23 posts tagged 19th century

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

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

Collecting Antique Samplers

Highly Collectable Antique Samplers can be a very wise investment. A sampler is an embroidered panel of fabric sewn as a reference or a to demonstrate a range of sewing skills and different stitches. By the 18thC most antique samplers were sewn by young children, following patterns from books. They typically incorporate letters, numbers, a short poem or motto, the name and age of the child and the date. The word sampler, comes from the Latin word exemplum, meaning an example to be ... Continue Reading

Goldkronach Mining Ducat c1855

A coin collecting review of the Goldkronach Mining Ducat c1855 minted in the reign of Maximilian II (AD 1848-1864) The Goldkronach mining ducat 1855, Munich (Carl Friedrich Voigt) is based on the exploitation of the mines in Upper Franconia. Obverse - Maximilian II - Koenig V. Bayern. Head right with engravers signature (C. V.) below truncation. Reverse - Crowned Bavarian coat of arms supported by two lions looking backwards. Legend - EIN DUCATEN AUS DEM BERGBAU BEI GOLD KRONACH Reeded ... 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

Fairyland Lustre

Wedgwood's Fairyland Lustre Ware and those wonderful Daisy Makeig-Jones designs. Daisy Makeig-Jones must surely have had fairies living at the bottom of her garden. Where else could she have found the inspiration for the most magical of ceramic fairy wonderlands created for Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre? The pieces pictured here are products of Daisy's vivid imagination. One of seven children, Susannah Margaretta 'Daisy' Makeig-Jones was born in 1881 in a small mining village near Rotherham, ... Continue Reading

Caring for Antique Paintings

Tips and Advice on Caring for, storing and repairing your antique paintings, pictures and prints In caring for antique paintings pictures and print material, how and where a painting is hung is crucial to keeping it in good condition. Photographs, books and stamps also benefit from proper display, storage and constant care. Always hang antique paintings or pictures securely, in a spot that is neither damp, above a fire or radiator, nor in too bright a spot. Make sure air circulates ... 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

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