Early Georgian High Society 1720 – 1760

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Merit, good fortune, education and patronage, corruption and service to the nation were among the various means of advancement in early Georgian Britain. The band of people considered to belong to polite society increased to receive many from relatively humble backgrounds. Artists and architects, bankers and businessmen, as well as those born into the nobility… continue reading »

Baroque Style and The Restoration

Eileen Owens Antiques Info, The Story of Style
baroque painting

Baroque Style and The Restoration – When Charles II of England was re-instated as king in 1660, he and his courtiers had experienced a taste for the luxurious style of life they had briefly shared in exile in the royal households of Europe and especially at the highly extravagant court of his cousin, The Sun… continue reading »

Eggcup Collecting is for Everyone

Christopher Proudlove Antiques Info, Ceramic Antiques
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Eggcup Collecting When Easter Bunny has been and gone and that stash of chocolate eggs he left hidden around the house and garden has long since been discovered and demolished, what next? Why, eggcup collecting, of course. Children of all ages, and yes, that means you mums and dads too, will find a style, or… continue reading »

Postcards and Cigarette Cards

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Picture Postcards How I hate all those “weather terrific, wish you were here” kind of picture postcards from friends soaking up the sun. It’s probably because I haven’t had a summer holiday for a couple of years now. I suppose there’s one way of having the last laugh: if I stash away all the cards… continue reading »

Art Deco & The Modern Movement

Eileen Owens Antiques Info, The Story of Style
art deco earrings

Art Deco – Seeing Beauty in Function and Geometry In the shock waves that rippled through Europe from the First World War, no aspect of life was left unshaken – and this included the style of buildings, furnishings and fashions. Some people looked back nostalgically to Edwardian values and tastes, and for them the Arts… continue reading »

Honiton Pottery – Devon

Andrea Swan Antique Decorative Items, Ceramic Antiques
honiton jug

Honiton Pottery I used to think it was only fruit and potato pickers who moved around the country finding work, but as I now know, when seasonal work dried up on the farms in the South of England, itinerant travellers turned their hands to decorating pottery. That’s why Poole Pottery in Dorset is so readily… continue reading »

Charlotte Rhead – The Lost Art of Tube Lining

Christopher Proudlove Antique Decorative Items, Ceramic Antiques
Ceramics by Charlotte Rhead

The wonderful thing about collecting antiques is the constant learning process the hobby generates. Every visit to an auction sale, antique shop and flea market brings to light new objects, manufacturing techniques, names and dates that previously were a complete mystery. Having said that, dopes like me still manage to forget to engage brain before… continue reading »

Hornby Railways

Christopher Proudlove Models and Railways, Toys
Hornby Railways

Ah the folly of youth. My boyhood train set was a truly wondrous creation, built largely by its greatest fan ‑ my father ‑ and it had the works: Royal Mail van; Silver King engine and tender; Pullman coaches; level crossings; a turntable and even a suspension bridge carrying the double track across an imaginary… continue reading »