Antique and collectible history

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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The Art Deco Movement & Art Deco Compact Mirrors

The Art Deco Movement & Art Deco Compact Mirrors

Whilst the Art Deco style did not just appear in 1925, this is when one of the most stylish design movements ever began to be celebrated at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratif in Paris, 1925. This exhibition is probably the most famous World’s Fair. It ran from April to October 1925. Inventors, architects, artists, fashion designers & artisans came together to change the way design was perceived. 

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How To Fix Broken Compact Powder

How To Fix Broken Compact Powder

Have you ever dropped your favourite powder foundation, eye shadow, bronzer or blusher? Now you can mend easily by using a little rubbing alcohol, otherwise known as surgical spirit. 

Our step by step guide below will show you just how easy it is to restore your favourite face powder back to it's former glory.

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Nineteenth Century French Medallic Artists, Sculptors And Vin Mariani

Nineteenth Century French Medallic Artists, Sculptors And Vin Mariani

French medallic artists, certainly those of the nineteenth and early twentieth century were considered to be world class. The French artists made medallic art a genre equal to sculpture and the best work is so fine it is equal to painting. Practice made perfect and artists such as David d’Andres (1788-1856) would make portraits larger than medallions. They were portrait size - around 8” x 10”. The next part of the process was to use pantonic reduction to reduce the size of their sculptures to the size of medallions, thereby the great detail in the principal work was not lost in the reduction.

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Richard Woodman Burbidge & Harrods Silver

Richard Woodman Burbidge & Harrods Silver

Most of us have heard of Richard Woodman Burbidge and seen some of the wonderful silver creations that bear his mark. Richard Woodman Burbidge’s name is synonymous with high quality silver and it is inextricably linked with the world’s leading luxury department store, Harrods, which is located on Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London. At this time the Harrods silver workshops were located at Trevor Square. Richard Woodman Burbidge was also the president of the Incorporated Association of Retail Distributors. In 1919 Burbidge was awarded Commander, Order of the British Empire (C.B.E.) From this time he was known as Sir Woodman or Sir Richard. 
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Victorian Jewellery & Symbolism

Victorian Jewellery & Symbolism

Victorian jewellery is immensely popular today. The superb craftsmanship, artistry, beauty and charm ensure that this genre is highly collectible. Queen Victoria (1837 - 1901) reigned for sixty four years and during this era fashions of jewellery changed considerably, usually as a response to trends that Queen Victoria started. It is helpful to divide the Victorian era into three parts - Early Victorian or “Romantic”, Middle Victorian or “Grand”, Late Victorian or Aesthetic periods. 

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1950s 1960s 1970s & Beyond Sterling Silver Charms & Pendants Trends

1950s 1960s 1970s & Beyond Sterling Silver Charms & Pendants Trends

By the 1960s it seemed that sterling silver charm bracelets were the must have item for most little girls and young ladies. Traditionally a little girl would be given a starter bracelet whilst still at primary school. Her subsequent birthday gifts would include solid silver charms to add to the bracelet. Often milestones such as her sixteenth, eighteenth and twenty first birthdays would be commemorated with the additions of charms that had meaning and relevance. This very personal type of jewellery continued to be fashionable right up until the 1970s.
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Silversmith William Neale & Sons & The Birmingham Jewellery Quarter

Silversmith William Neale & Sons & The Birmingham Jewellery Quarter

The firm was established by William Neale in 1850 in Birmingham. His mark was entered at the Birmingham assay office in April 1862 and in the Chester assay office in September 1882. Later the firm was known as William Neale & Sons as a partnership of William Neale senior, William Neale junior & Arthur Neale. The partnership required new larger premises and so a purpose built premises was erected at 29 Warstone Lane, Birmingham (1896). In 1905 the firm became a limited company - William Neale & Sons Ltd. In 1910 they relocated to 34 Cox Street, St. Paul’s Square, Birmingham. In 1942 the firm was absorbed by Suckling Ltd.

 

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The Stratton Piccadilly Four Leaf Clover Shaped Compact Mirror 1959 / 1960

The Stratton Piccadilly Four Leaf Clover Shaped Compact Mirror 1959 / 1960

The Stratton “Piccadilly” is one of our all time favourite powder compacts. It is  as beautiful as it is so elusive. We have only seen this model finished with turquoise, red and maroon enamel. There were only two known years of production 1959 & 1960 & this is the only Stratton compact with the lucky four leaf clover shape. It has the most beautiful enamel with gilt accents - the elegant quatrefoil design so splendid to see. The lid decoration shows work of the highest calibre. Tiny flowers surrounded by cream enamel set off by gilded borders, the red borders are the perfect colour / color contrast. This model is noted in the 1959 catalogue as “clover leaf shape”. 

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A Little Known History Of Jarrett, Rainsford & Laughton (Stratton & Co.)

A Little Known History Of Jarrett, Rainsford & Laughton (Stratton & Co.)

In 1860 Stephen Jarrett and Charles Rainsford joined in partnership. Jarrett was a pin manufacturer and jeweller.  Rainsford was a commercial traveller. The partners took on premises at 7 Broad Street, Islington, Birmingham. The success of the venture enabled Jarrett & Rainsford to move new premises at 48 Broad Street in 1870. In 1898 the firm took on an office boy who exhibited much promise. This young man was named George A. Laughton. The partners were so impressed with him that by 1904 he was rewarded with the position of assistant manager. 

 

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Ciner Jewellery & Compact Mirrors History & Heritage

Ciner Jewellery & Compact Mirrors History & Heritage

In 1892 Emanuel Ciner established his jewellery firm. Ciner specialised in making fine jewellery / jewelry. The premises were located on Maiden Lane in Lower Manhattan. A small and highly skilled set of jewellers, artisans & artists created pieces that would have been described today as high jewellery. Ciner was a remarkable man and his work ethic propelled the company to be one of the most well known in America. Emanuel Ciner was still working until 1958 when he was aged 92. In the 1920s Emanuel’s sons, Irwin & Charles joined the business as apprentices. Their children would go on to follow in their footsteps. 

 

 

 

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