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Old Derby Porcelain
The English factory which produced the china now known as Crown Derby was started in the town of that name in 1755 by William Duesbury, a young ceramic modeler and enameller. He had previously worked in London, then at Longton Hall in Staffordshire, and finally settled in the town which his porcelain factory was to make famous.
Staffordshire; Whieldon's Tortoise-Shell Ware
Among the Staffordshire wares that preceded the popular blue and white transfer dishes of the early nineteenth century, was a multi-colored one known as tortoise-shell. Its originator was Thomas Whieldon, a contemporary of Josiah Wedgwood and next in importance to that great potter.
Tiffany Silver
For those who may have any remaining doubts about the importance of 19th century American silver in the history of decorative arts, the Carpenter's book, Tiffany Silver, will remove all those doubts forever. It is the story of the silver itself-the tea and coffee services, the centerpieces, water pitchers, punch bowls, presentation silver, swords, guns, trophies and the flatware which have made Tiffany silver preeminent among knowledgeable collectors.
Antique Typewriters
An interest in business machines of modern make should not deter anyone in this phase of work from collecting examples which mark the beginning of the trend in any category of device. So rapid has been the pace in business machine design and development that many people in their fifties can remember offices fitted out with a two-tub wetting box with wringer and a large iron screw, called a copying press.
Dolly's Not Long At The Fair
This is how it happened. I went to the Eastern States Antiques Fair at White Plains on opening day, May 5th. I arrived at 1:05. Immediately I started looking for dolls-and Mary Gregory glass. When I arrived at the booth of Charlotte & Edgar Sittig, from Shawnee on Delaware, I saw this pair of dolls. My heart skipped a beat or two.
Cut Glass Conversions
UNLIKE many collectibles which are used solely for display, most cut glass pieces purchased today are also put to their original purpose to add sparkle and elegance to a table setting. Occasional pieces like the water carafe, once the mark of a well appointed table, are no longer in vogue. Nor are the tall, rather slender vases as popular for flowers as they once were.
Religious Spoons
The "Place and Person" Souvenir Spoons of the late 1880's and 1890's were a natural outgrowth of the famed Apostle Spoons which, so far as is now known, originated in the 15th century, before the discovery of America. These were made in sets of 13; the 12 apostles and the Master. Such spoons were esteemed for their religious significance and so were made in silver, brass, pewter, and tin.
Early Cut Glass Marks
AMERICAN Cut Glass of the 19th century of course embraces all cut glass made in the hundred years bracketed between 1801 and the end of the year 1900. Within that span practically all of the cut glass now within the collectors range was produced. Some of it does not fall within the category of factory produced but this much must be remembered: no matter whether cut in a one man shop, or in a factory employing a hundred or more cutters, the cutting was a craftsman's or artist's work and it was done by hand.
Ray Milland Collection Sold
THE Millands have disposed of BelAir, their estate in the Beverly Hills region and are retiring to a smaller, more intimate menage. In planning for this move, the Millands retained only the star's gun collection, his library and some few cherished pieces. The balance of the furnishings, mostly antiques, were displayed at the Wi]shire Boulevard Gallery of Marvin H. Newman and there sold, in seven sessions which marked not only spirited bidding, but notably good prices, realized at the fall of the auctioneer's hammer.
Nova Scotia Antiques
Capt. A. L. Morfee, retired from 30 years in the Canadian Air Corps, continues his late wife's shop of elegant antiques in Annapolis Royal, featuring choice N. S. furniture, copper lustre, Georgian silver. A WEEK'S circle tour of scenic Nova Scotia, with delightful opportunities to browse in antiques shops as well as in County Museums, Craft Houses, and buildings of historic interest where valuable relics and trophies are housed, is recommended as a restful vacation of infinite variety and "other world" charm.
Textile Printing Blocks
The story of machine printing of cloth, and the history of the Sprague Print Works, now the Cranston Print Works Company, may be found in The Spinner, the Bulletin of the Old Slater Mill Museum, for April 1962.
The Rag Doll In The U.S.
THE advertising rag doll began to be popular as early as 1900. Aunt Jemima and her Pickaninnies have already been pictured ( August 1962), as have Buster Brown and Tige, and the Palmer Cox Brownies. The last two sets are considered advertising figures to the extent that they put into the hands of children tangible forms of characters they had learned to love in books, magazines, and comics.
American Cut Glass
WILLIAM Henry Gibbs and Michael J. Kelly opened a glass cutting shop in the W. W. Weston Building on Race Street in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, in July 1895. Two months later, Frank Steinman joined the firm and it was known as Gibbs, Kelly & Company.
Old Picture Scrapbooks
YOU are taking a risk if, at some auction or antiques show or shop, you buy an ornate old album filled with colored pictures and cards for you are almost sure to want anotherand another! They are intriguing, these scrapbooks of the last three decades of the nineteenth century when their making was a favorite and fashionable activity for both children and young ladies all over America in town and country alike.
American Cut Glass Patterns - J. Hoare & Co.
The firm of J. Hoare & Company, Corning, New York, was originally known as Hoare, Burns & Dailey, and prior to 1863 they operated a cutting shop at the South Ferry Works in New York. They moved their operations to the Greenpoint Flint Glass Works of Brooklyn, New York, in 1863.
Romance In Collecting Buttons
Even if I did not desire the buttons and had no intentions of collecting and mounting the specimens I think I 'would still pick up buttons, at least now and then; there is nothing which I have ever collected which brings the romance as does an old button box.
Canton China
The enamels of Canton are very similar to enamels made on copper, as the art of enameling on porcelain Driginated with the enamels of metal.
New York Silversmiths - Seventeenth Century
Never before the current display at the Museum of the City of New York has there been a comprehensive exhibition devoted exclusively to the work of 17th century New York silversmiths. Objects dating from such an early period in the city's history are extremely rare.
Franklin Collectibles
His extreme versatility is apparent to anyone who attempts a collection related to his achievements. Such would include books and pamphletsabout him, by him, or printed on his press; prints and engravings in which he features; early fire itemshe founded the first fire department in this country; lightning rods, fireplace stoves, bifocals-he invented them all.
Tinware And Toleware
Any of the things which turn up in antique shops today were originally sold by the Yankee peddlers, who went everywhere. When Thoreau visited Cape Cod a century ago people took him for a peddler.
Antique Clocks
New England is good clock country, although in the beginning clocks and watches were almost as scarce as in Samuel Butler's Utopia, where they were prohibited.
Memorial Glass
No specimens of English glass have greater fascination for the collector than those which derive their interest, apart from their intrinsic merits, from their association with some historical event, some great cause, or some famous personage.
Bristol And Nailsea Glass
It is a matter of regret that Bristol's ancient fame for making and cutting glass should have so completely disappeared. In the palmy days of its glass industry it boasted no fewer than fifteen "glass-houses," and it had no rival in the country either as regards the quantity or the quality of its output. This was in the year 1760.
Courbet, Whistler, And Manet
Courbet, In a vigorous and crude style of painting which was a little shocking, but none the less effective, strove for a return to nature without the accompaniment of poetry.
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