Published: May 23, 2011
Local antiques enthusiast to publish new book about his hobby

A local antiques and collector is to publish a new book about the hobby.

Bill Jackman - who has been dealing in antiques and collecting them for 40 years - is publishing 'Investing in Silver, Toys and Miniatures' on June 1st.

Bill, who is a member of Burnham-On-Sea Moose Lodge, has made a study of silver toys that were first made in Germany in the 16th century.

They are mainly tiny silver miniatures of toys primarily designed to be bought by adults to furnish their dolls houses on which they lavished great care and expense.

The toys were originally used to teach young ladies how a house should be laid out to help them in the real world.

Bill, pictured in the centre, has himself furnished two rooms in a dolls house, a kitchen and lounge in the Victorian style with silver toys, just like the V&A Museum London.

Many of these toys from the 18th century are rare and although they are very tiny - no more than half inch big - they can sell for thousands of pounds at auction houses such as Christies.

Needless to say, Bill has nothing like that, for most of his toys were bought via the internet for £40-£60.

The book includes 110 pictures of the items, together with a suggested price list and advice on buying these treasures as an investment, together with the history of silver toys.

The book is priced £14.99 in hardback or £11.99 in paperback and will be available from June 1st.

Bill has also written 3 novels, plus poetry and plays. His first book, titled 'Collecting Masonic Memorabilia', sold well all over the world.

Bill is a retired gentleman who lives in Weston super mare with his wife Jinty, and a member of Burnham-on-Sea Moose International Lodge 123.

Pictured: Bill Jackman (centre) with Burnham-On-Sea Moose group's Terry Cornelius Nicola Hawkins of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance during a previous presentation


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