Antiques

Victorian mourning brooch

This is my latest antique collection which I found when I was visiting Hexham. This is a small antique gold brooch. I found it when going antiquing at the Ashbourne House Antiques in Hexham. The seller told me that it is most likely to be Victorian. There is no hallmark, so I am not sure about […]

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Early Victorian Silver Pot Holder

This is a very beautiful early Victorian silver pot holder. This is my gift for my husband birthday. It is a very ornate pot holder. It has a full London silver hallmark year 1847. The markers mark is by Charles Reilly & George Storer. The full set of hallmark is visible at the bottom. There […]

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Vintage Sapphire Yellow Gold Ring

This is a lovely vintage sapphire and diamonds yellow gold ring. There are 8 diamonds with single cut each. According to the seller the total diamond carat is 0.1. Diamond clarity is in VS group and the diamond colour is in G-H range. Diameter of each diamond is 1.3 mm. The central sapphire has around […]

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A Pair of Antique Cherubs Wood Carving

This is one of the most beautiful antiques I have collected. It is a pair of hand painted wood carved cherubs. I bought it from Antiquitäten Kottmeier, an antique shop in Trier-Germany. I think the seller says that they are German. If I remember correctly, the seller says that they are from circa 1890 into […]

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A Lucchesi Faro Madonna and Cherubs Holy Water Font

This is an impressive holy water font of Madonna and Cherubs. It is signed by ‘A. Lucchesi Faro’. I bought it from an antique shop in Mainz, Germany. After doing some research, according to this database from the University of Glasgow, Andrea Carlo Lucchesi was born in London in 19 October 1859. He is of an Italian […]

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Vintage sapphire diamond white gold ring

This is a lovely vintage white gold sapphire and diamond ring. Lovely design ring with a total weight approximately 3 grams. It has a London hallmark year 1970. The set hallmark are: crown, 18, london town, and a letter P. The diamonds if you look closely are very small. There are about 10 diamonds. I […]

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Antique silver powder compact

Hi guys, if you want to know what was the first antique item I collected? Here it is! Finally I post the item here. It is a silver powder compact which I bought from an antique shop in Cologne, Germany. I think it is from the art deco era. Here is compact from inside. The […]

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Vulcain Remontoir Cylindre Ladies Pocket Watch

I have now the pleasure to introduce you to a lovely enamel pocket watch. The dial has ‘Vulcain’ brand on it. And the dial is lovely enamelled with breguet numerals. It has blue hands. This watch is probably French and it is Victorian approximately late 19th Century. The watch is a typical fob ladies pocket watch, […]

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Antique Bell with Evangelist Names

Here it is an antique bell with Evangelist names. I bought it from Mainzer Antikladen, an antique shop in Mainz Germany. The seller told me that the bell is dated around 1930s. And it is German. What attracted me the most is the decoration on the bell. It depicts four of the Evangelists: Matheus, Marcus. […]

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Donald et Hortense antique book

This is my first antique book and I am so excited. I got it from the antique-books shop in Mainz, Germany. The book title is ‘Donald et Hortense’ by Hachette. It is written in French. The illustrations of the book are by Walt Disney. The book has copyright of 1938 by Walt Disney Mickey Mouse […]

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Vintage Silver Chain Bracelet for Everyday Wear

I am thinking to wear a bracelet and the thought of silver bracelet just comes on my mind. I am thinking to wear it for everyday use including sleeping, washing,  showering, etc. Do you think it is a good idea? Why do I choose silver bracelet? First, the price is much cheaper than gold bracelet. […]

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Bracelet with Heart Padlock

Usually I bought an antique item, however this time I choose a modern jewellery. It is a bracelet with heart padlock. The links are so fancy and unique. It is made from 9ct gold. And it has English hallmark for 9ct gold. The heart padlock has hallmark of: a marker’s mark, 375, a scale, and a […]

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Edwardian Gold Vesta Case

Superb early Edwardian 9ct gold vesta case! It has an embossed golfer in the front side. The size is a size of a small vesta. So it is not too big. Here is the measurement in the palm hand. There is a 9ct hallmark of 9 and 375. There is also a Birmingham assay office […]

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Early Australian Gold Pendant

When travelling to Australia this summer, I am very pleased to visit an antique shop in Queensland. I said to the shopkeeper that I wanted an early piece of antique jewellery, something like Victorian or Edwardian. I am so happy that she pointed me to the direction of her gold collection. I then found this […]

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Vintage Cameo by Ward Brothers

This is a large vintage cameo circa 1960s. It is made by Ward Brothers. There is WB marker marks. The marks I think are read as “GOLD PLTD WB”.   The cameo is made from shell and the plate is gold plated. The size of the cameo is quite large.

