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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The Newlyn School

In 1890, John MacKenzie founded the Newlyn Industrial Class in Newlyn, Cornwall. Along with other talented local artists, he took on unemployed fishermen and taught them to work with copper. John Pearson, co-founder of the Guild of Handicraft (1888), came

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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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