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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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Louis William (1860–1939)  Wain Wain, Louis William (1860-1939)

An English illustrator, famous for his pictures of cats with human features and emotions. From 1901 to 1925 he published a Louis Wain Annual. He averaged 600 drawings a year, many for postcards. This flooded the market for his work, and it ...

Wainscot chair (Germanic wain: “wagon” and schot: “crossbar”) Wainscot chair (Germanic wain: 'wagon' and schot: 'crossbar')

A 17th-century oak-joined chair with arms. It originated in Britain. Variations were made throughout northern Europe. The panelled back was frequently decorated with carvings of leaves, lozenges, roundels and lunettes. The top rail ...

Millers Waiter

See Salver.

Wakeley, James & Wheeler, Frank Clarke Wakeley, James & Wheeler, Frank Clarke

Late 19th century silversmiths who worked for Henry John Lias & Son. Registered marks in 1796 and 1906.

Wakelin, Edward Wakelin, Edward

Partner in important firm of silversmiths, Parker & Wakelin Partnership. Apprenticed to John le Sage in 1730. By 1747 he had joined George Wickes and registered first mark in 1747 (very similar to that of Wickes). Wakelin took over the business and appointed a new partner, John Parker ...

Wakelin, John Wakelin, John

British silversmith. Son of Edward Wakelin, and apprenticed to him in 1766. He became a freeman in 1779. Registered marks with William Taylor in 1776 and 1777. Registered mark in partnership with Robert Garrard in 1792.