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Stamp Collecting

Stamp Collecting

Stamp Collecting The world’s first adhesive postage stamp was the Penny Black, printed for the British postal service by an American named Jacob Perkins on May 6, 1840. Two days later, a blue two-penny or “Tuppeny blue” stamp came off the Perkins, Bacon & Co. press. Both stamps featured an engraved portrait of Queen Victoria,…

Lomonosov Collectible Porcelain

Lomonosov Collectible Porcelain

The History of Russian Porcelain An Introduction to Russian Porcelain       If you’d like to shop for fine Imperial porcelain tableware, click here. If you’d like to shop for fine Imperial porcelain animals, click here. Golden Cockerel is now proudly offering the finest porcelain Russia has to offer. These Russian porcelain animals and…

Collecting Machintosh’s Quality Street Tins

Collecting Machintosh’s Quality Street Tins

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a tree, mince pies, presents and of course a tin of Quality Street sweets. Since 1936, Nestlé Quality Street has been enjoyed by families across the UK and the sweets’ distinctive jewelled wrappers are as synonymous with the festive period as Father Christmas. Quality Street was created by confectioner Harold Mackintosh and was named…

Must Have Lenses for Beginners

Must Have Lenses for Beginners

Must Have Lenses for Beginners   In this post, I will show you the essential lenses and filters you need. One of the exciting facets of DSLR photography is the ability to change lenses. Getting a handle on the different type of lenses available and what each one does will open up a whole new…

Collecting Film Cameras

Collecting Film Cameras

Recording moments. Moments that have passed, even as the shutter clicks. It’s no wonder photography is bound so deeply to nostalgia, sending us down memory lane to simpler times. But the hobby — the art — is deeper still; the equipment you use says just as much about your craft as your subjects or the…

How to start collecting?

How to start collecting?

If you’re currently in the market for a new hobby, why not consider collecting? Collecting is a great way to show off your passion for something and can be an inexpensive hobby, depending on what you choose to collect. Regardless of your age or level of expertise, if you’re interested in collecting, you should give…

Antique Mantel Clocks

Antique Mantel Clocks

Mantel clocks (also known as mantle or shelf clocks) were inexpensive to make and affordable to own, which explains why they were one of the most popular clocks in the 18th and 19th centuries. Part decoration, part practical timepiece, mantel clocks are so named because they were small enough to be displayed on a shelf…

Great War Trench Watches

Great War Trench Watches

British military men first used leather wristlets to wear small pocket watches on their wrists from circa 1885, and they were the first large group or section of the population to routinely wear purpose made wristwatches with wire lugs, a design claimed by Dimier Brothers in 1903 which is discussed at Déposé No. 9846. The Great…

Carriage Clocks

Carriage Clocks

Carriage clocks are always sought after especially those carriage clocks by the well-known Paris makers of the Victorian period such as Henri Jacot, Alfred Drocourt, Margaine, Le Roy, amongst other top carriage clock makers. Not only are buyers keen on the classic carriage clock case shapes, such as the Corniche, the Anglaise (devised especially for…

Collecting Clocks

Collecting Clocks

Collecting Guide: Clocks Specialist Celia Harvey offers five points to consider when buying a clock, from age and condition to the reputation of the manufacturer 1. Pick a style that suits your interior There are so many different types of clock to consider and so many different styles. You may decide you would like a…

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