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Highly Collectable.  An engraved glass rummer by Colin Terris (1937 - 2007)  featuring an image of the Pied Piper playing on his enchanted pipe, and followed by a group of little children. In the background there is an intricate image of the town of Hamelin, Brunswick running all around the bowl section. Terris’  composition features the climatic episode from the German legend about a piper who spirited away the town’s children. The story also inspired Robert Browning to write his celebrated poem in 1842.

Etched signature on the base and date 1970 No 1/12.

Height: 15 cm

Colin Terris is acknowledged internationally as the Father of Modern Paperweight Design. For 33 years he was the lead designer at Caithness Glass and in 1991 he was created a Member of the Order of the British Empire for his contribution to British Glass.

This beautiful goblet is from a limited edition of only 12 engraved in this pattern by Terris.

It is in excellent condition.  My  price reflects both the exceptional quality of this piece & its rarity.


This is my second highly collectable engraved glass rummers by Colin Terris (1937 - 2007) for Caithness Glass. This one features an image of a knight who has fallen during a jousting tournament - in the background is a magnificent tent topped with flags.  

Etched signature on the base and date 1970 No 4/12.

Height: 15 cm (matching shape to my other one listed above)

This beautiful goblet is from a limited edition of only 12 engraved in this pattern by Terris.

It is in excellent condition.  My  price reflects both the exceptional quality of this piece & its rarity: £265

Rare Little Shelley Figurine of Boo-Boo Pixie with Watering Can Rare Little Shelley Figurine of Boo-Boo Pixie with Watering Can Rare Little Shelley Figurine of Boo-Boo Pixie with Watering Can Rare Little Shelley Figurine of Boo-Boo Pixie with Watering Can

Very Rare Little Shelley Figurine of Boo-Boo Pixie with Watering Can, 9 cm high. Mabel Lucie Attwell Design (LA17, painted marks and facsimile signature).

Perfect Condition: ON ETSY

Highly Collectable Little Shallow Bowl by Stig Lindberg (1916 - 1982) for Gustavsberg, Sweden

Unusual Design and in Excellent Condition.


Stunning & Highly Collectable Little Onion Shaped Lidded Pot by Stig Lindberg (1916 - 1982) for Gustavsberg, Sweden (1947).

This is Shape 166, and is decorated with a white tin glaze, painted with stripes of turquoise blue and olive green.

Fully marked below and in perfect condition: a design classic, a similar pot is in the collection of the Victorian and Albert Museum, London:


Highly Collectable Stig Lindberg Leaf Pattern Bowls for Gustavsberg, Sweden

During the 1950's and the 1960's, Stig Lindberg was one of the most prominent Swedish designers. Today, his work is highly coveted, and the price of even simple pieces of his design generate high prices.

These are two stylish tin glaze bowls decorated with abstract leaf patterns.


This is an extremely rare, probably a museum piece, a gorgeous rosy opalescent glass elephant by the Victorian glass manufacturer Burtles and Tate, who were located in Manchester. The design was registered on 28/12/1886 as Rd. 64234 (which is marked on my one below). These elephants, especially rare in this colour, were very difficult to make and many were damaged coming out of the mould, and were not commercially viable to produce.

This particular colour - pink or "sunrise" - is one of the rarest colours for this elephant and also undoubtedly the prettiest. It was manufactured as a posy holder or salt dish, and is one of the rarest examples of late 19th century pressed glass.

Another one features in the book: Millers Popular Glass of the 19th and 20th century Collectors Guide, (page 47) where it is described as follows:

"One of the great rarities of pressed glass is the pink elephant posy- or flower-holder of Burtles & Tate, Manchester. This highly attractive design, no. 64234, registered in 1886, is scarce in opal colours and particularly rare in the rose opalescent shown below. The reason for the scarcity lies in the complexity of the mould; there must have been quite a few unsuccessful pressings. Known examples are crisp, but the problematic mould was soon abandoned for economic reasons".

These elephants hardly ever come up for sale and are usually star pieces in any specialist glass fairs - so my 'The Pink Elephant' is really a must for any discerning collector or collection.

 "Little Bertie" (I have named him this after Edward VII, Prince of Wales) is in fine condition as you can see in my photographs. There are however, a few minor nibbles to the glass, mostly confined to his legs, but not disfiguring when on display and given that he is a rare little glass elephant perhaps these little blemishes are acceptable. I have tried to take photographs where these occur, but am happy to give a full conservation report on request.

