An Italian bottle for you to admire today, which is notable, more than anything else, for the rich provenance of the thought process behind its production.
Bow Porcelain Tastevin
To continue zooming in towards our new centre of operations – having looked at the broader history of Tunbridge Wells, then that of The Pantiles – it’s time to complete our progress by featuring the Corn Exchange itself – the building in to which we will
Whilst the addition of the Royal prefix to the name of Tunbridge Wells was a demonstrable means by which the standing of the locality could be esteemed, it is the Pantiles – formerly the Walks and the Parade – which remain as the embodiment of everything
As Eric Knowles counts down the days leading up to our opening the Royal Corn Exchange in Tunbridge Wells, we delve a little further into the history of the town in this second instalment and discover how this popular spa town came to be named…
As we prepare for Tunbridge Wells to become our new home, we delve into the history of the town and discover how this popular spa town came to be. Our potted history of Tunbridge Wells
What's it worth? A charity fundraising valuation with Eric Knowles and friends to celebrate the opening of Art Exchange in The Pantiles, Royal Tunbridge Wells. Come and see Eric Knowles shop and gallery
A Georgian Dog-tooth Rim Sweetmeat Glass . This inspired me to meander my way back through history.
Bristol Green Wine Glasses. Having recently taken a brief look at the derivation of Bristol blue glass we turn to the green cousin
Bristol, William Cooksworthy and Schneeburg cobalt . A potted history of Bristol blue glass
Alexander III Long Cross Penny, King of Scotland
Georgian balustroid wine glasses – and light balusters – are vessels which are essentially a stylised 18th century incarnation of earlier, more substantial baluster glasses
A TREATISE ON THE REPRODUCTION OF ANCIENT GREEK ARTEFACTS AND THE CORRESPONDING VALUE OF SUCH ITEMS COMPARED TO THE PRICE OF A COWWednesday 3rd of February 2021 11:59:00 AM
A late 19th century vase, produced by Thomas Webb & Sons, a homage to Homer and ancient Greece
To be formal Verrerie d'Art Degue, the art glass of David Gueron simply known as Degue
We are often able to identify and acquire examples of porcelain wares from sources outside of the select group which make up the trade’s usual litany of leading names; Worcester, Wedgewood, Derby, but – today – step forward Longton Hall…
Our coin is a silver groat, worth four pennies, and was struck in Edward’s London mint, based in the Tower of London. It was minted during the House of York's first visit to the throne
Georgian Ale Glass Engraved With Elderberry, a most unusual and rare example for sale at scottishantiques.com
The manufacturer of today’s item – an Art Deco vase bearing an enamelled image over frosted lead glass – was a gentleman by the name of Jean Gauthier
Brass somehow seems to lack the antiquarian heft of other metals and alloys (hence the rather dismissive title with regard to its perceived worth), not having quite the same plangency as sterling silver or pewter.
There’s very little which captures my imagination as much as a new and peculiar word, and today’s item very much hits the mark in this respect…
An almost impossibly elegant pair of glasses for your consideration today, dating from the early to mid-19th century and having been classified as ratafia glasses.
It’s always interesting (possibly insert ‘sic’ here) to come across any sort of utensil or vessel which is an even marginal departure from the norm, and this particular joy has been induced to swell unconfined by what is today’s outwardly rather uninsp
A NUMISMATIC NATIVITY – Coins at the Time of Jesus’s Birth (with not a foil-wrapped chocolate to be found)Tuesday 22nd of December 2020 10:30:00 PM
Even the most zealous of agnostics will, I’m sure you will agree, have to concede that there are numerous characters from the apocryphal ‘Christmas story’ who are based, wholly or in part, on real-life figures from antiquity.
We’ve written a lot about gin – and gin glasses in particular – over the years, almost entirely as a result of the pernicious scars it managed to carve into the collective English consciousness after its three separate periods of holding a large part of t
It’s a pineapple stand – a substantial Victorian cut-glass vessel, produced for one purpose and one purpose alone – to demonstrate one’s personal wealth.
Here’s an unassuming little pair of Regency porcelain artefacts, of little intrinsic value but – as ever – throwing some light on a forgotten place and the people who lived there. It’s a teacup and saucer – as well as being something of a time capsule – f
Domestic life, as we all know, has the propensity to generate any number of smells; blocked drains, improperly stored food, the daily travails of the great unwashed – but to a greater or lesser extent these can be easily masked by deodorant sprays, a swif
Examples of Georgian wine glasses which feature a two-part stem are not uncommon, to the extent that as a group they have their own collective name, with all such pieces being said to feature a composite stem.
