49 posts tagged Europe

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 New Zealand Silver Coins

The far-flung island nation of New Zealand first became officially politically united in 1835, when a confederation of Maori tribes declared its independence as a sovereign state. Five years later however, this independence was rescinded, and Great Britain began to colonize the islands. Much like Australia, New Zealand became a nation of self-governing transplanted European settlers, gaining the status of a Dominion in 1907 and of a formally independent state in 1947. When compared with the ... Continue Reading

Antique Furniture Restoration

Antique furniture restoration refers to either the practice of restoring a piece of antique furniture Either to a like-new condition or to what might be perceived as like-new Or it can refer to the practice of preserving a fine piece of antique furniture to prevent any further deterioration in its condition. What is Antique Furniture Restoration? Furniture Restoration can involve something as simple as lightly cleaning a cabinet, a bookcase or set of drawers to remove excessive dirt or ... Continue Reading

Hans Reinhart The Trinity Medallion

A review of Hans Reinhart's The Trinity Medallion or Morizpfennig. Hans Reinhart cast this silver medal, The Trinity or Morizpfennig in Leipzig in the month of January 1544. It is classed as a masterpiece of Northern European Renaissance art. Obverse ... An ornate throne decorated with floral design, God the Father, seated facing, holding orb and sceptre, wearing an imperial crown and jewelled cope, before him Christ on the crucifix, surmounted by a Dove representing the Holy Spirit. Angels ... Continue Reading

George III Five Guinea Gold Coin

Coin Collecting Reviews - A Rare collectible George III five guinea gold coin dating c1770, by John Tanner. Obverse ... Young laureate, long-haired bust with love-lock of hair on left shoulder. Reverse ... Crowned shield with arms, date either side of crown. (S.3723; L&S.1; Montagu 510 attributed to Yeo; Murdoch 118/119; Nobleman W&R.76), About FDC. Ex. Glendining 12 October 1992, where it realised £49,500. Interestingly, there was also a Vigo 5 guineas in the same sale that ... Continue Reading

Austrian Four Ducat Coin

Coin Collecting Reviews - The Austrian Four Ducat Coin dated 1915. Austrian Four ducat coins dated 1915 are still being produced by the Austrian Mint and issued as official re-strikes. Ducats are produced in high purity gold, of 23 and three quarter carats, which places them among the highest purity gold coins ever issued for circulation. Ducats were first issued by Austria in 1612 with the last regular issue of ducats in 1914. All Austrian four ducat coins dated 1915 are re-strikes and ... Continue Reading

Worcester’s Charles Baldwyn

Royal Worcester Artist - Charles Henry Clifford Baldwyn (1843-1913) Few royal worcester artists are better known than Charles Baldwyn,(Charley). His paintings of swans in flight on royal worcester vases are instantly recognisable as his signature pieces. Charles Baldwyn was born in 1859, the son of worcester piano tuner and skilled musician Henry Baldwyn. Charles Baldwyn started work at the worcester factory at the age of fifteen and as with all young artists he spent his first year doing ... Continue Reading

Collectible Wedgwood Antiques

Collecting Antique Wedgwood Pottery and Porcelain. The Wedgwood Collector is faced with many imitators and must ensure they are buying true Wedgwood antiques, that are properly marked, so that the collector can confidently attribute the work to the Wedgwood potteries. Beware of pieces marked 'Wedgwood & Co', an Enoch Wedgwood mark and also wares of the 1790-1801 period by the Knottingley Pottery which are also marked 'Wedgwood & Co' Wedgwood Jasperware It took Josiah Wedgwood ... Continue Reading

Tiffany Glass

Tiffany Glass by Art Nouveau artist and master in glass Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) Like Rene lalique Tiffany is another of the art nouveau periods great designers. He designed using both glass and jewellery and is perhaps best known for his Tiffany lamps and smaller glass objects However Tiffany's most stunning glass work was on a much grander scale. He became interested in glass making from about 1875 and worked at several glasshouses in Brooklyn between then and 1878. In 1879 ... Continue Reading