Antique and collectible history

Renzo Cassetti Gruppo Cassetti The Ponte Vecchio And The Vasari Corridor

Renzo Cassetti Gruppo Cassetti The Ponte Vecchio And The Vasari Corridor

This post is paying tribute to this wonderful goldsmith, the Cassetti family, Benvenuto Cellini and the superb art and architecture of Italy. According to the Cassetti literature this exciting atelier was founded in 1929.  Renzo Cassetti was inspired by the work of the master goldsmith, sculptor and artist Benvenuto Cellini (November 3 1500 - February 13 1571).

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The History Of Boots The Chemist & Boots Makeup Compacts

The History Of Boots The Chemist & Boots Makeup Compacts

John Boot (1815 – 1860) was the founder of Boots The Chemist. He was born in Radcliffe on Trent and studied at Tiffin School in Kingston. He became a farm worker but his poor health did not give him the great strength and resilience needed for this type of employment. He moved to Hockley Village. Unable to afford doctors’ fees his mother made herbal remedies for him. She taught him how to make remedies too. John married Mary Wills and they had two children Jesse and Jane. John died in 1860. On his death Mary continued the business they had founded - M & J Boot Herbalists.
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Asprey Jewellery Store New Bond Street London

Asprey Silver Powder Compacts & Cases With An Illustrated Historical Timeline

Asprey International Limited is one of Britain’s most well known luxury jewellery chains. The firm has supplied crowns, sceptres and coronets to royal families all over the world. Splendid jewellery, accessories and decorations for the home are sought after by those who wish to acquire items made to uncompromisingly high standards. Asprey was founded in 1781 by William Asprey. The firm’s flagship store has been located at the current address New Bond Street, Mayfair, since 1847.

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Silversmith Henry Clifford Davis And The Firm's Sterling Silver Guilloche Enamel Makeup Compacts

Silversmith Henry Clifford Davis And The Firm's Sterling Silver Guilloche Enamel Makeup Compacts

Some of our favourite sterling silver and guilloche enamel powder compacts are vanities crafted by Henry Clifford Davis. The wide variety of lid decorations and exquisitely beautiful compositions ensure these beautiful accessories pride of place in any collection. 
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Hilliard & Thomason Silversmiths History And Heritage

Hilliard & Thomason Silversmiths History And Heritage

John Hilliard (1816 - 1871) established his business in 1837 in Birmingham, England. Three years later John Thomason Jr. (1811- 1892) joined the firm & they began to trade as Hilliard & Thomason. John Hilliard's father was James Hilliard, who was a lifelong silversmith. Hilliard & Thomason were known for making small silver items such as snuff boxes, wine labels, vinaigrettes and exquisite mother of pearl inlaid knives. Hilliard & Thomason nutmeg graters are especially sought-after today.
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S Blanckensee & Son Ltd. Jewellers & Silversmiths

S Blanckensee & Son Ltd. Jewellers & Silversmiths

Solomon Blanckensee was born in 1801 in Filehne, Wielen, Czarnków-Trzcianka County, Poland. His father was Levin Blanckensee & his mother Julia Joseph. He had three brothers, Issac, Myer & Moses. By the time of his death in 1864 he was a highly successful jeweller. He died in the county of Warwickshire, Great Britain.
In 1826, Solomon Blanckensee founded a jewellery concern based in Bristol, England. The business proved to be highly successful and as time went by it acquired a number of other prominent jewellery firms. The size of the business and quality of the products meant that it had few others considered to be its equals.
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Guilloche Engraving & Silver Guilloche Enamel Powder Compacts

Guilloche Engraving & Silver Guilloche Enamel Powder Compacts

The first skilled artisans said to have decorated fine jewellery with guilloche enamel were working in the mid 18th century. The methods and tools that were used have changed very little over the centuries. The patterns favoured then were still being reproduced in the 1950s. Guilloche is a decorative technique in which artisans use lathes, often referred to as rose engines. These machines have been in existence for hundreds of years and even those used by jewellers in the twenty first century were made as long ago as the middle of the nineteenth century. 

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S J Rose & Sons Ltd History And Heritage

S J Rose & Sons Ltd History And Heritage

The photograph above shows the magnificent facade of the premises occupied by the esteemed gold and silversmith S J Rose. The huge windows were essential to allow the maximum natural light into the building. The craftsmen would have been seated at work benches close to the windows, so that their exquisite creations could be crafted with as much attention to detail as possible.
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Georg Adam Scheid History And Heritage

Georg Adam Scheid History And Heritage

Georg Adam Scheid was born on July 28 1838 in Schönau Baden, Germany. When he was sixteen years old he began an apprenticeship. During this time he worked in both Pforzheim and Stuttgart. Pforzheim is famous as a center of jewellery making - so much so that it was known colloquially as Goldstadt (Golden City).
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A. S. Brown & Co. Manufacturing Ltd. And Mascot Powder Compacts History & Heritage

A. S. Brown & Co. Manufacturing Ltd. And Mascot Powder Compacts History & Heritage

The Mascot brand was owned by the London based company A.S. Brown & Co. (Manufacturing) Ltd. of 79-83 Coborn Road, Bow, London, E3. Following the end of WWII the company switched from producing aircraft components to making powder compacts and fancy goods (such as dressing table sets). A.S. Brown signed its compacts in a variety of ways, for example, 'ASB', 'ASB Mascot', ‘Mascot’, and sometimes solely with a crown and even a blank oblong cartouche without the accompanying brand name.
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J Gloster Silversmith History Heritage And Patents

J Gloster Silversmith History Heritage And Patents

The silversmiths J. Gloster Ltd were highly regarded for both their sterling silver & silver plated items from the Victorian era until the 1960s. Their premises was situated at Lion Silver Works, Hockley Hill in Birmingham, England. In 1914 their employees numbered a hundred.
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The History of Lockets, Queen Elizabeth I Locket Ring And Queen Victoria's Lockets

The History of Lockets, Queen Elizabeth I Locket Ring And Queen Victoria's Lockets

 

This post answers these questions:

1. What is the history of the locket?

2. Why lockets are named lockets?

3. What do the symbols on a locket mean?

4. What is the difference between a locket and a pendant?

5. How can you tell if a locket is antique?

6. What is the Chequers Ring?

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