This is a lovely spoon with Exeter hallmark. I am so excited to find this spoon in an antique fair in Sarratt. It has a hallmark that I have never seen before: an Exeter hallmark! What a lovely Exeter hallmark there is! There is a Victorian head mark which is a Duty sign. My husband […]
Here is silver pouncer pot or sander. The pouncer pot function is to sprinkle powder which are useful for 1) making the paper smoother for ink writing and 2) drying the ink. There is hallmark for Birmingham silver year 1905-1906 (with letter f). There is also a lovely inscription “To Father 1881-1906 From Grace”. It […]
These are two very lovely Italian holy water font. The material is pewter and they are from the late 18th century. My husband and I come into these beautiful antiques while we were in Ravenna, Italy. We bought these from an antique shop in the city centre of Ravenna. The two items have almost similar […]
Here is a wonderful Victorian Holy Bible. It is from year 1875. It has written information that it had been presented as a gift from the Diocese of Ely. It has names of Martha Tupp and J.R. Ely. It is printed by Oxford University Press, for the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. The Holy Bible […]
Beautiful and rare map of Bali circa year 1619. The map is probably by Jacob Le Maire, a Dutch mariner. Together with Willem Schouten, Jacob Le Maire sailed Eendracht, a ship built by his father Isaac Le Maire. Jacob Le Maire and Willem Schouten arrived in Northern Moluccas in August 1616, and in Ternate in […]
This is a very lovely Chinese jarlet from the period of the Tang Dynasty. This jarlet was made at circa AD 850-900 ; thus it is a very old one! The kiln is from the Changsha kiln, one of the famous kilns during the Tang dynasty. The glaze is a little bit erased or gone, […]
This is a very charming Chinese double gourd vase circa 10th century. I believe it is found in a river near Palembang in South Sumatera, Indonesia. Or this object is probably found in Musi river. The condition of this vase is not pretty. I would say the condition is fair, commensurate with the age. I […]
This is an antique Indian silver circa 1900. It is made in Calcutta, India. It is from the British Raj colonial period. I am very much liking the intricate details of the jug! There are two cows appearance on the silver! It is a typical village scenery in India! Very beautiful indeed! There is man […]
This is an example of a stunning India silver teapot. It is from Lucknow, India. It is made during the British Raj period circa 1920. The details of the silver are very intricate. The handle resembles a cobra snake. The handle of the teapot designed as cobra And the spout resembles the elephant trunk. There […]
During our trip to India last month, en-route to Jodhpur, we stopped by at a rest area with a small shop. Here in this shop, I bought a small enamel silver box. It is a pretty box with elephant on the top cover. The colour of the enamel is blue and beautiful. The sides box […]
This is an antique children book “The Prize”, first edition, year 1908. The cover is original and it still has the original gilded colour. The contents I believe are poetries and children stories. There is a small stamp “Sheila Bird” and “Kathleen Gill” probably the previous owner? There is also small notes “Kathie with best […]
Following my recent trip to India, I bought this small fabric when I was in Udaipur, Rajasthan. The seller said this embroidery was made around 120 years ago. So this is an example of 19th century Rajasthan hand crafting on fabric. The seller did say that no one made this type of embroidery anymore as […]
This is a beautiful Song Dynasty ewer. It is currently on sale on ebay: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Rare-Chinese-Ewer-Song-Dynasty-Original-Antique-Pottery-/223420143126 On the body of the ewer, there are perfect embossed lotus flowers. They are very intricate and detailed. Even the handle has lines on it. This ewer probably was made on the 12th century. It is from the Song Dynasty […]
This is an antique prayer book that I bought from a shop at the top floor of Encants Barcelona. It has a beautiful mother of pearl cover. It is written in Spanish. The book title is “Ramilette de Flores Divinas”. It has a picture of St Mary “La Purisima Concepcion” at shown above. The book […]
This is an antique devotional book that I bought at Encants Barcelona flea market. What I love the most is the cover, which the seller says that it is ivory. If it is ivory, it is very pretty as it is painted in blue. Lovely flowery hand carved and hand painted cover. The title of […]
These are three recent acquisitions from the flea market in Barcelona (Spain). I got them from Fira de Nautumismo which was held every Sunday morning at Placa Reial in the Gothic quarter. The first one is a pendant with a carved cameo. I really love this pendant. I think the seller says that this is […]
UPDATE: This bowl is now on sale on ebay: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/223369959912 or click here As part of a group of Chinese bowls that I acquire. Here it is a Song dynasty bowl (again): Do you have any idea of the date? I would suggest the late Song Dynasty probably 12th century? The bowl has olive colour and […]
UPDATE: I have decided to put this fantastic ewer on sale on ebay, click here or open this link https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/223349339186 It is for sale at a reasonable price! It would be a great addition to a collector out there! I have now starting to collect Chinese ceramics. This one is a small ewer which is quite […]
This is an antique water pipe that I acquire from an antique shop in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. It is made from bone. Not sure which bone that is. It has Chinese writings on the bone. Can anyone tell me what the writing says? It also depicts a figure of a Chinese man. There are also mountains […]
This is my latest collection of antique map. The title of the map is La Ville de Palimbang dans l’Ile de Sumatra. It is made by the Dutch cartographer Pieter Vander Aa. It describes vividly the naval battle of the VOC ships attacking the town of Palimbang (or Palembang its current name) in Sumatra (Sumatera) island. […]
This is an 18th century antique map by Henri Abraham Chatelain. The title of the map is Vue et Description de Surate et de Batavia. The map illustrates beautifully the town of Surat in the northwest coast India. It shows a harbour town with ornate 18th century ships. It says Vue De La Ville De Surate. […]
This is a piece of antique that I bought from The Hertfordshire Militaria and Medal Fair. See here for more information about the Fair. It is an antique swagger stick with silver on top. Look how long the stick is! On the top of the stick, the head is made from silver. It has a […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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. […]
This is my first antique book and I am so excited. I got it from an antique bookshop in Mainz, Germany. Well, it is probably a vintage book rather than an antique book, since it is published in year 1938. The book title is ‘Donald et Hortense’ by Hachette. It is written in French. The […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
From the Oxford Antiques Shop, this is an excellent quality of Edwardian 9ct pin with the shape of crescent moon and star.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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).
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.
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. […]
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
A stunning silver posy vase c.1901 made by Marston and Bayliss. It is beautifully crafted. I bought this from Croxley Antiques.
Antique silver fork beautifully designed with monogram.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. […]
Silver fork c.1832 hallmark Sheffield with A.H marker mark. I bought this fork at the Dolphin Arcade in Portobello Antique Market.
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.
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.
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.
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.