Antique and collectible history

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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What is Etruscan Revival Jewellery? Who Were the Etruscans?

What is Etruscan Revival Jewellery? Who Were the Etruscans?

 

 This post will answer these questions:

1. Who were the Etruscans?

2. Where and when did the Etruscans live?

3. How did the Etruscans live?

4. Which came first the Etruscan or Roman civilisations?

5. What is Etruscan Revival jewellery? 

6. Why were the Victorians so fascinated by the Etruscans?

 

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Differences Between Solid Gold, Gold Front & Back, Rolled Gold & Plate

Differences Between Solid Gold, Gold Front & Back, Rolled Gold & Plate

What are the differences between solid gold, gold front & back, gold plated, gold filled, rolled gold, gold cased, vermeil and pinchbeck?

What do the terms ormolu, parcel-gilt, bronze dore, mercury gilding, fire gilding, gold wash & fool's gold mean?

This post will answer all of these questions.

 

 

 

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Turner & Simpson Ltd A Brief History

Turner & Simpson Ltd A Brief History

Turner & Simpson were well known as makers of fine silverware, vanities, cigarette cases, snuff boxes, clocks and curios. Although the premises was purely industrial and set within the heart of Birmingham's jewellery quarter it did have the appearance of a rather large cottage. 
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All About Antique Music Boxes, Musical Powder Boxes & Reuge Music Boxes

All About Antique Music Boxes, Musical Powder Boxes & Reuge Music Boxes

As antique and vintage music boxes are very popular and becoming increasingly collectable we wanted to create this guide detailing some of the most popular music boxes you're likely to encounter.
In this post we'll also aim to provide useful information about their origins and how to keep them playing well. 
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Art Deco Silver Compact Mirrors & Cigarette Cases

Art Deco Silver Compact Mirrors & Cigarette Cases

Hallmarked silver Art Deco powder compacts and cigarette cases are some of the most stylish to be seen. They are highly collectible and many could be said to be a good investment. We like to add to our collection of Art Deco compacts and cases and research the history of each item which we pass on to the purchaser in the form of a lavishly illustrated historical fact pack.
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Hussey Dawson Ltd Gwenda Powder Compacts & Holdfast Toys

Hussey Dawson Ltd Gwenda Powder Compacts & Holdfast Toys

The founders of this firm were John Hussey & Francis Dawson. Although collectors of vintage powder compacts associate this firm with vanities, they produced a wide variety of products. These included money boxes, dolls house furniture, soothers for babies and toys. Holdfast was the brand name for the children’s play items manufactured by this firm. 

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Fratelli Cacchione Silver & Lady Hambleden

Fratelli Cacchione Silver & Lady Hambleden

The highly regarded firm of Fratelli Cacchione is still in business today. Gruppo Cacchione di Oscar Cacchione EC sas is located at Via Guglielmo Silva 22, Milano 20149, Italy. The company was founded in 1889 by Ciro Cacchione in Florence. Their work is of the highest calibre. Commissions from Tiffany & Co. & Cartier resulted in the most spectacular creations. In 1933 they moved to Milan. 1935 was the year that they were granted the 39 MI mark. The firm is a dynasty of five generations of silversmiths. It is run by Oscar Cacchione.  
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Stratton & Wedgwood - A Short History

Stratton & Wedgwood - A Short History

The collaboration of Laughton & Sons Ltd. (the owners of the Stratton brand) & Josiah Wedgwood & Sons Ltd. was one that worked very well. Collectibles crafted to commemorate royal occasions by these two firms proved to be very popular.
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