Antique and collectible history

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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Historical Information About The Pygmalion Brand

Historical Information About The Pygmalion Brand

Research carried out by powder compact specialist Juliette Edwards reveals that the Pygmalion name was owned by British company S. D. Rand Ltd., which was based in London. 
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Kigu Compacts & Heritage

Kigu Compacts & Heritage

The name of Kigu originates from the first two letters of the surname and forename of its founder, Gustav Kiashek. Gustav was of Hungarian origin and he was the son of the master goldsmith, Josef Kiashek.
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Vanipact De Fleury Compact Mirrors And W B Cartwright Chemists

Vanipact De Fleury Compact Mirrors And W B Cartwright Chemists

W B Cartwright were manufacturing chemists based in part of the old Larkfield Mill, which was located at Rawdon near Leeds. Mr J Rennie was one of the directors. He invented the digestion tablets that still bear his name today. This company manufactured and marketed a cosmetic line named De Fleury. 

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Djer Kiss - Kerkoff Heritage & History

Djer Kiss - Kerkoff Heritage & History

This compact is widely admired as the epitome of Art Nouveau.  Made in 1925 the Djer Kiss "Kissing Fairies" powder compact is a silver plated compact duo. This case marked the end of the Rowland-Smith fairy theme vanities. The firm had made the decision to move to the more en vogue Art Deco theme. Almost as soon as this vanity was produced it was considered old fashioned, which is good news for collectors, as it had a relatively short production run. It is a highly collectible antique compact rouge. Superbly well made as you can feel by its weight - an exquisite antique compact! In fact the weight of the case, how much space it took up in the hand & the depth are factors that ensured this was not a popular case at the time, hence a short production run. Sleeker, slim line & light weight cases were the order of the day. The famous sight of the lid hardly needs any introduction - two fairies kissing surrounded by gorgeous Art Nouveau flowers.

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