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Collecting GI Joe – Collectibles and Toys

Collecting GI Joe – Collectibles and Toys

GI Joe celebrated his 50th birthday in 2014 having been released in 1964. The GI Joe line action figures, produced by the Hasbro toy company has become one of the best selling and most collected toys of all time, spawning comics, tv series, films, books and a wealth of related […]

Space 1999 Collectables and Space 1999 Toys

Space 1999 Collectables and Space 1999 Toys

Space 1999 remains a cult classic and we take a look at some of the Space 1999 collectables, Space 1999 merchandise and Space 1999 toys that have appeared over the years.

Toby Jugs & Character Jugs

Toby Jugs & Character Jugs

Political Character and Toby Jugs at Stoke Art Pottery   Toby Jugs have been around since the early 18th century. They were revived by Doulton in the 19th century, who developed the idea into a range of character jugs. Today, their popularity shows no signs of waning and they hold […]

Artus Van Briggle (1869-1904) made this proto-Lorelei vase while working as a decorator for Rookwood. The 7 1/2-inch-tall vase is incised ‘A. Van Briggle 1898,’ and has a Paris Exposition Universelle 1900 label. It sold for $187,500. Rago Arts & Auction Center image

Van Briggle Pottery

The Van Briggle Pottery was founded in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1901 by Artus and Anne Van Briggle. The Van Briggle Pottery they established continued production of pottery for over one hundred years, and was until the company’s closure in 2012 the oldest continuously operating art pottery in the United States. […]

Tintin Books & Tintin Collectibles

Tintin Books & Tintin Collectibles

The Adventures of Tintin (Les Aventures de Tintin) is a series of classic comic books created by Belgian artist Georges Rémi (1907–1983), who wrote under the pen name of Hergé. The series is one of the most popular European comics of the 20th century, with translations published in more than […]

A Look at Lenox China

A Look at Lenox China

Walter Scott Lenox was born in 1859 in the “Staffordshire of America”: Trenton, N.J. which became the USA’s leading ceramics center and boasted some 200 potteries in the 19th century. Lenox worked as a decorator and designer for several Trenton potteries beginning in 1875 and six years later he advanced […]

Muriel Spark, Her Novels and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Muriel Spark, Her Novels and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Dame Muriel Spark (née Muriel Sarah Camberg) was born in Edinburgh on the 1st February 1918, and 2018 is the centenary of her birth. She is most famous for her sixth novel, published in 1961, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, with its eponymous title character, the free spirited Miss […]

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – 200 years of Frankenstein books, collectables and toys

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – 200 years of Frankenstein books, collectables and toys

200 years of Frankenstein books, collectables and toys With the 200th Anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, what better time than to look the work that still inspires new editions, collectables and toys. Authored by Mary Shelley (30 August 1797 – 1 February 1851)  when she was just 19 […]

Baccarat Paperweights

Baccarat Paperweights

Baccarat Paperweights Baccarat Crystal is a manufacturer of fine crystal glassware located in Baccarat, France. The Musée Baccarat, on the Place des États-Unis in Paris, displays many of its finest productions. Pictured: A very rare Baccarat concentric millefiori `fireworks’ paperweight circa 1848, it was made specifically to commemorate the French […]

Swansea & Nantgarw Pottery and Porcelain

Swansea & Nantgarw Pottery and Porcelain

Interest in Swansea and Nantgarw pottery and porcelain, as well as values have been increasing over the past few years with many comparing the prestige pieces of the short lived potteries to the best of any other pottery in the UK. The foremost collection of Welsh, Swansea and Nantgarw pottery was […]