Originally opening back in 1851 the Staffordshire Burgess & Leigh pottery are probably best known for their Art Deco Burleigh Ware items.
With bright bold colours, stylish designs and bold patterns the Art Deco style was captured perfectly in the Burleigh Ware range and as a result is highly collected today.
Commonly collected are the popular Burleigh Ware jugs. These Art Deco style jugs have a range of patterns and different shape handles ranging from squirrels & parrots to the Piped Piper to name a few!
There are a few examples for sale on eBay – do remember to check out the items condition and authenticity before bidding. Don’t be afraid to ask the seller any questions or for further photographs. Make sure you’re clear of any postage charges and always check the sellers feedback to see how other buyers rate them before bidding or buying an item on eBay.
Most people will have heard of SylvaC pottery and when walking around antique fairs or antique centres you’re bound to come across some pieces of SylvaC – often vases and pottery animals, dogs and rabbits commonly!
It often has the look of the Victorian era even though alot of SylvaC was actually designed and made during the Art Deco period.
You can always find SylvaC pottery for sale on eBay. Do be careful when shopping on eBay – be sure to look at photographs clearly, don’t be afraid to ask the seller questions about the item, make sure you understand the postage costs and return policy and always check out the seller’s feedback. This can be instrumental in obtaining an idea of who you are dealing with.
If you watch the Antiques Roadshow on BBC1 then you’ll have seen the stunning Bernard Moore vase that was on the show on Sunday 1st November 2009.
The Antiques Roadshow is shown on a Sunday evening on terrestrial television around 8pm. It’s often quite interesting seeing pieces of all varieties and hearing about their histories.
Bernard Moore pottery is highly collectable. Originally working with his brother at his father’s pottery for nearly 40 years, in 1905 Bernard Moore decided to sell up and start his own studio. He very successfully experimented and produced flambe ware, crystalline wares and lustre glazed pieces.
You will often find pieces of Bernard Moore on eBay. Do remember before bidding or buying anything on eBay to check out the condition, email the seller with any questions no matter how daft they might sound to you, carefully look over the photographs and always check the postage costs. Also remember to check out the seller’s feedback see how other people have rated them.
Often, when out and about at antique fairs or auctions, you will hear people talking about Bargain Hunt, Flog it!, Cash In The Attic and other similar television programmes – hey you may even see them filming – and then you may start to wonder what it is all the about and whether what is shown in the programmes is really realistic.
TV programmes such as these where people take part in either finding antiques and collectables at car boots, antique fairs, antique centres to sell on or selling their own possessions having cleared out their house seem to have really taken off over the last 5 years.
With that, and auctions becoming a familiar territory for collectors and eBay continuing to grow it’s a never-ending and very accessible popular marketplace for everyone.
There are a few things to remember when you sit down with your cup of tea to watch these programs or switch on your computer to have a browse around eBay.
You do have to bear in mind that you may be watching a repeat that was recorded several years ago – and as with everything prices and the value of items change over time so they’re not necessarily a reflection of the value of the item on the day that you watch it! Also, auctions are like market places and don’t necessarily reflect the retail price – the price you might pay for something in a shop. Auction prices are usually a little lower than retail but on occasion they can go higher – if two bidders are determined to win an item.
So, whilst they can be interesting to watch and eBay can be a good place to gather a rough idea do bear in mind not everything is as it seems!
Have you ever wondered what eBay is? Perhaps you’ve heard people talk about it, I know plenty of people do!
eBay is a giant marketplace with all sorts on offer from cars to caravans, pots to crafts there really is something for everyone.
You can browse the site without registering to see if there is anything that takes your fancy but you have to register to bid or buy an item. Registration is quick and simple and most importantly is free!
Do be careful when bidding on an item. Remember to:
- Always read the description carefully;
- Check postage and packaging costs;
- Read the sellers buyers instructions;
- Browse over the seller’s feedback it’s always good to have an idea of who you’re buying from;
- And if in any doubt don’t be afraid to Email the seller and ask any questions before bidding. It’s always better to have a clear idea of everything BEFORE you bid so there’s no misunderstandings.
After all of that , if you’re tempted then why not register and give it a go!
It’s like waiting for a bus, you stand around for ages and then two always come at once! The same came be said for PenDelfin Cornish Prayers on eBay at the moment!
The Cornish Prayer figurine from PenDelfin was originally designed by PenDelfin founder Jean Walmsley Heap. He is one of the very early PenDelfin figurines and was originally produced in 1962 and produced for just 3 years. He’s a rather strange little fellow; peaking out from beneath his bed covers he certainly adds variety to a collection.
On eBay at the moment there are two to choose from! The first one appears to be in relatively good condition with a few nibbles here and there but looks to still have good colouring. He has his green felt and both PenDelfin labels – including the Ghoulies label which is always rather nice.
The second one seems a little worse with some nibbles and small chips, and in places looks as though he may have been over-painted (this might be worth checking with the seller).
Whichever one you choose make sure you are confident about the condition before bidding. Don’t be afraid to ask for further photographs or condition descriptions if you are unsure. eBay offers the buyer lots of choice but always be careful when buying not everything is as good as it seems!
If you’re after an old member for your PenDelfin bandstand then I’ve just spotted this PenDelfin Cha Cha on eBay.
If you have a look at him you will see he’s obviously been fighting with his fellow bandmates! The seller has included some large photographs illustrating the damage which is always good and it’s nice to see that he still has the original PenDelfin gilt rectangular label on his base.
Cha Cha is one of the rarer PenDelfin rabbits and quite collectable. He was designed by PenDelfin founder Jean Walmsley Heap and only in production from 1959 to 1961, so he’s not as common as some of the other models that were made for longer. Playing a tuba he fits perfectly alongside Squeezy and Phumf on the PenDelfin bandstand!
I noticed an item on eBay today, a HUGE Delphis umbrella vase decorated in a rather nice and dazzling abstract design.
These large pieces of Delphis are very collectable possibly because they aren’t as common as the really small pin trays for example that you can easily pick up. These types of pieces are also very striking making a fantastic centre piece!
This seller has 100% feedback, which is always a bonus, and states clearly lots of information about the vase. However, there’s no mention of crazing or staining so it might be wise to email them to check before bidding just to be sure as there isn’t a photograph of the inside either. Don’t be afraid to ask even the simplest of questions, it’s far better to ask before than be disappointed when you receive your goods.
Keith Murray brought fresh, modern and contemporary designs to the Wedgwood pottery making it highly desirable today. Most sought after are the unsual shapes, the larger pieces and the rarer colours.
This black basalt Keith Murray bowl currently on eBay is certainly large and in one of the more collectable colours. The seller measures it as over 9″ in diameter and shows that it has the favoured red Keith Murray script mark to its base.
Whilst this seller does provide a couple of photographs showing the outside of the bowl there are none of the inside. Bowls are well known to be worn in the centre from being used so if you’re thinking about bidding it might be worth asking for an additional photograph or description of the condition of the inside, just to be sure.
The Carlton Ware pottery from Stoke on Trent produced some stunning designs such as this – pattern number 3787 Devil’s Copse. An intricate and art deco pattern with fine gilding and enamelling all over the body of the vase.
Dating from probably around the mid-1920s to the 1930s this vase is from a period where Carlton Ware were excelling with their designs – some of which are hugely collectable today.
This seller provides a fair description about the vase with lots of photographs that can be enlarged so you can get a pretty good idea about its condition. Remember to ask any questions you have about it before the end of the auction, it’s always better to be completely sure about a piece before you commit to buying it. It also gives you a chance to communicate with the seller so you can be sure exaclty who you are buying from!