"Sorry Tom I didn't mean to offend you, I merely meant that there are some historical similarities to the Freemasons and other "closed" societies many of whom were driven to secrecy in the UK due to government mistrust around the time…"
"Hello Tom you have an indipendant order of Odd Fellows patriarchs militant branch buckle, the order first formed in the US in 1841 and they are a Masonic style secretive organisation. There aren't too many of them about and it's probably…"
"Hi Christine, I think the slot is original Tom it looks perfectly cut and the edges have the same patina as the rest of the tin, at a guess most of them were probably used as piggy banks and got destroyed in the process, a child's fidgity…"
"I'd guess a short, common, clock-winding key would open it. Most locksmiths can provide a key if you can't find one that fits. With a key included selling is much easier and increases the value too, if that's your intention.
"Thanks Jeff I've just ordered fake fraud and genuine, I already take every opportunity to visit auctions, antique shops etc. I think I need to start asking far more questions! Thanks for the good advice."
"If you want to learn furniture, you need to look at a lot of authentic antiques, and you need to get reference books. Look for local museums or historical societies and high priced antique stores. Ask questions. Buy or take books from the library.…"
"Just to resurrect this old thread I finally had a response from Unilever! The original artwork was by John Hassel and first published in "The Poster" in June 1898 this was subsequently used on jars for the first shipments of Colman's…"
"Hi Jeff mine doesn't have stretchers but it is fairly sturdy, I'm fascinated by the different techniques employed in the making of these but it's not easy to learn! What are the pointers to look for in a factory made chair compared to…"
"This is a factory made English-style Windsor made in the 20th century. Molly found a very close match (I think yours might have stretchers too though can't be seen because of where you took your pictures from?) If you are in the UK and want to…"