Antiques and Oddities

by Michael A. W. Griffin The sinuous blade on display was definitely a Kris – the mystical and lethal, traditional weapon of the Malays. The stallholder in Needham Market issued a warning. “There are many copies and I can’t really tell, but I think it’s a good one”. ‘It’ wasRead More →

Dear Editor, Please could you tell me how old these vases are? All I know is they were given to my Grandmother about 60 years ago by a friend. I have been offered US$90 for the pair should I take it or should I keep them. RP (name and addressRead More →

Dear Editor, I was delighted to find your site and look forward to reading future issues. With this message is a picture of a pair of small figures which I inherited. I know they are at least forty years old but wonder if you could tell me anything about them?Read More →

Dear Sirs, I have the following urn vase (see pictures). Please let me know what it is, when made, and the possible value Regards,     B Thank you for your question – Its certainly an interesting piece. The mark and general appearance seem to be consistent with pieces from the Rodolstadt VolkstedtRead More →

Dear Sir, I have in my possession a small, crudely painted, blue and white shallow dish. It looks Chinese, but the porcelain isn’t the right texture. There are three little cannon balls in the pattern and trees with a pagoda and a hut on islands and on the left ofRead More →