Tinplate Toys

The best tinplate toys combine fine detailing, period styling and renowned makers and it was in the early 19th century that they began to exceed the popularity and manufacture of their wooden counterparts. They are amongst the earliest mass produced

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Dessert Glass

Within the field of glass collecting, drinking glasses have always commanded the greatest interest from enthusiasts. Now there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, but as a lover, or should I say worshipper, of the pudding or sweet, or dessert

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Jennens and Bettridge

Papier-mâché furniture became popular in the Victorian period of the 19th century. The decoration is japanned or varnished onto a mostly black background. Papier-mâché furniture was produced by a number of makers but they largely remained anonymous. However, Jennens and

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Barbie

One of my granddaughters wants a “Barbie Car” for her birthday. I was thrilled for two reasons; firstly it is on offer at the moment and secondly that “Barbie” is still loved by the young. Barbie was developed by the

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Royal Dux

Recently when taking off on a flight to Austria I calmed my nerves by not dwelling on the strange noises the plane was making and wishing we’d gone to Scarborough, but on the wonderful Austrian Royal Dux porcelain factory and

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