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Snuff Bottles Fashionable In
Early Chinese Society

Snuff bottles were fashionable in China from the 16th through the 19th centuries. They were introduced by the Portuguese in 1540.

The Chinese designed snuff bottles with tight lids for easier portability within the fold of a sleeve or sash. The bottles became a status symbol of the upper class, although the quality of the snuff was as important as the number of bottles owned.

The snuff bottles often display hidden meanings in the intricately designed patterns and symbols carved on their surfaces.

The collector can find snuff bottles made of porcelain, ivory, jade, cloisonne, horn, agate, glass and bronze.

One guide to quality is the size of the hole. usually, the smaller the neck, the better the quality. Just the opposite is true with the interior; the greater the amount of hollowing out, in most cases, the better the quality.

Old snuff bottles were finished on the inside as well as the outside, which can sometimes be used to identify a new piece from an old one.

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A House Could Be Furnished With Plastic

Renwal, located in New Jersey, was a maker of plastic dollhouse furniture from about 1946 to the early 1970s. It was sold under the trade name “Jolly Twins.” Boxes contained printed inserts that could be used as rooms for the furniture. The “rooms” included a kitchen, dining room, living room, bedroom, nursery, bathroom and laundry room.

The molds were later sold to the Irene Mini a tures Co. of Chicago, which had the same pieces made in Hong Kong, under the trade name Toysoilla. Many of these still had the Renwal product numbers visible.

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Early Wade Figurines A Change
From Industrial Ceramics

For a little over 10 years, beginning in 1927, the George Wade & Son Ltd. Pottery in England made its first type of figurine. Prior to this, the company had made only industrial ceramics.

The figurines were designed by Jessica Van Hallen, Wade's head designer. Most had a distinct Art Deco look to them; many were women, in some type of dance posture - such as Conchita, Carmen, Ginger and Rhythm - and were 9 to 10 inches high. Another group, more like children or young girls, were 4 to 6 inches in height. The group of figurines also included miscellaneous characters and a few animals.

The figurines were made of an earthenware with a new cellulose finish. It was applied over the colored decoration and formed an underglaze finish. Unfortu nately, this cellulose did not hold up. First it turned yellow; then it began disintegration and peeled away from the surface.

By the late 1930s, this finish was discontinued. Most of the figurines were discontinued at the same time. Today, it is extremely difficult to find one in mint condition.

The two books titled The World of Wade, Books 1 and 2, by Ian Warner and Mike Posgay, are excellent references for all Wade porcelain and pottery. There is also an updated price guide, Wade Price Trends, sold as a separate book.

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