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From Bullets to Bottles: HISTORY OF THE CORKSCREW

For some, collecting corkscrews may seem quite peculiar. Some would even note that these items look pretty much the same, while some would even say that corkscrews do not even possess aesthetical appeal. Anyone can be an avid corkscrew collector. As with any other...
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Date

16 Apr 2020

Author

Jason Harris

Collectables

MOVIE POSTERS: Beginnings of Film Posters

Movie posters have always served as an effective tool in promoting films. The first movie poster was believed to be produced by Jules Cheret. He developed a printing method that also gave birth to many visual advertising materials. As cinema style evolved, so did...
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Date

16 Apr 2020

Author

Jason Harris

Collectables

FROM DISPOSABLE TO COLLECTABLE: The History of Cigarette Cards

Cigarette cards were originally blank card inserts that were used to stiffen soft and flimsy cigarette packets and protect its contents. It wasn’t long until someone decided that these stiffeners could serve another purpose: advertisement material. Eventually, these cards began to come with pictures...
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Date

16 Apr 2020

Author

Jason Harris

Collectables

IN THE POST: Origins of the Postcard

Postcards, as we know them today, could have been inspired by the picture envelopes in which cards were sent. These envelopes would have comics, pictures of the season or holidays, patriotic pictures and even musical notes. John P. Charlton was the first person to...
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Date

16 Apr 2020

Author

Jason Harris

Collectables

TOYS: Bringing All Sorts of Joys

Toys have always been integral to the development of children. This is true today as it was in the countless generations before us. For as long as there are children, there would be playing and, by extension, toys. Toys, however, are not the exclusive...
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Date

16 Apr 2020

Author

Jason Harris

Silver

DRUMMOND & CO.: Quality Style and Silver Jewellery

Drummond & Co. was a partnership between Samuel Brush and William Drummond in Collins Street. It was called the Brush & MacDonnell Company. The name was changed after the death of Samuel Brush in 1878, which was maintained till its closure. The company had...
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Date

16 Apr 2020

Author

Jason Harris

Silver

WILLIAM EDWARDS: Silversmithing from the Other Side of the World

William Edwards was a prolific silversmith who produced work of the highest quality with the best embossing ever seen in Australia. He had the advantage of being able to produce pieces here in Australia, and also to import other work from his family or...
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Date

16 Apr 2020

Author

Jason Harris

Silver

BASSE-TAILLE: A Technique to Mystify

Basse-taille, meaning low-cut in French, is an enamelling technique where the artist creates a low-relief pattern in precious metal such as silver and gold by engraving or chasing. The technique was developed in Italy in the 13th century, and its work enamel was very...
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Date

16 Apr 2020

Author

Jason Harris

Silver

AUGUST BRUNKHORST: One of Adelaide’s First

August Brunkhorst was the successor to Henry Steiner and was another notable silverware dealer in Adelaide. After the famous collapse of the Australian economy and the loss of Steiner’s wife and two children from a typhoid epidemic, Steiner decided to sell off his business....
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Date

16 Apr 2020

Author

Jason Harris

Silver

J. HENRY STEINER: The Master of Silver

J. Henry Steiner was a very prolific silversmith. He exhibited at many of the great 19th century exhibitions across the world. Despite being born and trained in Germany, Henry Steiner was an ace silversmith in Adelaide who displayed his foremost creations at many inter-colonial...
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Date

16 Apr 2020

Author

Jason Harris

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