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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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Baby house Baby house

A term used for all dolls’ houses up to the early 19th century. They were mainly commissioned from a carpenter or joiner and were often intended for adult amusement.

Baccarat Glasshouse (est. 1764) Baccarat Glasshouse

A French glasshouse founded at Saint_ Anne, Baccarat, Lorraine, established in 1764. .From the early 19th century on it was a leading producer of high quality cut glass tableware.From the mid_19th century it also produced a range of opaline glass...

Bacchus motif Bacchus motif

A decorative motif associated with Bacchus, the Roman god of wine and fertility and his Greek counterpart Dionysus. A popular subject for Classical and Renaissance decoration, the theme of Bacchus and his companions – the wildly ...

George & Sons Bacchus Bacchus, George & Sons

An English glass manufacturer established in Birmingham in 1818 and known by this name from 1840..In the 1830s the company made pressed glass. In 1851 it showed cased glass at the Great Exhibition in London. It was one of the first ...

Bachelors chest Bachelor's chest

At the start of the 18th century a new type of chest of drawers was introduced called the Bachelor's chest. Typically it would be small in size and of narrow proportions, usually made from either walnut or mahogany. .Each chest had a ...

Millers Back screen

A type of detachable screen made from either woven cane or wickerwork. First used in the early 1800’s, it was designed to clip onto the top rail of a dining- room chair. Its purpose was to shield the sitter from the fire’s heat. ...