Friday, August 7, 2009

Tea at Stoke On Trent and a Large Bauer Bowl

Fenton Stoke On Trent Radfords Tea Cup and Saucer OPEN LINK!
In mint condition…not a chip or flaw anywhere, and with perfectly hand painted gilt gold leaves and rims, this pretty set is a must for your collection. There is almost as much gold in the design as there is in the variegated red and pink roses. Set on a scalloped ”Bone China” white porcelain, the ruby roses float amongst the gold leaves and stems. Inside the cup is a solitary rose to look at while you sip. It is very sheer in the light and light weight. The mark reads “Fenton Stoke On Trent Radfords Bone China Made in England”. There are some numbers painted in gold as well. Priced with FREE SHIPPING, you cannot go wrong with this work of art.

Bauer Speckleware Large Casserole Bowl OPEN LINK!

The classic 50’s turquoise, although this piece could very well be dated as far back as the 30’s. It is in mint condition. Absolutely no chips, cracks or crazing. It does have 1 teeny, tiny spider bite on the base of the bowl, barely visible and can barely feel it. It has the classic teeny gray speckles in the glaze, thus the term “Speckleware”. A nice light and bright turquoise. The bowl has a lip so a lid may have been used on this, but the diameter is 9.5 and could easily be supplemented with a Pyrex or other type lid…if you were to use it. But frankly, this beautiful piece deserves to be simply displayed and added to your collection. The height is 3.5”.The mark on the bottom is a very clear “Bauer” and it does have 3 post marks from the manufacturer on the bottom. It weighs 2lb 3oz, and will be shipped very carefully and marked fragile. The best news is that…. MAC ALWAYS PAYS YOUR SHIPPING!

Collecting Antique Baby Dolls

The word authentic is often connected to expensive, but this is a misconception. True if you collect antique baby dolls, these could be pricey. Well, it depends on the kind of doll that you want. There are some antique baby dolls that can be bought for only a few hundreds of dollars.If you're lucky, you may even get these for less.
Elegant lady International European OPEN LINK!

One example is the Armand Marseille. These are antique German dolls that is said to be one of the best antique baby dolls on the market today. They are extremely common which some collectors believe make it a non-rarity but there are still other collectors who go for these kinds of antique baby
dolls.Just with all the manufacturers of authentic German dolls, there are Armand Marseille dolls that have been restored. Collectors who buy antique baby dolls specifically the Armand Marseille make sure that the dolls they get have authentic parts. These are pricey though but there are Armand Marseille dolls that can be purchased below $500.Another popular antique baby dolls for collectors are the Kestner Shoulderhead Dolls. These are well loved and popular German made bisque dolls. The rarer the Kestner Shoulderhead Doll is, the more expensive it is.If the collector of antique baby dolls are on a budget, there is still another option for them. They can look for the lovely shoulderheaded versions and buy these instead. Though the classic trademark of the Kestner Shoulderhead Dolls have their mouths open. The less pricey antique baby dolls of this kind have their mouths closed.Collectors also pay close attention to the features, painting, and the material of the Kestner Shoulderhead Dolls. These should be made of bisque which make it really authentic.The third most popular antique baby dolls for collectors are the antique dollhouse dolls. These are made from papier mache, wax, wood, bisque, and china. They are small and the models of the bisque dolls vary.The best thing about this doll is that a lot of collectors do their best to get their hands on these kinds of antique baby dolls therefore they are vastly produced. They are also cheaper compared to the other dolls because these can be bought for $200 to $300.The German toddler dolls were manufactured in the 1900s and were originally display dolls. Nowadays, these are considered to be antique baby dolls for collectors. They usually come with a rocking chair or an old cradle.
Rick Lee

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