11 11, 2014

French Mantle Clock Up for Auction December 13

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In our November sale we are offering this beautiful French Aesthetic Movement brass mantle clock, the Aesthetic Movement was coming to its end by the time this would have been made, probably by the 1880’s. The Movement started around 1860 and it focused around the pure essence of beauty, the French poet, Théophile Gautier […]

4 09, 2014

10 Facts on Victorian Hairwork Jewellery

By |September 4th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments|

1. Victorian Hairwork jewellery gained popularity in the early 19th-century. Queen Victorian had popularized sentimental jewellery.

2. Hairwork became a pastime for women that was as popular as crocheting.

3. Preparation of the hair was rigorous. It was boiled in soda water for 15 minutes and then divided into lengths and then bundles of 20-30 individual […]

12 08, 2014

Building an Advertisement for Auction

By |August 12th, 2014|Blog|1 Comment|

For every sale now we have to put out an advertisement to promote our upcoming auction, primarily an attractive image and the sale dates. Once the dates are set the rest is entirely up to us, but then it can become quite complicated. How do you rate what is image worthy, is it the […]

1 08, 2014

Tissot RockWatches
Up for Auction in September

By |August 1st, 2014|Blog|0 Comments|

Have you ever asked yourself how long it takes to make a watch, probably not. If you had asked that question of the selection of Tissot watches in our next sale, the answer would be literally millions of years, trick questions aside, the bodies of all the Tissot RockWatches are carved out of Swiss […]

2 03, 2014

History of WMF Drinking Horn

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Have you ever wondered what you would get if you retired or moved on to a better job, or for that matter, ever thought of what you would get for someone whom you respected who was retiring or moving to greener pastures? Well, the Officers, Staff and or Men who knew Lieutenant Colonel William […]

17 02, 2014

Soft Porcelain vs. Hard Porcelain

By |February 17th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments|

Porcelain originated in China (hence where we get the commonly used term “China” or “Fine China” used sometimes as an alternative to “Porcelain” in English speaking countries) however the exact period of discovery is under debate. Porcelain; whether hard or soft falls under the category of “Ceramics” along with Earthenware and Pottery to name a few. The prevailing difference between the two is found in the “firing” temperature required to heat and set the materials.
17 02, 2014

How to buy at auction

By |February 17th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments|

Bidding at auction can seem intimidating. The crowd, the auctioneers tables covered in interesting objects sum up to a sensory overload. However, I am here to help guide you through the bidding process at auction. With the help of these few tips you will have the confidence to go into any auction and raise your hand to bid – you might just have a hard time keeping it down.