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The Wedgwood Barlaston Factory Staffordshire

A three hundred and eighty two acre estate located near the village of Barlaston, Staffordshire. The land was purchased by the Wedgwood family in 1936 for the site of the new factory.
The foundation stone was laid on 10 September 1938, and the architects for the factory were Keith Murray Read more

Surprising Minton Majolica

Minton Majolica is a hugely colourful area of the antiques world – full of rarities, curious subjects and genuine treasures.
A display of Majolica always surprises. It’s such an evocative name that collecting societies, dealers and auctions have been celebrating its splendour since the late 1980s when the market started Read more

Lustre Ware

Lusterware or Lustreware (respectively the US and all other English spellings) is a type of pottery or porcelain with a metallic glaze that gives the effect of iridescence, produced by metallic oxides in an overglaze finish, which is given a second firing at a lower temperature in a “muffle Read more

Identifying Marks on Enoch Woodware

Pictured: Bowl (Acc. No. 84.46.1)
Produced in Burslem, Staffordshire, England, by Enoch Wood & Sons, c. 1825.
12.0″ (30.5cm) dia.)
Enoch Wood (& Sons)
Famous manufacturer of earthenware and Burslem c.1790- July 1818
Enoch Wood c.1784-90
Wood and Caldwell c.1790-July 1818
Enoch Wood and Sons c.July 1818 – 1846
Rather rare impressed initial or name-marks found Read more

Differences Between Pottery and Ceramics?

Do you know what it is?
Well, I can tell you the difference and it is this simple!
Pottery uses the potter’s wheel and ceramics uses a mold or is done by hand.
I have done both, but mainly ceramics for a living and my studio was in the basement of my Read more

Detecting restoration in antiques of pottery & porcelain

There is no way to restore pottery and porcelain that is wholly undetectable. Certain techniques are almost invisible but usually there is a way to detect them.
Teeth, tongues, lips, cheeks and nose :
When you watch experts examine a piece of pottery or porcelain for restoration you will see them Read more

Glossary of Auction Terms

Absent Bid also Leave A Bid On The Book
Bidders who can”t attend in person can authorise porters to bid for them, or leave written instructions with the auctioneer. Where interest in a particular lot is low, your Absent Bid may be used to open the bidding – something which Read more

Bidding on Collectibles at Auction

As the collectible auction market continues to spiral it raises a lot of questions for bidders. After all, the more someone is willing to bid, the higher the expectations for a similar item the next time, and so the spiral carries on. It happens largely because new people, who Read more

About Ivory and the Legislation

All you need to know about Ivory
Antiques Roadshow expert David Battie explains the legal issues surrounding ivory, and the difference between old and new pieces. He also discusses how to clean your pieces.
Buying ivory
David spends much of his time visiting antique shops, markets, fairs and country auctions and sees thousands Read more