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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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Eagle  Eagle

This powerful bird-of-prey has been a symbol of power and victory since ancient times. The eagle was associated with Jove, celestial king of the Olympian gods, implying pre-eminence and regality. The double­headed eagle symbolizes ...

Charles  Eames Eames, Charles

An American architect, furniture designer and film maker, who, together with his wife Ray, is known for his innovative chair design and huge influence on the design world. Eames became a fellow of the Cranbrook ...

Thomas   Earnshaw Earnshaw, Thomas (1749-1829)

An English clock- and watch-maker, best known for developing the spring detent escapement for marine chronometers. Thomas Earnshaw, 1749–1829. He started in clock-making as a finisher of verge and cylinder watches. He was one of the ...

Earthenware  Earthenware

Earthenware is pottery made of a porous clay body, which is made waterproof using a coating glaze. Pottery can be divided into two main types: earthenware and stoneware. The differentiation depends on the porosity of the body after ...

East India Company  East India Company

An imperialistic trading company founded to break the spice trade monopoly held by Spain and Portugal and in order to exploit trade links with south-east and east Asia and India. Companies were formed by Royal Charter in England in 1600, ...

East, John East, John

British silversmith. Apprenticed to George Garthorne. Registered marks in 1697 and 1721. Liveried in 1708.