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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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A decorative finial in the form of an acorn, on the end of silver or base metal spoons. One of the earliest forms of medieval spoon, from c.1300 to c.1500.
Acupictura is an embroidery term used to describe needlework which imitates painting. The subject is depicted as accurately as possible, earning it the alternative name of needle-painting.
A Scottish architect, interior decorator and designer, in the Neo-classical style. Robert Adam, 1728–92, was the son of William Adam, a notable Scottish architect. In 1748, Robert and his brothers John and James, inherited his ...
A late 19th-century American glassmaker, Adams was known for its clear, pressed and engraved flint glass. The factory was established in Pittsburgh in 1851. Adams and Company was the union of two older firms: Adams, Macklin and Company ...