Cream Jugs

I love custard almost more than any other food. Cream however does run a close second and the 18th century vessels that housed that wonderful liquid are quite exquisite and worth collecting. The earliest form of cream jug was plain

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Davenports

An entry made in the 1790s in the records of the cabinetmakers Gillow of Lancaster stated ‘Captain Davenport, a desk’. This is thought to be the first recorded example of the small writing cabinets now known by the Captain’s name.

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Handkerchief Vases

The Chance brothers, Lucas and William had been working together as ‘Chance Brothers and Company’ at the Smethwick glassworks in the West Midlands since 1832 when William bought into Lucas’ business to save it from bankrupty. The company had a

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