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Our jargon-busting Dictionary helps you to understand specialist antiques and collectables terms. Also included are the histories of factories, designers, and style movements across the centuries.

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Millers Acacia

The acacia tree produces a durable hardwood used primarily for decorative purposes in furniture-making. Acacia (Robinia pseudacacia) wood varies in colour from pale yellow to golden with dark brown markings. The wood was mainly ...

Acanthus Acanthus

The scalloped leaves of this Mediterranean plant (Acanthus spinosus) have lent their form to carved ornament since antiquity. The acanthus leaf was first depicted by the Ancient Greeks and evolved by the Romans to the curled tip variant ...

accordion Accordion pleat

A pleat in fabric or folding fans, comprising of a series of folds, resembling those of the bellows of an accordion. This form of pleat became fashionable in dressmaking in the 1950s.

Achromatic lens Achromatic lens

This triple lens combination was used in telescopes to remove the colour fringes and spherical distortion from images. Discovered in the mid-18th century, the lens enabled telescopes to become smaller and more portable. In 1758, the ...

Millers Acid polishing

Acid polishing is a process used to bring a shiny lustre to the surface of cut glass. Developed in the late 19th century, this process involved dipping a cut piece into a mixture of sulphuric and hydrofluoric acid, rather than being polished ...

Millers Acid-etching

A process used to create relief decoration on glass, such as cameo glass. This decorative process was popular from 1890s-1930s. A pattern is marked out and the surrounding areas protected by an acid-resistant wax. Then the piece is dipped ...