 Extremely Rare Burtles and Tate Pink Glass Elephant: £995


Large Swiss Black Forest Bear Humidor or Tobacco Jar, c.1880. Beautifully carved and in excellent condition, with lovely dark brown glass eyes, and holding his original little brass lined wooden barrel.


 Highly  Collectable Vintage Danish Art Deco Cohr Tea Service, 1930s Design

Made in Denmark, in electroplated nickel silver with black bakelite handles.

Each piece is marked EPNS, Cohr, Denmark, and has a torch mark.


 Stylish and Extremely Rare 1950s Polish Porcelain Coffee Set by Chodziez

This beautiful set consists of a very unusually shaped Coffee Pot, Milk Jug, Sugar Jugs and Four Small Cups and Saucers.

A true design icon!

Set: £295

 Beautiful One-Off Contemporary Tapestry entitled "Hills".

Designed by Neil MacDonald. Exhibited at the Society of Scottish Artists Exhibition  (old exhibition label on the reverse).

This fine tapestry is a lovely, stylish decorative item for a modern interior.

It is in excellent clean condition, and all ready to hang on your wall.

Dimensions: Length (or height) 135 cm and the width is 92 cm.


 Very Rare "Fleshpots" Portrait Bust of Charlie Chaplin,  designed by Morris Rushton

Morris Rushton (1948 - 2004) was an industrial conservator, who was passionate about the re-use and development of old industrial buildings, such as mills, pumping stations, docks, warehouse, railway stations and viaducts. He was born in South Wales in 1948 and spent the rest of his life living in and around Stoke-on-Trent, where he attended Burslem School of Art.

In 1978, he founded Fleshpots, which produced an innovative line of ceramic designs. His work shows both a sense of humour and high artistry. This bust of Charlie Chaplin is one of his highly creative series of Hollywood busts

(including Clark Gable, Elvis Presley and Judy Garland).

They are now rare items and highly sought after by collectors.

 Excellent Condition:



Bronze Royal Scottish Academy Associates Medal.

Engraved by Benjamin Wyon after designs by Sir Joseph Noel Paton.

The medal is 6.8 cm in diameter and comes in its original gilt embossed leather case, with deep blue velvet lining.  



 This is a stunning wall plaque was made by Goebel in the 1930s. It has an early impressed Goebel Crown Mark on the reverse and the model number FX 111. It is a large size - measuring 9 ½ inches (24 cm).

In excellent condition, with  no damages.  A very rare model, reflected in the price.


ontinental white metal cigarette case, possibly German, with a picture of a football match on the lid

An unusual Continental white metal cigarette case, possibly German, with an attractive picture of a footballers and a football match on the lid, c 1910.

In lovely condition, and a very rare example


Archibald Knox Silver and Enamel Cigarette Case, William Haseler for Liberty & Co, Hallmarked Birmingham 1905

William Hair Haseler was based in Birmingham and founded his goldsmiths, silversmiths and jewellers company in 1870. The firm Haseler & Co. went into partnership with Liberty & Co., when the two firms joined forces to launch the Cymric silver scheme under the title of Liberty & Co. (Cymric) Ltd.

Archibald Knox worked for Liberty & Co., and many of his designs for them, such as this cigarette case, were not marked as being his design. Liberty had adopted a policy of not promoting the names of their designers in order to keep the public’s full attention on their own brand identity.  

Haseler was famed for manufacturing one of Archibald Knox’s most iconic designs – his Tudric pewter square biscuit box.  Haseler continued to produce silver for Liberty & Co. until the partnership of both firms ended in 1926.

A similar silver and enamel cigarette case by Haseler for Liberty & Co., also hallmarked Birmingham, 1905 sold at Sotheby’s Olympia on 01/06/2005 for £1,680 (Lot 1563847).


A Finely Crafted Aesthetic Movement Silver Cigarette Case, possibly Japanese in Origin

Decorated front and back with an attractive pattern of Art Nouveau waterlilles.

No maker's mark present, but stamped with the 830 Silver Standard Mark.

In Lovely Condition::


A Finely Painted Continental "Alpaca" or "German Silver" Cigarette Case, possibly Viennese, early 20th century.

