Can I use my antique teaware?

People often ask me: Can I use my antique teaware? It looks so fragile, and is it safe? My answer is: yes of course! I always try to sell items that are still good for use, and whenever they are too damaged or fragile, I will be clear about that. So yes, you can use your teaware! You must be careful of course. In this week's video I show how to use it safely and beautifully. Watch the video to find out more! this week's new treasures:​ #gentlerattleofchina #antiqueporcelain #englishantiques #teatime #highteaparty #teacupcollector #antiqueteacups #teapot #19thcentury #vintageteaparty #rattlethecups

The struggle for womens' health: Leadless Glaze

Happy International Women's Day! This beautiful Coalport serving dish from about 1900 brought me to investigate a moving story. How come? On the reverse of this plate, the mark states: "Leadless Glaze". This peaked my interest; I had heard about a campaign against lead and I wanted to know more. The story it uncovered fits well with International Women's Day! It took about 100 years of struggle to outlaw the use of lead in the beautiful white glaze that covers British porcelain, and the battle was eventually won by some clever women from across the social divide, resulting in the pottery factories scrambling to be seen as good and stating that their lead was leadless. So for about a decade o

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