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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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Millers Acier, Michel-Victor (1736–95)

A French sculptor and modeller, Acier’s work at Sèvres and Meissen included groups and figures. Michel-Victor Acier 1736–95. In 1764, Acier was employed by the Meissen Porcelain Factory, and pensioned off in 1781. Recurrent ...


A company founded in 1985 by husband and wife team Adrian Olabuenaga and Lesley Bailey. It is known for its pens and costume jewellery. Collections of jewellery were created by designers from Memphis, and Alchimia.

Acoma Acoma

A Mexican pueblo, built on top of a sandstone mesa. Pots are made from slate-like clays, which produces a white fired clay. Crisp black images and polychrome designs against this white background are common. Patterns include rainbows, parrots, geometrics, and other historic and ...

Acorn Acorn

The acorn is the nut of the oak tree. It is widely used as a decorative form in Roman, Celtic and Scandinavian art, symbolising fecundity and immortality. The acorn was used as a decorative motif on Jacobean oak furniture, and on brass drop ...

Millers Acorn cup

A silver standing cup, the bowl and cover forming an acorn, with a tree-trunk stem. This design was popular in English silverware from c.1580 to c.1620.

Millers Acorn flagon

An English pewter flagon, with a wide base, a tapering, acorn-shaped body and domed cover. Popular from c.1700 to c.1750, particularly in Yorkshire.