A miniature work of art - decorated with a beautiful hand-painted enamel horse racing scene on the lid. Two Jockeys Racing to the Finishing Post. Marked on the catch: ALPACCA. In excellent condition, with no scratches to the enamelling.

A similar case sold at Tennant's Auctioneers on 10/04/2008 for £800


A Lovely Pair of Matching Sterling Silver Comports or Footed Dishes

Beautiful examples of the silversmith's art., and are hallmarked for Birmingham, 1930.

They were made by Henry Matthews who was registered as working from Vittoria Street in Birmingham from 1893 - 1930. The dishes come in their original hard fitted black leather case, lined with cream silk - the case is inscribed on the interior of the lid that these were retailed by Sharman Neill, Belfast.

These are just exquisite in both design and detail and are a very stylish pair of Celtic Revival dishes. Each bowl is on an elegant trumpet shaped foot, the bowl section is a nicely shaped open one, with applied decoration of entwined Celtic knotwork / strapwork running all around the rim and embellished with delicate Celtic bosses. On each dish at the sides is a lovely pair of drop handles.

Each dish is 9.5 cm in height

Nice Condition: £495 the pair

An unusual and rather rare little Austrian globe inkwell, marked to the base VIENNA

It has an overall diameter of almost 2 inches. The inkwell has twelve paper gores over a brass base. The top is hinged and opens to reveal the little original glass inkwell inside. This has a cap built into the brass lid with a spring catch.

It is in very good condition as can be seen from the photographs and is an item for the specialist pen  or inkwell collector:


 Stunning Antique Chinese Canton Carved Ivory Card Case

This is a lovely antique ivory calling card case. As you can see, it is in lovely condition with a natural slight yellowing to the ivory. It is in fine condition with no damages or chipping - and no splits to the sleeve section.

There are carved vignettes on the front and back of  the main body of the case, and also on each side of the top section of the case. There is a carved decorative border around the edges. The carving is very delicate and exquisite as can be seen in my photographs below - there is also a little circular lozenge where you have room to add your initials if you wish - there is nothing carved onto this section at the moment, so nice and clean.

A genuine antique piece - dating from the late 19th century:


Rare  R. John Wright Nippy Bear

(Baby Bear Collection)

In Pristine, as New Condition.

In Original Box

Number 294 of a limited edition of only 500 bears.

This is surely one of the world’s cutest little polar bear teddies. He is so soft and cuddly being made of the finest custom-woven mohair. He is fully jointed with glass eyes, felt nose and realistic felt paw pads with resin claws, and is filled with pellets and soft cotton stuffing.  He is 12 inches in height and holds in his paw a little fish. He comes all cute and cosy in a deluxe hand-cut presentation box. He dates from 2000 and is American -  an exclusive edition for CAMPBELL'S COLLECTIBLES in Crown Point, Indiana.

He is a hot collectable and both the quality & rarity of little Nippy is reflected in my price.


William Comyns Art Nouveau Silver Box with pierced decoration showing birds in foliage.

Hallmarked London 1912. Weight: 2.4 oz. Measurements: 8.2 x 6.5 x 3 cm

With decorative trellis work running all around the outside edge, sadly small dent to one side (as shown in my third photograph).

 Please ask for full condition report.


Rare & Highly Collectable Vintage Art Deco Cigarette Dispenser - in the form of a Bartender at a Cocktail Bar.

The top lifts off to reveal your cigarettes inside. This dispense is gilded metal - the bartender is cut from a metal sheet in stencil fashion - and is shown wearing an etched jacket and bow tie. These pieces were made in German and date from the 1950s - but the design harks back to 1930s Art Deco designs.

Height:  just over 7  inches when closed:  SOLD

Beautiful Art Deco Sandwich Set - Consisting of One Large Oval Serving Plate and Six Round Plates.

 Each decorated with a stylised image of a mermaid lounging on a giant scallop shell engulfed in swirling waves on the sea.  This set is very rare and made from a white Urea Formaldehyde (one of the two materials used to make Bandalasta). The set was from the Modern Stylists Series made by U.D.A. Plastics Ltd, England.

These date from the 1930s or early 40s - the company went into liquidation in around 1946. The set is in perfect condition:

(A similar set in green sold at Christies, South Kensington, 19 March 1993 (Lot 593)  for £220 - and this had a rim chip on the oval serving platter)


Vintage Art Deco Dunlop Bakelite Ashtray in marblised green and black.

