75 posts tagged century

Collectible Wade Whimsies in Red Rose Tea

Many companies use freebies to boost sales. Since 1983 Red Rose Tea has included miniature figurines inside selected boxes of their tea. The figurines were produced by the Wade pottery firm and keen Wade collectors, particularly Wade Whimsies collectors, should know and understand the history of these figurines. So, here's that history with descriptions of all eight Wade Whimsies series issued by Red Rose Tea to date. It was in the USA in 1983, when Red Rose Tea first introduced miniature ... 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

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

Collectible Australian Silver Coins

Like Canada, Australia freed herself from direct British rule over a century ago in a civil separation from her mother country. Again like Canada, Australia also became a part of the British Commonwealth. But, unlike Canada, Australia kept the pound sterling as her currency until 1966, after which she converted to the Australian dollar that she uses today. Silver Collectors interested in buying Australian silver coins may already know about the Kookaburra series of .999 fine silver one troy ... 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

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

Collecting Antique Silver

It's cheaper than Gold but Collecting Antique Silver can be an expensive pastime. If you choose collecting antique silver as your main antique interest, you should make sure you know the general history and the historical periods associated with collectable silver. Silver is a precious metal. It's lighter and slightly less malleable than gold, but unlike gold, silver is prone to tarnishing as it reacts with pollutants in the air. Silver products are usually made from an alloy of pure ... Continue Reading

Collecting Spanish Emporion Coins

A look at the Spanish Emporion Coin 450-425 BC. The Spanish Emporion coins are found with a great variation in weight, ranging from 0.65 to 0.05 grams. The majority fall below 0.30 grams, with only a handful at heavier weights. There are too few known, however, to clearly establish whether there were different denominations, or whether there was a long reduction in weight of one denomination. None of the references distinguish coins of differing weights, but merely identify these by type. ... Continue Reading