Memorabilia from the First World War


Interest in the history of the First World War remains strong as we approach the centenary of the end of hostilities.

Here we have a volume entitled The Red Book of the War, edited by Herbert Strang and published by Hodder & Stoughton.

What makes it unusual is that it was clearly produced before the end of the conflict – a dedication inside is dated ‘1916’. Clearly aimed at boys, it features a portrait of Field Marshal Sir John French – Commander-in-Chief of the British Expeditionary Force for the first year and a half of the war – on the cover.





Charting successes and failures to date, it contains all manner of jingoistic propaganda (“they will learn in the hard school of adversity that Germany is not the last word in civilisation”). A fascinating piece of history – and just £8!




Elsewhere in The Emporium are these vintage binoculars bearing the famous ‘Dollond’ name.

Priced at just £28, they come complete with leather neck strap and case.

Sometimes dirt and mould can accumulate inside older field glasses but these still produce a nice clear image. ‘8×25’ indicates that the binoculars have 8x magnification and a 25mm objective lens diameter.







Within Sally’s section is this attractive 1930s display cabinet which has been reduced from £60 to just £35.

The blue and white teapot inside (£8) is by J & G Meakin and features the company’s ‘Blue Nordic’ pattern. J & G Meakin became part of the Wedgwood Group in the 1970s.

The lovely old suitcase in the foreground is £15.







Still with ceramics, we have this charming porcelain figure of a girl tending to her geese.

It was made in Ilmenau in the former East Germany during the early 1970s and is yours for just £10.








Meanwhile Jacqui is selling this ginger jar and two small plates featuring a pretty pink flower and bird decoration.

Made in Aveiro, Portugal, each piece features the ‘Ceramica IBIS’ stamp.









Also within Jacqui’s section is this attractive and very useful shabby chic corner cupboard, priced £145, and well as a pair of vases (£10 and £20).









If you are looking for something with a real personal touch, what about a hand-knitted scarf by Gloria? She has items from as little as £5 while this lovely blue and white piece is just £8.










Happy New Year to you!

First-off – happy New Year to all our Emporium customers (and future customers)! We hope you enjoyed the pair of Christmas fairs we ran during December (especially the mulled wine and mince pies). As usual we’re open from 10am until 5pm Monday to Saturday and 1pm to 4pm on bank holidays during 2017. The Emporium’s new payment machine has been a great success and we’re happy to announce that buyers can use their debit cards to purchase items totalling £20 or more.

As you are probably aware the shop is a collective of more than a dozen sellers specialising in everything from glass, ceramics and small antiques to crafts and upcycled furniture. The dictionary definition of ‘emporium’ is: “a store selling a great variety of articles” – never has a truer word been said about our shop.

If you are interested in renting some space within Godstone Emporium at a very reasonable rate, please call 07766 193126 during opening hours.

Here’s a taste of some of the beautiful items that have come into the shop in recent weeks…


Claire is selling this lovely George Jones majolica-style jug which features an unusual bird handle – we think it’s a swift! It has a small defect, and as a result is yours for just £15.









Continuing the wildlife theme, this fantastic owl ornament can be found in Cat’s section (all that’s missing is a pea-green boat!). Delightfully soft, and featuring real feathers on its wings, this chirpy chappy is on sale for £22.50.









Nearby is Sally’s area, which includes a 1950s and ‘60s-themed display. The leaf trolley table is £40, while the 14-piece Alfred Meakin coffee set costs just £30. Alfred Meakin Ltd was set up in 1875 in Tunstall, Staffordshire.









Just £16 will buy you this impressive glass ship in a bottle in Sylvia’s section…










…while this wonderful arch-shaped mirror can be found at the front of the shop (Jacqui, £75). The small cherubs complement it perfectly and cost £10 each.









Finally, take a look at these glass tealight holders. Hand-painted by Gloria Whiting they cost £8 each or £15 for two – great value for original works of art!