Category Archives: China

Tea and Civilization

Part of the magic of tea is certainly what flavor you imbibe and the company you keep, but it is also the vessel you use to drink it with. In my younger days I didn’t pay much attention to what I made my tea in or what I drank it out of. It wasn’t until i received admonishments from my lovely bride that I began to take notice. It had to be English made and it most definitely needed to be fine bone china. Continue reading

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Estate Sales; Are They Right For You?

if you are looking for furniture, appliances, designer clothes, kitchenware, jewelry or porcelain figurines for personal use or to sell estate sales are a great resource for you. Continue reading

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Royal Grafton China 1876 – 2007

The Jones family went on to use the trade name “Grafton”. Grafton China then became Royal Grafton after being given a royal warrant by Queen Mary. Royal Warrants are a mark of recognition to individuals or companies who have supplied goods or services for at least five years. Warrants have always been regarded as demonstrating excellence and quality, and are highly prized. Continue reading

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Accessibility of Art and the Work of the Masters featuring Ludwig Munninger

I read the paperwork and learned the name of the artist and the painting “Ice Skaters in the Evening Sun” I started looking through the other boxes and came across other plates with reproductions Muninger’s work. They were gorgeous! Continue reading

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Anna Perenna Celebration Series with P. Buckley Moss

Many lovers of art, the world over, are familiar with the works of P. Buckley Moss. She is well known for her rural landscapes and depiction of family life in the rural and farm communities of West Virginia and Pennsylvania. … Continue reading

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Keep Calm and Carry On A Cottage Industry

Over the last few years or so there has been a resurgence of the British World War II slogan “Keep Calm and Carry On”. It is a design that was inspired by the world war II poster commissioned by King George VI in 1939. Continue reading

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Ceramics and Pottery of Boleslawiec, Poland

The patterns and stampings that are used by the manufacturers in Boleslawiec make their products easily identifiable the world over. Continue reading

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French Roosters and their Mugs

I have since found roosters adorning all manner of home and kitchen items. A multitude of rooster variations abound on mugs, platters and plates with paintings lovingly drawn. Continue reading

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Shipping Costs from Omar’s Tent to You

There has been a lot of controversy between buyers and sellers regarding shipping costs. I certainly get a number of questions from potential customers regarding some of my items and why they have such a high shipping cost. Believe me, If I could ship for less I would do it because I would attract more customers and enhance my bottom line. Continue reading

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Walt Disney’s Peter Pan

One of my favorite rides at Disneyland is the Peter Pan ride. As a kid and now as an adult I enjoy the flying over London at night part of the ride. It was fantastic when I was young and … Continue reading

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Black Friday with Jack

Jack Skellington has been popular since hitting the screens in The Nightmare Before Christmas in ’93. This time of year his popularity starts to rise at the beginning of October and carries through to Christmas. There is always a demand for … Continue reading

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Polish Pottery from Boleslawiec, Poland

It has only been in recent times that I have begun to notice this special pottery from Poland.  Although the manufacturer has been around for quite some time I haven’t noticed it here in the states until the last few … Continue reading

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The Brain Drain

It sneaks up on you. This getting older stuff. I’m not old, but I am getting older. I’m out of my 20’s (thank god!) and I’ll leave it at that. But I think my hard drive is a bit full. … Continue reading

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Bring the continent to you

When I was younger I did a great deal of traveling. I toured throughout North America. All over the US and a great deal of time in Canada and Mexico. My favorite excursions were spent in Europe. Especially in Germany, … Continue reading

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Lladro Sleepy dwarf

“Sleepy” Originally uploaded by jimthomasson@sbcglobal.net Many years ago Lladro created a series of figurines for Disney that included the 7 Dwarfs from “Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs” animated feature. They were sculpted and created in Spain by master sculptor … Continue reading

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