The "shellwork" business grew from the early 19th century in tandem with the jewellery sector and employed more than three hundred people at peak. The shells were all imported, mostly from the South Atlantic and Pacific and thus the location of
Tarshish was the source of King Solomons wealth and was possibly a city of region in Tunisia ( Carthage) or Sardinia. Hiram was the Phoenician King of Tyre in the seventh century BC. The fact that this is marine ivory and whaling was associated with wealt
Handwritten Letter from William Eustis Informing of General Hull's Surrender of Detroit 1812
This letter from William Eustis, Secretary of War, to an unknown General is informing him of the surrender of Detroit by General Hull. Dated just 12 days afte
Robert Falcon Scott signature on personal letterhead Jan 12th 1906
Is there a single person in Britain who has never heard of Scott of the Antarctic? One of our most famous national heroes, Robert Falcon Scott has captured the imagination of the nation s
An original hand-written document requesting payment for the services of the British 4th Battalion of the 60th Regiment for the American Regiment of Foot for the period 25th December 1789 to 24th December 1790. The total sum requested was £12,140 3s 8d.
Grand Tour souvenir Toledo dagger dated 1871
Toledo daggers were a common form of souvenir for nineteenth century gentlemen touring Europe. They come in many forms and this example has a cast gilt bronze figure of a shrouded spectre with a snake entwi
North American whale bone and baleen pastry jagging wheel c1850
A curious piece of North American folk art, this pastry wheel (or jagger) is fashioned from whale bone and baleen. Crafted by whalemen as either gifts for loved ones or for extra income,
Silver mounted horn Scottish quaich Edinburgh 1910
A traditional Scottish quaich turned from a single piece of horn and mounted in silver. The central cartouche bears the motto "SGUAB AS'I" literally translating as "Sweep it up",mea
1812 American War Handwritten Letter from William Eustis to Joseph Bloomfield.
Dated 28th March 1812, this letter is offering Joseph Bloomfield the rank of Brigadier General in the US Army. Written by William Eustis, Secretary of War, it
Royal Hospital Chelsea letter with Penny Black stamp dated 1841.
Dated March 5 1841, this letter concerning a female patient is from renowned London physician Henry Bigg to the Royal Hospital at Chelsea (then the Royal Military Asylum).
Presentation set of Cyrenaica (Libya) Postage Stamps 1950
A handwritten inscription suggesting this was a gift to an employee from the director of the Government Post and Telecommunications Department.
A decorative cast relief Old Testament scene of 'Rebecca at the well' by Paris born Alexandre-Pierre Schoenewerk (1820-1885). Schoenewerk was a pupil of David d'Angers and was named a Chevalier of the French Legion d'Honneure in 1873.
This relief is a
Before the advent of a national fire service, insurance companies retained their own fire fighting crews and installed plaques onto insured properties to guide their fire crew to the correct building (as if smoke and flames weren't enough!). Originally ca
Based on original early 19th century designs, we believe this powder horn to be from the mid 20th century due to the depth and accuracy of the carving. Possibly made as a presentation piece, the horn has many deeply carved motifs including a steer's head,
A stunning Vincennes Sevres blanc de chine pot a sucre from c1750. For more continental and British antique porcelain, including a wide range of porcelain sucriers, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.