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Vintage/Antique Pottery

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

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

Whilst in the process of sorting through a box of pottery, belonging to my late Mum-in-Law, I came across a pair of shell-like cream antique dishes with the following back mark.

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 the look of the Staffordshire pottery: ‘Adams Jasperware.’ Did we trace their origin? Read this blog to follow the detective story from the UK to USA!

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Paragon Fine Bone China Six World Famous Roses Tea Service

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Paragon Fine Bone China Six World Famous Roses Tea Service
I just had to share this beautiful Paragon Fine Bone China Six World Famous Roses Tea Service with you. It is so quintessentially British! Each piece of this 21-piece set features one of Harry Wheatcroft’s “Six world famous roses.” They are all made from fine bone china and the edges are gilded. But who was Harry Wheatcroft, and do Paragon China still exist?

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Who is Bartje Bartels?

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Who is Bartje Bartels?
Many people outside The Netherlands probably haven’t heard of the little Dutch Boy, Bartje Bartels, which is a shame as he looks adorable! However, looks can be deceiving!

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Ginger Jars: Beautiful & Useful Home Décor

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Ginger Jars: Beautiful & Useful Home Décor

What are Ginger Jars? I love ginger jars! What isn’t there to like? Useful, beautiful and versatile jars that have been around for centuries. According to the dictionary, a Ginger Jar is 'A Chinese Jar having a wide mouth, globular body and a dome shaped cover.' 

Which makes it sound very boring and mundane, something a ginger jar certainly isn’t!

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