An Undervalued Educational Resource ~

This week we are making good use of our unexpected free time in purdah due to the Coronavirus emergency to add to our listings of Post-Auction catalogues, our archive of which is perhaps one of the largest in the U.K., outside of those held by the major Auctioneers. Access to these latter collections, the content […]

Treading the Boards………

As earlier remarked, the Potters of Staffordshire often drew inspiration from the roles played by popular actors and actresses of the day, their depictions of these theatrical heroes and heroines thus helping ensure that their names have not been forgotten, but remain embedded, if on occasion only as footnotes, in the history of popular culture. […]

Meanwhile, Back at the Saleroom ~

An enjoyable morning spent at Whitchurch on Saturday where we attended Trevanion and Dean’s regular monthly auction, leaving early in the afternoon in order that we might arrive back in Shrewsbury in plenty of time to secure plum seats at Shropshire Music Trust’s evening concert. Later, at the United Reform Church, we were to be […]

Bingley Hall ~ Stafford

Delighted that our old friend Nick Bayliss of Continuity Fairs has now taken over the management of the Stafford Antiques Fair held at Bingley Hall on the Staffordshire Showground. Formerly a thriving enterprise whilst under the stewardship of the Bowman family, the fair, at which we ourselves exhibited for many years, had deteriorated badly during […]

A Passage to India

My inherited Irish genes having bequeathed to me an abiding loathing of colonialism, I can fully sympathise with those whose Asian heritage would cause them to look askance at the thought of collecting anything which might possibly be construed as glorifying the Raj. However, leaving aside any such prejudices, there is much pleasure to be […]

“You simply can’t find the stock these days…..”

“The problem of course is that you simply can’t get the stock” ~, How often does one hear this plaintive lament from denizens of “The Trade”, many of whom really should know better, for the reality is that one can get all the stock that one wishes so long as one is prepared to go […]

Jack Point ~ Gilbert and Sullivan’s Strolling Jester

The theatre has long proved a fruitful source of inspiration for the Potters of Staffordshire, this fine porcelain figure of “Jack Point” providing an excellent example of this symbiosis. Gilbert and Sullivan’s Savoy Opera, “ The Yeomen of the Guard”, or “The Merryman and his Maid” premiered at the Savoy Theatre in London’s Covent Garden […]

Storm Ciara and the Miners Bridge at Betws-y-Coed

A sad loss this week for all who love North Wales ~ The historic Miners Bridge at Betws-y-Coed was sadly washed away by Storm Ciara, leaving the Afon Llugwy a foaming torrent. Depicted here as painted by Victorian artist William Yale of Stoke, circa 1880, the bridge lay to the north of the village where […]

A Trip Down Memory Lane

Having been advised by a well-meaning friend in “The Trade”, that, next to farming, and arguably with the exception of backing horses, the antiques trade was probably the most rewarding occupation by way of which to lose money, we opened our first shop in 1975 in Sidmouth, Devon ~ Perhaps more by good luck than […]

Back to Work ~ Hurrah !

Some eight months having elapsed since our last post, we are delighted to once more be back at work following months of stress endured in the course of moving house from Gwynedd to Shropshire ~ Strange to reflect that over fifty years ago, I left Liverpool intending to move to Shrewsbury, only to end up […]