Solved Cases

We wanted to know who designed this stunning orange deco cocktail shaker, for whom and when.

By the end of the investigation we had a personal statement from a relative of the designers, a confirmed retail outlet, and we knew it was issued in six colours.  Read the full story here.

The designer was unknown and we weren't too sure about precisely when it was made.

By the end of a short investigation we knew who the designers were, the date of the product and even the factory in which it was made. Read the full case notes here.

We thought this radio might be designed by Illes Hofmeister and that it was manufactured by Portadyne. We also wanted an accurate date.

We found evidence that strengthened our belief in Hofmeister as the designer but that rather than being manufactured by Portadyne it was manfactured by Dynaport and branded by Portadyne. We have it securely dated to the 1960s and probably to a specific year. To follow the story as it unfurled visit this link. There is also further information in the Evidence Locker.

All we knew about this charming duck was that it was made in England.

Now we know what it was called, who made it, when it was in production, what plastics it is made up of and its method of production. Follow the path of discovery here.

We did not know who designed these clips or when. Investigation revealed that they were patented in 1932 by Ernest Harrison of Bury, Lancashire and manufactured by Byson Appliance Co. of the same town. We clearly needed to establish a connection between the two, it was then that we scored a lucky break. Read more here.