Victorian Staffordshire Figures ~ An English Folk Art

From the Late 18th Century, the Staffordshire Potters were successful in creating and developing a mass market for pottery figures, at prices affordable by the then burgeoning working class. These, in the form of animals, buildings and popular figures of the day adorned the homes of those who could not dream of aspiring to ownership […]

“All Things Auctioneering” with John Crane of Cato Crane Auctions

On the last day of October, volunteers and supporters of Shropshire Cat Rescue were treated to a delightful and informative evening at Salop Unison Club, when John Crane of Cato Crane Auctioneers offered us a glimpse of what really goes on in the country’s auction salerooms. His fascinating talk, entitled “All Things Auctioneering”, lifted the […]

Restoration or Conservation ~ Two sides of the same coin

There is a great deal of hypocritical nonsense talked about the subject of restoration, which the application of a little common-sense ought quickly place into it’s proper perspective. After all, if a thing is judged worthy of conservation, then frequently this will necessarily involve it’s being faithfully restored, insofar as this may be deemed possible, […]

The vexed Question of Values ~ III ~ Fashion

If we accept the proposition that valuations in the market for antiques and collectables are decided upon in a manner more akin to that of the Stock Market, than a typical retail business, is it then possible to find other parallels therein which may prove useful. The answer of course is Yes, for, just as […]

The vexed question of Values ~ II ~ Understanding the Market

So, if there is indeed no such thing as “the right price”, or if such concept prove illusory, how is one to know what to pay when assembling one’s collection? The answer lies in developing a subtle understanding of how in practice, the market itself works. Some insight into this may be gained by studying […]

The vexed question of Values ~ I ~ The Basics

Perhaps one of the most puzzling aspects of collecting with which the novice Collector must come to terms is the often seemingly nonsensical nature of the pricing of goods encountered in the marketplace. How to make sense of this, and to understand the reasons behind it, is an important factor to be considered when setting […]

Collecting on a Budget ~ Crested China II ~ Déjà vu

Following Monday’s Post, we stumbled, purely by coincidence, upon this article, “Seaside Souvenirs”, published in “The Telegraph” in July 2013, on the basis of which we can at least claim to be consistent in our advice ! “Alan Miller of Applecross Antiques said: “Goss and the other crested ware models produced by their peers most […]

Collecting on a Budget ~ Crested China

From the 1840’s onward, the development of Britain’s railway system gave birth to what was increasingly to become a popular feature of Late Victorian society, the “seaside holiday”, the popularity of which continues unabated to this day. This in turn stimulated the demand for “souvenirs”, and in the 1880’s, the firm of W.H. Goss began […]

Under the Influence~ Antiques and Television

Whilst the enduring popularity of programmes such as “The Antiques Roadshow” and it’s peers cannot be denied, their effect upon the Antiques Trade, as viewed by many of those who depend upon that sometimes erratic occupation for their livelihood, is however often the subject of rather more mixed emotions, occasionally leading to some series being […]

Let there be Light ~ Collecting Antique Candlesticks

As evening approaches and darkness falls, just sit quietly and try to imagine life without electricity or gas, things which today we all of us simply take for granted. Now light a candle and relax in the soft and gentle illumination which it’s steady flame gives forth, reflecting that, for hundreds of years, this was […]