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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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Acorn knop Acorn knop

A decorative finial in the form of an acorn, on the end of silver or base metal spoons. One of the earliest forms of medieval spoon, from c.1300 to c.1500.

Millers Act of Parliament clock

See Tavern clock.

Acupictura Acupictura

Acupictura is an embroidery term used to describe needlework which imitates painting. The subject is depicted as accurately as possible, earning it the alternative name of needle-painting.

Millers Adam, Robert (1709-72)

A Scottish architect, interior decorator and designer, in the Neo-classical style. Robert Adam, 1728–92, was the son of William Adam, a notable Scottish architect. In 1748, Robert and his brothers John and James, inherited his ...

Millers Adams and Company

A late 19th-century American glassmaker, Adams was known for its clear, pressed and engraved flint glass. The factory was established in Pittsburgh in 1851. Adams and Company was the union of two older firms: Adams, Macklin and Company ...

George  Adams Adams, George (1709–72)

Adams was an English craftsman renowned for his fine quality precision instruments. George Adams 1709–72. In 1734, he established his workshop, gaining a great reputation and many prestigious clients, including the East India ...