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Pastille Burners: The Original Room Deodoriser!

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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. During Elizabethan times, the pastille burners were practical silver objects with holes in which held a pastille: a small lozenge made of saltpetre or gum arabic and essences usually made by the house servants.

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What Does The Term Old Charley Have In Common With Artone Pottery?

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What Does The Term Old Charley Have In Common With Artone Pottery?

If you take a meander around the internet, you can often come across the term 'Old Charley and, if you are anything like me, wondered about the derivation of the name.

In my case, I was searching for a possible explanation as to why the miniature character jugs, made by the Artone Pottery, has two identical faces on each side of the jug.

What Does The Term Old Charley Have In Common With Artone Pottery? Read on to find out more!

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Clarice Cliff, A. J. Wilkinson Ltd, Newport Pottery, Shorter & Son Ltd

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Clarice Cliff, A. J. Wilkinson Ltd, Newport Pottery, Shorter & Son Ltd

Clarice Cliff, A. J. Wilkinson Ltd, Newport Pottery, Shorter & Son Ltd: What Do They Have In Common? The latter three were all factories owned by the Shorter family and they worked in close co-operation. 

The ‘Shorter & Bolton’ business was founded as a partnership between Arthur Shorter and James Bolton in 1872, in Stoke, Staffordshire, UK.  In 1891, after the death of his brother in law, Shorter commenced managing A.J Wilkinson.

Where does Clarice Cliff fit in? Read the rest of the blog to find out more!

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What Is A Wall Pocket Vase? Blog By Mullard Antiques

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What Is A Wall Pocket Vase? Blog By Mullard Antiques

What Is A Wall Pocket Vase? Blog By Mullard Antiques

Today, we probably think of a Wall Pocket Vase as a flat backed ceramic vase, which can be wall mounted and filled with flowers but they are much more versatile than this.

They had, and still have, a multitude of uses including displaying fresh and dried flowers, living plants, herbs, storing soap bars, pan scrubs, hair and tooth brushes, filing papers, and house keys, and more!

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Who were Bretby Art Pottery and Tooth & Co?

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Who were Bretby Art Pottery and Tooth & Co?

Who were Bretby Art Pottery and Tooth & Co?

Bretby Art Pottery was started in 1882 by Henry Tooth and William Ault. The company was actually known as Tooth & Co. Ltd.

Tooth and Ault designed and built their own pottery in Woodville, Derbyshire. Manufacturing began on 25 October 1883.

They entered the Crystal Palace Exhibition in 1884 and won a gold award. Not a bad result for a first attempt! The famous ‘Sunburst’ trade mark was registered in the same year.

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