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Quiz about A Little Touch of Antiques Roadshow in the Night
Quiz about A Little Touch of Antiques Roadshow in the Night

A Little Touch of Antiques Roadshow in the Night Quiz


TV shows like "Antiques Roadshow" and "Flog It" have raised the profile of antiques and collectibles, so this is a little introduction to the hobby.

A multiple-choice quiz by Southendboy. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
Southendboy
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
402,272
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
8 / 10
Plays
641
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Question 1 of 10
1. Porcelain was first made in China over 2500 years ago. However it wasn't manufactured in Europe until the early 18th Century after the essential raw materials, kaolin and alabaster, had been discovered in a mine in Saxony. The first porcelain factory started production in 1710 in a small town on the River Elbe about 15 miles from Dresden. What is the name of this town? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. The 20th Century Danish designer Georg Jensen was particularly well-known for his Art Nouveau work in which material? I bought my wife a piece of his work for our 25th wedding anniversary. Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Steiff is a well-known toy manufacturer, but what type of toy are they particularly noted for? It has an American Presidential connection! Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. From which small Mediterranean country does Mdina glass come? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. In the collecting world, what is the generic name for small collectable handmade wooden objects? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. In the collecting world, what is the generic name for objects made by soldiers and other military personnel, especially that made from battlefield remains such as used shell cases and all sorts of other military paraphernalia? Objects made during World War I are particularly common in this type of collecting. Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. There's a semi-precious mineral that's found especially in South-East Asia but also in a very limited number of places in Central America, Canada and New Zealand. It's normally bright green in colour, but it can also be white, brown, yellow and even lavender. What is this mineral called? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Netsuke are small, highly collectable objects made of carved wood, bone or ivory. From which country do they come? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. In furniture, what is a whatnot? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Tissot, Richard Mille and Patek Philippe are all types of what vintage object? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Porcelain was first made in China over 2500 years ago. However it wasn't manufactured in Europe until the early 18th Century after the essential raw materials, kaolin and alabaster, had been discovered in a mine in Saxony. The first porcelain factory started production in 1710 in a small town on the River Elbe about 15 miles from Dresden. What is the name of this town?

Answer: Meissen

Meissen porcelain was the first hard-paste porcelain produced in Europe, and its famous "crossed swords" trademark was introduced in 1720; this is one of the oldest trademarks in the world. Stylistically it was superseded by the Sevres factory in about 1760 but its ware is still widely sought-after, especially the 22-piece monkey orchestra - figurines of monkeys in 18th Century costume playing instruments.

A nice set of those could cost you in the region of 25,000!
2. The 20th Century Danish designer Georg Jensen was particularly well-known for his Art Nouveau work in which material? I bought my wife a piece of his work for our 25th wedding anniversary.

Answer: Silver

Georg Jensen (1866 to 1935) was a wonderful designer of silver jewelry; he came to this in 1901 via goldsmithing, sculpting pottery and modelling ceramics. His work has been carried on by his descendants, and Jensen pieces are always of the highest quality.

They're also easily available, both from retail outlets and on-line auction sites, and they're remarkably good value. My wife loves the brooch I bought for her on our Silver Wedding Anniversary!
3. Steiff is a well-known toy manufacturer, but what type of toy are they particularly noted for? It has an American Presidential connection!

Answer: Teddy Bears

The Steiff company was started in 1880 by Margarete Steiff, who made stuffed elephants to be used as pin cushions. She later diversified into other animal shapes for use as children's toys, but the company's fortune was made when in 1903 a vendor commissioned the making of 3,000 stuffed bears to cash in on the "Teddy" bear craze after President Roosevelt was photographed with a bear cub.

By the late 1900s Steiff were making a million teddy bears every year and they've never looked back! Each toy has a metal button in one of its ears to prove that it is genuine.

Some old, genuine Steiff bears have sold for over 100,000!
4. From which small Mediterranean country does Mdina glass come?

