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African traditional beadwork

While recently browsing through bidorbuy (one of my favourite pastimes), I came upon these lovelies in the Africana section of antiques and collectibles: They are, from left to right, a cascade necklace in Xhosa tradition; a Yoruba diviner’s belt; …

The beauty of the globe

There is something special about holding the world in your hands. This feeling was once reserved only for the wealthy and educated members of society. Today, everyone can enjoy the beauty of a globe. World globes, also known as terrestrial gloves, are …

Rare and expensive

A  Rolex watch is always expensive, but this 9 Carat Gold Rolex Half Hunter pocket watch, to give it its full name, is what the seller justifiably calls “a rare find”. It dates from around 1920s or 1930s and, old as it is, still works …

Bottle openers and corkscrews for collectors

Collecting bottle openers and corkscrews has a lot going for it. It is an engrossing hobby; the exhibits can fit into a shoebox; and it can be enjoyed on a shoe-string budget.   The truth is that most people start collecting openers because they …

Reinvent your antique picture frames

Whether you are a fan of DIY or not, antique picture frames and photo frames are a brilliant and affordable way to decorate your home. There are not only a million different ways to arrange them, a million different things you can put into them and a …

Our picks of rare finds on bidorbuy this November!

There is no shortage of interesting collectable objects and antiques on bidorbuy this November!   First of all, if you are looking to tie the knot, then consider this 2.24 ct internally flawless, G colour diamond. Certified fully by the world’s …

Rare finds for October

Porcelain Collectors of English porcelain will rejoice at this beautiful and rare 1940 Royal Albert Rosedrop Bone China set of six tea cups and saucers.     If your fancy is tickled by the classic porcelain ware of the East, then …

How to find good antique furniture

Shopping around for furniture is not an easy thing to do; fun maybe, but not easy. Now imagine how difficult it is to shop for antique furniture.   Remember, for something to qualify as an antique is has to be atleast a century old. Finding a …

Antique or vintage?

The terms antique and vintage are often used out of their original context. Understanding the difference between the two is important whether you are selling or buying.   Formally, the term antique refers to an item that is at least a century …

Massive R1 Coins by Mail sale!

Coins By Mail  are having the sale of the decade with thousands of items marked down to a R1 starting bid! This exciting sale began earlier this week; and the best news is that Coins By Mail will be marking down a whole range of items for the next 2 …