Thursday, July 8, 2010


This question is often asked of collectors and some do. There are a few who buy only Rodney Kent, Everlast, or perhaps Palmer-Smith. Their reasons range from liking the style, to there being a family connection. Their collections are often formidable with examples of every item made by their chosen company.
Like the majority of collectors I have favorite pieces from many different companies. Some are great for serving; some are better for displaying. Some companies did fantastic art work; some used more innovative trim such as handles or finals to create their special look.

In 1980 when we visited the Forge, this plaque was given to me by Bull Knecht with the information that small plaques such as this are copies of the original "Calling Card" used by the Forge in its early days when they were presented as an example of the quality of their work.I hope that after all these years I have the story correct. It is an exquisite piece of work.

The companies that are displayed most proximately here at home are (!) Wendell August (2) Arthur Armour, and (3) Canterbury Arts. These are mostly trays which are easy to hang with plate hangers, and silent butlers which are not at all easy to to get to hang straight!

During these past years I did little shopping but was fortunate to be able to buy directly from another collector, a number of items that would have taken years to find in the shops.

Thia is a great display piece made by Chris Rossi

The World drink set and Wendell August holder with the ceramic Madonna shown in an earlier blog were part of this lucky purhase.

What would be your favorite subjects to feature on future blogs. Possibilities could include:
pictures of my collection
photos of individual companies
known information about each company
general prices
sales lists
shared photos,information and questions from other collectors (this should be an ongoing event)