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Category "Antiques & collectables"

A guide to buying longcase clocks

A guide to buying longcase clocks

Longcase clocks have been made since the late seventeenth century. The long wooden cabinet for the pendulum and chain in a grandfather clock gives it the name of a longcase clock. Galileo had first proposed the use of a pendulum in a clock. Christian Huygens in the seventeenth century gave the exact formula connecting pendulum length to time.
A buyer's guide to Royal Worcester fruit

A buyer's guide to Royal Worcester fruit

If you are into antique collecting and display, then it is most likely that you have heard of the famous Royal Worcester painted porcelain with various types of fruit in the background. Since these are considered antiques as many were made in the late 1800s, they are a bit hard to find. This article will guide you in finding these rarities on today's market.
How to restore antique door hardware

How to restore antique door hardware

Antique door hardware is interesting as it reflects the styles of the time in which it was produced. From the formal hardware of the Georgian period to the fanciful hardware of the Arts and Crafts period, to the elaborate hardware of the Victorian era, the styles of the period are reflected in the hinges, door knobs and lock-sets. When you have an older house or one which you wish to make look old, antique door hardware can help to tie the house's style together. Restoring them properly can make them look new.
How to care for antique glassware

How to care for antique glassware

The manufacture of glass began 3500 years ago in the Middle East. The first production of glass was in the UK in 1226. Glass has a greenish tinge which is neutralised with manganese. While George Ravenscroft was credited for adding lead oxide to glass to make it clearer, the practice had been done previously in Italy. Old glass is wonderful to collect, for with it one is also collecting a portion of the history as well. This article shows how to care for antique glassware.
How to get a Manchester United signed shirt

How to get a Manchester United signed shirt

Signed Manchester United shirts can be worth a lot of money, especially ones with historical significance. This means that if you can get your hands on one, then you could make some money out of it by selling it on. This article tells you some of the places that you can go to get your hands on a signed Manchester United shirt.
A guide to collecting antique glass bottles

A guide to collecting antique glass bottles

What makes people antique glass bottles collectors? The colour of a bottle, its peculiar finish and its history are the main attractions for collecting antique bottles. It is a great hobby and can keep both the young, old busy and happy. Antique bottles also tell interesting facts about their manufacturing techniques and country of origin.
Types of antique scales

Types of antique scales

Many types of scales have been developed over the ages and as a result, there are now many antique scales available. They can often be found at auctions or in specialist shops and even online. This article explains some of the antique scales that can be found.
A review of glassware from Anchor Hocking

A review of glassware from Anchor Hocking

Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation began in 1905 in Lancaster, Ohio. The glassware, by which the company is known and is sold in the UK, began in the 1940s. This line, known as the Fire King, was "oven-proof" and is one of the most popular of the company. The glassware is durable and often multi-purpose.
Where to find vintage suitcases

Where to find vintage suitcases

The very first suitcases were baskets made from natural materials, next came those made from animal skins and leather. The Otzi the Iceman who was found well-preserved in the 90s and lived in 5300 BC, carried a leather bag suspended in a wood-ribbed backpack. The ancient Romans may have had the first proper suitcases. By the 1800s, the suitcase was made of cowhide stretched over a wooden frame. Over time, vinyl and cardboard, plastic and metal were used for making suitcases as well. Old suitcases are still available today.
A buyer's guide to wall masks

A buyer's guide to wall masks

A wall mask is distinct from a face mask and is used mainly as a decoration. Wall masks can be hung on the wall and are collector’s items. Artistic decorative masks can be very expensive and are generally within a price range of a 100 to more than 1000 pounds. One must remember that ceramic masks are an art form.
Where to find antique wall telephones

Where to find antique wall telephones

Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1867. Until this time, the main modes of communication were the telegraph and letters. Bell's invention developed through the ages until the modern phones of nowadays. Buying an antique phones can be a way to collect history and trace the development of this 19th century invention. This article details out where to find antique wall telephone.
Buy N Sell Staffs: The facts

Buy N Sell Staffs: The facts

There is an increasing number of free-to-use classified advert sites appearing across the internet. Whilst many of these might spread the whole length and breadth of the United Kingdom, a number of sites of this type specialises in particular localities. This article shall be looking at just one of those: Buy N Sell Staffs.
A buyer's guide to Royal Worcester figurines

A buyer's guide to Royal Worcester figurines

Royal Worcester is a 260 years old brand, manufacturing delicate figurines made of porcelain and bone china. Royal Worcester figurines are collectors' items worth thousand of pounds. The manufacturing house was established in 1751 at Warmstry House, Worcester. It was the brainchild of Dr. John Wall and William Davy who perfected a new way of making porcelain.
How to use a PCGS price guide for coins

How to use a PCGS price guide for coins

The PCGS, or Professional Coin Grading Service, began in 1985 and has since graded more than 20 million coins. Their website lists over 15 million historic coin prices and gives consumers great information on the market. They put out a price guide of average dealer asking prices so that consumers can readily grade and check value of their personal stock. For more thorough grading, the coins can be graded from the PCGS directly.