Calling all mad scientists!
Our new laboratory range brings scientific chic into your home, with serving flasks and petri dipping dishes made of science grade borosilicate glass, and bell jars to keep your specimens safe. Our bell jars are inspired by Victorian Memento Mori jars and are made with antique style glass, so you might find the odd bubble or ripple in the glass to add some vintage character. Our new range is stylishly scholarly and ideal for the lab or the study.
We continue our celebration of the current series of Doctor Who with a new infographic exploring some of the Doctor's Victorian adventures (plus a couple either side).
This competition is now closed, but if you're a Doctor Who fan take a look at our new Victorian Doctor Who Adventures infographic.
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You can see the Doctor in a topper in Thin Ice on BBC iPlayer.
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Which is your favourite Sherlock Holmes, the BBC's Sherlock or Conan Doyle's original? We compare the two with our new infographic: Sherlock vs. Holmes.
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A brief history of pocket watches
Pocket watches were the most common type of watch from their development in the 16th century until wristwatches became popular after the First World War.
Pocket watches generally have an attached chain to allow them to be secured to a waistcoat, lapel, or belt loop, and to prevent them from being dropped. Watches were also mounted on a short leather strap or fob, when a long chain would have been cumbersome or likely to catch on things. This fob could also provide a protective flap over their face and crystal. Women's watches were normally of this form, with a watch fob that was more decorative than protective. Chains were frequently decorated with a silver or enamel pendant, often carrying the arms of some club or society, which by association also became known as a fob. Ostensibly practical gadgets such as a watch winding key, vesta case, or a cigar cutter also appeared on watch chains, although usually in an overly decorated style. Also common are fasteners designed to be put through a buttonhole and worn in a jacket or waistcoat, this sort being frequently associated with and named after train conductors.
Types of pocket watch
- Open Face Pocket Watch: The open face pocket watch has no cover for the watch face so that the time can be read at a glance. The risk of damage to the unprotected watch face led to the development of the full hunter pocket watch that protected the face with a hinged cover.
- Hunter Pocket Watch: The full hunter pocket watch protected the delicate watch face with a protective lid. However, having to open the watch every time the owner wanted to check the time could prove bothersome and so the half hunter was invented.
- Half Hunter Pocket Watch: The half hunter pocket watch was created by the simple addition of a hole in the protective cover that allowed the hands to be read without opening the cover.
- Double Hunter Pocket Watch: The double hunter pocket watch had a lid on the reverse of the watch allowing the viewing of the watch mechanism. The rear lid when open also makes the pocket watch easy to stand upright on a flat surface.
- Double Half Hunter Pocket Watch: The double half hunter pocket watch is a combination of the double hunter and the half hunter pocket watches having the advantages of both; a viewing hole in the front cover and the useful hinged lid on the reverse.
Happy New Year to all our customers. We currently have a January sale and have just taken delivery of some lovely new pocket watches. Which is your favourite – ribs, cogs, or the Victoria ?
May we wish you a merry Christmas, and if we might be so bold, a happy New Year. We hope you'll be back for our January sale. We always have agents scouring the globe, so we'll have all manner of new stock turning up next year. Why not follow our Facebook page for updates.
Thank you to everyone who visited our Steampunk Christmas market in Sneinton on 10th December. It was an immense success and we sold out of a number of items unbelievably quickly, particularly pocket watches and Alice in Wonderland memorabilia. We had to dig into our inventory to meet the immense demand, so you may find that a number of items are temporarily out of stock on the website. We are endeavouring to get new stock as quickly as possible to make items available again. Please bear with us in the meantime.
Victoriana Ltd will have a stall at the Sneinton Steampunk Christmas Market in Nottingham on 10th December 2016. Say the codeword Ironside for a 10% discount!
We may have our feet planted firmly in the Nineteenth Century, but we can reach out to the Twentieth when we need to. Our younger clerks have told us about a thing called Facebook and although most of our books have leather covers, we've set up our own page: www.facebook.com/VictorianaLtd - we hope you'll click Like - whatever that means...
We are very proud to welcome The Elusive Tie Maker to our site. We don't know who he is, but we know his cravats are exquisitely handmade in the UK. Each cravat is unique, but if you would like a run of matching ties or cravats for a wedding or other special event please get in touch.
We are a new company feeling our way. We've filled our store with what we hope is a desirable and eclectic mix of Victoriania and we've got lots of ideas for new items to add to our inventory, but we need your ideas to make it the place to go for Victorian gifts and collectibles. What would you like to see?
What's your burning desire to see for sale here?