Category Archives: Antiques & collectibles

A Room Full Of Collections

A Room Full Of Collections

A Room Full Of Collections – Long ago you were given a blue plate, then you bought another one at a local bazaar and then a friend gave you one for Christmas and, before you knew it, you had a collection! Your collection of plates, dolls, jelly moulds, tin cans, or whatever, offers great decorating possibilities if you display it well.


Vintage Enamelware In Your Home

Vintage Enamelware In Your Home

Vintage Enamelware In Your Home – Enamelware is a trip down memory lane. White jugs with blue trim and laundry tubs with red trim all bring us back to a simpler time. It’s a part of the farmhouse country look.

Vintage items made of enamelware include ladles, coffeepots, jugs, strainers, jelly moulds, measuring jugs, bread tins, sauce pans, laundry tubs, chamber pots, garbage cans, canisters and trays. There is also a large supply of reproductions of these items available. Look for reproduction laundry tins, canisters and bread tins from major retailers.

The Antique Longcase Clocks

The Antique Longcase Clocks

The Antique Longcase Clocks – The longcase clock is the classic English clock, and is generally considered the finest achievement of English clock-making. Longcases are prized by collectors for the high quality of their cases and movements, and enjoy a wide popularity today.

There are large numbers in circulation, as they were possibly the most widely produced type of antique English clock. They were also produced in the United States – where they are known as tallcases – and on the Continent of Europe, but generally in lesser quantities than in England.

Japanese Porcelain In Home Decorating

Japanese Porcelain In Home Decorating

Japanese Porcelain In Home Decorating – Before the early 17th century, all the porcelain used in  Japan was imported from China, but the ruling Tokugawa Shogunate in Japan wanted to he free of the Chinese merchants and, during raids carried out on Korea, captured their native potters.They brought them back to Japan and settled them inland at Arita, which became the main area of production after 1616 when the correct type of clay was found locally. 

Collecting Staffordshire Figures

Collecting Staffordshire Figures

Collecting Staffordshire Figures – The earliest Staffordshire figures were made in the late 18th century to undersell Derby porcelain and to copy the fine but expensive figures produced by the top Continental factories such as Meissen. Square-based with a pearlware glaze, they graced many an elegant Georgian drawing room.

As the 19th century progressed mass production techniques improved and the increase in industrialization brought a burgeoning middle class with more disposable income and a desire for decorative ornaments. They could not afford the finest porcelain, but Staffordshire earthenware figures with flat, undecorated backs were an ideal alternative.