As you have probably noticed, the social history behind our antiques – and the people who made them – is an endless source of fascination to me, whether it’s the personal intrigues which inveigled the craftsmen themselves, or the circumstances behind how
Although not especially uncommon, a particular feature of today’s glass is a sumptuous example of its kind, and it’s not at all unreasonable to laud such finery when the occasion presents itself.
Another deep (some would say unfathomable) dive into the realms of ancient coinage today, but something of a departure from the more usual format as – although we’re featuring a Roman coin – there is no heroic emperor whose profile has been captured on th
The current perception of chocolate, in its liquid form rather than that of a solidified sweet or confection, is one of relaxation and warmth, the ultimate comfort drink at the end of a hard day at work or having been out and about in the cold.
Here’s a quite unassuming piece of late Regency porcelain, notable not for its great craftsmanship or exquisite decoration, but simply because it is a rare extant example of the work of one of the lesser lights of the collective Staffordshire Potteries, o
Today’s piece is a porcelain tankard, which is a very fine example of the work of one of the leading protagonists in the formative years of Liverpool’s notable ceramics industry – Richard Chaffers. Potteries on the banks of the Mersey grew up as an integr
I’m afraid that I’m going to have to ask you to look away if you are not in the mood for one of my historical diatribes, prompted by a coin and fuelled by the usual ill-concealed glee at unearthing a previously unknown tale. On the other hand – buckle up
A return to more familiar territory today after a brief (though interminable for those that read it) sortie in to the first millennial, middle eastern realm of Khosrow II’s Sassanid Empire; back to that most reliable of standbys, bottle and decanter label
The close of our last missive left the gin-sodden inebriates of England’s Regency quite literally floundering in the gutter, with the take-away trade of gin shops dispensing doses of their debilitating spirit to all comers in vast quantities, having provi
We’ve taken many a look back at the English preoccupation with gin over the years, from the affected posturing intended to mirror the tastes of the Anglo-Dutch royal court at the end of the 17th century to the abject squalor of London’s gin-craze which he
Hadrianus Augustus is, to many, just a nondescript Roman emperor who happened to build a fancy wall - but he had hidden depths - and was at pains to hide them behind a carefully crafted facade...
Never ones to knowingly miss an opportunity, Bohemian craftsmen enthusiastically embraced the production of glass and metal art glass
David Guéron is the gentleman in question, of Spanish/Turkish extraction and who was invalided out of the Foreign Legion before setting up a glass works in North East France – Cristalleries De Compiègne.
An elegant solution for a distinctly inelegant problem by way of a portable dispenser of pleasing fragrances intended to mask the stench of everyday life...
Of course - the full name of none other than Lewis Carroll, some quintessential 1970's fare and a nice piece of cheese - it's another helping of, well, something or other which may turn out to have some vague relevance to antiques, with a bit of luck...
The Kit Kat style glass – where did its name derive from?
The infamous Gin Craze of the eighteenth century left us with a great many examples of glasses which were mass-produced to slake the thirst of the inebriate multitudes - but some may have a slightly more involved tale to tell...
Convention dictates that the Loetz manufactory produced a great deal of distinctive tango glass designed by Michael Powolny - but there's more (or in actual fact, less) to this holy trinity of art deco glassware than you might think...
It's a rare ability to be able to make your name in disparate fields of artistic endeavour - Josef Hoffman - architect and designer of interiors and glassware was one of these multi-talented individuals...
Time to turn the spotlight on an19th century glass engraver who set the standard for his peers, and yet who remains a curiously maligned figure
Eric muses on why some folk are driven to assiduously collect examples of a particular type of object, considers the imperative behind his own compulsions, and points you in the direction of some bargains...
Colin takes a self-indulgent departure from the norm to talk about a letter, written in 1799, to 'The Grand Old Duke of York'…
Eric Knowles muses upon the perfect gift for a mother who has spent a lifetime hoarding examples of fine porcelain - a silicone spatula, a bag of tulip bulbs and some chocolate buttons just aren't going to live up to expectations...
Eric explains how a chilly field near Cheam relates to regal Tudor finery, an unexpected cache of stained glass artefacts and a jealous regard for those who can wield power tools...all in the name of Bargain Hunt
Eric Knowles recounts a tale of youthful awakening in post-industrial Lancashire and a lost love 'midst the sack-trucks and packing crates of a London auction house...
A personal reflection on the passing of a long time friend and fellow doyen of the UK's antiques firmament, Eric shares his thoughts on the legacy of Judith Howard
Eric reveals how two days down a hole in the ground some forty years ago has lead to a life-long affinity with a particular commodity...
