Antique and collectible history

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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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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