Category Archives: Gift Ideas

Pottery Book Reviews From Perfect Pieces

On the Perfect Pieces website we have an Antique & Collectable Book Reviews section. In this section we you’ll find a wide range of pottery books that at some point we’ve read and have reviewed for you.

Books range from specialist Pottery Marks books, time period books such as Art Deco and the 1950’s, to specialist pottery books such as Troika Pottery and Martin Brothers. There are many different types of book available to collectors covering the basics such as identifying different pottery marks to learning all about a specific pottery’s history. Price guides are also available although these have to be treated with caution as prices do fluctuate over the years.

We’re often asked where is the best place to buy any of these books? Well, when you’re at Antique Fairs that’s always a good place to start looking. Often there will be book stalls, some selling second hand copies others selling new copies. Alternatively, there is Amazon which tends to have a good range available and does home delivery.

If you’re a collector, an avid reader or simply looking for a gift for someone then books are the perfect Christmas present. Why not take a look through some of our reviews and see what a wide range is available?

Click here to visit our Book Reviews page

Steam Trains & Nostaliga…

There’s nothing like a steam train to create a glow of nostalgia and a sense of rail-born romance.

All over the UK, small groups of  enthusiasts keep old trains and short lines open through devoted volunteer efforts and by capturing the public’s desire to experience travel by steam train – especially in the countryside.

One of the best I’ve ever travelled on is the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, which runs from the market town of Pickering, through Goathland (of ITV Heartbeat fame) up to the village of Grosmont, in the heart of the Yorkshire Moors. The trains and stations have been really well preserved and vintage diesels are in use as well as steam engines.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway steam train in countryside near Goathland

If you are in the area, it is well worth a visit – even if you just stand at the station and admire the locomotives from the platform!

If railway modelling is more your thing, then we have a range of OO Gauge steam trains that should complement a period layout perfectly. In stock at the time of writing are:

  • Trix Trains A H Peppercorn 4-6-2 LNER 525 Engine & Tender – click here
  • Hornby R378 4-4-0 Class D49 Cheshire Locomotive & Tender, LNER 2753 Cheshire – click here
  • Hornby R063 BR 4-6-2 Britannia Class 7 Locomotive & Tender – click here
  • LIMA 205111 MWG Class 45XX Prairie Tank 2-6-2 GWR Loco – click here
  • Hornby R252 Class J83 0-6-0 Tank Locomotive, LNER 8477 Steam Engine – click here

We’ve also got 20 OO gauge carriages and several 1:76 scale (OO gauge) die cast buses, trolley buses and trams in stock at present.

Click here to see our whole range of trains and die-cast models
North York Moors Railway steam train arriving at station

Poole Pottery Carol Cutler Dish Shape 82 – Perfect Christmas Gift!

We currently have a Carol Cutler Poole Delphis range spear dish in our Perfect Pieces Poole Pottery section, perfect for that special Christmas present!

Poole Pottery Carol Cutler Dish

Poole Pottery Carol Cutler Spear Dish

This Delphis range dish is brightly coloured in vivid oranges and yellows and has been decorated by the very popular and hugely collectable Carol Cutler. It is Poole shape number 82 often called a Spear dish or Sweat dish. This particular piece of Poole pottery can be dated, c1969-1975 – a classic piece from that era.

This Poole pottery piece would be sent to you by Royal Mail Special Delivery. This service normally is guaranteed next working day delivery by 1pm but with the current weather situation Royal Mail has suspended this guarantee although many parcels are being delivered in this time. REMEMBER – If you order before 3pm we’ll despatch THE SAME DAY!

Click here to view this superb Poole Pottery Carol Cutler Piece

Perfect Pieces – Order By 3pm & We’ll Despatch SAME DAY!

Still thinking about what Christmas present to get that special someone and worried about receiving it on time? Then don’t worry…


We send all items by either Royal Mail Special Delivery, Royal Mail 1st Class Recorded or Courier. All items are TRACKED & require a signature on delivery. So, why not get shopping?!

CLICK HERE to view our full selection of Christmas gift ideas…

MERRY CHRISTMAS From Perfect Pieces

Perfect Gift Ideas For Christmas At Perfect Pieces

Still looking for that perfect present for Christmas? Well you’ve still got time – here are a few of our suggestions:

Troika Pottery Wheel lamp base PenDelfin Family Circle Rabbit Tom Denby Glyn Colledge Bowl Shelley Harmony Vase Corgi OOC 1:76 OM43513 Blackpool Balloon Tram Ruskin Pottery Cup and Saucer

Troika Pottery lamp, PenDelfin Collector’s Club Rabbit, Denby Glyn Colledge Bowl, Shelley Harmony Vase, Corgi Blackpool Balloon Tram & very fine Ruskin Cup & Saucer

This is of course a very small selection of the things we currently have for sale but gives you an idea as to the range of items available on Perfect Pieces!

