Hi Gary

I was wondering if you could help.  These ornaments belonged to my great grandmother.  They have no markings at all on them and we would like to know more about them.

Any ideas please?

Thank you.

Sandra Sweeney

Dear Sandra,

Thank you for your email. These vases look similar to the Japanese Imari pieces that were very popular in the 19th Century and imported to the UK in their thousands during the Victorian era. Fine pieces were normally signed, so these do look like export pieces. At the moment, the market favours Chinese items over Japanese, but this could change in the future. I cannot judge their size from your photo, but a small pair would sell for around £50 and a large pair for double that. 

Hi Gary,

Any information on these pair of figures and any valuation will be appreciated. I just thought that they might be worth a few pounds what with them being signed. They are 12 inches high but have some damage on the rim of the hats and a little chip on the nose. 

Thank you. 

Hi and thank you for your email.

Your figures are more than likely to be Italian Capodimonte probably made between 1960-1980 when they were at the height of fashion and exported to the UK in their thousands. There are many marks on Capodimonte pottery, but the most common one is a crown with an N underneath. 

They are not popular at the moment and the damage would take most of their value away.

Perhaps one to stick in the attic for better days! 

Hello Gary

Could you tell me if the 2 pieces of Chinese style ornaments are of any value? I was given them both years ago. 

Thank you

Your jug is made in England and although I can’t clearly see the marks, it could be a Mason’s Ironstone jug. It appears to be the ‘Japan Basket’ pattern popular in Victorian periods. However many reproductions have been made and I would need to see it to judge its age.  Original Victorian jugs generally sell between £30-50.

Your other item is probably a reproduction of an early Oriental dish and cover. It is similar to an ‘Imari’ pattern but the mark underneath looks to be modern. I would need to see this to confirm it, but it would probably be worth under £30.

Dear Gary

I picked up your e mail address from an article in the paper.

We are looking to see what these items are worth, I have enclosed some images as some are a little unusual.

Maybe it is easier to see them in the flesh?

If so let me know where is the best place to bring them?

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Many Thanks


Dear Lesley,

Thank you for your email.

Your clock is a type called a carriage clock so named because early examples were used in horse drawn carriages in the early 19th century. The maker is very important and can make a big difference to the value. See if you can find a signature in the back of the clock, sometimes it is hidden behind the bell.

It appears from your photo to be a repeater clock and may also have an alarm. If this is correct and subject to the maker, we would estimate it at £150-250 at auction.

Your collection of silver items would need to be examined for marks and makers, but similar items sell at auction for around £180 – 250.

Please bring them into our saleroom and we will be able to help you.


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