Answer: Malta

The Mdina glass works was set up in 1968 in Malta by English glass-blower Michael Harris. He produced lovely glass pieces replete with bright Mediterranean colours - blue and green for the sun and sea, and yellow for the sandy beaches. Harris left Malta in 1973 to set up a glass studio on the Isle of Wight, but the staff he'd recruited in Malta stayed on; the Mdina company still makes large amounts of glass. Pieces can be picked up on internet auction sites at very little cost. Michael Harris made beautiful pieces during his five years at Mdina but he only signed those he thought were perfect; consequently signed pieces are very rare and command prices well over 1,000. We have a nice collection of about half-a-dozen (unsigned!) pieces on various window ledges in our home; in the sunlight they're glorious!
5. In the collecting world, what is the generic name for small collectable handmade wooden objects?

Answer: Treen

The word "Treen" - objects made of wood - is derived from the Old English language and has been around for hundreds of years. All sorts of things fit into this category, such as wooden boxes, bowls and pots and shoe lasts, and at all sorts of prices.
6. In the collecting world, what is the generic name for objects made by soldiers and other military personnel, especially that made from battlefield remains such as used shell cases and all sorts of other military paraphernalia? Objects made during World War I are particularly common in this type of collecting.

Answer: Trench Art

Trench Art is widely collected, especially used shell cases from World War I that have been engraved or decorated with repousse work. However, some work is much earlier than that; for example, during the Napoleonic wars French prisoners of war held at places like Dartmoor Prison made replica men o'war from animal bones.

These are not only astonishingly accurate but also very beautiful - and very valuable! I had a nice pair of used German shell cases, about 10" high, that had been engraved with flowers and "Somme 1916"; the pair cost about 30.

Other items are a lot more ornate, for example I once saw a wonderful large model of a triplane made out of flattened shell cases and other spare bits of metal.
7. There's a semi-precious mineral that's found especially in South-East Asia but also in a very limited number of places in Central America, Canada and New Zealand. It's normally bright green in colour, but it can also be white, brown, yellow and even lavender. What is this mineral called?

Answer: Jade

The word "jade" is actually used to refer to two minerals: nephrite (a silicate of magnesium and calcium) and jadeite (a silicate of aluminium and sodium). Classic Chinese jade is nephrite jade, and green and white ("mutton fat") varieties are encountered most frequently; it was considered the "imperial gem". Chinese jade carvings can be staggeringly beautiful and staggeringly expensive - think millions!
8. Netsuke are small, highly collectable objects made of carved wood, bone or ivory. From which country do they come?

Answer: Japan

Japanese netsuke are little toggles that were used from about the 17th Century onwards by Japanese men to secure little pouches or boxes holding personal items (seals, tobacco, money, etc.) to the sashes of their kimonos. Most of them are only a couple of inches long. Simple at first, netsuke became more and more complex and artistic.

There were any number of forms - animals, gods, people, plants - and they were made from a wide range of materials, particularly ivory, wood and bone, but also from metal, coral, porcelain, etc.

These are nice things to collect: they're easily available and relatively inexpensive - prices can range from 1 to 10,000.
9. In furniture, what is a whatnot?

Answer: A small set of shelves for displaying ornaments

A "whatnot" - what a lovely word, although I'm unsure of the derivation. A whatnot is basically a small set of freestanding open shelves, waist-high or thereabouts, designed to fit into the corners of rooms; the shelves are shaped like quadrants of a circle with the curved edge at the front. They are particularly used for displaying ornaments such as pieces of china.
10. Tissot, Richard Mille and Patek Philippe are all types of what vintage object?

Answer: Wrist watches

Wristwatches are highly collectable, especially the "big names" like Rolex and Patek Philippe - you can pay literally millions for a top-of-the-range model. Look out for fakes, though! I've had the same wristwatch since I was 18 years old, more than half a century ago, but I doubt it's worth that much!
Source: Author Southendboy

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