Posts by traceym

Shop smart this Christmas!

Shop smart this Christmas!

Shop smart to save the planet… I read a worrying article this morning that suggests some shoppers return up to 80% of everything they buy online as they add unwanted items to their order just to get free postage

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Another Swedish winner in 1974

Another Swedish winner in 1974

A curious little boot…I picked this piece up in a recent sale of someone’s vintage miniature shoe collection. Recognising it as a Speed Skating boot from the length of the blade, and intrigued by the affixed tile which has an image of a skater and the legend ‘EM 74 ESKILSTUNA’, I was keen to find out more about it.  

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“…the delicate, neate and thin ware of wood”.

“…the delicate, neate and thin ware of wood”.

A special find among the bric-a-brac…I recently came across this vintage Cribbage Board and recognised from its distinctive mosaic inlay that it was a piece of Tunbridge Ware. This name originally referred to general articles of turned wood made in Kent and London, but by the early 19th century was specifically applied to decorated wooden pieces, especially souvenirs, sold to visitors to the spa at Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding area.

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Retailer’s Stamps

Retailer’s Stamps

Over-stamping maker’s marks…This is an intriguing little pair of mismatched china pieces. They both have the impressed swan mark for Charles Ford who operated in the Staffs Potteries in Hanley between 1874 and 1904 and used this mark between 1900 and the sale of the works.

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Torquay Pottery

Torquay Pottery

Collectability trumps condition…II came across this little pot at a Boot Fair this weekend and immediately recognised it as Motto Ware from the design and the terracotta material but could not quite see the maker’s impress mark on the bottom in the bright sunshine. I mused for a while over whether to pay the asking price as I could hear that there was a crack somewhere from the dull sound given off when putting the two parts together.

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