"After 43 years of marriage you might, quite properly, have expected me to have the mechanics of the event well and truly sorted." says Eric Knowles who woud rather say it with flowers on antique Derby porcelain
How I fell in love with iridescent glass, Tiffany and more by Eric Knowles. In this article Eric describes how he was first enamoured with Favrille glass, Tiffany glass in general and how this lead to a wider appreciation of iridescent glass...
The Dinner Set, an article by Eric Knowles antiques roadshow. A whistle stop tour through vintage corkscrews, worcesteer and derby porcelain, via the king street factory, fight and barr and back. You dont get this content on the TV and we have no license
The Dinner Party Set by Eric Knowles. candlelit suppers, silver candlesticks, silver sauceboats, cut glass decanters and choosing the right antique glasswares. An article by Eric Knowles the bloke on the antiques roadshow and latterly Bargain Hunt
My struggle with Seasonal Adjustment Disorder and a Bow Porcelain Figure of Winter c1765. An article by soft paste Eric Knowles best known for summer and the antiques roadshow. Read how eric passes from one season to the next via winter blu and white, tra
A Sparrow Beak Jug Conundrum. An article by Eric Knowles, the bloke from the Antiques rodashow. Eric examines a most unusual sparrow beak jug and draws in Worcester porcelain, Philip Christian, blue and white, transfer printing and richard chaffers
An article by Scottish Antiques chairman. Mr Eric Knowles from the Antiques Roadshow, which outlines the life and work of Rene Lalique witha focus on Lalique jewellery and Lalaique Art Deco
Hock is (or at least, should be) a term familiar to any oenophile be they earnest or casual, and – as with many parts of language, has seen its meaning change during its evolution across the years. The wines of Germany, be they pinot noir, german white wi
Before you pour youself short measures of blended whisky or scotch whisky then you must read this. The impact of the weoghts and measures act or imperial units for single malts, be that fluid ounces or gills has a had a significant impact on spirit measur
An antique silver mustard pot with a glass liner be that modern or an antique victorian sterling silver mustard pot in English silver is vastly superior to anything produced in French silver and is an essential for dining table.
There is much more t a coloured wine glass and the uniquitous Bristol gree and Bristol blue. The uses of lead crystal, Czech glass and bohemian glass extends to a range of colours, ruby red is achieves by the addition of gild chloride.
Ever the champion of the underdog here at Scottish Antiques, it’s time to take a look at one of Britain’s lesser-known porcelain manufactories – not one of the names that first springs to mind, but certainly one which has – albeit a little obliquely....
It’s an increasingly rare thing to see nowadays, but as a youngster growing up on the Kent & East Sussex borders (before heading back north to a more sensible part of the UK for formal education and an introduction in to many of the finer things...
Over time we’ve looked at many different classifications of antique stemware, where glasses are grouped by purpose, form, decoration, source or manufacturer, but it should not be forgotten that there are also broader categories which can encompass....
Time to take a look at an individual piece of antique silver with interesting (if rather long-winded) Scottish provenance – a sucrier (sugar bowl) dating from 1784. The beauty of silver, of course, is that pieces tend to be hallmarked, so it's possible...
THOMAS BOTTS – SPADE-MAKER, PAINTER* AND BRUSH LICKER (*BY APPOINTMENT TO HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN VICTORIA)Monday 19th of February 2018 10:00:00 PM
Time for one of our occasional looks at the individual characters who made a significant contribution to the reputation of British porcelain, not by way of founding a particular manufactory or making a breakthrough in the development of the production pro
You’ll no doubt be familiar with the convention of naming styles of porcelain production after the location of the factory from whence it came; Bow, Worcester, Pinxton and Derby from the UK for instance; Sevres, Meissen and Dresden from the continent...
There's more to Newcastle than pease pudding, underachieving football clubs and an accent which can rival Hielan' Scottish for indecipherability (gu cinnteach !) - there's 1200 years of glassmaking history, for a start...
A look at the winner of our Festive Competition, with pictures of the winning pieces and notes from our triumphant contributor !
Right - a spot of festive frippery for you as befits pre-Christmas congeniality, not (very much) tedious historical rambling, little or no archaeological investigation and absolutely no retrospectives of minor military engagements whatsoever – the chosen
THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO TAKING COPIOUS AMOUNTS OF TEPIFYING AND EFFICACIOUS BEVERAGE WHEN INCONVENIENCED BY FRIGHTFULLY FRIGID INCLEMENCY OF THE ELEMENTSTuesday 5th of December 2017 10:00:00 PM
December – a fine, fresh, frosty time of year. The mercury is falling and the first snows of winter have swirled around The Trossachs (which – I might tell you – is not a particularly comforting thing to endure); a Hot Toddy's just what's required...
