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Classical Elegance!

Posted by on Feb 28, 2019 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Classical Elegance!

Classical Elegance!

Just read a great little piece in this month’s Homes & Antiques magazine about these little beauties which I am always on the look out for when on my fossicking trips. Inspired by classical Greek forms, Constance Spry designed her Mantle Vase range in the 1930s to enhance her much sought after floral displays…

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Heaven Scent Pottery

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Featured | Comments Off on Heaven Scent Pottery

Heaven Scent Pottery

One of the first posts I wrote for this site was about these highly decorative items from Mexico. The first piece I found was this little Jorge Wilmot cat. Drawn to his cute face and pretty floral decoration I just had to have him. Back home, I set about trying to establish his provenance but try as I might I couldn’t pin down a maker.

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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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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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Stuff I’ve been reading!

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Stuff I’ve been reading!

Stuff I’ve been reading!

How progress against a New Year’s Resolution has me living, learning and lighting up! Those of you who read my New Year’s blog will recall that I was looking for a magazine that I might subscribe to and had picked up the January/February edition of Landscape magazine to give it a try. Filled with stunning photography and articles about gardening, cooking and crafting, as well as features about pottery, collecting, architecture and old industry, it seemed right up my street!

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Life’s a beach – do what you love!

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Life’s a beach – do what you love!

Life’s a beach – do what you love!

Are you living the life you love? A number of events have converged over the first three weeks of this new year to bring about an opportunity for taking stock and stopping doing something that I don’t enjoy and which has been causing me stress for some time now. The first was the death of David Bowie, followed in quick succession by those of Alan Rickman and Glenn Frey.

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