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Gems As Investment
In these times when there is so much talk of inflation, many persons are investing some of their surplus earnings in precious stones. Gems are one of the oldest and best of assets, being easily carried or hidden, if necessary, and having the virtue of being universally valued.
Commemorative Coins
The start of the Chicago World's Fair in 1892 caused the issue of our first commemorative coins, the Columbian half-dollars. Designed to help defray expenses, they did not, at first, meet with great enthusiasm.
The French Diamond Necklace
In 1774, Louis XV, king of France, wishing to give his sweetheart, Jean Becu Du Barry a gift, ordered the courts to secure the finest diamonds in the land for a necklace.
Willaim And Mary Furniture
William and Mary came to the throne of England in 1689. It is doubtful, however, if furniture in the baroque style bearing their names -- a direct importation into England from Holland -- reached the Colonies until shortly before 1700.
Elizabethan Embroidery
The wearing of line embroidery by the lady was not seen much before the time of Henry VIII in the early sixteenth century and did not reach its full splendor until the reign of his daughter, Elizabeth.
Thomas Hudson - Artist
Thomas Hudson, the painter of' the portrait Sir Thomas Aston III and His Sisters, Purfroy and Mrs. Harvey, which is reproduced here, was an interesting figure in the annals of British portrait painting.
History Of American Rugs
It was in a barren atmosphere of cold, famine and Indian arrows that America's earliest rugs were made. That they were escapist in some measure for their makers is apparent from the many records of rugmaking as recreation.
Charming Braided Rugs
A SLIGHTLY more pretentious form of the rag rug was the braided rug, which was developed into a charming and popular floor decoration although its making was one of the most primitive of processes.
Kintted And Tufted Rugs
Rugs were also knitted. Balls of cotton or woolen rags were knitted with large needles into strips of some six inches in width, and then the strips were sewed together to get a rug of desired dimensions.
Notable Embroidered Rugs
Early in the Nineteenth Century American women of comparative means and leisure enjoyed the practice of embroidering rugs an art adapted from occasional floor coverings from Europe.
History Of The Rag Rug
The first floor coverings made in the American colonies were rag rugs. The people had no new materials to spare for floors and there was no corner store to go to for supplies.
Design In Hooked Rugs
Design is the most striking and characteristic feature of a hooked rug. Ordinary rag rugs, braided rugs and the like were earlier in their origin, and design was not a planned part of them to any notable degree.
Hooked Rugs
Of all the handmade rugs, the hooked rug is by far the most well known and the most justly popular. It is therefore both neccssary and appropriate that we devote the largest portion of this book to their many aspects.
Indian Interlud
THE basic principle of weaving is the same everywhere. There must be a warp and a woof or weft, which is woven through the warp to form a textile.
Modern Hooked Rugs
Hooked rugs are still being made today, but as I have noted, generally on stamped patterns such as the Frost designs, which have little in common with the improvisations and spontaneous productions, unique and unduplicated, of the individual craftsman.
M.&S. Superior Dolls
Another type of papier-mache doll, large and small, blonde and brunette, which is still fairly plentiful, at least in New England, is the M. & S. Superior doll.
Pre-Greiner And Greiner Dolls
Germany made papier-mache doll heads of various sizes during the early years of the nineteenth century. Most of these had glass eyes. Some dolls were almost life-sized.
Collecting Old Dolls
The collecting of old dolls is one of the most delightful of modern hobbies, not only because of the beauty and variety of the dolls themselves, but because of the bypaths of history, biography, literature, manners and customs, superstitions and folklore, sentiment and memory down which collecting leads.
Milliners' Models Dolls
According to German sources of information, papier-mache macerated paper mixed with glue was first used for doll heads about 1820.
Peddler Dolls
The few dolls of the eighteenth century which may still be found are either of wood or wax mostly wood.
German Clocks
The role played by German watch and clock makers in the development of accurate time-measuring devices has not been given the credit deserved in modern histories devoted to this fascinating subject.
History Of China Doll Heads
China heads were occasionally made with blown-glass eyes; one at least had sleeping eyes that opened and shut, and a very few have swivel necks.
Wax And Composition Dolls
Next to china-head dolls, the most popular type during the last half of the nineteenth century was the doll with a head of thick or of thin wax over a papier-mache reinforcement.
Wonderful Old Portrait Dolls
When P.T. Barnum brought Jenny Lind to America for a concert tour in 1850, the "Swedish Nightin gale," took the country by storm. Whether through Barnum's clever showmanship or by popular acclaim, and we suspect it was the former, the Jenny Lind craze swept the country... Everything eatable or wearable, even articles of furniture were renamed Jenny Lind.
History Of China Head Dolls
Germany has always been a land of toy-making. Deposits of clay from which to make china dolls are plentiful in Germany and, in view of the number and variety and type of workmanship of the china heads, it seems likely that they were produced in backyard kilns by individual makers. China heads are molded of clay, fired, then dipped in a glaze, and refired.
Parian Or Dresden Dolls
Doll-making entered a new and fascinating stage with the "bisque" heads. Bisque heads are unglazed. China heads are also made from clay, but are subsequently dipped in a glaze and fired.
Art Glass In The 1880s
By 1880 Midwestern factories were established as the leading producers of glass. Their output in pressed ware for domestic and foreign markets was tremendous. Since factories in the East could not compete in this line, they tried to maintain their business by bringing out more expensive blown wares.
A Hobby Cor Near Sighted-People
No forger of Byron MSS. would ever dream of trying to pass off, as Byron's, verse so weak and faulty as that third line.
Caricature Collecting
Is anybody laying by examples of the picture-posters which enlivened the General Elections of 1910?
Author's Mss. And Proof-Sheets
Are there many collectors of proof-sheets, I wonder ? Now that typewriting is almost the rule for what is called " copy," the delightful hobby of collecting great authors' MSS.
The Owner's Name
A schoolboy's rhyme, " Steal not this book, for fear of shame, for here you see the owner's name," suggests the origin of book-plates. It is a far cry from that to some of the rare or splendid labels of the kind.
Chap Books
Here are some advertisements of Chap Books, which I quote from various second-hand booksellers' catalogues, to show the kind of small old volume which is in demand.
Madox Brown Woodcuts
Ford Madox Brown was intensely dramatic as a painter, and he inspired the whole Pre-Raphaelite movement.
Victorian Woodcuts
Woodcuts have ceased to be published. The photographic block, a direct transcript from the artist's drawing, has ousted the wood-block.
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