42 posts tagged metal

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 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 Five years later however, this independence was rescinded, and Great Britain began to colonize the islands.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

Collectible Canadian Silver Coins

Since before its formal independence from direct British rule in 1867 to the present day, Canada has used the Canadian dollar as her currency. Canadian currency will be very familiar to American coin collectors: the Canadian dollar is divided into 100 cents in coin denominations of 5, 10, 25 and 50 cents, together with 1 and 2 dollar issues popularly called loonies and toonies. Canadian nickels, dimes, and quarters are so similar in shape and size to their American counterparts, in fact, that ... 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

Royal Doulton Bunnykins Bowl for Hot Water

This Doulton Bunnykins Bowl was a gift to my Aunt on the Birth of her son over 20yrs ago. by Jess J (SA, Australia) Photos show my Bunnykins Bowl top view and a close up of the Bunnykins decoration Photo showing the Doulton Marks on my Bunnykins Bowl with the artist mark on the far left. The bowl is minus the lid, and the Bunnykins decoration is by Royal Doulton. Looking into it, it may have been made earlier however we can't establish too much information as details are so far spread ... Continue Reading

Vintage & Collectable Swarovski Glass

Rare examples of vintage Swarovski glass will add value to your antique glass collection. Swarovski was originally founded in 1895 and there are antique pieces out there. Price can be prohibitive but find a rare or collectible example of vintage Swarovski glass to add to your antique glass collection and you will really appreciate the finer details and the superb quality in the workmanship. 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 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

Pisanello Innocence and Unicorn

A look at the Italian renaissance medal called 'Innocence and Unicorn in Moonlit Landscape'. An Italiian Renaissance Medal by Antonio de Pucci, usually called Pisanello (c1394-1455) and depicting Cecilia Gonzaga (1426-1451). Obverse ... half length bust of the sitter facing left, her hair tightly bound with a ribbon. Wearing an embroidered gown and pleated skirt. Inscribed: CICILIA VIRGO FILIA IOHANNIS FRANCISCI PRIMI MARCHIONIS MANTVE Reverse ... A rocky landscape below a crescent moon with ... Continue Reading

American Silver Dollars

There are many excellent reasons why you should be collecting the American Silver Dollar American Silver Dollars, (Silver Eagles), are congressionally authorised and produced by the United States Mint at West Point, New York. They are legal tender coins with a face value of one dollar, although they are worth considerably more since the market price of one ounce of silver has been many times greater than one dollar for more than four decades. Since the first day American Eagle Silver ... Continue Reading