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New books for 2005
British Teapots and Coffee Pots
This book charts the development of 300 years of tea and coffee pots and gives information on the materials, designs, factories, and styles. It includes relevant places to visit. £4.50
British Military Rifles
History of the attempts to develop and improve the British army’s rifles. £4.99
Cameras in Disguise
This book gives the history of cameras manufactured to look like different objects, some for fun and some for espionage. £4.99
This book illustrates examples of the ‘Dutch’ blue and white tiles. How the tiles were made and decorated is explained. £4.99
Goss and Souvenir Heraldic China
Adolphus Goss came up with the idea of applying coats of arms to pieces of porcelain produced at his father’s factory. Details are given on production and identification. £4.99
Porcelain Pastille Burners
These were used by Victorians to overcome household smells. 80 examples are shown in the book. £4.99
These figures were made in the Victorian era for working class people. They were crudely modelled and naively painted and represent the interests of the common people. The book contains an overview that includes the manufacture, workers’ conditions, and illustrates some of the figures. £4.99
The Victoria Cross
This book discusses the origins of awards for gallantry, the impact of the Russian War, the creation of the Victoria Cross, its design and later changes, places to visit and other details. £5/99
War Memorials in Britain
Memorials are classified by type, structure, and designer; 100 colour illustrations and a gazetteer are included. £5.99
Two biographies were also published in 2005: Sir Edwin Lutyens and Edward Elgar.
New Editions for 2005
This is a new colour edition. Highlights include pre-industrial pottery, the factory system, the potteries, pottery marks, and arts and crafts.£5.99
New colour edition. This book details the early history of spoons and then spans the years from the commonwealth through the 19th centuries. It moves on to include the Arts and Crafts movement to the present day. A list of places to visit is included.
This is the fourth edition of this popular book. More than 1500 place-names are explained from Ireland, Wales, Scotland, England, and the Isle of Man. Interpretations are offered against the background of historical events and cultural developments. £4.99
A new colour edition covering blue and white jasper, black basalt, and creamware made by Josiah Wedgwood.
New updated edition includes 48 cathedrals with a plan and guide to each. 130 colour illustrations; cathedral websites.
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