Collecting Old Pewter…….

From the 17th Century onwards, pewter was increasingly used throughout Europe for a wide variety of domestic utensils, pewter plates and platters for example commonly replacing the earlier turned “treen” articles, while every Inn and hostelry would have it’s complement of pewter mugs and tankards. For those who could not afford such utensils in silver, […]

Coronavirus Reflections…….

Reflecting upon today’s Guardian article “Will Shoppers return to the U.K. high street after lockdown?”, has reinforced our conviction that our decision to move our business online was undoubtedly the correct one. At the same time, we realise just how lucky we are that our stock is not perishable, neither are our activities affected in […]

Entente Cordiale…….

Few things better evoke the spirit of Entente Cordiale, or it’s equivalent, though rarely used English term, Warm Understanding, than the happy marriage of English and French rustic pottery produced in Brittany and Normandy on the one hand, and in Staffordshire on the other, during the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries. To stand before […]

The “Customer” …

Earlier in life, whilst undergoing training with a large corporate group in the skills required to sell that wholly intangible product Life Assurance, I came fully to appreciate the important differences that distinguish (c) the Customer from (a) the Lead and (b), the Prospect. Classical sales technique would suggest that in normal circumstances, (a) would […]

The Changing World ~ II …..

Back in 1998, at which time we had been trading successfully for over twenty years, we were exhibiting at one of our regular venues, the Antiques for Everyone fair at the N.E.C. in Birmingham. Amongst our fellow exhibitors we encountered Antiquenet, an American group, who were there promoting their service which offered an online trading […]

Victorian Papier-mâché……

Used in China since 200 BC, papier-mâché, following the registration of his patent to produce laminated sheets of the material by Henry Clay of Birmingham in 1772, became widely used in the production of coach door panels. A further patent having been registered in 1847 by Theodore Jennens of the firm of Jennens and Bettridge, […]

Requiescat In Pace…Gregor MacGregor

Further to our Blog Post of 5th April ~ It is with deep sadness that we report the passing from this life of our dear old friend Gregor { Greg } MacGregor ~ A lovely man ~ Greg, who had been very poorly for some time and largely housebound as a result, had only just […]

Easter Sunday Roses………….

Here to commemorate Easter Sunday is a lovely bouquet of roses, displayed to stunning effect in a Late nineteenth century Antique Victorian Doulton Lambeth Faience Jardiniere, circa 1898, here shown complete with it’s original stand, something not often seen these days. Within the field of religious iconography, the rose is generally considered a symbol of […]

Easter Reflections……..

Lost in Mark Chatfield’s “Churches the Victorians Forgot” with it’s superb complement of poignant black and white photographs, it was not difficult to find oneself transported, in spirit at least, back to the rural England of the 19th Century and a way of life long passed away. It does however prove rather more of a […]

Babies and Bathwater………

Reflections this morning upon a quiet Good Friday, arguably one of the three most important, albeit the most sombre, of Christian festivals, this year spent largely online, the COVID-19 crisis having brought normal leisure activities to a halt ~ The almost complete absence of focus or comment of a religious nature on the events commemorated […]