Antiques and collectables

Elegant Royal Worcester lidded urn. Features highland cattle & signed M. Stintin.

Collect the past and invest for your future. Enjoy a great hobby that will last you a lifetime, give you joy and allow you to make many new acquaintances. There is no limit to the interesting items that are out there to behold. The limit comes only in finances, display and storage.

What’s coming up? A bit of travelling, but always fun.

GLEBE RECORD FAIR : SYDNEY : SATURDAY 28/09/2019 

When: 28 Sep 2019. Location: PETER FORSYTH AUDITORIUM: GLEBE, Behind Broadway Shops Car Park/ East of Badde Manors Cafe, Glebe Point Road Markets, Glebe NSW 2037 

PETERSHAM STAMP, COIN AND BANKNOTE SUPER FAIR – September 

When: 29 Sept. 2019. Location: Petersham Town Hall, 107 Crystal St, Petersham NSW 2049.

BERRY ANTIQUES & COLLECTABLES FAIR When: 19 Oct 2019 to 20 Oct 2019. Location: Berry School of Arts, 19 Alexandra Street, Berry NSW 2535.

11th ROBERTSON ANTIQUE & COLLECTABLES FAIR 

When: 16 Nov 2019 to 17 Nov 2019. Location: Robertson School of Arts, Illawarra Highway, Robertson NSW 2577. 

COLLECTOR CON TOY + HOBBY COLLECTABLE FAIR CAMPBELLTOWN 

When: 17 Nov 2019. Location: Wests League Club Auditorium, 10 Old Leumeah Road, Leumeah NSW 2560

HALLIDAY’S POINT MARKETS have started their Spring season. The first Sunday of each month, until next Winter.

You never know where collecting might take you!

Jenny and I started out, many years ago, collecting fine china. Mainly from English makers. One English maker in particular took our fancy but, was hard to find. Royal Worcester!

 The pottery started in 1750 in Worcester. Dr John Wall, a physician, and William Davis, an apothecary, had been experimenting with new ways to make porcelain. They hoped to provide employment for the citizens of Worcester and to raise their standard of living.

 Dr Wall and Mr Davies persuaded 13 businessmen to set up the “Worcester Tonquin Manufactory” in 1751. They had premises at Warmstry House 

on the banks of the River Severn. The investors put up the sum of £4,500 (worth around £50,000 today) to establish the company. Royal Worcester is probably the second oldest porcelain manufacturer in England whose brand is still with us. (Royal Crown Derby, established in 1750, beat them into first place by a narrow margin).

Tea was just becoming a popular social drink from 1730 onwards. Tea gardens were starting to open, usually at the weekends and following or during an afternoon or evening’s entertainment, with dancing and perhaps fireworks where tea would be served as a treat. It was the fashionable “thing to do”. And it followed that the demand for teacups grew. The Chinese usually drank their tea from cups without handles, but the British decided they preferred to have handles on their cups. So, there was a great need for teacups with handles – and some very beautiful and elaborate cups and saucers were produced. When Dr John Wall retired in 1774, the work continued at Worcester. Their London agent, Thomas Flight, bought the factory for £3,000. It was run by his two sons. John, the principal, kept a detailed journal from 1785 until his death in 1791. Martin Barr became a partner in 1792, and eight years later Thomas Flight died. Between 1862 and 1900 they produced 2500 new items, especially figurines and vases. During the early 20th century, Royal Worcester took a traditional approach to shapes and decoration. The popular “Evesham Gold” pattern was their most popular pattern and then moving with the times to “oven to table wares”. Royal Worcester retain a reputation for producing beautiful tableware and statuettes as well as some rarer and very sought after items. 

Royal Worcester porcelain is collected by people over the world, and the porcelain includes some very valuable and desirable pieces. Royal Worcester employed many people over many years. The employees that lifted their reputation were the designers and porcelain artists. Exquisite workmanship was highly sought after and richly rewarded. 

Happy collecting. Get out there & make your finds, share & enjoy them.

If you have items you are not sure of, I may be able to help with information, appraisals &/or sales. I love the history and stories of old and interesting items. 

Phone Rex – 0427 880 546.

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