The Staffordshire figure reproductions cover items made in the 1820 to 1880 period. I have summarized below some tips which I think will be of value, but please remember, there are exceptions to all the rules.The key is to take a balanced view of the purchase situation and the figure involved.This arrangement appeals to those who want to enjoy all the physical aspects of a long-term relationship without forcing a commitment they aren't ready for.With such a minimal set of rules, one would think this relationship is free of problems. To get your rocks off and not have to deal with arguing, feelings or anyone telling you what to do?See also our page on the Best of British Antique Pottery Manufacturers and recommended Reference Books.But spare a thought for handwritten paper receipts of the past found in a chest of drawers in The Vine Hotel in Stafford - dating to 1767.It came 22 years before the French Revolution and was a full 70 years before Queen Victoria came to the throne.
Mr Hanson said: "On opening the drawer of an old walnut chest, which dated to the early 18th century, under the lining at the back we uncovered a receipt for a stay at The Vine Hotel in Stafford, dated January 23 1767.Mr Hanson added: "Tucked away down a narrow side street, The Vine would have entertained guests and coaches passing through Stafford."As an auctioneer, I often ask our clients to check drawers, and following a recent large find of gold sovereigns in a piano, we always check furniture to ensure that nothing has been left following a house clearance!So, apart from the usual advice of buying from a reputable dealer who will guarantee their stock and give you an authentic receipt as your proof of purchase, remember the golden rule “let the buyer beware”.Quite often when we come across a “find” and we think it is undervalued we stay with the hope without considering the full facts!Unfortunately, these arrangements can get just as messy as any dating scenario or long-term relationship.