Art Deco Artist Demetre Haralamb Chiparus (1889 to 1947)

In the Art Deco period Demetre Chiparus created truly stunning works of art full of life movement and adoration for the female form. Knowing how to spot a genuine Chiparus sculpture is essential if you are to avoid the countless fakes, forgeries and reproductions flooding the popular Art Deco collectibles market Continue Reading

Rookwood Pottery – An American Ceramic Well Worth Collecting

A Rookwood piece by Japanese artist Kitaro Shirayamadani sold for $198,000 in 1991. Other exceptional pieces by great artists like Artus Van Briggle, Ed Diers, Sara Sax and Fred Rothenbusch are still waiting for pottery collectors who are looking to invest for the long term. Continue Reading

Antique Furniture Styles. Choosing the Right Antiques for Your Home

The period and style of antique furniture you choose to decorate your home with can say a lot about your own style and taste. So, how do you make sure what you choose is the right kind of antique furniture, that it's a sound investment in both taste and style that fits your budget but won't stop being fashionable Continue Reading

Collecting Moorcroft Pottery in 2016

In 2016 collecting Moorcroft Pottery remains enormously popular with salerooms seeing quite a broad range of buyers still bidding at auction. With early Moorcroft patterns in the Art Nouveau or Arts & Crafts styles probably the most sought after and some collectors seeking advertising wares or patterns made exclusively for export Continue Reading

Collectible Anchor Hocking Fire King Glass

Philbe and Jadeite designs are the most collectible forms of Anchor Hocking Fire King Glass. It was manufactured from the early 1940's to the 1970's by the Anchor Hocking company, and this affordable collectible glassware can be found at thrift shops, flea markets, and yard sales for very reasonable prices. Marks on pieces may read Fire-King in block letters or in script, or may include an anchor logo. But watch out for modern forgeries... Continue Reading

Antique Values – What to look out for when valuing antiques

Assessing an antiques value involves a lot more than examining a price list. Antiques experts will use a price guide as the starting point in the antique appraisal and valuation process but also include a host of other factors to determine an antiques true value Continue Reading

Spotting Antique Fakes and Forgeries

The Golden Rule when buying antiques, is always to ask the seller and to make sure they answer positively one way or the other. If the answer is maybe, could be or it might be an original, then think twice before you buy. Antique fakes are better now than ever and the antique collector really does need to be wary. Continue Reading

Fake Royal Worcester Marks

Good quality porcelain is often copied and fake Royal Worcester marks are quite common. The artwork on this nice pair of posy vases looks the part and the Stinton signature could get you very excited if you came across them at auction. But are these marks genuine Royal Worcester marks. Only good research and an eye for detail can make sure you don't pay top dollar for inferior copies or outright fakes. Continue Reading

Shelley Marks & Collectible Shelley China

In 1910 Shelley marks were officially adopted by Wileman & Co of Foley Potteries and Foley China Works. Highly sought after Mabel Lucie Attwell collectibles bear the mark as do the wonderful Art Deco styled Harmony tea wares designed by Eric Slater and produced in the early 1930's. Shelley is popular among ceramics collectors and discovering you own a Shelley teaset or a Mabel Lucie Attwell piece could add nicely to your bank balance. Continue Reading

Collecting Studio Pottery: The Potters Marks & a little history

Studio pottery pieces by Bernard Leach and the potters he taught can command high prices. Spotting a pot by Leach takes a little learning as does recognising any of the good studio pottery that you can find in all sorts of places including boot fairs & yard sales as well as antiques fairs. Knowing what the potter was trying to achieve will help the collector find those priceless little nuggets as will knowing the pottery marks to look out for and building a good source of reference. Continue Reading

Antiques Collection: Gerbing & Stephan Majolica Vase c1890

Beginning as Schiller & Gerbing in 1829 and eventually becoming Gerbing & Stephan in 1861, this once significant ceramics company produced some superb Majolica pottery. The battle scene vase in our Antiques collection is a wonderful example bearing Gerbing & Stephan marks used between 1861 and 1900. They show a very clear 'G&St.' mark. Continue Reading

