Design and Crafts

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Signet Matrix: heart-shaped Seal Matrix featuring Roses

A heart-shaped seal matrix made of clear white glass, bearing a design of roses. This signet matrix,… read more »

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Signet Matrix: Seal Matrix featuring Classical head

An oval signet matrix made of clear white glass, dating from c 1800. The matrix is stamped… read more »

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Signet Matrix: Seal Matrix featuring Cupid, Hope and anchor, with inscription

A rectangular signet matrix made of amber glass, c 1800. This matrix features the female figure of… read more »

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Signet Matrix: Seal Matrix featuring Dog next to tomb, with inscription

A rectangular mauve glass seal matrix, created c 1800, with a design of a dog near a… read more »

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Signet Matrix: Seal Matrix featuring dog, with inscription

A rectangular mauve glass seal matrix, created c 1775. The matrix is decorated with an image of… read more »

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Signet Matrix: Seal Matrix featuring Early type of railway locomotive

A rectangular signet matrix of opalescent white glass, featuring a design of an early type of railway… read more »

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Signet Matrix: Seal Matrix featuring Early type of steamship

A rectangular seal matrix of opaque pale blue glass, dating from c 1825, and bearing a design… read more »

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Signet Matrix: Seal Matrix featuring Head of Queen Victoria in her youth

An oval seal matrix of amber-coloured glass, with a design of the head of the young Queen… read more »

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Signet Matrix: Seal Matrix featuring Horses

A rectangular seal matrix of clear white glass, with a design of horses, created c 1800. Seal… read more »

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Signet Matrix: Seal Matrix featuring Joseph Priestley

A seal matrix of octagonal shape, made of purple glass with a design of the head of… read more »

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Signet Matrix: Seal Matrix featuring Joseph Priestley

A rectangular signet matrix of purple glass, featuring the head of Joseph Priestley, facing right. The matrix… read more »

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Signet Matrix: Seal Matrix featuring Joseph Priestley

A seal matrix, rectangular in shape, of dark green bloodstone. It features the head of Joseph Priestley,… read more »

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Signet Matrix: Seal Matrix featuring Male figure, with inscription

A circular blue glass seal matrix, bearing a design of a male figure with his arms raised,… read more »

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Signet Matrix: Seal Matrix featuring Mirror, with inscription

A rounded rectangular signet matrix made of purple glass. This matrix bears an image of a mirror,… read more »

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Signet Matrix: Seal Matrix featuring Plough, with inscription

An octagonal clear white glass signet matrix, dating from c 1800. The matrix bears a plough design,… read more »

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Signet Matrix: Seal Matrix featuring Sailing ship, with inscription

A circular seal matrix of clear white glass, with an image of a sailing ship and the… read more »

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Signet Matrix: Seal Matrix featuring Signet, with inscription

A rectangular seal matrix of purple glass, bearing a design of a signet and the inscription ‘PUSH’,… read more »

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Signet Matrix: Seal Matrix featuring Thistle, with inscription

A rectangular seal matrix of clear white glass, featuring a thistle design encircled by an inscription. This… read more »

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Signet Matrix: Seal Matrix featuring Thistle, with inscription

A rectangular seal matrix of purple glass, bearing a thistle design. The inscription, which encircles the thistle,… read more »

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Signet Matrix: Seal Matrix featuring Tree, with inscription

A rectangular mauve glass seal matrix, with a tree design and an inscription above it. This matrix… read more »

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Signet Matrix: Seal Matrix featuring Triple head, with inscription

An oval seal matrix of clear white glass, created c 1800, featuring a moulded triple head design… read more »

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Signet Matrix: Seal Matrix featuring Two hearts upon an altar, with inscription

This signet matrix is of blue glass, and has a design of two hearts upon an altar,… read more »

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Signet Matrix: Seal Matrix possibly featuring the head of George III

An oval seal matrix made of clear white glass, stamped but unfinished, and dating from c 1800.… read more »

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Signet Matrix: Seal Matrix with inscription

A circular seal matrix of clear white glass, bearing the inscription ‘ALLS WELL’, and probably produced c… read more »

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Signet Matrix: Seal Matrix with inscription

A rectangular blue glass signet matrix, with a simple engraved inscription, created c 1800. Seal matrices also… read more »

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Signet Matrix: Seal Matrix with inscription

A rectangular signet matrix of purple glass, bearing an engraved letter ‘N’, and produced c 1800. Seal… read more »

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Signet Matrix: Seal Matrix with inscription

A hexagonal green glass seal matrix, bearing the inscription of a person’s name. This matrix was created… read more »

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Signet Matrix: Seal Matrix with inscription

A rectangular seal matrix, dating from c 1800, and apparently made of blue paste, swirled with white.… read more »

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Snuff Box

This silver item has a restrained floral design around the edges of the box.

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Snuff Box

This silver box is engraved with a bright-cut decoration, similar in design to several Samuel Pemberton toothpick… read more »

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Snuff Box

Inside view of Tortoiseshell snuff box, which is particularly suitable for piqué work (inlaid gold) with its… read more »

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The Spon Lane School, 1845

Image: The Spon Lane Schools, Smethwick built by Chance Brothers, Glassmakers (1845) from an original design in watercolour.… read more »

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Toothpick box

The hidden hinge and decorative features are typical of neo-classical designs.

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View of the Alkali Works, 1862

Image: View of Chance Brothers Alkali Works, Oldbury (1862). James Frederick Chance, A History of the Firm of Chance… read more »

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View of the Chance Brothers Glassworks, 1857

Image: View of Chance Brothers Glassworks, Smethwick (1857) from a print. James Frederick Chance, A History of the… read more »

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Vinaigrette

Vinaigrette, Nathaniel Mills, 1837, inside view, with a view of Kenilworth Castle on lid.

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Vinaigrette

This image shows the inside of the vinaigrette. The outside shows an image of a hare hiding… read more »

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Vinaigrette

This image shows the intricate inside of a vinaigrette based on the design of a watch case.

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