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Vintage & Collectable Pressed Glass

Pressed glass has been dismissed by serious collectors and the wealthier elements of the population throughout the years, simply because it was aimed at the mass market. But like most things that appeal to the majority of the population, pressed glass has moved up in the World and is now fashionable enough among the more well to do, that glass collectors are sitting up and taking notice. 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

Dating Antique Silver Hallmarks

Antique Silver Hallmarks and how to indentify where your silver comes from. Antique silver hallmarks have been used to control the quality of goods made of silver since the 14th century and the organisation that regulates the craft, Goldsmiths Hall, gave the world the term hallmark. Every item made of silver must be sent to an Assay Office for testing. This is to ensure it is of the required sterling silver standard and, provided it conforms to a standard, a series of symbols are stamped ... Continue Reading

Collecting Antique Silver

It's cheaper than Gold but Collecting Antique Silver can be an expensive pastime. If you choose collecting antique silver as your main antique interest, you should make sure you know the general history and the historical periods associated with collectable silver. Silver is a precious metal. It's lighter and slightly less malleable than gold, but unlike gold, silver is prone to tarnishing as it reacts with pollutants in the air. Silver products are usually made from an alloy of pure ... Continue Reading

James Hadley

Royal Worcester Artist - James Hadley (1837 - 1903) In the 1850s James Hadley was apprenticed to Kerr & Binns of Worcester. He worked in the modelling department with Edward Locke and the young Thomas Brock. By 1870 James Hadley had become the principal modeller at Royal Worcester porcelain. In 1875 he left the Worcester factory and set up his own modelling studio at 95 High Street, Worcester. Hadley is reputed to have sold the complete output of his factories ornamental vases and ... 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

Carnival Glass

Collecting Carnival Glass and a short history of the companies that produced it, such as Fenton and Northwood. Carnival glass was first produced in the early nineteen hundreds and is a range of patterned, pressed glass suffused with an iridescent lustre, which reflects the light and makes the glass surface gleam with metallic highlights. The Carnival Glass lustre resembles the rainbow effect that you see when oil is spilt on water The effect is achieved by spraying the hot surface of the ... Continue Reading

Selling Antiques at Auction

Selling antiques at auction can be fun and highly lucrative, but there are risks. When considering selling antiques at auction you should be aware that there are a great many local, national and international auction houses. All these auction houses are advertising for your business and most are trying to make the selling process as easy as possible for you. Selling Antiques at an Antiques Auction House. Valuations -- Most reputable auction houses will offer a valuation service and have ... Continue Reading

Caring for Antique Sculpture

Caring for Antique Sculpture and Statuary of Bronze, Spelter and Lead Some good advice on caring for an antique sculpture and maintaining the surface or the patina of sculptures and statues of stone, bronze, spelter or lead. Whether you keep them indoors or outside, proper care should be an owners top priority. The careful positioning of outdoor sculpture in a sheltered position is the first step to practical conservation. Water dripping off a tree will stain a statue placed beneath and ... Continue Reading