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Birmingham Silver Jug circa 1915

This is an antique silver jug circa 1915. I found it when I went to Peterborough Festival of Antiques last week. It was a huge antiques festival with large outdoor stalls and large indoor stalls too. Unfortunately my phone battery was gone off, so I did not manage to take a single picture of the […]

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Edinburgh Silver Spoon circa 1808

This is a Georgian silver spoon circa 1808. I found it in one of the antique/vintage shops in Edinburgh. It has a Edinburgh silver hallmark for 1808. With Edinburgh Castle, a thistle, and a letter C. There is also a marker mark ‘AH’. There is a family name, probably the family name of the owner […]

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Union Glocke German Pocket Watch

A full hunter German pocket watch is here now! It is a Union Glocke Dürrstein Pocket Watch. This is a 14 carat case full hunter style. The diameter of the watch is approximately 52mm. The weight overall is 95 grams. The case has 0.585 hallmark (meaning that it is 14k). The case has Glocke logo […]

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9ct Tissot Ladies Vintage Watch

This is my second collection of vintage wristwatch after Longines. This time is for a Tissot! Here is the length of the watch: The weight of the watch is about 21.50 grams There are original Tissot hallmarks on the bracelet and the winder. There is also a marker mark on the bracelet: WHW Ltd. I […]

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Antique Persian Pencil Case

I have found this Antique Persian pencil case from Portobello Antiques Market. As soon as I saw it, I love it! I really like the intricate colourful painting on it. I thought at first it is made from ivory, but not, it is made from wood. It is in fact inlay wood. The dealer told […]

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Record Pocket Watch 9ct Dennison

This is a 9ct Record pocket watch circa 1920s. The movement is made in Switzerland by Record Watch Company. It has 15 jewels mechanism. The diameter of the watch is approximately 44mm. I have not measured the weight, but I think it is around 75-80 grams. The case has 9ct hallmark of Birmingham with serial number […]

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Austrian Antique Spoon c.1807

When visiting Vienna antiques market, the Naschmarkt, I saw this beautiful old spoon circa 1807. It is quite a heavy spoon, which I am sure the weight is more than 50 grams. It has an Austro Hungarian hallmark for solid silver. It says 1807. It has a letter H means that the spoon was made […]

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Vintage Longines 9ct Wristwatch

A very pretty vintage Longines ladies watch bracelet circa 1965. The watch is in good condition, but I think it may need service – or maybe I have to learn how to wind a manual watch 🙂 It is not a big watch, I think they called it a cocktail watch, as its diameter is […]

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Swiss small ladies pocket watch

This is my very first pocket watch and I am so excited! I get it from the Vienna Antiques Fair at the Ringstrassen-Galerien. It is a small watch with a diameter less than 3cm. I think this type of watch is simply called ‘open face’ pocket watch. The watch case has a 14K written hallmark with a […]

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Georgian Garnet & Pearls Brooch

A very pretty Georgian brooch circa 1810-1830. This is my very first Georgian brooch and I am very excited! It is set with 10 garnets and 16 seed pearls. I think it has at least 9ct gold. The colour of the gold is very bright yellow. It has (unfortunately) been repaired at one side of the […]

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9ct Pendant/Brooch with Pearls

This is an antique 9ct gold pendant/brooch with pearls. The design is very exquisite – it is so pretty! I like that it comes with additional small chain. I also like the fact that you can use it as a pendant or as a brooch. I think the middle stone is amethyst. I am not sure […]

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Czech Antique Silver Compact

These are beautiful duo antique silver compacts from Czech. The first one is the smaller one, with 835 hallmark. The look from the inside: The look at the back. They are stamped 835 at both sides. This is the the second one: the larger compact with 900 silver hallmark. The inside look: they are stamped 900 […]

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Antique 9ct Gold Cameo Lady with Flower

I really love the details of this cameo. The carving is so ornate and flawless. It depicts a lady with flower on her hair and her dress. It is a cameo on 9ct gold. There is a ‘9ct’ hallmark written at the bottom with marker’s name. But I can’t read the marker’s name properly. This […]

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Edwardian Crescent Moon & Star Pin

From the Oxford Antiques Shop, this is an excellent quality of Edwardian 9ct pin with the shape of crescent moon and star.

