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Car mascots – best in auto-bling, but watch for fakes

November 6th, 2009 · 6 Comments

The auto traders weren’t happy. One had paid £800 for his pitch, another £1,000 for a slightly bigger area, but the dealers in the area set aside for an autojumble had laid out just £200 apiece for arguably a more prominent position. “That’s because they’re selling old stuff, collectables and that,” said the harassed organiser […]

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Tags: Art Deco · Automobilia · Glass · Lalique

Glass with class

July 27th, 2007 · 1 Comment

This story is a bit convoluted, so you’ll have to bear with me. We were visiting one of those grand, two-day collectors’ fairs, a bit like the ones you see on the telly where people buy things and then try to sell them for more than they cost. That’s not why we were there, but […]

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Tags: Glass

Monart magic

July 27th, 2007 · 1 Comment

When I wrote here about collecting antiques from Scotland, I didn’t anticipate seeing a collection of glass like the examples pictured here up for auction recently in my local saleroom. They were made in a glassworks in Perthshire and such is the universal appeal of antiques and collectables, I felt I needed no excuse to […]

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Tags: Decorative Arts · Glass · Scotland

Worth their salt

July 26th, 2007 · No Comments

I’m not fond of salt, unless of course it’s stuck to the rim of a glass of tequila. The news from health watchdogs that I might unwittingly be eating pounds of the stuff in my daily diet does my appetite no good at all. But there was a time and we couldn’t get enough. Before […]

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Tags: Glass · Silver

Swarovski gems: crystal glass that dazzles collectors worldwide

June 18th, 2006 · No Comments

by Christopher Proudlove©Daniel Swarovski was a pioneer who invented the first machine to cut crystal glass in 1892 and soon his crystal gems set a fashion trend by enhancing the femail form. eBay power-seller Berliner Marion von Kuczkowski, 40, has hit on a scheme already dubbed “a gem of a strip show” – to stick […]

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Tags: Glass · Swarovski

Antique paperweights can be worth their weight in gold

June 1st, 2006 · 27 Comments

by Christopher Proudlove©The paperweight sitting on my desk is something of an excuse for one. It’s a cheap Victorian novelty job with a picture of an elephant stuck on the bottom, the distinctly odd-looking creature with its trunk wrapped around a zoo keeper. But its appeal lies in its oddness. Clearly the man who drew […]

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Tags: Glass · Paperweights

Antique English glasses fine enough to toast a Scottish Prince

October 13th, 2005 · No Comments

by Christopher Proudlove©Español | Deutsche | Français | Italiano | Português The UK drinks industry is going through tough times and corporate collections of fine art and antiques are suffering as a result. First, Allied Domecq, makers of Harveys Bristol Cream sherry, auctioned off the contents of its renowned museum in Bristol city centre and […]

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Tags: Drinking Glasses · Glass

Fenton – glass with 100 years of class

May 8th, 2005 · No Comments

Español | Deutsche | Français | Italiano | Português By Christopher Proudlove©There was a time when the antiques trade with the United States was one-way: everything from valuable fine art and antiques to container loads of junk that was unwanted here at home were exiting our shores on a daily basis. To some extent that […]

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Tags: Glass