Collecting Silver Coins of the British Commonwealth

The British Commonwealth is one of the largest international organizations in the world, containing over fifty member states and a population of over two billion. Its member nations have produced some of the most interesting, varied, and beautiful silver coins in the world. Here we look at the silver coinage histories of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and India, and a few bargains that silver investors and coin collectors should watch out for when searching for collectible silver coins from these countries. Continue Reading

Why Collecting Mexican Gold Pesos is a Great Investment

A Guide to Investing in very collectable Mexican Gold Pesos. Coin Collectors and investors that are looking for something a little different should consider Mexican Gold Pesos. A large selection of denominations especially small denominations makes the gold peso easy to acquire. Continue Reading

Chinese Symbols on Antique Furniture

A glossary of Chinese Symbols and oriental marks found on antique furniture and other artifacts. Everything from the eight immortals to the Stellar triad and various traditional symbols for animals fruit and flowers with an explanation of why they would be used Continue Reading

Rare & Collectable Japanese Imari Porcelain

Japanese Imari Porcelain is a very popular collectible that appeals to all sorts of ceramics collectors. Some prefer the more modern Derby Imari porcelains but to truly appreciate Imari you really have to add a few good quality Japanese Imari porcelain pieces to your Oriental porcelain collection. There are plenty of pieces available and they range in price from just a few pounds to the high hundreds or thousands. Continue Reading

A Look at Highly Collectible Antique Carnival Glass.

There are various names for antique Carnival glass including; Poor Mans Tiffany, Rainbow Glass, Aurora Glass and Taffeta Glass. The variety and enormous range of patterns means that glass collectors will always be searching for more pieces. But making sure your acquisitions are genuine antique carnival glass is all important. Many modern glass manufacturers reintroduced lines, copied old original patterns and created more modern patterns when carnival glass became popular in the 1950's. Continue Reading

Antiques Collection: Rare Worcester Pot Pourri

Few things provide an antique collector with more pleasure than finding an antique they really like. This wonderful little Royal Worcester pot pourri bowl was the perfect addition to our antiques collection and sits beautifully among the other pieces of antique Worcester porcelain we own. It's been beautifully decorated in the Royal Worcester Persian style using a palette of muted shades of green and peach and bears all the right Worcester marks. Plus it came at just the right price. Continue Reading

Finding Local Antique Auctions & Auctioneers

According to the British Antique Dealers Association there are around 20,000 antique dealers & antique auction houses operating in the UK, and more than 100,000 auction houses worldwide. Using our Antique Auctions Finder makes finding your local antiques auction easy. Continue Reading

Collecting Japanese Silver Yen: The Dragon Yen 1870-1914

The Japanese government began minting silver Yen coins shortly after the Meiji Restoration. The silver Dragon Yen was minted between 1870 & 1914 and is fascinating both for the beauty of its design and its historical value. It is a coin well worth collecting Continue Reading

Buy Antiques You Love – Feed Your Passions

Mostly antique collectors and dealers suppress their passions and buy antiques with a clinical eye. They use cold reason and keep that eye on economics, worth and potential profit. Their inner child plays no part in their purchases and emotions, passions and desires only factor in when profit potential increases. Occasionally buying antiques you love can reinvigorate your love of antiques, interest in history and even sometimes add to that profit margin. Continue Reading

Vintage & Collectable Pressed Glass

Pressed glass has been dismissed by serious collectors and the wealthier elements of the population throughout the years, simply because it was aimed at the mass market. But like most things that appeal to the majority of the population, pressed glass has moved up in the World and is now fashionable enough among the more well to do, that glass collectors are sitting up and taking notice. Continue Reading

Collecting Antique Mantel Clocks

Antique Mantel Clocks are similar to antique bracket clocks but are smaller with less depth. You can usually tell an English mantel clock from French ones as the English clock should have a superb mechanism. Before collecting mantel clocks or just buying a good example for your home make sure you know a little about them. It would be unwise to buy without knowing what you are looking for ... Continue Reading

Collecting Custard Glass. Popular Collectible Glassware

Custard Glass is one of the earliest known colours of glass, it's been around a long time and remains very popular among glass collectors. In the US it got its colour form the addition of uranium salts but the amounts are extremely small. Sowerby Glass and Northwood Glass produced custard glass in large quantities but only small quantities of the genuine article survive today. Adding the occasional rare piece to your glass collection would be wise, just make sure you know what to look for ... Continue Reading

