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Shop smart this Christmas!

Posted by on Nov 28, 2018 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 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

Posted by on May 12, 2018 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 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”.

Posted by on Jan 19, 2018 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “…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

Posted by on Oct 21, 2017 in Vintage China & Pottery | Comments Off on 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

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 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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Carnival Capers!

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Carnival Capers!

Carnival Capers!

How did a German enamel badge end up in a Kent junk shop? I regularly find intriguing objects that take me on a journey of discovery and this badge has to be one of the best so far. Consisting of a large enamel pendant on a chain, it features a man carrying something on his shoulder, with the legend ‘SEIDEN WEBERS LACHPARADE 1976 CHARLY I LYDIA I KREFELD’ around the outside.

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A font too small to read?

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A font too small to read?

A font too small to read?

Where is the church with a font like this? One of the really fun things about buying and selling vintage is the thrill of picking up a rarity in amongst the bric-a-brac.  I came across this little marble curio one day last summer and nearly left it on the shelf because of the extensive damage where it appears to have been dropped from a great height, but something about it spoke to me and I was excited to discover that it is a mini church font and that they are very collectable.

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Do you know the maker?

Posted by on Jul 31, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Do you know the maker?

Do you know the maker?

This week’s stunning fossicking find! A banjo-shape, chinoiserie-style vase with a hand-painted floral design with enamelled detail and a lustre finish to the neck and foot.

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Read all about it!

Posted by on Jun 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Read all about it!

Read all about it!

As we pass the midpoint of the year I thought I would update you on recent reading of topical mags. Homes & Antiques remains a firm favourite. The May edition featured a great article by Caroline Wheater looking at how to use British Studio Pottery as part of your interior design with stunning pieces in a variety of settings. 

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Freshening up for the New Season!

Posted by on Mar 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Freshening up for the New Season!

Freshening up for the New Season!

I’ve been working hard over the last few weeks seeking out a huge amount of new stock after placing a host of items which have been listed multiple times in my ebay shop into my Stock Clearance sale. This is now drawing to a close as the entries expire and I have begun the exciting if time-consuming task of making all my enticing new stock available online.

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