacturing high-quality pieces inspired by the aesthetics […]
In the bustling world of 18th century Britain, creativity and originality were paramount not just in the arts, but also in the advertisement game. Enter the Mansion House Dwarfs, an exceptional advertising phenomenon that emerged in 1784 from Derby, offering a whimsical and memorable approach to publicizing various events and […]
The Whimsical Magic of Michael Graves’ Mickey Mouse Gourmet Collection – In 1993, renowned American architect and designer Michael Graves breathed life into the Disney’s beloved character Mickey Mouse, reshaping him into an iconic symbol of both whimsy and gourmet sophistication. Famed for his multi-faceted design talents, Graves was no […]
Collecting Morph A look at Morph Collectables – With the the amazing Morph’s Epic Art Adventure, featuring 56 super-sized sculptures of everyone’s favourite plasticine figure, we thought it would be of interest to look at some of the other Morph collectables and memorabilia that has been available over the years. […]
Once upon a time in the realm of children’s television, an odd yet endearing show charmed its way into the hearts of young viewers across Britain. A true testament to the power of imagination and storytelling, the iconic series, ‘The Clangers,’ took viewers on surreal cosmic adventures that remain a […]
Beneath the world’s oceans lie sunken vessels carrying stories of a bygone era, their holds bursting with a rich trove of material culture. These shipwrecks, silent witnesses to the vibrant ebb and flow of historical maritime trade, hold cargoes that speak volumes about our ancestors’ craftsmanship, taste, and their far-reaching […]
Thirty-five years ago, a diminutive Nelwyn named Willow Ufgood embarked on a perilous journey to protect a baby destined to overthrow an evil queen. He traversed mythical lands filled with magic and monsters, and along the way, found courage he never knew he had. This, in essence, encapsulates the magic […]
Few sports carry the rich history and global appeal of cricket, a game that enthralls millions worldwide. The fandom stretches beyond the green fields into a thriving market of memorabilia and collectables, with enthusiasts seeking pieces of cricketing history that evoke emotions and immortalize iconic moments. This article shines a […]
Thorne`s Toffee 1926 Australian Cricket Tour Souvenir Tin – As the highly anticipated 2023 Ashes series between England and Australia approaches, we delve into the world of cricket collectibles. In this journey, we turn our attention to the historic 1926 Ashes series, where the outcome hung in the balance until […]