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The Origins of Black Vintage Ebony Elephants

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A question came up the other day on a Facebook group about the origins of a small black ornamental elephant. I see a lot of ornamental elephants while I’m out and about, some are African but most of them are from India or Asia, but first some basics. There are a few notable differences between Asian and African elephants. African elephants have much larger ears to help dissipate body …

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What Are Gargoyles And Where Do They Come From

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So what’s so good about gargoyles? Well, if you have ever wondered around the cities and towns of Europe then at some point you would have come across one of these lurching or perching on the roofs or walls of churches and Cathedrals. But imagine looking up at the parapets and walls of a church or cathedral on a foggy evening and slowly they all start coming to life, …

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A Little History on Dolbi Cashier and Brass

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We like a bit of brass at Kode Store, we have lots of it, and lots of Brasso too. Brass is quite an ancient copper alloy that has been around in various forms since as early as the 5th millennium BC, the modern day brass that we know of today came on to the scene around the 14th century and has had many uses, but the one we are …

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Japanese Iron Okimono Hornet Brooch

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While searching around on Google looking for more information regarding another of our items for sale i came across something else i instantly recognised as one of those things in our collection that i had previously been unable to find any information on. What i found on Google was a Samurai’s Meadate in the shape of a giant Japanese hornet (Japanese Antique Samurai Kabuto Hornet Meadate) which was virtually …

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The Anatomy of a Candelabra

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The Nozzle, is where the candle is placed The Drip pan or Wax pan, which catches the melted wax The Capital, houses the candle The Arms, jut out forming the candelabra The Shoulder or Knop is an ornamental knob (the word knop is of Dutch origins) The Stem or Column is the main part leading to… The Base on which the whole candelabra sits on The Well on some …

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The Origins of Black Vintage Ebony Elephants

In Vintage Retro and Kitsch, All by kode-store.co.uk

A question came up the other day on a Facebook group about the origins of a small black ornamental elephant. I see a lot of ornamental elephants while I’m out and about, some are African but most of them are from India or Asia, but first some basics. There are a few notable differences between Asian and African elephants. African elephants have much larger ears to help dissipate body …

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What Are Gargoyles And Where Do They Come From

In Vintage Retro and Kitsch, All by kode-store.co.uk

So what’s so good about gargoyles? Well, if you have ever wondered around the cities and towns of Europe then at some point you would have come across one of these lurching or perching on the roofs or walls of churches and Cathedrals. But imagine looking up at the parapets and walls of a church or cathedral on a foggy evening and slowly they all start coming to life, …

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A Little History on Dolbi Cashier and Brass

In Vintage Retro and Kitsch, All by kode-store.co.uk

We like a bit of brass at Kode Store, we have lots of it, and lots of Brasso too. Brass is quite an ancient copper alloy that has been around in various forms since as early as the 5th millennium BC, the modern day brass that we know of today came on to the scene around the 14th century and has had many uses, but the one we are …

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Japanese Iron Okimono Hornet Brooch

In Vintage Retro and Kitsch, All by kode-store.co.uk

While searching around on Google looking for more information regarding another of our items for sale i came across something else i instantly recognised as one of those things in our collection that i had previously been unable to find any information on. What i found on Google was a Samurai’s Meadate in the shape of a giant Japanese hornet (Japanese Antique Samurai Kabuto Hornet Meadate) which was virtually …

View Post

The Anatomy of a Candelabra

In Vintage Retro and Kitsch, All by kode-store.co.uk

The Nozzle, is where the candle is placed The Drip pan or Wax pan, which catches the melted wax The Capital, houses the candle The Arms, jut out forming the candelabra The Shoulder or Knop is an ornamental knob (the word knop is of Dutch origins) The Stem or Column is the main part leading to… The Base on which the whole candelabra sits on The Well on some …

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