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As To Christmas Giving
The Antiquarian has been giving considerable thought to the yearly recurrent problem of the gifts. He has noted during the last few years an increasing tendency to give something at Christmas time which will be not only reminiscent of the giver but a source of pleasure and utility to the recipient. He has noted also through association with antique dealers, who sense the tendency of the time and who for reasons of the pocketbook are alert to the fads and fancies of the moment, an increasing tendency to give antiques as presents.
A Deal That Didn't Go Through
She was out to buy a wedding present and she walked into the shop of a well-known dealer in antiques to look around. Her own familiarty with old furniture was limited to the knowledge that it was "the thing," but she knew that the bride was something of a collector.
Mastering the Age Old Art of Waxed Dolls
Contrary to the popular belief that wax dolls are a recent innovation in doll making, the virtues of wax as a modeling material have been used for at least 3,000 years. By 1000 B.C. the Egyptians used wax to fashion effigies of their guardian deities.
ABC Plates And Mugs
Childrenís dishes, including those with the alphabet printed on them, have always been very popular with the collecting community. Concentrating on ABC material alone is a challenging but very rewarding field for the collector.
Midwinter Pottery - Fashion On A Plate
Little did I imagine as a child growing up in the sixties, that one day the very plates I was eating off would be so desirable to collectors. To me, Midwinter tableware was simply part of the comforting fabric of everyday life. In the Seventies in was a source of derision.
Introducing Crackle Glass
Glass is the third most popular collectible in the world, preceded only by coins and stamps. We feel crackle glass is the most beautiful. Have you ever seen crackle glass in a window when the sun reflects off the glass? A window decorated with different colored crackle is truly breathtaking.
The Bible Box, Ancestor of the Desk
Among the wooden chests which made up the luggage of the first American colonists were small dual-purpose boxes of oak. Equipped with a large lock, such a box would be ornamented on the front with shallow carving and also have the initials of its owner carved just below the lock. Stored within were a bulky quarto-size Bible, seeds for planting in the new land, family trinkets, and writing materials, since it was the early substitute for a desk.
Lambert Hitchcock, Chairmaker
About a hundred and thirty years ago, a young Connecticut Yankee with an eye to business left his native town of Cheshire and settled in the northern part of the Nutmeg State where he established a chair factory near a branch of the Farmington River. His name was Lambert Hitchcock. He was descended from a Hitchcock who had been part of the Puritan exodus from England, and his family had lived in and near New Haven since 1639.
Pennsylvania Dutch, Plain and Fancy
Furniture made by the Pennsylvania Dutch and used in the ample houses of their prosperous farms displays two of the dominant characteristics of these folk. Their fondness for colorful ornamentation in the home is evident in fine examples of painted furniture, such as the bridal chest.Their hard-headed practicality, on the other hand, is demonstrated by the simple lines and sturdy construction of such pieces made for everyday use as the water bench.
How Turned Chairs Were Made
The turned chairs produced by American craftsmen for fully two centuries are of three kinds, the slat-back, the spindle-back, and the corner or roundabout on the diagonal thus making a chair that fitted easily into the corner of a room.
The Puritan Century Wainscot Chair
It is generally conceded that the little group of Pilgrims who set foot on Plymouth Rock over 335 years ago brought practically no household furnishings with them. But the memory of the simple pieces of furniture they had known in their English provincial homes was still vivid.
Wemyss Ware
One of the most charming of Victorian wares is the gaily decorated pottery known as Wemyss ware (pronounced weems). This interesting pottery, made from the 1880s to about 1905 shows none of the excesses of Victorian design, but is beautifully and simply decorated in a bold forthright style.
1897 Sears Roebuck Catalogue
This 786 - page reprint of the 1897 Sears, Roebuck & Co. is a priceless treasure for the right audience. Profusely illustrated, readers will marvel at the enormous range of goods then available, most of which are now obsolete or little used in American life. From the $4.90 'Cast Iron Pig Trough' to the $3.00 'Cleveland Ball Bearing Wringer,' from the $1.75 'Magic Lantern Slide Projector for Juveniles' to the $3.35 'Velocipedes' bicycle and the $2.00, mohair-covered 'Ear Trumpet,' readers will turn the pages in awe. Those interested in fashion and costuming will find the extensive pages on clothing remarkable.
"Crest" Or "Goss" Miniatures
From the turn of the century to the First World War, Crest miniatures were popular souvenirs of towns and seaside resorts in the British Isles. These minute copies of museum or historical jugs or urns, colorfully decorated with crest of city or town, were originated at the Goss Potteries in Staffordshire, by Mr. W. H. Goss.
History Of Papermaking
Papermaking has a venerable history. Perhaps the most important contribution of China to the basic inventions of the world was the one of making paper.
The Romance Of Collecting Antiques
Collecting antiques, as we understand it today, is a relatively new thing. It began at the time of the celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of American independence in 1876. On May I 11th of that year the Centennial Exhibition was opened at Fairmount Park in Philadelphia by President Grant.
Old Curiosity Shops And Antique Dealers
"Yes" said the dealer, "our windfalls are of various kinds. Some customers are ignorant, and then I touch a dividend on my superior knowledge. Some are dishonest," and here he held up the candle, so that the light fell strongly on his visitor, "and in that case," he continued, "I profit by my virtue."
Going Going Gone: Town and Country Auctions
Auction in town and country have been popular in New England for centuries. These sales, or "vendues," as they were called, used to be announced by the town crier, or by the distribution of handbills, or by newspaper advertisements.
Reproductions, Fakes, And Thefts
There is something to be said for reproductions. Not those which are made with the intention of deceiving, but the straightforward copies made by master craftsmen which are honestly sold.
First Steps In Coin Collecting
There are many ways in which people become interested in coin collecting. Possibly you have been given an unusual coin in change, seen a friend's collection, or perhaps some interesting coin has caught your eye.
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