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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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Margaret and Frances  Macdonald Macdonald, Margaret (1865-1933) and Frances (1874-1921)

These Scottish sisters were designers and leading members of the Glasgow School. Both sisters studied at the Glasgow School of Art, and worked separately and with their husbands, Charles Rennie Mackintosh ...

Machine knotting Machine knotting

With the advent of steam-power at the end of the 18th century, carpets began to be manufactured by machine. This saw the rise of such companies as Wilton and Axminster in England and many comparable firms in countries such as Belgium. ...

James & Co.  Macintyre Macintyre, James & Co.

A pottery at Burslem, Staffordshire, producing mainly utility ware. The pottery was operational c.1847–1913. It is best known for its links with William Moorcroft who made art pottery there until setting up his own factory in 1913. ...

Charles Rennie  Mackintosh Mackintosh, Charles Rennie

A world-renowned Scottish architect, furniture, graphic and textile designer and watercolour artist. Charles Rennie Mackintosh, 1868–1928. From 1889 to 1914, Mackintosh practiced architecture at Honeyman and Keppie in Glasgow, ...

Arthur Heygate  Mackmurdo Mackmurdo, Arthur Heygate (1851-1942)

An English architect, designer and co-founder of the Century Guild, the central tenet of which was to promote unity of design. He travelled to Italy with Ruskin in 1874. Mackmurdo is celebrated for ...

Millers Madden, Jonathan

British silversmith. Registered only known mark in 1702 from Ball Alley, Lombard Street.