Lea Stein

Lea Stein was a French Paris-based artist born in 1931 who become famous for her costume jewellery fashioned out of rhodoid, a form of cellulose acetate, typically the type used to make frames for spectacles. She began her own design

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Stanhopes

The iPlayer and Netflix have revolutionised the viewing habits of the ‘Dowse house’. The only thing we seem to watch live now is the evening news. Compare this modern choice with that of the Victorians who had nothing to view

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Belleek

My wife was born in Ireland, what other reason do I need to love the wonderful porcelain that came from the Belleek factory. The Belleek porcelain factory in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland was established in the village of Belleek in

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Marklin Trains

Early trains by the German toy manufacturer Marklin, like those of other makers, were simple and solid, but unrealistic. However, in 1891 at the Leipzig Toy Fair Marklin introduced standardised gauges, which was a major development in the manufacture of

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