34 posts tagged 20th century

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

Moorcroft Marks

A Guide to Moorcroft Marks and identifying dates for Moorcroft Pottery. The moorcroft pottery has mainly remained in the hands of one family since its creation and Moorcroft mark changes have been quite few. The main Moorcroft marks changed as William Moorcroft moved from Macintyre & Co, at the end of the 19th century and then when Walter Moorcroft took over from his father. The Moorcroft marks remained steady until the modern owners instigated a system of dating and then again until ... Continue Reading

Collecting Whitefriars Glass

Collecting Whitefriars Glass is fast becoming one of the most popular areas of glass collecting... Owned by James Powell & Sons from 1834, the Whitefriars glassworks (later Whitefriars Glass Limited), produced glass of the highest quality until the business closed in 1980. In 1834 James Powell, a successful London wine merchant, bought the Whitefriars Glassworks. His grandson Harry Powell played a major role during the nineteenth century and the early part of the twentieth century At ... Continue Reading