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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 Tunstall…

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Collecticats- A love of Cats and Antiques

Collecticats- A love of Cats and Antiques

Eiffion from Collectibulldogs asked if I would write a guest blog for him, and considering his passion for Man’s best friend ‘the Dog’, in particular, Bulldogs, I thought I just had to write about the Dogs’ nemesis, namely Cats! In homage to ‘Collectibulldogs,’ I have called this blog Collecticats- A love of Cats and Antiques

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A Love Story, Puttees, and me

WWII British Army Veteran

Ralph and Mary met at the Department Store ‘Binns’ in Newcastle. She worked in ladies wear and he was working in the basement setting up televisions and radios, and repairing them.

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Shanghai Doll Factory (SDF) Post WW2 Teddy Bear

Shanghai Doll Factory (SDF) Teddy Bear

As a committed arctophile (lover and collector of Teddy Bears), I was becoming really frustrated at not being able to trace the manufacturer of my better half’s childhood teddy ‘Dodo’ (as in the extinct bird): a moth eaten well loved bear, whose arms and legs became adrift and were sewn back on several times by my Mum-in-law. The only real clue I had to go on was the small red fabric tongue sticking out of it’s mouth; surely that must be a recognisable feature?

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X-RAY SPECS: A Guest Blog By Young Man Gone West

X-Ray Specs

X-RAY SPECS: A Guest Blog By Young Man Gone West Richard, blogger extraordinaire, going by the pseudonym ‘Young Man Gone West,’ (YMGW), has kindly allowed me to post his wonderful blog ‘X-Ray Specs’ for our Mullard Antiques readers. Some of you may recognise this Halsey USAAF X-Ray Warning Light from our website. YMGW purchased the light and has ensured that it is now in full working condition. The blog explains more about its fascinating history with some great accompanying images!  I think we can all say that YMGW has done a good job on the post and the light. Wonderful to…

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Latest Royal Mail Posting Dates for Christmas 2017

Latest Royal Mail Posting Dates for Christmas 2017

Latest Royal Mail Posting Dates for Christmas 2017! Hi everyone! I hope you are all keeping well? I can’t believe how this year has flown by! Halloween and Bonfire Night have been and gone so here in the UK the next big holiday is Christmas! I know this isn’t quite the case everywhere in the World but my apologies for not listing all your special celebrations and holidays here, but I hope you all enjoy them anyway! Since some of you are usually very well (or is it ill?) prepared for the vagaries of the postal system around the festive…

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Ladies Love The Mullard Valve Tester!

Mullard Valve Tester

Ladies Love The Mullard Valve Tester! I asked Mr Mullard Antiques to write me a guest blog about Women working, in what was traditionally seen as a Man’s role, in the 1950s. I was a little bit worried, give Steve this level of freedom and who knows what he would write! Anyway, I’m pleasantly surprised! Thank you, Mullard Magic, for this lighthearted look at Women working at the Mullard Valve factory in the 1950s. Great images! According to Mullard (the manufacturer’s of thermionic valve products), ‘The Mullard High Speed Valve Tester was so simple to use anyone could use it’.  Mullard made…

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