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Gold Seal Red Intaglio

I could not stop to like gold seal intaglio. Intaglio I think is an engraved gem. I like it because it is incredibly beautiful. The hand crafting usually is just so pretty and so detail. This is my first engraved intaglio seal from the Bushey’s Yew Tree Fair. I think the colour of the gem is red to […]

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Hand Painted Filigree Brooch

I love this beautiful ornate brooch. It is hand painted and you can see the signature of the painter. I think it is an Italian brooch. I bought this lovely brooch at the Adams Antique Fair at the Royal Horticultural Hall.  

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Guardian Lion/Foo Dog Brass

I was at the Admiral Vernon antiques market in Portobello. One of the stalls downstairs sells Asian/South East Asian antiques. I bought this unique piece of foo dog/guardian lion brass. At first I thought it is a barong: a good spirit in a Balinese mythology. But looking at further research, I think it is a […]

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Masonic Gold Seal Intaglio Blue

This is the piece that I bought at the Milan Naviglio Grande antique market. It is a gold pendant with masonic seal. It is meticulously finished by hand. The colour of the seal is blue-off-white. I am not sure about the age of this piece. I am hoping it is quite old, maybe around 19th […]

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French Limoges Brooch in Silver

A beautiful brooch in a French and English combination. It has a French Limoges hand painted porcelain in an English sterling silver exterior. It is hallmarked Birmingham 1975.

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Teapot Gold Pendant

This is a Victorian teapot gold pendant which is very cute and ornate. I think it also has a function as a seal. This is from the Bushey Yew Tree Antiques Fair.

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Small Victorian Style Photo Frame

This is a cute little photo frame with a figure of Victorian-looking lady. Look at the cupid design in the bottom. I bought it from Camden Passage in Angel, Islington.

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French Chocolate Paper Box

Here is a delicate French chocolate paper box. Look at the gorgeous scene printed/painted on the box. It is, I think, a baptism scene of a famous baby (with famous mother). There is a word “Bernard” written on the top left of the box. I wonder if it is the painter name or the name of the baby […]

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Dog Embossed Silver Cigarette Case

This is my first ever cigarette case collection! It is stunningly beautiful with dog embossed on it. It has a hallmark of Birmingham circa 1921 with W.N Ltd marker mark. I bought this from my favourite stall in Rogers Antiques Gallery.

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Heart Gold Locket Pendant

This is a lovely 9ct gold of heart locket pendant. It has a bird decoration and its grid lines are very pretty. It says ‘9CT BK & FT’. I bought it from a stall in the Admiral Vernon antiques market. The dealer says this piece was made in 1912-1914.

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Antique Silver Holy Water Font

One of the loveliest pieces I bought from the Arezzo Antiques Fair. This is an antique silver Holy water font with Santa Theresa picture. Is the picture hand painted? I am not sure. Is this holy-water-font Italian? I hope so. My hubby says it maybe French. There are two hallmarks at the inside bowl, but […]

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Italian Firenze Silver Sugar Cup

This is one of the two pieces that I bought from Arezzo Antiques Market. This Italian cup is made in Florence/Firenze. It bears the 800 hallmark for Italian argento with 376 FI marker’s mark. According to http://www.silvercollection.it/, it is made by Mugnaini Carlo circa 1960s.

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Very small chair with a cat

    A little cute Italian silver decoration of a small chair with a cat on it. It has 800 mark with AR (a city mark for Arezzo). I bought this piece in a shop in Alghero, Italy.

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Small Dressing Pot / Jar

   This is a cute silver dressing pot or dressing jar. It has a Birmingham assay office hallmark with E.S.B marker (stands for Edward Souter Barnsley).

