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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

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

Caring for Antique Carpets

A few sensible tips & some advice on caring for your Antique Carpets and Tapestry ... Our antique carpets and tapestries are amongst the most beautiful items we own. But they are probably subjected to the most abuse as caring for antique carpets and tapestries can be a time consuming job. Cleaning is relatively simple as long as it is done regularly and excessive wear is avoidable if correct placement is considered. But carpet, tapestry or any textile repair is rather more involved and ... Continue Reading

Buying Antique Furniture

Some Good Advice & Tips on Buying Antique Furniture ... Online The internet has changed the way we shop for furniture. In the modern world furniture can be bought for the home or office from online stores, auction sites and websites specialising in the sale of antiques, reproductions and second hand furniture. Some of the most popular online antique furniture retailers are; eBay, sellingantiques, the Conran Store, Crate and Barrel, Design Within Reach, Highbrow Furniture and Horchow. ... 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

Gold Indian Princess Head Dollar

A look at the Indian Pricess Head Dollar designed by James Longacre. A Type 2 Gold Indian Princess Head Dollar, dated 1854. Small head graded MS64. Over 8000 graded but only around 100 graded higher than the example below. Obverse: Small Head Indian Princess - UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Reverse: Wreath - 1 DOLLAR 1854 A similar graded coin sold for $20,700 at Heritage Auctions in December 2009. 2010 Auction Estimate for a Gold Indian Princess Head Dollar c1854... $15,000 to $20,000 ... Continue Reading

Collecting Greek Coins

Whether for the Art, Age or Beauty, there's great enjoyment in Collecting Greek Coins ... Ancient Greek Coin collectors fall into three main categories Those who appreciate the exceptional art on many of the coins. Those that find the shear age of the coins fascinating and those who find the rarity of Greek coins appealing. The art on Greek coins can be exceptionally beautiful and most Greek coin collectors often fit into this appreciating art category. The standard of the art has never ... Continue Reading

Rene Lalique Glass

Rene Lalique Artist and Designer. Life and career.           The life of Rene Lalique and his artistic career covered the three most significant movements in the field of decorative arts - Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and Art Deco.   Who was the famous glassmaker Rene Lalique? Rene Lalique was born Rene Jules Lalique in Ay, France on April 6, 1860. His mother quickly recognised her son's artistic talent. At the age of sixteenth, she  steered ... Continue Reading

Josef Riedel Glass

Claus Josef Riedel his superb glass making and the Riedel family history. Josef Riedel was born in 1925 in Polaun, Bohemia. He died on 17 March, 2004, in Genoa, Italy, aged 79. Josef Reidel was a ninth-generation glass maker He was president of the world-renowned Austrian family company from 1957 to 1994, when he was succeeded by his son Georg. Josef Riedel, as the former president of Riedel Crystal and was one of the first in this age-old craft to realise that the design of a wine glass ... Continue Reading

Emile Galle

Art nouveau glass artist Emile Galle. His life and work. Emile Galle was a French glass maker, a ceramist and designer. He was and still is the dominant figure in French cameo glass Galle was perhaps, the most innovative designer working in glass during the art nouveau period. Born in Nancy, France, in 1846, he is still considered one of the most outstanding glass artists of his time. He greatly contributed to the development of the art of glassmaking and to the Art Nouveau Style. He was ... Continue Reading