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A superb polychrome transferware tankard adorned with a double-hemispherre world map

A delightful transferware tankard featuring an archaic double-hemisphere world map with allegorical figures of the continents at the corners, all surmounted by a rising sun. The tankard is remarkable for both its vivid polychrome decoration and superb, unrestored condition. The transfer technique, developed in England in the mid 18th century, involves printing from an engraved […]

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Charming allegorical map on a hand fan

An extremely rare 18th-century hand fan featuring an allegorical map. The map depicts the route of a voyage beginning at “Dark Bay,” crossing “The Great Ocean of Experience,” and terminating at the “Land of Knowledge.” Along the way the voyager passes, among other obstacles, the “Rocks of Obstinacy and Idleness,” the “Coast of Ignorance,” “Dissipation Island,” […]

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A superb “cartifact” bearing a plan of Washington, D.C.

Post-Revolution tensions with the United States didn’t prevent British manufacturers from developing a vibrant export trade in decorative pottery featuring American patriotic images. Typical motifs included allegorical symbols of American unity, portraits of the Founding Fathers and even maps, or in the present case of this charming jug all three. One side features allegorical figures […]

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Building 14 commemorative book accompanying terrain model archive

A remarkable Second World War terrain model archive

A remarkable group of foam terrain models and related archival material revealing the processes and products of the U.S. Navy’s terrain model workshop. During the First World War the British established the utility of three-dimensional terrain models in planning for bombing raids, ground assaults, and post-conquest infrastructure development. During the Second World War, they passed […]

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