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Candy bowl Mappin & Webb

    A stunning silver candy bowl made circa 1919 by a large manufacturer Mappin & Webb. It has a Birmingham assay office hallmark with MN & WB markers. I bought this from my favourite stall at the Rogers Antiques Gallery.

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Compact and Lipstick Garrard & Co

      This set is a true beauty! A silver enamel compact with flowery design made by Garrard & Co in Regent Street London. The hallmark is visible in the inside case.       The compact still has its original puff and powder. It has a little crack on the enamel but it still maintains its beauty. […]

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Italian cutlery set

        A set of Italian silver cutlery consists of one spoon, fork and knife. It comes with a red box which read ‘A. Sguilla Argenteria Gioielleria Perugia’. I hope the box is the original box. The cutlery has hallmark 800. I bought this set at the Camden Passage antiques market.

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9ct heart locket

        A lovely 9ct gold heart locket with a chain. It says ‘9CT B&F’ at the reverse side of the locket. I bought it from one of my favourite stalls in Rogers Antique Gallery.

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Portugese Pill Box

      This is a Portugese silver (plated?) pill box with rooster enamel. It has a pretty design of two hearts and a coat of arm (?) on top, and flowery design on the sides. It reads ‘Domex Portugal’ at the reverse side. I bought it at the Hampstead Antique Emporium.

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Italian Silver sugar cup

       This is a unique Italian sugar bowl with hallmark: 800 and PA on its bottom. It is made in Palermo, Italy. I cannot see clearly the marker number, but I think it says either 47 PA or 77 PA. According to http://www.silvercollection.it/, if it is 47 PA, it is made by MANISCALCO DOMENICO di Giuseppe […]

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Marston and Bayliss silver vase

      A stunning silver posy vase c.1901 made by Marston and Bayliss. It is beautifully crafted. I bought this from Croxley Antiques.

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Silver fork with monogram

Antique silver fork beautifully designed with monogram.

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Silver vesta case c.1904

A pretty Edwardian silver vesta case circa 1904. I bought this vesta at one of my favourite stalls at the Rogers Antique Gallery. It has Birmingham silver hallmark with A.C. marker’s mark.

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Birmingham silver fork

A Victorian silver fork circa 1895 with marker’s mark H.M. The Birmingham assay office hallmark is present. It has a very cute kind-of-fish design on the handle.

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London silver tea strainer

      A very pretty London silver tea strainer c.1892 with marker mark: G.A. It has a sad-looking nomad (or apostle?) figure on the handle side. It is beautifully gilded on the scoop-side. I bought this at one of my favourite stalls at the Rogers Antique Gallery in Portobello Antique Market.  

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London silver glass pot

A very cute Victorian silver glass pot circa 1896 made in London by C.D.  It is engraved with initials. The London town assay office hallmark is present. The top is gilded inside, very pretty.

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London silver dish c.1891

Beautiful (scallop or leaf shaped?) silver dish, hallmarked London c.1891, made by E.F and H.T. This is sold at one of my favourite stalls (own by a nice lady) at the Rogers Antique Gallery.

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9ct Pendant

Lovely gold pendant with picture of two persons (I hope it is originally belong to them). My guess that the picture is a husband and wife (or what do you think?). It says 9ct at the reverse-top of the pendant. I don’t know the period of this pendant, but my guess is that it is Victorian. […]

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Fork c.1832

Silver fork c.1832 hallmark Sheffield with A.H marker mark. I bought this fork at the Dolphin Arcade in Portobello Antique Market.

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Vesta Case curve shape

Silver vesta case hallmarked Birmingham with initials on the front. It has a curve shape design. I bought this vesta at a stall near the Earl of Lonsdale pub at the Portobello market.

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Candle holder c.1916

     Candle holder c.1916 with Birmingham assay mark and W.D marker mark. I bought this at my favourite gallery: the Rogers Antique Gallery in Portobello market.

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Jam jar

Beautiful silver jam jar, c.1915 (?) with Sheffield assay-office mark. The Sheffield crown hallmark is present. The hallmark is inside the top silver lid.  

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Italian Silver Pendant

This is an Italian silver pendant circa 1940s.   It has a beautiful image of Maria and Baby Jesus. It has a hallmark that says 925 AL, in which I think it is made in Alessandria, Piedmont Italy. I bought it from a jewellery store in Alghero, Italy.

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