Further examination of Liverpool's porcelain trade, with an innovative decorative process, and the development of a world-wide brand !
In continuing our series looking at some of the less celebrated centres of English porcelain manufacture, it’s time to set a northward bearing, and strike out towards the banks of the River Mersey and the City of Liverpool.
So, there was an Irishman, a Welshman, some Englishmen, some American Indians and a load of pigs....
The curious tale of herring fishermen, shipwrecked Dutch sailors with muddy boots and a cottage industry that deserves wider recognition
Another instance where a simple engraved wedding ale glass can point the way to stories of life, love, criminality, hardship, redemption and rebirth - quite literally from one side of the world to the other...
Geneology, Heraldry and History collide to shed light on the provenance of an early 19th century bottle
A somewhat overlooked sphere of endeavour, Italian porcelain has given rise to pieces every bit as wonderful as those from any other source in Europe, and the politicking that underwrote the trade there also rivals machinations across the continent...
Always recognised as one of the leading producers of European porcelain, Germany - and Prussia beforehand - have also had many fine manufactories garnering less widespread recognition than the most famous names - here's a look at some of them:
There were many more production facilities across France in the 18th century (and later) producing material every bit as good as Sevres and Vincennes - here's a look at the most prominent of these manufactories
Colourful, inspirational art glass from Mdina on the island of Malta, in the heart of the Mediterranean - vases, decanters, bottles and sculptures
An outline of what to keep an eye out for when you're thinking about buying antique glassware, and how to avoid some of the more obvious pitfalls...
Early 18th century glass-makers sought to copy designs from Venice and Bohemia in order to pander to a desire for German-style material after the coronation of King George I in 1714
A quick poke through the piles of abrasive dust, broken glassware and disconsolate hinnies of cut-glass decoration from ancient times to Regency Britain; more exhaustive and detailed examinations to follow...
The evolution of champagne from an irksome by-product to the defining tipple of the rich and famous - and the glasses which have accompanied it along the way
Something that's tantamount to being educational and informative with some clarification as to what the terms baluster and balustroid might mean with regard to georgian wine glasses and their stems...
A short (ho ho !) look at dwarf ale glasses - a particular type of glass that served the most pressing needs of the common man in Britain for the best part of 200 years
COMMODORE ANSON, SOME SAILORS, A NICE WORCESTER TEA BOWL AND ALLIGATORS OF CONSIDERABLE BIGNESS (part two)Friday 2nd of June 2017 12:48:40 PM
Part Two of the tortuous tale of Commodore Anson's world cruise; time to cross the Pacific Ocean, finally tangle with Spanish foe, and become a folk hero in Canton - culminating in the production of a really rather nice porcelain dinner service...
COMMODORE ANSON, SOME SAILORS, A NICE WORCESTER TEA BOWL AND FOUR YEARS OF ABSOLUTE PURGATORY (part one)Thursday 1st of June 2017 08:56:48 PM
The extraordinary tale of Commodore Anson and his around the world odyssey in the 18th century, which gave rise to the iconic Worcester porcelain valentine pattern.
Gorgian gin glasses and a look at the effects of the Gin Craze in 18th century London - and, of course, the glass antiques from which the increasingly befuddled folk of the capital city took their poison
An exhaustive look at the different types of knop which were used to decorate glass stems, the complexity of which mirrored the growing finesse used in glass production over the years as production methods became more refined...
An impeccably researched historical paper with regard to the provenance and derivation of a popular phrase - and the usual ill-concealed Francophobe leanings. The Hartlepool monkey. Quite literally a potted history
Antique glassware is widely collected. From old bottles to 18th century wine glasses, Lalique and Galle, this however is just a little different. A look at the history of glass eyes
The glass and porcelain collectors version of invisible mending - but deliberately made to be easily detectable, so that once-broken and subsequently repaired pieces cannot be sold on as complete and undamaged at premium prices - all clever stuff !
Georgian decanters and the somewhat curious names of some of the drinks which they were intended to contain...
There's more to a pint than just something to savour alongside a bag of crisps - here are many other uses for beers and ales, derived during Britain's prolonged love-affair with all things malty, hoppy and laden with alcohol...
The understated genius of William Billingsley - England's finest porcelain painter and a remarkable craftsman
how much veracity is there to the oft-cited belief that absinthe fuelled a creative outburst in late 19th century Paris ?
