Designer Handbags Galore! Fossil, Michael Kors, Courreges Paris, Dooney & Bourke, Nine West, Vera Bradley & More!

We received a bunch of great designer bags from a new client over the weekend and you don’t want to miss the amazing deals!  Check out this adorable like new Dooney & Bourke wristlet:

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We also have this amazing Fossil Modern Cargo Convertible tote in soft black leather with faux zebra skin pockets at the sides – we love the way this folds over or you can stuff it full to the top:

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We also have bags from Michael Kors, Coldwater Creek, Anthony Melani, Liz Claiborne, Anne Klein, Brighton, Whiting & Davis, Gianni Bini, Kathy van Zeeland, and so many more!  You can find them here in our eBay store.

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Antique Royal Crown Derby “Traditional Imari” English China

This gorgeous antique Royal Crown Derby “Traditional Imari” English china is some of the prettiest we’ve come across in a while.  These pieces date from 1912 & 1913 and are in fantastic condition for their age.  We did have some other pieces listed, but they sold within 24 hours, so don’t miss out on these beauties in our eBay store!

Memorial Day Nippon Vase & Antique Sale!

This weekend, until Monday, May 28th at midnight PST, we are having a great sale on beautiful Nippon vases, antique English Garden Home Laughlin china & Royal Doulton Flow Blue, along with other great items.  Check out what we have to offer here.  We wish you & yours a very happy & safe holiday weekend!

Gorgeous Matching Nippon Vases featuring a rocky shoreline & barn/buildings.

Royal Doulton Burslem Flow Blue “Madras” & “Melrose” China now available!

We are delighted to bring you some absolutely gorgeous antique flow blue china pieces in the “Madras” and “Melrose” patterns.  Both are circa late 1890’s and have been discontinued for many years.

We have a stunning 7 1/2″ 64oz pitcher in the “Madras” pattern.  It is in super condition and the colors are still fantastic.

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The dinner plates & soup bowls we have are in the “Melrose” pattern and all of them have the gold gilt intact – this is very rare & hard to find in older antiques – particularly in those pieces that were used every day.  They have very few utensil marks.  

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You can find all of our flow blue pieces in our eBay store.  Don’t let these beauties pass you by!

Now Listed – Antique Homer Laughlin “English Garden” pieces!

Check out the super rare pieces of antique 1930’s era Homer Laughlin “English Garden” art deco china we have listed now on eBay…this casserole dish is extremely hard to find!

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We also have a sugar & creamer, dinner plates, luncheon plates, soup bowls, berry bowls, cups, saucers & more.  Get them while they’re here – we sold a gravy boat within an hour of listing it.  They won’t be around long, so don’t miss out,  you find them here in our eBay store!

How To Tell Fake or Reproduction Nippon from Real Nippon

If you have visited our Nippon back stamps post, you may have noticed all of the questions we get about authenticating Nippon. We’ve gathered some information for you that we hope will help you tell the difference between fake/reproduction Nippon and the real thing. Because there is a large amount of info, we’re breaking it down into a few important points. Click below to expand the page, as it is picture heavy & lengthy.

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How to Clean Antique Nippon Porcelain

We get a lot of questions on how to clean Nippon without harming it, so we’re sharing with you how we clean Nippon before listing it on eBay.  We hope this guide will help.

First off, nobody wants to break a beloved piece of Nippon while cleaning it.  🙂  We suggest lining your kitchen sink with thick towels, or purchasing a small Rubbermaid (plastic) type tub that will fit inside your sink (we prefer this method).  If you have a double sink, line the sink you will be rinsing the Nippon in with a thick towel.  You can never be too careful!  We also lay a thick towel out on each side of the sink area for drying, ect.

Fill the plastic tub/or sink where you will be washing with warm (not hot) water and add basic dish washing liquid.  Place your Nippon in the warm water, and wash it gently with a soft cloth – we love to use baby cloths or anything with a minimum pile so it doesn’t get caught on moriage, beading, ect.  If it’s super dirty, let it soak for a few minutes before you begin to clean.  Only clean one piece in the tub at a time!  Several pieces could bump against each other and cause damage.

If the piece has any cracks, chips, or other damage, be extra careful around these areas.  Remove from the soapy water and rinse with warm water – be careful using cold water since it could cause any existing cracks to worsen due to the temperature change.  Sit on a thick towel on the counter (or other surface) away from pets, children, ect to air dry.

If you are cleaning a heavy moriage piece that has excessive dirt, use a children’s super soft toothbrush very lightly for deep grime, or a Q-Tip for lesser dirt with the same warm, soapy mixture to remove.  Van Patten states that she uses Formula 409 on heavily soiled pieces, but I just can’t bring myself to do that – it contains so many harsh chemicals that could possibly cause damage to the paint or gold gilt over time.   Use extra light pressure when washing gold trimmed areas, as they are the first to wear.

We hope this helps you keep your Nippon clean & beautiful.  Have any helpful tips?  Feel free to leave them in the comments below!