This ashtray is known as the tennis ball because it was designed for Dunlop as a sports promotion.  The arms slide out from the centre as shown above. It is now quite rare to find an example in such lovely condition - these “tennis ball” ashtrays date from about 1935 and are considered design classics.


Very Collectable Art Deco Elo Ware Lidded Box

This lovely  box was made c 1935 in England by Birkbys under the brand name Elo Ware - the lid is white and the base of the box is black. It is made from compressed urea formaldehyde plastic. The image on top of the lid shows a warrior attacking a lion. The lion, palm trees and the horse’s head were influenced by Assyrian reliefs, and the horse’s body resembles those found on the Parthenon Marbles in the British Museum.

These 1930s Deco Elo Ware boxes are very rare and this one has exceptional decoration and is in fine condition. It is about 17 cm wide.


Fine Collector's Item:  Six Art Nouveau Silver Griffin Buttons made by Levi & Salaman of Birmingham.

Five are hallmarked for 1901; and one is strangely for 1902.

In original leather case lined with green velvet. ON ETSY

1993 African Zimbabwe Shona Hardstone Sculpture by Taso

This piece of stylish African sculpture was on display at the Out of African Exhibition at the Edinburgh International Festival in 1993.

It is signed on the back Tosa - and has an old paper label still attached to the base.

Height: 7 inches :


African Zimbabwe Shona Hardstone Sculpture

Unsigned, but with the same provenance as my first piece (above); possibly carved also by Taso.

Height:  9 1/2 inches: £110

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This is a most sought after and hard to source, stunning vintage 1970s Harvey Guzzini “Quadrifoglio” Table Lamp by Gae Aulenti

Chrome Structure with Caramel Perspex Shade.

Height is 52cm  and the width of the shade is 48 cm

In good condition, no scratches to the shade:


(sorry but UK Postage Only; Fully Insured: £25)

Antique Late 19th century / Early 20th Century Carved Ivory Box.  Decorated with images of Indian Elephant Working on the lid - and a procession around the sides. Probably Anglo-Indian in origin.

In beautiful condition. There are remnants of the original retailers paper label on the base (as photographed).

*This is an antique box - and certainly Iconic  do not sanction any post-1940s trade in ivory items.


These type of shoes or slippers were worn by the Manchu women in 19th century China. They were not allowed to have their feet bound. The pedestal bottoms forced aristocratic women, who wore this footwear, to walk in the tiny mincing steps so admired in the woman with bound feet. This pair is in fine antique condition with embroidered textile uppers and a white “stilt” section on the sole, c 1900.

The stilt-like bases were made from sewn layers of starched cotton. £245

This is a fine bronze Neoclassical tray made by Ferdinand Levillain and cast at the Barbedienne Foundry, Paris circa 1890

The tray is inset with a panel in relief depicting the  Blind Homer playing a lyre and three spectators. The tray has two handles decorated with Bacchus masks, and is raised on four pad feet with winged terminations.

Fine vintage condition with antique patina - some discolouration to areas of the metal as shown in my photographs.  £625

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Very Rare Royal Commemorative Jug, celebrating the marriage of Queen Victoria to Prince Albert in 1840.

Excellent condition, commensurate with age


This is a rare Royal Commemorative jug which dates to 1840 (see full slide show above)

It was made by one of the Staffordshire companies - and has a large crown with the word UNION on the base.

It is certainly a rare survivor and in such fantastic condition. There is a tiny (and very old, now dark coloured) chip to the inside of the spout rim. But apart from that forgivable issue on a jug so old - it has no other condition problems. It is no other chips, cracks, restorations or discolouring to the pottery.

I cant actually find another with this pattern on it. The decoration is all transfer printed in blue.

One side has a picture of the young queen as shown in my photographs. The other side has a picture of Prince Albert. They are shown strangely with trophies of war at each side - a canon, large military drum and flags- also flowers representing the different nations making up the United Kingdom. Lozenges at the top show the Royal Crown.

The handle is a very decorative and quite delicate one - it is without damage and securely attached to the main body of the jug.

This is probably an item for the specialist collector of antique Royal Memorabilia.  I have been unable to source another item with this specific design on it - so I think that it is a very rare example.