Absinthe - scourge of French society or admirable artistic animus ? Take a look at the incandescent trail it blazed across the landscape of 19th century France, exerting an influence every bit as ruinous as the gin craze which had gripped London
Have you ever wondered what is a baluster glass or what is a baluster stem ? Here we provide an index of the wide variety of different bowl types used on antique stemware; bowls should be categorised by their shape and form - not by any fabricated classif
long before aerosols and plug-in fresheners, how did the householders of yore go about hiding the sundry smells that threatened to render their otherwise well-appointed dwellings more fragrant, and avoid the social catastrophe which was the gagging guest
A description and images of a full Georgian table display created by Scottish Antiques and Warner Antiques, who put together over a quarter of a million pounds worth of period furniture, glassware, silver and porcelain to create an authentic tableau
The grisly tale behind a simple, engraved Georgian tumbler - the eternal triangle, murder most foul, retribution, death and despair...
TURKEY, CHESTNUTS, CHOCOLATE, A FROG PYE AND THE SCOTTISH ANTIQUES CHRISTMAS SALE - IT'S A VERITABLE FESTIVE FRENZY !Saturday 24th of December 2016 08:38:02 PM
A festive take on the excesses of dressing a Regency dining table in such a way as to be fit for a Christmas Feast
European Art Glass - a further look at the products of Bohemia, Germany, Austria, Italy, Scandinavia and others...
European Art Glass - an introduction and a look at the material produced in Britain, Bohemia and France
Details of how the connection was made from Rosbach's engraved pokal to the siege of Belgrade in 1717 - the outcome of which secured athe Holy Roman Empire and Hapsburg Monarchies from invasion for decades, and made a hero of Prince Eugene of Savoy (so mu
Classic engraved glassware from the early Prussian Empire - endorsed and commissioned by the Royal court in Berlin, to indulge their personal pleasures or commemorate military deeds of much renown
Why on earth would the great and good of Georgian and Regency England make a point of building houses for fruit, and then commissioning display stands on which their produce could be presented ? The history of the pineapple
The traditional mid-winter wassailing ceremony - appropriate glassware, and inappropriate behaviour...
The reason behind the existence of so many undersized antique drinking glasses - not models, toys or samples, but an altogether more practical purpose...
Dispelling the myth that champagne glasses were shaped to replicate the form of the one-time Queen of France - although there's a little more to the story than may first seem to be the case...
Engraved stemware bearing the image of a passion flower - religious or political iconography, or maybe both. A passion for Jacobite glasses
Examples of Georgian glasses decorated with hunting scenes - specifically including hares
The story and history behind the growth and development of one of the most famous British porcelain factories. Derby porcelain
A look at the the role of the 18th century apothecary - his jars, vessels, potions, tinctures and leeches...
How and why did whisky become the go-to drink of the Scottish nation ? A distilled history of whisky
Designs and styles of stemware pieces featuring air-twist decoration, and a look at how this delicate feature was created. A potted history of Georgian glassmaking
An extended look at porcelain production South Wales from the 18th century onwards. A potted history of Swansea and Nantdarw porcelain
The origins of Chelsea porcelain - one of the finest and most famous of Britain's Georgian manufactories.. A potted history of Chelsea
Lynn Glass is a phrase that often crops up in discussions about Georgian glassware, and the patterns of concentric rings which distinguish it are easily recognisable - but what does the name really mean ? A brief history of Lynn glass
There was a wide variety of methods by which Victorian glass manufacturers coloured their products - this article explains the most commonly used processes. How to make coloured glass and a brief hisory of Victorian coloured glass
An exploration and history of not just of how Meissen porcelain production evolved in a far flung corner of the Prussian empire, but why it was that such a project was undertaken in the first place and the characters behind it.
A brief outline of how British ceramics moved from the production of utilitarian earthenware and slipware for domestic use to the very highest quality pieces for Royal courts and the dining tables of the landed gentry. A potted history on English porcelai
A look at how cider became the established drink of English countryfolk and a form of currency, how political machinations defined the appearance of the glasses from which it was enjoyed - and good reason why MP's should be strung up from a gibbet. A pott
An in-depth look at the development and production of one of the signature products from Georgian England during the early years of the industrial revolution- Bristol glue glass
A look at the development of the less well known of Bristol's two colourful glass types
Engraved stemware featuring illustrations pertaining to Spring-related goings on in Georgian England and beyond
A look at the extraordinary artistry of 17th and 18th century Dutch engravers which has bequeathed some singularly valuable artifacts at which we can marvel...