Antique and collectible history

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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Gucci A Brief History

Gucci A Brief History

Guccio Gucci was born in Florence on 26 March 1881. Gucci was an Italian-British businessman and a legendary designer and it is said that he became fascinated by the stylish guests at the Savoy Hotel in London, where he worked as a lift boy in the early 1900s. It was not just the high quality clothes of the wealthy guests that inspired Gucci but also their well made luggage. On his return to Florence, Gucci created travel bags. The House of Gucci was founded in 1921. Originally it was a small family-owned leather goods shop. As the business grew so did Gucci’s reputation for high quality craftsmanship.   

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A Brief History Of Charms Fobs Amulets And Talismans

A Brief History Of Charms Fobs Amulets And Talismans

This post will give you a brief history of how charms have been cherished through the ages and used as powerful talismans. In the middle of the post the various categories of charms are described and illustrated. The last section gives details of how to care for gold and silver charms.
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All About Celluloid Vanities & Collectibles - History, Values & More!

All About Celluloid Vanities & Collectibles - History, Values & More!

This post will answer these questions:

1. What is Celluloid? 

2. Who invented Celluloid  - when & how?

3. Are Celluloid powder compacts and accessories valuable?

4. How can I find the value of my Celluloid collectibles?

5. Where can I find vintage & antique Celluloid powder compacts?

6. How should I store Celluloid items?

7. How can I tell if an item is made from Celluloid?

8. How do I clean Celluloid accessories?

 

 

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Lucite Powder Compacts History & Heritage

Lucite Powder Compacts History & Heritage

What is Lucite?

Lucite is often used as a lightweight or shatter-resistant alternative to glass. It is not technically a type of glass, the substance has also been referred to as  acrylic glass. Plexiglas, Lucite & Perspex are registered brand names for what is known as acrylic glass. The Kigu archive regularly refers to vanities having been fitted with a 'Perspex insert'. Lucite acrylic was invented by the Dupont Corporation in 1931. When not coloured it is a clear material with high transparency. Lucite is a high quality product which will retain its clear appearance even when subjected to UV rays. It is expensive to produce and highly versatile. This superior quality acrylic can be embedded with many beautiful colours and carved into a wide variety of shapes. Hence it popularity with manufacturers of accessories.

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Yardley Compact Mirrors History & Heritage

Yardley Compact Mirrors History & Heritage

Yardley is one of the oldest cosmetic companies in the world. It is said to date to a time earlier than the Great Fire of London (1666). Although this statement can not be proved, there is no doubt that the company was established a little before 1770 by Samuel Cleaver. On the death of Samuel Cleaver in 1805 in his wife and four sons inherited the business. They traded under the name of Cleaver Brothers. Notices declaring bankruptcy were issued against the four brothers in 1813.  William Cleaver managed to obtain the wherewithal to keep the business afloat as William Cleaver & Company until 1823, when he was again declared bankrupt. WilliamYardley, who was related by marriage, to the Cleaver family purchased the business in 1823.
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Potter & Moore Vintage Compacts Heritage & History

Potter & Moore Vintage Compacts Heritage & History

Ephraim Potter and William Moore were born in the late eighteenth century. Both of them grew up in Mitcham, Southern England.  In 1749 they founded Potter & Moore. The business was a natural progression to profit from their talents and knowledge of physic gardening. The business partners used natural ingredients to create beauty and bath products. Such was their attention to detail and insistence that only the finest ingredients were used to create their wares that these products became hugely popular.  
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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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Melissa & Regent Of London Powder Compacts History & Heritage

Melissa & Regent Of London Powder Compacts History & Heritage

No records survive of the manufacturing concerns responsible for the Melissa & Regent of London brands of vanities. In these instances the accessories contained with the powder compacts and vanity sets enable us to build up a picture of the history of these delightful mid-century collectibles. Case construction and similarities of lid designs yield further clues. When we liaise with other collectors and specialists we can pool information.
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Rare Vintage Stratton Powder Compacts

Rare Vintage Stratton Powder Compacts

Eleanor and I feel as though it is important to pay tribute to the makers and also say thank you to our customers, many of whom are fellow collectors. We like to create new historical fact packs for each subsequent sale, so that we are not duplicating information when the same customer purchases another piece from the same maker. 

 

 

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