101 posts tagged England

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

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

Fake Royal Worcester Marks

Good quality porcelain is often copied and fake Royal Worcester marks are quite common. The artwork on this nice pair of posy vases looks the part and the Stinton signature could get you very excited if you came across them at auction. But are these marks genuine Royal Worcester marks. Only good research and an eye for detail can make sure you don't pay top dollar for inferior copies or outright fakes. 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

A Look at Highly Collectible Antique Carnival Glass.

There are various names for antique Carnival glass including; Poor Mans Tiffany, Rainbow Glass, Aurora Glass and Taffeta Glass. The variety and enormous range of patterns means that glass collectors will always be searching for more pieces. But making sure your acquisitions are genuine antique carnival glass is all important. Many modern glass manufacturers reintroduced lines, copied old original patterns and created more modern patterns when carnival glass became popular in the 1950's. Continue Reading

Can You Identify this William Moorcroft Bowl Pattern

Please help me Identify this William Moorcroft Bowl Pattern. by Sarah Martyn (Abbotsford, BC, Canada) I bought this beautiful William Moorcroft bowl at a garage sale last year for $2. I knew the name, and thought it was a very pretty piece. The bowl is 10.5 cm diameter, 5 cm tall. None of the local antique "experts" can tell me anything about it. All they say is that it is old, and it's in beautiful shape, and it must be rare because they have never seen that pattern before. The ... 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 Custard Glass. Popular Collectible Glassware

Custard Glass is one of the earliest known colours of glass, it's been around a long time and remains very popular among glass collectors. In the US it got its colour form the addition of uranium salts but the amounts are extremely small. Sowerby Glass and Northwood Glass produced custard glass in large quantities but only small quantities of the genuine article survive today. Adding the occasional rare piece to your glass collection would be wise, just make sure you know what to look for ... Continue Reading

Antiques Roadshow (2)

Your Antiques RoadShow ... Page (2) More antiques and collectibles submitted by antique collectors seeking information or help with antique attributions. Including Georgian glass, Capodimonte porcelain, Wedgwood candlesticks and native American pottery. All sitting comfortably alongside an antique owl jug, blue & white figurines and Chinese vases.   The headings and descriptions in the antiques roadshow are those of the owner, and they may be right or they might be ... Continue Reading

Antiques Collection: Royal Doulton Xmas Decoration

From the Antique Marks Collection we have a fine Royal Doulton Xmas Decoration as a porcelain bulb vase decorated with mistletoe and Santa Claus, dating to c1910. With detailed images and examples of period Doulton marks Continue Reading