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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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Ernest  Race Race, Ernest (1913-64)

An English furniture and textile designer, known for his innovative chair designs. Collaborating with Noel Jordan, Race founded Ernest Race Inc. in 1945. Early designs were governed by rationing restrictions ...

Millers Racinage

A technique for marbling leather with acid, used in the 19th-century. It had limited usage as it tended to damage the leather.

Rack clock Rack clock

A clock which is powered by its own weight. The clock slowly descends a toothed vertical rack and is pushed back to the top. Rack clocks were popular from the 17th century in Germany and Austria. Reproductions were made in England in the ...

Radiogram Radiogram

A radio receiver, gramophone and loudspeaker combined into one. Radiograms were popular from 1950 to the early 1970s, when it was fashionable to house them in a wooden cabinet in the size and form of a sideboard. ...

Raeren potteries Raeren potteries

An important German centre of stoneware production near Aachen. The centre’s output was significant from c.1560 to the 17th century. Initially, Cologne-style brown-glazed wares were made and later grey stoneware with blue relief, ...

Rag doll Rag doll

Originally a homemade fabric toy, but, from c.1850, rag dolls were also mass-produced in kit form, the printed fabric patterns provided to be cut out, sewn and stuffed. They are made out of cotton, linen, felt or stockinet. ...