French Mantle Clock Up for Auction December 13

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 […]

By |November 11th, 2014|Blog|1 Comment|

10 Facts on Victorian Hairwork Jewellery

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 […]

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

Building an Advertisement for Auction

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 […]

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

Tissot RockWatches
Up for Auction in September

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 […]

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

History of WMF Drinking Horn

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 […]

By |March 2nd, 2014|Blog|0 Comments|

Soft Porcelain vs. Hard Porcelain

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

How to buy at auction

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