Vintage & Collectable Swarovski Glass

Rare examples of vintage Swarovski glass will add value to your antique glass collection. Swarovski was originally founded in 1895 and there are antique pieces out there. Price can be prohibitive but find a rare or collectible example of vintage Swarovski glass to add to your antique glass collection and you will really appreciate the finer details and the superb quality in the workmanship. Continue Reading

Antiques Collection: Royal Doulton Xmas Decoration

From the Antique Marks Collection we have a fine Royal Doulton Xmas Decoration as a porcelain bulb vase decorated with mistletoe and Santa Claus, dating to c1910. With detailed images and examples of period Doulton marks Continue Reading

Antique KPM Berlin Porcelain to Collect

KPM (Berlin) porcelain is quite beautiful and very collectible. Porcelain collectors should always be on the look out for KPM porcelain figures, vases and centerpieces. They are a very good investment, particularly those produced by the Wegely factory and marked with the initial W and a combination of numbers. Sought after pieces by 19th century artists and designers Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Christian Daniel Rauch and Johann Gottfried Schadow are much in demand. Continue Reading

Sevres Porcelain – One for Porcelain Collectors to Look Out For

From 1738 and the Marquis Orry de Fulvy, to Napoleon's reign and still to the present day Sevres Porcelain has been among the finest porcelain in the World. Serious porcelain collectors should always be on the look out for any Sevres pieces they can add to their collection. Continue Reading

Our Guide to the Cleaning and Care of Antique Quilts

Your essential guide to caring for heirloom and other antique quilts. The much loved quilt that's often handed down from generation to generation, which makes the care and repair of your antique quilt a prime concern Continue Reading

Collecting Antiques: Is Antique Collecting a Good Investment?

An important question for avid antique collectors who hope to create a retirement nest egg from their investment in antiques and collectables. Collecting antiques as an investment has traditionally paid good dividends but tastes change and the antiques marketplace will experience ups and downs over time Continue Reading

Antiques Collection: Nailsea Spatter Glass Basket

From the Antique Marks Collection we have a beautiful 19thC. Nailsea spatter glass basket in multi-coloured glass with clear branch handle. Part of a range of highly collectable glass items which are collectively often simply referred to as Nailsea glass Continue Reading

Antiques Collection: Pair of Royal Bonn Vases c1880

Good quality European porcelain in a matched pair of Antique Royal Bonn Vases in the form of ewers both with requisite Royal Bonn printed logo together with decorators & workmans marks Continue Reading

The Antiques Collection: Derby Imari Dish

The Antique Marks Collection includes a very good Royal Crown Derby Imari dish decorated in the popular Derby pattern 2451 and dating to c1933. A good example of the 2451 pattern from Derby pattern book 6 Continue Reading

Paris Porcelain Vases by Bourdoir and Bloch

Paris Porcelain is to France what Dresden Porcelain is to Germany. Porcelain by a variety of makers from a region rather than one maker. In this case Porcelain de Paris is also as good if not sometimes better than Dresden, Meissen or Sevres porcelain and is certainly a collectible to look out for Continue Reading

Antiques Collection: Pair of Rosenthal Art Deco Vases

With decoration depicting four Dragons rising from a stormy sea, this fine pair of Rosenthal Art Deco Vases are absolutely stunning. The Dragons are embellished and surrounded with honeycomb pattern gilding and the large flared rims have gilded edges and ornately patterned borders. A very collectable pair of Rosenthal vases. Continue Reading

Antiques Collection: Helena Wolfsohn Vase

A lovely little vase by the very popular imitator Helena Wolfsohn who produced some outstanding porcelain using Meissen blanks but then went on to mark them with an AR mark in imitation of the Meissen Augustus Rex mark. The porcelain is exceptional and the artwork is of the standard you would expect from Meissen Continue Reading

Antiques Collection: Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre Bowl

Antique Marks Collection presents a stunning Wedgwood fairyland lustre bowl by Daisy Makeig Jones dating to circa 1930 and decorated with pixies and fairies. In 1909 Daisy Makeig Jones joined Wedgwood as a trainee designer and grew to be a pivotal factor in Wedgwoods survival Continue Reading

