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The Grecian Couch, Victorian Style
What the day-bed had been to the William and Mary, Queen Anne, and Chippendale periods, the couch was from the Sheraton through the Victorian years. The difference was that the day-bed was an ample side chair with seat extended to six feet; the couch was a modified sofa with a half back and one raised end.
The Ottoman, A Victorian Furniture Form
As the name indicates, this auxiliary seat for a Victorian parlor set was inspired by a Turkish pile of small rugs used as a low seat. From its usage it could well be considered the effete descendant of the austere joined stool of the seventeenth century which was accepted as a fitting seat for "women, children, and lesser folk."
Spool-Turned Furniture
The Victorian style reflected a variety of influences-the designs of Louis XV, the Gothic, and the Renaissance. This hybrid reached America by way of England about 1850 where it was quickly adapted to public taste.
THE story of American glass is an important part of American / history. Its emergence from European beginnings into a distinctive American art parallels the industrial and artistic development of the United States.
Josiah Wedgwood and His Jasperware
Of all Staffordshire potters, probably none did so much to advance the craft, both artistically and commercially, as Josiah Wedgwood.
History of Rookwood Pottery
Rookwood, the first art pottery in the United States - and the most distinctive - began as an amateur effort. Mrs. Maria Longworth Nichols (later Mrs. Bellamy Storer, Jr.) was one of a group of talented society women in Cincinnati, Ohio, who took up china painting under Benn Pitman of the Cincinnati School of Design.
Collectible Pot Lids
The people who saved Carrie Nation vinegar bottles in the 1930s or Lestoil bottles of recent date, had they lived a century ago, would have filled their cupboards with colorful lids from jars of hair pomade and shrimp paste and pates. And time would have proved them wise. These small round lids, printed with colored pictures have been popularly collected for a long time.
The Pierotti Wax Doll
"IT MUST be a Montanari!" Every collector of wax dolls has at some time heard or made this pronouncement. For years it was believed that the famous Montanari wax dolls were the first to have hair, eyelashes, and eyebrows separately embedded in the wax head. Every unmarked doll with hair thus set was pronounced, without further question, a Montanari, and most books on the subject quote 1849 as their first appearance.
Furniture Glass - Is It Original?
A question that invariably pops up during the examination of an older or antique piece of furniture is "Is that the original glass?". Its relatively easy to determine if a piece has been refinished - it lacks the normal wear and tear evident on an old finish. And its also easy to determine if a piece has been re-upholstered.
Antique Lure Madness
The next time you look at a fishing lure hanging from a rafter of your boathouse, over the fireplace, or tucked away in Grandpa’s tackle box, you better take a real good look. Why? Because lure collectors have driven the price of famous maker pre-1940 lures in unfished condition through the roof.
Collecting Combs
Combs are a universal item and can be found in all parts of the world, each having developed their own particular style and use of materials. Often the material used is one found only in that particular locality. In China for instance, the Kingfisher bird had beautiful turquoise to blue feathers. They were incorporated into the designs and used to the point of the birds extinction.
The Internet's Impact On Collecting
Thousands of people of all ages have turned to the Internet to pursue items they collect. Collectible companies help them by providing free information on their World Wide Web sites, and offer online discussion forums and chat rooms.
Antique Buttons From The 1880s
"Metal picture buttons"- the term collectors apply to those with pictures embossed or impressed on sheet metal, ordinary brass, steel, etc.-were novel in the late 1860s. In the 1880s, they reached the peak of their popularity.
The Napkin Ring
It appears that the first device employed to hold the table napkin from one meal to another was a "nef" -a silver model of a sailing ship, "silver galloons all sails set and pennons flying," made with "scrupulous accuracy" which appeared about the middle of the 12th century.
Patterns: Asiatic Pheasants
The transfer-printed pattern "Asiatic Pheasants" had a long and widespread career in the nineteenth century-from about 1825 to about 1900. It is listed in Laidacker's Anglo-American China, Part II; and Mrs. Kamm in Old China described a pale blue covered dish which she was unable to date.
Victorian Jewlery For The Gentleman
The Victorian gentleman wore black -- black suits, overcoats, gaiters, and hats, reserving colored or white vests for formal events. He lightened this decorous choice by the use of rich and elaborate accessories.
Strange People - Androids
Machines in the form of humans which performed human-like work and actions long fascinated the early engineers, watch and clockmakers of Europe, so much so that after their regular work was accomplished they used their skill to devise and invent machines in human form which were amazing to the people of their times.
Canadian Coins
Canada was discovered in 1497 by John Cabot who, sailing under Letters Patent from Henry VII, claimed it for England.
Central And South American Coins
It would be impossible to give more than a very general picture of Central and South American numismatics in this present work.
West Indies Coins
One of the most interesting and unusual series of coins resulted from the shortage of currency in the islands of the West Indies in the latter part of the eighteenth and the early nineteenth centuries.
African Coins
It seems probable that coins were brought to the African continent by Greek and Phoenician traders as early as the seventh century B.C.
Asian Coins
We have already seen in an earlier chapter how, on the death of Alexander the Great in 323 B.c. his empire was broken up and divided between his generals.
Here are few things more attractive to the collector than mezzotints. In fact, I am disposed to think that, amongst all the art productions which may be termed illustrations, there is nothing so beautiful in itself as a really fine impression of a good English mezzotint.
It is a mere platitude to say that the world has suffered very much from the results of war, and the only reason that I mention such an obvious fact is that I may add that so far as I know, the only real advantage that the world has ever derived from war was the introduction of the post-card.
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