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Stratton & Wedgwood - A Short History

                                                                                                                    The collaboration of Laughton & Sons (the owners of Stratton accessories) & Josiah Wedgwood & Sons Ltd was one that worked so well for commemorative collectibles made especially to mark royal celebrations & also when producing good quality vanities. The company was founded on 1st May by Josiah Wedgwood (12 July 1730—3 January 1795). He was the grandfather of Charles Darwin. Josiah...

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The Difference Between Vermeil & Gold Plating

In the mid-18th century the process of fire-gilding was developed in France. Later on it was discovered that workers involved in this work became blind due to their exposure to mercury which was used in the process & it was banned. In modern times electrolysis is used to bond the gold. This method is safe. Vermeil jewellery has been popular since the 19th century & it has gained great popularity as it makes gold collectibles more affordable. Often there is confusion about vermeil (ver-mey) & gold plated items. When a piece is said to be vermeil it can only have a sterling silver base. Gold plated items may have a base coat of metal, for example you can apply a...

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Our Favourite Vintage Mesh Purses

Here at The Vintage Compact Shop we are probably best known for our fine collection of compact mirrors & handbag compacts. What you may not know is that we also have a wide variety of vintage handbags and purses in our collection as well. We are big fans of fine mesh purses as well as enamel and french chatelaine coin purses. We hope you enjoy the selection highlighted below. An Art Nouveau Purse In Stunning Condition. The frame marks this as an unmistakably Art Nouveau piece which also supports an embossed floral motif. All clasps and hinges work perfectly despite their age. The purse is hallmarked in three places with the appropriate French stamps used during this period. Chatelaine Purse...

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Henin & Cie: What We Know About La Maison Henin

The great Parisian goldsmiths Henin & Cie were born in the nineteenth century. At the heart of the historic city of Paris, the Marais was the noted jewellery quarter. It was in this locality that the nobility would go to buy luxurious jewellery and items made from high grade silver and gold. The pride of the gold & silver in the work of Henin et Cie is evident and it is this pride and the high level of artistry that led to the most superb objects d’art being produced. It was a natural progression that these astonishing jewellers would succeed in being appointed as the suppliers of the king and his court. Henin is one such firm that reached this...

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Stratton Compacts: Why Are Many Of The 1930s, 1940s And 1950s Models So Rare?

Without doubt Stratton were the most successful brand of British powder compact. The quality of their enamel was clearly superior to the other British brands at the time. Vintage Stratton accessories are highly collectible today and many have proved to be a good investment. With thanks to the material written by Juliette Edwards in her book The Stratton Identification Key, collectors can say for certain what model is rare, uncommon & common. Coupled with known years of availability it is possible to build a big picture of exactly how rare an item is. Rare Stratton vanities are a study in themselves & in most cases they are rare because of when they were produced. Often the rare models of Stratton compacts...

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