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The Popular Pillar-and-Scroll Clock
The appearance of a package frequently is the key to its success or failure. Eli Terry discovered this when he began making wooden-works shelf clocks in quantity. Since the primary purpose of a clock is to tell time accurately, he had seen to it that his thirty-hour wood-movement could do that and could also be produced at a price within reach of the many clock-less households.
The Tabernacle Mirror
The term tabernacle mirror would have been distinct news to lookingglass makers back in 1800 when this type was in style. Both to them and their clients it was a gilt-framed looking glass with classic side columns, corniced top, and decorated upper panel.
A Victorian Parlor Set
In the Victorian period, custom furniture shops and factories often made furniture in sets-parlor, dining room, and bedroom.
John Henry Belter and His Rosewood Furniture
About the time that Duncan Phyfe closed his large shop on Fulton Street after half a century as New York's leading cabinetmaker, a young man working in a new furniture style established a shop at 40 Chatham Square.
The Mid-Western Food Safe
An early nineteenth-century piece of kitchen furniture which has been adapted for use in the modern home is a wooden cupboard with perforated tin panels in doors and sides. Known as a safe throughout the Middle West and parts of the South, where it was popular from the early 1800's to as late as 1870, it was originally used for storing food.
Simon And Halbig - Master Craftsmen
As with many other German doll firms, mystery surrounds the early days of Simon & Halbig. Records that might pinpoint the beginnings of this busy factory have succumbed to wars, and to time itself. Collectors, to determine the firm's production, must turn to the study and comparison of available dolls.
Plumbing And Cleanliness In The Gay Nineties
FASHIONS in plumbing fixtures, as in everything else, are subject to change, and the embossed closet bowl pictured here was a short-time fad, manufactured by the Trenton Potteries Company for Crane Company of Omaha, Nebraska, in the 1890s. The original unit included a water cabinet in a wooden box, fastened high on the wall, with a chain pull.
My Grandmother Had One!
SOMEONE has said that the quickest way to rub a dealer the wrong way is to look at something in his stock and say, "My grandmother had one just like that." So what? The dealer doesn't care what your grandmother had, or what you have. He is concerned with selling his stock.
The Protecting Settle
Take a bench, add a high back and side pieces and you have a settle. A simple piece which could be made by anyone handy with tools, by late Tudor years it had become common in English manors and farmhouses.
Early American Furniture - Practical Guide
At last we have a new American furniture book to fill the gap left by yesteryear’s classics. John Obbard’s book does exactly what its subtitle promises: it provides practical information about American furniture, and at $12.95 it does it for a price any collector can afford.
Adevertising Icons Document Pop Culture
While researching for Zany Characters of the Ad World, I discovered advertising characters have been with us as early as 1904. The Campbell Kids, initially designed by Grace Gebbie Drayton, have advertised Campbell’s soup in magazines, billboards, and later in TV commercials for almost 100 years. However it was not until 1956 that the Campbell’s Soup Company offered Campbell’s Kids dolls as premiums.
Keen Kutter Cutlery And Tools
Has a stop to an old hardware store ever made your day? Has it left you with that relaxed, glad I took the time feeling? In our travels we make it a point to visit small towns and drive through the main sections hoping to find an old hardware store. There are many stories behind those doors just waiting for you.
Catalina Island Pottery
In 1958, musical artists known as The Four Preps, wrote the song ìTwenty-six Miles Across the Sea, Santa Catalina is a-waitiní for me,î which became one of the top hits of the fifties. Today, Santa Catalina welcomes visitors with a picturesque coastline, ample anchorages, clear water, and fresh air.
All Shook Up - Shaker Passion Grows for a Wide Range of Collectors
When Stephen Visakay readies his nightly martini he has his choice of a different cocktail shaker for every evening of the year. Visakay, author of Vintage Bar Ware Identification and Value Guide (Collector Books, Paducah, Kentucky), has acquired over 1,600 shakers, about 100 of which made up a recent exhibition titled, not surprisingly, "Shaken, Not Stirred," which traveled to museums throughout North America.
Birth Of The Movies
Unfolded in yesterday's cinema drama were the names of many, unknown to a ourrent generation, such names as W. S. Hart, Mary Pickford, Mabel Normand, Charles Chaplin, Theda Bara, Wallace Reid, Francis X. Bushman, Pearl White, "Fatty" Arbuckle, Lillian Gish, Tom Mix, to mention but a few, stars of the Edison, Vitagraph, Biograph, Pathe, Lubin, Selig cinema productions, and many others.
The Work of Erastus Salisbury Field, 1805-1900
Folk Portraitist Erastus Field, whose canvases show much of the social, religious, and historical temper of his day, was born in Leverett, Massachusetts in 1805.
Old Houses Of Paris
Even if you aren't carrying a picture to be framed, or a mirror to be hung, a visit to this old house would interest you solely by the great diversity of its models and the archaic method of work.
The Bannister Back Chair
The bannister back chair is one of America's few contributions to the decorative arts. This developed from the elegant, carved caneback chair introduced from Flanders with the restoration of Charles II to the throne of England.
Mt. Washington Glass Company's Napoli Glassware
"The invention," states Mr. Steffin in his patent specifications, "consists in forming upon one side or face of the glass article to be decorated an outline of the figure or design to be produced, and forming upon the opposite side or face of such article the complete figure or design, whereby the outline thus formed upon one side will, by reason of the transparency of the glass, combine with the main body of the decoration upon the opposite side, and produce a novel and peculiar effect."
English Coins II
William I landed in England on 14 October 1066 and with his archers, crossbowmen and heavily armed infantry defeated the somewhat lighter armed English and a new era dawned in England.
English Coins III
On the death of Richard Plantagenet on 22 August 1485, Henry Tudor, son of Edmund Tudor and Margaret, great granddaughter of John of Gaunt, acceded to the throne as Henry VII.
English Coins IV
On the death of Queen Anne in 1714 the crown was offered to George Louis, elector of Hanover, and on his accession to the English throne he placed his German titles on some of the English coins.
Scottish And Irish Coins
Compared with the long history of English numismatics, the Scottish series covers a relatively short period from the twelfth to the eighteenth century.
North American Coins
The early settlers of the North American continent at first had little need of struck coins, all transactions being conducted by a form of barter.
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