Background Known as “pokerwork” until the late 19th Century, it is believed that this form of applied art has been practiced since Prehistoric times.  At its most basic, it involves the burning of pictures or [more…]


Pocket Torches

Following on from my article on pocket knives, here is one on my pocket torch collection. As with the knife article, I will focus on form and function rather than a lot of technical information. [more…]

19th Century


Codswallop! This article is about a type of Victorian bottle invented by Hiram Codd, a British bottle inventor. Invention of the ‘Codd’ Bottle. Hiram Codd worked for the British and Foreign Cork Company and during [more…]