Category Archives: Art Antiques and Collecting

Poole Pottery Carter & Co Lion Advertisement

Carter and Co Poole Pottery Lion

The Sine qua non of any collection of Poole Pottery surely must be the Carter Tiles Advertising Lion. I understand from Hayward and Atterbury’s ‘Poole Pottery’ that these may have been given by sales reps as ‘goodwill tokens’.

They represent Carter’s earliest incarnation as a manufacturer of encaustic tiles a trade that they never relinquished even through the flashy Art Deco years and the experimental 1960’s.

This was a gift and a mighty fine one too. And probably if I was forced to keep one piece of the Poole Pottery’s output it would be this.

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Carter’s Tiles Advertising Lion c1910
Georgian Silver Spoons

You Don’t Need Silver Spoons to Eat Good Food; Georgian Flatware on eBay.

A long day last week photographing silver spoons – proving that if God had wanted us to photograph silver he wouldn’t have made it shiny – from a bag I found in a cupboard.

Silver spoons of this age (early 19th century) have seen some action, and quite intimate action. It occurred to me when giving them a cursory polish there are not many antique items that have so repeatedly been handled and indeed, licked.