A rare early 19th century Staffordshire frog and newt loving cup. It is an allover lovely blue and white foliate decoration and stands 4" tall, the diameter is also 4". It has a wonderful verse to the front which reads:
A friend that is social goodnatured & free
To a pot of my liquer right welcome shall be
But he that is proud & illnatured may pass
By my door to an alehouse & pay for his glass.
There is a black and white spotted frog to the base and on both sides, and there is a simiarly decorated newt. It is in excellent condition.
These frog and newt loving cups don't come on the market often, and this is perfect for the frog mug collector as well as the collector of blue and white.
Rare and wonderful is the sterling witch's heart bookmark. This shaped heart comes from an old Celtic design and is thought to bring good luck. Marked sterling and measuring 1 1/2" by 1 1/4" The center design in repousse' shows a witch, hat on riding her broom. An amusing piece.
this book transports you to 19th century England and reveals all facets of daily life. the dinner party, the army, marriage, proper etiquette, why young ladies avoided second sons, country living and recipies. A wonderful read for the anglophile or the collector.
Vintage White Linins A to Z Marsha Manchester, Schiffer Publishing Co. Pa. 1997 Not only includes everything about textiles but is profusely illustrated with pictures. So many laces and kinds of needlework. the book is also a value guide and an enjoyable read.
Victorian Staffordshire figures book Two, by A N Harding published by Schiffer Publishing Pa., 1998. Another in this wonderful reference series, this one concentrates on Religious, Hunters, Pastoral, Occupations, Children and Animals, Dogs, Animals, Cottages and Castles, Sport and Miscellaneous. Ask about a special price for all three.
Victorian Staffordshire Figures Book Three by A N Harding, published by Schiffer Publishing, Pa., 1998. More reference material to add to the already extensive research contained in the other two books. More of Portraits, Military, Theatrical, Religious, Hunters, Pastoral, Occupations, Children With Animals, Dogs, Animals, Cottages, Sport and Miscellaneous. Ask me about the discount for all three.
Victorian Staffordshire figures book One by A & N Harding Published by Schiffer Publishing , Pa. 1998. A classic and invaluable source for this collecting interest. Book One covers Portraits, Naval and Military, theatrical and Literary Characters. With Values. Ask about a combined purchase of all three for a special price.
A lovely pink silk Victorian bookmark showing a King Charles spaniel embroidered with flowers on the front with the words Love Faith Hope. Bookmark measures 9 1/4" long and 3" wide. A lovely collectors item and gift.
Understanding Jewelry by David Bennett & Daniela Mascetti, published by The antique Collectors club, Uk 1989. The authors, both sotheby jewelry experts have written the most extensive book on Antique Jewelry up thru the present day I have seen. Full color pictures on every page of beautiful jewelry. This book is out of print and is a must have reference for the serious collector.
Towards Post Modernism, Decorative Arts and Design Since 1851,Michael Collins,New York Graphic society Book, Little Brown and Co. Boston. Michael Graves, Andy Warhol, Venturi, Voysey,Vasarely and more.
A toby jug, C 1840 wearing a black tri-corn hat trimmed in rust. He is holding a mug and wearing rust color britches and a cobalt blue jacket, with buttons at the back. he is dressed in a yellow shirt with a green tie. Grey hair and standing 9" tall he is a fine example of the variety and character of toby jugs.
At 10" tall this is a finely detailed toby jug. Seated on a marbleized plinth, wearing a black frock coat and rust trousers, he is holding a pitcher which is decorated in pink lustre. There is also a cup in the other hand. A white hat highly decorated in rust and orange, and orange laces on the shoes. The handle is of a figure with crossed arms and face, contrasted by orange decoration at the back. All of which is highly unusual.
A 19th century toby jug showing a man in a cobalt blue frock coat which is quite detailed in the back, fawn britches, and a black tri-corn hat. He is holding a pipe and a tankard which is decorated in an Adams Rose pattern, very unusual for it to appear on a toby. He stands 10" and there is a small flea bite on the back of the hat, not bad for its age. no crackling, other chips or breaks.
Three Centuries of American Furniture by Oscar P. fitzgerald, Gramercy Publishing com, N.Y. 1982, with a forward by Kenneth Ames, Winterthur Museum. A very good overview of American Furniture from the Jacobean Period through the Eastlake Revival. Not only gives decorative details and styles but also technical details on cabinetmaking and woodworking. Tells you what to look for and will keep you out of repro trouble.
The Price Guide To 19th and 20th Century British Pottery Including Staffordshire Figures and commerative Wares by David Battie and Michael Turner, Antique Collectors Club,UK 1979 All pictures and very good ones. In case you are wondering why I'm selling a price guide that seems out of date, its the information and scope of the collections. Also there is a card to send to the Antique Collectors Club for Price Updates. A good reference.