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Baccarat Manufacture Of Fine Cut Crystal
Baccarat. The Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat, Muerthe et Moselle, France, is one of France's oldest and finest glass manufactories.
Hunting For Antique China
China hunting is a true midsummer madness. When grass grows green and daffodils begin to peer my fancy lightly turns to thoughts of china. Hot waxes the fever as crawls up the summer sun...
Birds Of The World
DEFINITION of a Bird. — Strange as it may seem, the old proverb that "A bird is known by its feathers," finds such exemplification in the science of today that it has actually become the scientific definition of the Class.
Furnishing Of The Home
Making the home — Changing conditions — The relationship between architecture and furniture—Ecclesiastical influence—The arrangement of collections.
Oriental Porcelain According To Order Of Discovery
OUR first task will be to classify the porcelain according to the order of its discovery, and in this relation we shall be largely guided by form and colour, which in the oldest pieces is naturally less diversified than in the later.
Batik In Java
The European printed imitations of batik meet with very little favour among the native Javanese, who are very critical of art and craftsmanship and the importations only find a market among the poor.
About Prada
In 1978, Miuccia Prada inherited the family business. This was a small luxury leather goods shop in Milan. The business was founded by Miuccia Prada's grandfather in 1913.
Grace of Queen Anne
When the first English settlers came to America, England was just emerging from the Middle Ages. Furniture of the time was heavy and cumbersome and constructed chiefly of oak. By 1700, furniture had become gradually more plentiful and new forms appeared to fill domestic needs. The Queen Anne style offered homeowners lighter, graceful, more comfortable furniture, and the first "period" pieces were born.
Antiques or Junk?
In today's modern world, you may describe just about anything that’s old as an antique and in generic terms that’s true. In reality, antiques are products that are more than 100 years old or products that are rare enough to have some value. In other words, antiques are old items that are in limited supply. The more limited, the more antique the item.
Collecting Glass
I began collecting glass about 15 years ago. The first piece I ever bought was a Peachblow Lily vase. It is also the vase that is in my logo. I felt in love with this glass as soon as I got this piece. From there I started going to any antique show or store I could find. In my travels I started to find Burmese Glass and Amberina.
World War One Uniform
The other day I was going through my closet and ran across the World War One uniform my mother had given me so many years ago. I was feeling somewhat in disbelief at its presence. It brought back many vivid memories of mother's last days. My mother, Victoria, had been ill for sometime, and I believe she knew she was coming to the end of her time on this earth.
Clinchfield Pottery, A Bit of America's History
Clinchfield pottery came about when the Clinchfield, North Carolina, and Ohio railroad company wanted to expand their rail shipping business. Noticing the success of other new up and coming pottery companies the decision was made to produce pottery.
Reservations About Reserves?
As a dealer who sells quite a few items via the internet auction circuits, I am aware that reserves are a necessary and important tool. So as not to lose money, if an item is selling during an auction crash, or if the item gets overlooked by the buyers, we must in some cases use reserves.
Fiestaware's Hot, So Don't Get Burned
Fiestaware pottery is one of the hottest collectible items on the market today. People of all ages and walks of life are drawn to its festive colors and simple lines, and it's easily found in flea markets, at auctions and at garage sales all over the country. Here's the lowdown.
History of Roseville Pottery
Roseville pottery is very "late". The plant did not close until 1954 and at least some art pottery was made to the end of its days; but pieces made between 1900 and 1930 are being quietly collected today as "antiques of tomorrow."
Wedding Ring History
The wedding ring is a billion dollar sentiment. Symbol of the tie that binds, its use is endowed by historians with various origins and portents. Some theorize the circlet is derived from fetters worn by captive women of medieval times, while others accredit it to the exchange of tokens as a sign of good faith or friendship known even to the cave dwellers.
Thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of collectors are avid buyers of what many of them proudly call "Norah-take." All they need do is say it "Norah-tah-key" and they'll be right as rain. Noritake china was first made in 1904, at Nagoya, Japan, by the Nippon Toki Kaisha. The ware is marked NORITAKE and, if it entered the United States as a direct import, bears the country of origin mark, either "Japan," "Made in Japan," or "Nippon."
Vintage Gucci Handbags
The first Gucci handbag was offered more than 70 years ago. It was in a small shop in Florence where the handbag was born. The Gucci handbag has been a symbol of luxury ever since. It is a reflection of style and sophistication. The hanbags created by Gucci are favored the wealthy and the famous. Everyone at one time or another desires to carry a Gucci handbag.
Murano Glass
Since the beginning of times man has been enchanted, and mesmerized by glass, perhaps due to its transparent nature? One might believe glass lends itself toward being magical and supernatural. For a good example, the crystal ball. It is used to gaze into, and perhaps see what the future holds... Glass has the magical means to capture your attention.
The American Pocket Watch
Ancient artifacts witness to a preoccupation with time and its measurement, and no doubt the invention of the mechanical clock, late in the middle ages, worked a veritable revo1ution in timekeeping. Only slightly less momentous was the development of the watch in the sixteenth century, not long after Peter Henlein of Nurnberg developed the spring-driven timepiece. Jewelry and timekeeping were now inexorably fused, presumably for all time.
Antiques In New England
Many of the things mentioned in the fore-going pages were part of our ancestors' equipment for living and reflected changes in their way of life and thought.
I Love Pottery Barn
The Pottery Barn was founded in 1914. The first stores were based in Manhattan, New York. There were 21 stores. In 1986 Pottery Barn sold to William Sonoma Inc. It has since evolved into the number one home furnishing retail store in the USA, and now in Canada.
Early Lawn Mowers
In the August 1961 Spinning Wheel appeared a short article on "The Lawn Mower." One paragraph read: "Lawn tennis came in the 1870s; croquet was popular, too; golf followed in a decade.
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