13 posts tagged 17th century

Master Clockmaker Thomas Tompion (1639 to 1713)

Thomas Tompion (1639-1713) was an English master clockmaker and watchmaker He is considered to be the father of English clock making, and designed watches and clocks throughout the late 1600s. Early ownership of a Tompion clock or watch was limited to Monarchs, Princes, aristocracy and wealthy merchants. His customers included King Charles II and Cosimo III, Grand Duke of Tuscany. During Thomas Tompions career he created 5,500 watches and 650 clocks, making him England's most prominent ... Continue Reading

Collectible British Indian Silver Coins

The long history of British rule in India is one of the best-known examples of struggle against global imperialism. The Indian fight in the early 20th century against the power of Great Britain led to independence in 1947 and the subsequent split of the country into Hindu-controlled India and Muslim-controlled Pakistan. For many historians, this development also marks the end of the British Empire, which had been weakening as a global power since World War I. British forces arrived in India ... Continue Reading

Collectible South African Silver Coins

The history of South Africa has been a turbulent and often a bloody one, creating a complicated coinage. British forces arrived at the Cape of Good Hope in 1795 and after several spats with the Netherlands, the Cape Colony was formally recognized as a British possession by the 1815 Congress of Vienna. A series of wars with the earlier Dutch Boer settlers and the native peoples, most notably the Zulu, followed. By 1910, Great Britain had absorbed the northern Boer-ruled Transvaal Republic and ... 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

Tips on Repair & Caring for Antique Furniture

Tips on the Repair & Care of Antique Furniture and Furnishings. It's rare for antique furniture to be kept solely for display purposes, so certain precautions are necessary in caring for antique furniture if it is to withstand years of daily wear and tear. Treat your antique furniture with due respect for the original use it was designed for. The surface of an old desk, for instance, was not designed to withstand the pressure of a ball point pen. Tilting or leaning back on a chair, ... Continue Reading

Identifying Antique Furniture

Tips & Advice on Identifying Antique Furniture   Antique Furniture is one of the most fascinating sections of antique collecting. Primarily because so many of us naturally do what's most important when collecting antique furniture. We buy what we like. Most antique furniture tends to be purchased by ordinary everyday people, rather than dedicated antique furniture collectors. In other words, more vintage furniture is acquired for its beauty and function rather than the profit ... Continue Reading

Dating Antique Silver Hallmarks

Antique Silver Hallmarks and how to indentify where your silver comes from. Antique silver hallmarks have been used to control the quality of goods made of silver since the 14th century and the organisation that regulates the craft, Goldsmiths Hall, gave the world the term hallmark. Every item made of silver must be sent to an Assay Office for testing. This is to ensure it is of the required sterling silver standard and, provided it conforms to a standard, a series of symbols are stamped ... Continue Reading

Rare Gold James I Unite Coin

A look at an extremely rare and beautiful 17th century Gold James I Unite Coin (20 Shillings) Condition: XF Minted: London. Mint Mark: Tun (wine cask) Denomination: Unite (20 Shillings) Mint period: 1615/1616 (2nd coinage, 5th bust) Reference: Friedberg 234, Seaby 2620, North 2085 Obverse: Crowned and armoured half-length figure of James I. Facing right, holding orb and list-topped sceptre. With Legend: (tun) IACOBVS : D : G . MA . BRI . FRA . ET . HI . REX . Reverse: Crowned shield ... Continue Reading

Georgian Glass

Collecting Antique Georgian Glass offers rare opportunities to the antique glass collector, buyer or seller. So, what is Georgian Glass ... The Georgian period spanned the years 1714 to 1830 and included the regency period of 1811 to 1820. In the Georgian period the first four Georges reigned as Kings of England. Collecting Georgian glass is very popular and can be very lucrative. During the Georgian period the English became famous for the excellence of their lead glass. This ... Continue Reading

Slipware Ceramics

Collecting Antique Staffordshire Slipware Ceramics ... About Staffordshire trailed slip, the history, manufacture and examples. When collecting slipware ceramics, it is important to have knowledge of the history and the challenges the medium presents to appreciate its value and artistry. Slip ware ceramics, are created by dipping the object in pale slip then trailing other colours of slip over the top in intricate patterns. Thomas Toft, who is known to have worked between 1660 and 1680, ... Continue Reading