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Scarab Antiques

This is a really lovely pedestal bowl that was made by Jean Wilkinson in 2011. The pedestal has a round graduated domed base with a funnel shaped stem supporting a deep plenished silver bowl. The wide flat plique a jour rim is decorated with 4 opalescent white plique a jour crescent moons, 8 turquoise & cobalt blue plique a jour bats and 4 peridot green plique a jour cobwebs. The inside rim of the foot is hallmarked by the London Assay Office for silver, 2011 and bears the sponsor’s mark “JW” for Jean Wilkinson. £3500

Scarab Antiques

Specialising in art deco design, interiors, vintage watches, fine designer jewellery, silver and costume jewellery, studio/art glass, silverware and collectables.

Scarab Antiques will be exhibiting at the Rose Antiques Fairs York Racecourse Antiques Fair on the 8th and 9th June 2018.

For further information or to view, buy or pre-order any of the stunning items above see the Scarab Antiques web page at http://www.scarabantiques.com/ or  for an informal chat about any of Scarab Antiques stock items telephone +44 (0)208 133 5895.


J.C. Antiques

JC Antiques, specialist in British and Continental fine art and small antique furniture.

JC Antiques

Dealer in British and Continental fine Victorian and early 20th century oil paintings and small pieces of fine antique furniture.

J.C. Antiques will be exhibiting at the Rose Antiques Fairs York Racecourse Antiques Fair on 8 – 9 June 2017.

For further information about stock and an informal discussion, phone J.C. Antiques on 07918760742.

Elaine Leeming

French 20th century silver gilt throughout ladies combined card/note compact case on chain
with cabuchon sapphire thumbnails. Produced for Selfridges, Oxford Street, London

Elaine Leeming

Fine silver, Art & Crafts silver and metalware, jewellery, pottery including Burmantofts, Linthorpe, Brannam, Bretby, Ruskin, glass including Lalique and Scandinavian designs and some Chinese porcelain.

Elaine Leeming will be exhibiting at the Rose Antiques Fairs York Racecourse Antiques Fair on the 8th and 9th June 2018.

For further information or to view, buy or pre-order any of our antiques, e-mail elaine.leeming067@gmail.com

Deco Dave

Deco Dave

Pair of green Bakelite and chrome table lamps with superb frosted shades. £595

Specialising in vintage, retro & mid century modern decorative table, wall & ceiling lighting, Art Deco & modernist decorative table, wall & ceiling lighting along Deco clocks, mirrors and other Art Deco works of virtue.

Deco Dave will be exhibiting at the Rose Antiques Fairs York Racecourse Antiques Fair on the 8th and 9th June 2018.

For further information or to view, buy or pre-order any of the stunning items above see the Deco Dave web page at http://www.decodave.com or e-mail Deco Dave at decodave@ntlworld.com.  For an informal chat about any of Deco Dave stock items telephone 07702323217.

The Antiques Bazaar

A Large Ruskin Crystalline Vase in Striking Tricolour Glazes £365

A Large Ruskin Crystalline Vase in Striking Tricolour Glazes £365

The Antiques Bazaar

As seen on Antiques Map of Great Britain, with Tim Wannacott in Bakewell. Dealers in English silver, ceramics and fine estate jewellery with a special interest in jewellery by the prestigious Art Deco artist Theodor Fahrner.

The Antiques Bazaar will be exhibiting at the Rose Antiques Fairs York Racecourse Antiques Fair on the 10th and 11th June 2017.

For further information or to view, buy or pre-order any of the stunning antiques above  see The antiques Bazaar web page at http://theantiquesbazaar.com/ or e-mail The Antiques Bazaar at info@theantiquesbazaar.com For an informal chat about any of The Antiques Bazaar stock items telephone 01629 810468 or 07837 591651

History of the Timor Watch Company

Military watches have become very collectable over the past few years, especially those especially those made specifically for the British War Department towards the end of WW2. These watches were all marked WWW for Wristwatch Waterproof and all had to meet very strict specifications. The watches had to have black luminous dials, highly accurate 15 jewel movements housed in a rugged shock resistant waterproof case with a screw in back and a Dial positioned beneath a perspex shatterproof crystal. The war department gave the contract to make these watches to 12 Swiss watch manufacturers the so called “Dirty Dozen”. The Dirty Dozen included well-known brands including Cyma, Eterna Buren, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Lemania, Longines, IWC, Omega and Record along with some lesser known brands including Grana, Timor (Figure 1) and Vertex. Of this later group, information about the Timor watch company is very scarce.

