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Snuff boxes at the Pawn Shop

For centuries the we have been drawn to the exquisite craftmanship and design of snuff boxes.   As the name suggests, these boxes were made to ke…

Felt cute, might repaint later: An introduction to the original selfies that are Portrait Miniatures

Stemming from the Italian miniatura meaning ‘manuscript illumination or small picture’, portrait miniatures first appeared in European royal courts…

Fine Art Photography: A Guide to Collecting

Fine Art Photography: A Guide to Investing and Collecting Photography is arguably the most democratic art form that exists. People no longer have t…

How to Buy It

Expert Tips on Watches

All watch brands with a very few exceptions will depreciate immediately after purchase. There are a few such as the grand complication Patek Philippes which are in such short supply and high demand that they can immmediately be sold for a profit.

Reissued retro - the new cool!

On the 25th December 1969, the mechanical watch became obsolete when Seiko launched their first commercial quartz wrist watch. Nearly 50 years on and that obsolete technology is in remarkably rude health, and new watch launches are stepping back in time.

Cash, Cheque or Rolex..?

Urban legend is that British special forces members travel to remote parts of the world with steel Rolexes as emergency 'tradable community', but a more modern take on the "Rolex as currency" is the practise of buying a sought-after model to take abroad instead of carrying cash.