Here is a short video blog I made about a pewter syphilis syringe. If you would like more information about these amazing items you can READ my full blog about them HERE.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN YOU SELL WHISKY Even if you have just one of the bottle of whisky you could be in for a windfall. The whisky market has grown from strength to strength over the past 5 years. The most popular whiskies at auction are The Macallan, Ardbeg, Bowmore, Lagavulin and Laphroaig. PREMIUM […]
This page is to help any collector or valuer quickly identify the subject on their castle top card cases and vinaigrettes. You will find below a table identifying many of the most common and rare subjects, with an illustration of a silver example and a photograph of the actual view. The History of Castle Top […]
Scottish Silver Hallmarks This page is all about Scottish silver hallmarks, more specifically provincial Scottish silver hallmarks. Below you can find a quick reference guide to many of the major Scottish silver hallmarks and many of the known town marks for the provinces. A Very Brief Introduction Typically Scottish silver is much plainer than English […]
English Silver Hallmarks – The Town Mark This page is all about English silver hallmarks, and more specifically the town marks that you will find on silver assayed in England. A Brief History of English Silver Hallmarks The following information is taken from the Antiques Trade Gazette and will be a good starting point for […]
This update from UK Shooting News may prove very valuable for any UK auctioneers or dealers in firearms. New EU Deactivation Spec in Force From April “EU bureaucrats have decreed that new deactivation standards will come into force from 8th April this year. The diktat, rubber-stamped into EU law by the EU Commission in December, establishes a set […]
One Item – Offered for Sale Twice with Hugely Different Outcomes Who can spot the difference between these two Maltese silver (probably) coffee pots ? One sold for £4,840, the other didn’t even attract a bid. They are in fact the same item and highlight the rather frustrating side of being a valuer in the […]
A History of Staffordshire Pottery Bears and Bear Jugs I was recently fortunate enough to be part of a sale which included a large collection of Staffordshire bears and Staffordshire bear jugs. All types of model were represented including 18th century creamware models to a collection of larger early 19th century standing bear jugs/teapots/jars.
The Atlantic Cable or Transatlantic Cable – A History We live in a connected world where we can transmit billions of words per second across high speed fibre optic cables, but this has not always been the case and The Atlantic Cable represents a great piece of engineering history. The pendant pictured above contains part […]
The Sometimes Peculiar World of Christie’s South Kensington… Following a browse through Les Trois Garcons sale at Christie’s South Kensington (catalogue), a sale that totalled over £1.5million no less, there are several lots that leave me perplexed. Having spoke to my therapist he thought it would be best if I talked openly about my findings….
Worcester Porcelain – A History of the Dr Wall Period or First Period Wares (1751-1776) This blog will outline the early years of Worcester porcelain. It will act more as a starting point for anyone interested in the subject rather than add to the plethora of information known about the factory.
How to Learn About Antiques Do you want to learn more about antiques? Well here is a good starting point…but you must know from the outset that you can never be an expert! Although I know and respect a lot of very knowledgeable valuers, consultants and collectors, I am sure none of them would admit […]
An Interview with Michael Baggott In a slight change of direction from my previous posts, this new series of blogs is focusing on a few select dealers, and first up is Michael Baggott. Each dealer will be given a set questionnaire to answer and their answers are a great insight into their world and their […]
Demetre H Chiparus – Figurines, Statues and Bronzes This is the second instalment in my blog about the two powerhouses of Art Deco chryselephantine sculptors: Ferdinand Preiss and Demetre H Chiparus. For those reading this blog without having read the previous post, I strongly recommend you read the introduction which outlines the basic terminology, methods […]
Ferdinand Preiss – Figurines, Statues and Bronzes This is the first part of a two part blog about Art Deco bronzes by Ferdinand Preiss and Demetre Chiparus. In my opinion they sum up the Art Deco movement perfectly; they are full of energy, creativity and optimism.
The History of the Silver Apple Corer One of the reasons why specialise in silver is that the study of such is often associated with the object rather than the maker. Whereas some enthusiasts become incredibly focused on Dr Wall period Worcester, or 18th century Meissen Kandler figures, for example, the study of silver is […]
English Silver Hallmarks – How to Read Them and Their History Almost everyone likes to think that the tiny marks on the back of their shiny spoon, kettle, tray etc must indicate it is made of silver. However, to imply the item is silver the marks must meet and comply with the hallmarking act. In […]
The best things about working as a valuer at a large auction house is the huge range of items that you get to handle on a daily basis. Many valuers pride themselves with the ability to identify the most strange and bizarre items as an eccentric act of one-upmanship.