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The Right Facing Lion Passant Conundrum - York Silver Or Pseudo Silver?

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The Right Facing Lion Passant Conundrum - York Silver Or Pseudo Silver?

Welcome to another instalment of 'Blog Post Monday'.

This week I found a rather fascinating item with an even more fascinating hallmark.  It confused me and it confused people I showed, and on researching it further, it's confused me even more!  As such, I thought I'd share the confusion because, a problem shared, is, of course, a problem halved...

So, as always, get that kettle on, get your silvery bits out and let's solve the mystery of this mysterious hallmark once and for all!

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A 19th Century Child's Toy Sabre - What's The Story Here Then?

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A 19th Century Child's Toy Sabre - What's The Story Here Then?

It's 'Blog Post Monday' time again!  Welcome, welcome one and all!

A while ago now I stumbled across a rather fascinating find which, for some reason, I've failed to mention before now.  You'll know by now that I'm a big fan of miniature scale pieces, novelty pieces and curios.  So when I found this piece, it ticked all the boxes.  This is, or at least it looks very similar to, a 19th century French model 1822 light cavalry trooper's sabre in child size.  An antique child size replica of the original!  Now, what's the story behind this piece you ask...?  Well, the truth is, we'll never know for sure, but I have some theories...

So, as always, get that kettle on, get your swords out and let's compare size and stories as we travel back to the 19th century.

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Boer War Prisoner Of War Art - A Curious Find With A Potentially Fascinating Story

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Boer War Prisoner Of War Art - A Curious Find With A Potentially Fascinating Story

Welcome to this week's instalment of 'Blog Post Monday'!

A couple of weeks ago now I found a rather fascinating piece of art work which, by the looks of it, dates from around the late 19th to early 20th century.  You'll have to read on for the reasons why I find it quite so fascinating, but let's just say, after hours of research, I may have found some rather tenuous links between this piece of art and a gruesome period of British history.

So, as always, get that kettle on and let us respectfully look into the fascinating elements of this antique and a possible link with the Second Boer War.

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Jet, Vulcanite Or Horn? - Antique Jewellery Tips To Tell The Difference

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Jet, Vulcanite Or Horn? - Antique Jewellery Tips To Tell The Difference

Welcome to another instalment of 'Blog Post Monday'.  Thanks for joining me!

I've been busy again this week sourcing interesting pieces for you lovely lot.  I had a trip to Sheffield and had a wonder around their antiques quarter, which was rather good fun.  It was during that trip that I found a lovely piece of jewellery in one of the centres and it's this piece that's the subject of today's post, well, more the material that it's made of actually...

So, as always, get that kettle on, get your black jewellery out and let's see if we can't work out some ways to tell the difference between Jet, Vulcanite and Horn...

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Finger Prosthesis, Sewing Aid Or Banjo Pick? - Antique Curiosities

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Finger Prosthesis, Sewing Aid Or Banjo Pick? - Antique Curiosities

Welcome one and all to another instalment of 'Blog Post Monday'.

Now, if you read last week's post you'll know about a rather curious find that I bought on my trip to Hungerford a few weeks ago.  It is so curious in fact that it caused quite the stir on social media and there was a split in opinion of what it might actually be.  I've spent some time looking into it a bit more and whilst I'm still not 100% certain what it is, it has been quite the journey.

So, as always, get that kettle on, extend those pinkies and let's take a look at what this most curious of curios might be...

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