101 posts tagged England

Antique Carpets and Tapestry

Knowing, caring for and displaying your antique carpets, tapestry, samplers and textiles. Your antique carpets and tapestry are among the most beautiful items you will own but they are probably subject to the most abuse. Caring for antique carpets and tapestries can be a very time consuming job. The term carpet was originally used to describe coverings for tables, beds, and other furniture and only from the early 18th century was it associated with floor coverings. The history of antique ... Continue Reading

Thomas Chippendale (1718 to 1779)

Thomas Chippendale 1718-1779 Who was the antique furniture maker Thomas Chippendale (1718 to 1779)? Thomas Chippendale is probably the best known British cabinetmaker. He was a leading British cabinetmaker whose work was extremely influential during the early Georgian period. It was widely copied and imitated in later years.   Early Life Thomas Chippendale was born in Oatley, Yorkshire in 1718 into a family of carpenters. Not much is known of his early life and career. In 1748, ... 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

Gold Oliver Cromwell Half Crown

A look at the very rare gold Oliver Cromwell Half Crown with bust c1658 Struck in gold with bust and practically as struck this Oliver Cromwell Half-Crown is one of the great numismatic rarities. The Reverse with crowned shield of arms (S.3227A; ESC.447A; W&R.46) ex-Bridgewater House Collection, 15 June 1972. Prior to the sale of the Bridgewater House collection only one Oliver Cromwell half crown was known, which was held in a private coin collection. Two further examples appeared ... Continue Reading

Rare Gold James I Unite Coin

A look at an extremely rare and beautiful 17th century Gold James I Unite Coin (20 Shillings) Condition: XF Minted: London. Mint Mark: Tun (wine cask) Denomination: Unite (20 Shillings) Mint period: 1615/1616 (2nd coinage, 5th bust) Reference: Friedberg 234, Seaby 2620, North 2085 Obverse: Crowned and armoured half-length figure of James I. Facing right, holding orb and list-topped sceptre. With Legend: (tun) IACOBVS : D : G . MA . BRI . FRA . ET . HI . REX . Reverse: Crowned shield ... Continue Reading

George III Silver Crown

Coin Collecting Reviews - The George III Silver Crown with the Three Graces by William Wyon c1817. A very rare George III Silver Crown c1817, depicting the Three Graces as designed by William Wyon and part of The Strickland Neville Rolfe Collection. Obverse ... George III laureate head right with date below. W.WYON. below truncation, GEORGIUS III D:G: BRITANNIARUM REX F:D:, beaded border and linear circle both sides. Reverse ... Struck en medaille with the Three Graces, personifying England, ... Continue Reading

Edward VI Gold Sovereign

Coin Collecting Reviews - An Edward VI Gold Sovereign, Third period mm. Ostrich head, c1551. Obverse with Crowned figure of king Edward enthroned facing, holding orb and sceptre, portcullis at feet. Reverse with shield of arms at centre of full-blown rose (S.2446; N.1926; Schneider 701) 15.03gms. This handsome and exceedingly rare Edward VI Gold Sovereign coin was purchased by Jonathan Rashleigh at the famous E. J. Shepherd sale in 1885. It is a full and well struck Edward VI Gold Soverei... Continue Reading

Australian 15 Pence Dump Coin

Coin Collecting Reviews - An Australian 15 Pence or dump coin c1813. A circular silver coin, 19mm in diameter with milled edge. Bearing on the obverse a crown with the words, NEW SOUTH WALES and date below, 1813. The reverse with the denomination FIFTEEN PENCE in two lines seperated by the engraver's initial H. 5.5g with crown New South Wales 1813 Appears to be Mira type A/1 Date clear and legend partly clear. Cuts under A and on the left of the crown on obverse. Worn ... Continue Reading

British Gold Sovereign

Why the British Gold Sovereign is popular among coin collectors ... In today's world there are many important coins that coin collectors love to get their hands on. One of the most popular types of coins is the British gold sovereign. These are coins that came into existence about 500 years ago and continue to be produced today. But, it's the beauty of the British Gold Sovereign and their interesting history that fascinates coin collectors. The British gold sovereign was first minted in ... Continue Reading

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