30 posts tagged Clocks

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

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

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

Caring for Antique Silver

Advice and Tips on Caring for Antique Silver When caring for antique silver you should be aware that it reacts to different natural conditions in different ways and the care handling and restoration of silver varies accordingly. Despite its apparent toughness antique silver can be scratched, dented, fractured and can tarnish badly. If silver is combined with other materials, as in jewellery or furniture, your silver care should be adapted to fit the weakest material. If possible you should ... Continue Reading

Rene Lalique Glass

Rene Lalique Artist and Designer. His life, his work and his art. The life of Rene Lalique and his artistic career covered the three most important movements in the field of decorative arts - Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. Rene Lalique was born Rene Jules Lalique in Ay, France on April 6, 1860 He became an iconic glass designer, especially noted for his stunning creations which, included perfume bottles, vases, jewellery, chandeliers, clocks and car bonnet ornaments. The ... Continue Reading

Caring for Metalware

Tips and Advice on Cleaning Antique Metal including Antique Gold, Bronze and Pewter When caring for antique metalware, you should always consider how different metals react in different ways to natural conditions methods of cleaning antique metal should vary accordingly. Despite their apparent toughness antique metalwares can be scratched, dented and some can corrode easily. If antique metals are combined with other materials, as in antique jewellery or furniture your care and cleaning ... Continue Reading

Buying Antiques at Fairs

Buying antiques at fairs and at antique and collectible markets. Some antiques and collectors fairs are world famous trading events, with reputations for superb quality items that can be found in enough quantity to satisfy even the most ambitious collector. From Europe's largest antiques event in Newark, Nottinghamshire to the small, monthly fairs like Malvern in Worcestershire. Fairs are a must for anyone with a passion for antiques and collecting, and especially for those with interior ... Continue Reading

Buying Antiques at Auction

Buying Antiques at Auction is a fun and simple process that most buyers shy away from. But when buying antiques at auction you should be open minded, do not buy anything unless you've handled it and if you're unsure or can't reach it, then ask the auctioneer or a member of staff to get it, or for more information about it. There are a great many auction houses spread across the country. Some are part of chains and some are small local houses that provide a valuable local service through ... Continue Reading

Derby Porcelain Gallery

A varied selection of Derby Porcelain products both antique and modern By Derby artists and designers that exemplify the Derby style. Porcelain plates, figures and vases that demonstrate the superb quality of Royal Crown Derby products. Not all Derby products are as collectible as the items featured below and most are well within range of any porcelain collectors budget. The products we feature here are simply used to demonstrate what you could find. If you search hard enough. William ... Continue Reading

Antique Terms (Q)

The Antique Marks Glossary - Antique Terms (Q) Here you will find antique terms and related words beginning with Q and covering everything from Qing to Quimper and Queens Ware to Quaich plus many more that you might find useful. Organised alphabetically; simply scroll through the list of antique terms or use the search function in the sidebar to find all mentions of the word or phrase you're looking for. qingbai (ceramic - chinese - porcelain) Chinese porcelain form the song dynasty ... Continue Reading