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Pastille Burners: The Original Room Deodoriser!

Pastille Burners: The Original Room Deodoriser!

The use of Pastille Burners actually dates back to the time of Elizabeth I, where they were used in wealthy households to help deodorise the very foul smelling air. I am particularly fond of the small whimsical pastille burners produced by Coalport in the 1950s and have a small collection.

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What Is A Wall Pocket Vase?

SylvaC 320 Pottery Wall Pocket Vase With Pixies

What is a Wall Pocket Vase? An Introduction To Wall Pockets What Is A Wall Pocket Vase?  Today, we probably think of them as a flat backed ceramic vase, which can be wall mounted and filled with flowers but they are much more versatile than this. A wall pocket is not to be confused with a: Wall sconce, which is effectively a wall light or a receptacle for holding a light e.g. candles or, these days, electrical wires. Meissen Porcelain Wall Sconce Wall plaque a thin, flat plate or tablet of metal or porcelain intended for use as ornament. Art Deco Cope & Co Lady wall mask/ plaque…

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A Short History Of Adams China Staffordshire Pottery

1970s Adams China Brown Chinese Bird Sugar Bowl & Milk Jug

A Short History Of Adams China Staffordshire Pottery John Adams set up Adams China in Staffordshire, UK, which became known as the Brick House Works, during the 17th century. In the early years, the factory focused on recreating models that were brought in from the Far East. In 1779, the son of John Adams, William, opened the Greengates factory in Tunstall, England.   The dish in this image dates from 1914-1940 and the image was found on the http://www.thepotteries.org/ware/adams/index.htm website. A very useful reference guide. Earthenware, although durable, was not as strong as ironstone.  Ironstone was fired longer at higher temperatures and…

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What are Toby jugs and Character Jugs?

What are Toby jugs and Character Jugs: Two Small Vintage Hand Painted 'Janus' Artone Character Jugs

What are Toby jugs and Character Jugs? What are Toby jugs and Characters Jug? It is very easy to confuse a toby jug with a character jug and vice versa, but they are different! A toby jug/ mug depicts the full body of a figure, generally a rotund, jolly, tipsy gentleman, (occasionally a woman), usually with a tricorn hat and 18th century attire. A character jug/ mug usually shows just the head and shoulders and tend to be smaller. Toby Jugs An Antique Toby Jug from our personal collection Toby jugs have been around considerably longer than character jugs. They…

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What do the Babcock Brothers, Evansville, Indiana & Thomas Goodfellow have in common?

Babcock Brothers, Evansville, Indiana & Thomas Goodfellow

What do the Babcock Brothers of Evansville, Indiana and Thomas Goodfellow, a Staffordshire potter, have in common? Whilst in the process of sorting through a box of pottery, belonging to my 87-year old Mum-in-Law, I came across a pair of shell-like cream antique dishes with the following back mark. Imported by Babcock Brothers, Evansville, IA.   We knew they had been in our family for at least 60 years but no-one knew where the dishes originated. We were pretty sure they were 19th Century (Victorian) and they had a the look of the Staffordshire pottery: ‘Adams Jasperware.’ Cobalt Blue Adams…

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