The Antiques Collection: Royal Doulton Saltglaze Tyg

The Antique Marks Collection contains a very good Royal Doulton Saltglaze Tyg of good proportion and having three foxhound handles. Signed Ada Dennis and dating to c1858 Continue Reading

Collecting Scrimshaw: Antique Whale Bone Carvings

Collecting antique scrimshaw can be a precarious occupation. There is a large community of ethical modern day scrimshaw artists who utilise recovered ivory or walrus tooth to practice their art but there are also a large number of fake scrimshaw pieces out there. Finding genuine antique scrimshaw however, is well worth the effort. Continue Reading

Collecting Antique or Decorative Art Glass Can Be a Very Profitable Hobby

Collecting antique or decorative arts glass can be a very profitable hobby if you learn all you can about the styles or types of glass you like, and you know how and where to find the best deals on antique & collectable art glass. Focusing your collecting energies on a specific period, type of glass or even one great glass designer can simplify what you need to learn and get you known as an expert on that period or artist. Continue Reading

Antiques Collection: Royal Worcester Prismatic Enamels Vase

From the Antique Marks Collection we have a fine Royal Worcester Prismatic Enamels Vase with original cover. Featuring photos and detailed images of Worcester Marks. Prismatic enamel wares are Continue Reading

Collecting and Investing in European Silver Coins

Economic uncertainty means many collectors & investors are turning to pure silver bullion to protect their wealth. Old European silver coins present an interesting and varied alternative to the usual silver dollars and ioz silver bars and of course they help us avoid melting down our beautiful collectable antique silver teasets and candelabra Continue Reading

Antiques Collection: Royal Bonn Vases c1897

The Antique Marks Collection includes a pair of good quality Royal Bonn vases bearing the Franz Anton Mehlem base mark together with various impressed marks. Blue and white signed SE Schutze c1897 Continue Reading

Antiques Collection: Royal Worcester Fruit Painted Porcelain

From the Antique Marks Collection we have a selection of fine handpainted Worcester fruit painted plates. Featuring hand painted Worcester porcelain with detailed images and requisite Worcester Marks and date cyphers Continue Reading

Identifying Genuine Art Deco Jewelry

Is Your Art Deco Jewellery Genuine or Reproduction? How can you identify real Art Deco jewelry from the modern fakes? Checking the findings, the weight and the type or cut of precious stones can help Continue Reading

Collect Japanese Antiques & Reap Rich Rewards

Japanese antiques provide a link to the rich culture and fascinating history of Japan. The collector has many choices but Kutani, Satsuma and Imari ceramics are a good choice as are the more affordable Netsuke Continue Reading

Charles Noke – Royal Doultons Premier Designer & Modeller

Most popular of all of Charles Noke’s work are his figurines. His Doulton Character Jugs and Toby Jugs are also highly collectable as are his Doulton Flambe glazes, Chang ware and the excellent Chinese Jade that is very popular with Doulton collectors Continue Reading

Antiques Collection: Ernst Wahliss Porcelain Centerpiece c1897

The Ernst Wahliss porcelain manufactory was founded in Trnovany in the Czech Republic in 1863. This stunning centerpiece dates to circa 1897 and features delicate work depicting figures entwined in fishing nets. It bears the Ernst Wahliss crown mark used from 1897 to 1906 Continue Reading

Junk Silver Coins – Collecting 90% Silver Profit

A simple cost effective way to invest in silver and an excellent way to hedge against inflation and times of financial crisis is to collect junk silver coins. The value in some coins 90% silver content can make a significant contribution to your wealth, not to mention your coin collection. Continue Reading

Coin Reviews: Saint-Gaudens Twenty Dollar Gold Piece

Requested by President Theodore Roosevelt, the Augustus Saint-Gaudens obverse design on the twenty dollar gold piece was considered so beautiful and became so popular that it was re-used on gold bullion coins struck by the U.S. Mint from 1986 onwards. Continue Reading

Cloisonne Ware – Is it Worth Collecting?

Chinese Cloisonne ware isn't the only collectable or desirable form of cloisonne. Russian Cloisonne from the Tsarist era is also highly prized by collectors Continue Reading