Figure 1 Timor Military WatchThe Timor Watch Co.SA was first registered by Bernheim and Luthy (Bernhiem & Co) in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland on the 30th may 1923 and was then later registered in 1927 in La Chaux-de-Fonds and Montilier. Switzerland (see Mikrolisk The Horological Trade Index) It seems that the company assembled watches from ebauches and cases supplied by other watch manufacurers and case makers. However, by 1939 Timor had developed and started to make its own high quality lever movement in their Montilier factory. The majority of the Timor watches were manufactured for export to England and the US. As a result of this Timor became an obvious choice for the British War Department as a supplier of wristwatch waterproof timepieces for the British military. The military watches they produced were very robust and fitted with the sturdy Timor Cal. 6060 movement, which was based on a highly modified A. Schild 1203 movement (Figure 2a).Figure 2 Timor 6060 Cal. Movement

Figure 3 1952 Timor 9ct Gold WatchPost war Timor seemed to use 17 jewel AS 1200 movements in their manual wind watches (Figure 2b). These watches, because of strong advertising campaigns, brand awareness related to the military connection and the rather catchy “trust Timor it’s tested” punch line acquire some popularity. During the 1950s Timor produced a range of watches in stainless steel, gold filled and solid gold (Figure 3) cases including the Voxor alarm watch fitted with the famed A. Schild 1475 Cal. movement. Post 1960 the Timor watch company seemed to steadily decline and disappear into obscurity.


Tea Drinking And The Origins of English Porcelain Manufacture

The history of tea drinking in England begins with Portuguese traders importing tea to Portugal. The exotic oriental nature of this new drink, along with its high price, soon brought it to the attention of the Portuguese Royal Court, where tea became highly fashionable. Samual Pepys diary records that small amounts of tea were being imported into England by 1660, but tea didn’t acquire popularity. It took the Restoration of the Monarchy and the marriage of Charles II to the Portuguese princess Catherine of Braganza in 1662 before tea gained favour in England. Catherine had been brought up with tea in the Portuguese court and brought the tea drinking habit with her to the English court. Very soon tea became fashionable at court from where tea drinking spread to the aristocracy. This led to the East India Company, founded in 1600, making its first order of 100lbs of China tea from Java in 1664. Throughout the rest of the 17th century the amounts of tea shipped into Britain by the East India Tea Company steadily increased, but tea really took off as a popular drink in the 18th century, such that by 1750 the East India Company was shipping in just under 5 million pounds of tea.

During the early to mid 18th century, the East India Trading Company shipped tea along with other goods from China to England. One of the problems with the shipping of perishable commodities from China to England was the length of the voyage. The return trip could take up to 22 months and sea water could get into the holds. In order to use this space profitably, the East India Company and its officers, who traded privately, began to buy inexpensively manufactured Chinese porcelain teaware from dealers in Canton. As the teaware was sea water resistant, it could be used as ballast by packing it into the lower, leaky parts of the hold. The teaware could then be sold at 3-4 times the price paid on arrival in England. The availability of teaware further promoted tea drinking and the sale of tea.

Most of the Chinese porcelain imported by the East India Company was landed at the company wharf at London Bridge and sold via East India House in Leadenhall Street to a group of English merchants referred to as the London Chinamen. This had the effect of centralising the supply of teaware and Chinese porcelain in London.

Chinese porcelain was quite different to English and continental earthenware based ceramics. The Chinese porcelain was hard, glass-like and could withstand large changes in temperature, making it the perfect choice forFigure 1 New Hall Boy With The Butterfly Patterned Tea Bowl and Saucer C1790 tea drinkers. European pottery makers recognised the value of Chinese porcelain and strove to emulate it. In Europe, this was first achieved at Meissen near Dresden in 1709 by the development of a feldspar based paste supplemented with kaolin, fired at high temperatures. The English pottery manufacturers came up with an alternative, so called soft paste porcelain, formed from a combination of clay and frit (ground quartz) fired at lower temperatures than hard paste porcelain. One of the earliest manufacturers of soft paste porcelain was Bow circa 1749. Such was the value of the Bow paste, which incorporated bone ash, that it was said Robert Brown, the founder of Lowestoft, hid in a barrel at the Bow works to watch the mixing of the paste.

Figure 2 Worcester Tea Canister Circa 1770The development of English soft paste porcelains by Bow, Lowestoft, Chelsea, Derby and Worcester, and the later production of hard paste porcelains by New Hall and Keeling allowed English pottery makers to emulate the Chinese porcelains styles/patterns (Figures 1) or Europeanised Chinese styles (Figure 2) by producing tea wares of comparable translucency and quality. This rise in good quality English tea wares combined with an ever increasing import duty on Chinese porcelain, made the continued trade in Chinese tea wares unviable. This resulted in the East India Company ceasing its trade in imported Chinese porcelain in 1798, which left the English tea ware market to the English ceramics manufacturers.