Don’t forget, if we receive your order and payment BY 3pm any working day we’ll despatch your item that SAME DAY!

Still shopping for Christmas? Order now before the snow comes – Despatch Within ONE Working Day!

If you’re still busy shopping before Christmas then to ensure we can get those purchases to you before Christmas order ASAP!

The weather has cleared in most of England now and snow is beginning to melt which is a good sign! The forecast for the next few days is pretty good with a welcome break to the freezing temperatures we’ve all been experiencing.

To view all of our stock visit the Perfect Pieces View ALL Stock page:

To view our current selection of stock…CLICK HERE

We are currently able to despatch orders within ONE WORKING DAY of receiving your cleared payment to ensure all items are received in time for Christmas.

If you do have any questions about an item or about delivery times then please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Still Looking For Christmas Presents?

If you’re still looking for Christmas presents then there’s no need to panic we have  a wide range of items for you to browse through and there’s still time to get your order to you before Christmas!

With the snow retreating for a while it’s a perfect time to put your order in as postal services should be back to normal.

You can view all our pieces ranging from Troika Pottery, PenDelfin Rabbits, Carlton Ware, Keith Murray to Denby and Corgi Models to name but a few on our VIEW ALL STOCK page:

CLICK HERE To view our full selection of pottery & collectables

What better gift for Christmas? The PenDelfin Christmas Scene

It’s Christmas time again, and what better gift to give a PenDelfin collector than the PenDelfin Christmas Scene?

PenDelfin Christmas Scene

Rare PenDelfin Rabbit Christmas Scene – click here

The PenDelfin Christmas Scene was made in a limited number of only 2000 for the USA and Canadian collectors market, c1985-1986. The set consists of a Christmas themed PenDelfin Cobble Cottage which sits on a Lantern Stand base and three Christmas dressed PenDelfin rabbits – Clanger, Jingle and Solo, all merrily singing away under a lit black lantern!

We have a wide range of PenDelfin rabbits, PenDelfin display stands and PenDelfin Family Circle club rabbits for sale and don’t worry there’s still time to get your rabbits to you before Christmas!

CLICK HERE To view our full selection of PenDelfin rabbits

Collectable Troika Cube Vase With Helmet Design – Perfect Christmas Present

Looking for an unusual Christmas present – then why not take a look at this superb and collectable Troika Cube vase with helmet pattern?

Troika Pottery Cube - Anne Lewis

Troika Pottery Cube Vase by Anne Lewis

This is a textured Troika pottery cube from the Newlyn period. Decorated by Anne Lewis it can be dated to c1970-1972. This Troika pottery vase has been decorated with an oatmeal brown base with the interesting abstract design picked out in deep vivid blues. One side has the desirable helmet pattern boldly highlighted in deep blue glazes.

We have a wide selection of Troika pottery for sale and you’ve still got time to order and have items delivered before Christmas!

CLICK HERE To view our full selection of Troika Pottery For Sale

Christmas Gift Ideas From Perfect Pieces

Here are some superb ideas for Christmas Gifts from Perfect Pieces:

Maling Harlequin Basket Carlton Ware Delphinium Vase Denby Glyn Colledge Bowl Corgi OOC OM41109 Diecast model double decker bus PenDelfin Rabbit Herald - Family Circle Member Rabbit

Maling Pottery harlequin basket, Carlton Ware Delphinium vase, Denby Glyn Ware bowl, Boxed Corgi OOC model bus, PenDelfin Family Circle Herald rabbit.

The Maling Harlequin basket is Maling pattern 6605 and is a stunning piece with the harlequin design picked out in contrasting colours – click here.

The Carlton Ware vase next is a superb vase with the vivid blue delphinium flowers. It is Carlton Ware pattern number 3273 and is a Carlton Ware Handcraft range piece dating c1929-1939 – click here.

The Denby pottery bowl is from the Glyn Ware range and the pattern is picked out with vivid turquoise leaves. This dish has the Glyn Colledge signature mark underneath – click here.

The boxed Corgi OOC model bus is a lovely model for toy collectors or railway enthusiasts. It is a 1:76 scale model which is equivalent to the OO gauge railway models, is boxed and comes in a limited edition of only 2500 – click here.

The final piece pictured above is an adorable PenDelfin rabbit Herald. He was designed by Jean Walmsley Heap and was the piece for the founder year of the PenDelfin club, quite a collector’s piece – click here.

An easy way to shop on is to view our ALL STOCK PAGE – this page displays every piece we currently have for sale so you’re able to glance down the images and see if anything catches your eye!

CLICK HERE – To view all peices currently available on Perfect Pieces