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Souvenirs In Glass
Glass souvenirs did not first appear at the Philadelphia Centennial in 1876, but much earlier. Little keepsakes or "whimseys" had always been made in blown glass.
Cut And Engraved Glass
There are many erroneous ideas about cut glass. Some people think of it in terms of the heavy ware made at the beginning of the twentieth century, others as that made in Ireland during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
Cased Glass
Cased glass was not new in the nineteenth century but became very popular. The term "cased" is applied to glass of more than one layer of contrasting colors (with or without a clear layer).
Springfield Dolls
Two types of wooden dolls represent the contribution of this country to the history of old dolls. These are the Springfield dolls from Vermont, and the Schoenhut dolls made in Philadelphia.
Carpets And The Machine Era
UP to 1885 any "carpet industry" as such was purely experimental. The wool industry was young, uncertain; sheep were few and wool-raising a new practice as far as large-scale activity was concerned.
Mason And Taylor Dolls
Mason and Taylor dolls vary with the period of manufacture. Earlier dolls have stationary heads, wooden "spoon" hands, and metal feet.
Buying And Collecting Hooked Rugs
Long after the Civil War, hooked rugs were the principal floor coverings, especially in rural areas. A trousseau was felt to be incomplete that did not have enough hooked rugs for the new home, and they were commonly made by friends or relatives as a wedding present that was sure to please.
The Best Of Parian And Dresden Dolls
The best of the Parian or Dresden dolls were made between 1850 and 1860. Most of the heads after 1860 were of coarser clay and not so fine in modeling. Of course there are exceptions, and indeed there is great variation even in heads of the same model.
Character And Flirting Eye Dolls
For the most part, character dolls represent certain well-known persons Shirley Temple, Sonja Henic, to mention two. They include dolls that looked like real babies.
German Bisque Dolls
Germany has turned out the largest number of bisque dolls of any country, as well as wooden, wax, china, Dresden, and other sorts.
Collecting German Bisque Dolls
Assembling a collection of German-bisques is easy because the supply is good and the dolls relatively inexpensive.
French Fashion Dolls
There was one street in Paris, around le passage du Choiseul that was almost entirely occupied by the makers of doll costumes, doll wigs, and accessories. Like the earlier Milliners' Models of papier-machce, these later French types were really fashion dolls.
Jumeau Dolls
Germany has always been the land of doll makers and for generations France has imported bisque and china heads from there. About 1862, M. Jumeau, the leading French dollmaker, decided to end this dependence on Germany by creating a bisque head that would be French in every particular.
Schoenhut Dolls
The Schoenhut wooden dolls made in Philadelphia from 1911 to 1924 are, like the Springfield dolls, an American contribution, although the maker was a German emigrant, the descendant of German wood carvers and toymakers.
Care Of Old Dolls
Dust, moths, and in some cases, extremes of temperature are the enemies of old dolls. A tight cupboard with glass doors offers the best safeguard from dust.
For Doll Collectors
There is one bit of advice we always pass on to new collectors: DON'T LET YOUR COLLECTION GET TOO BIG. Too much becomes "clutter" about a house.
Dolls For Dressmaking
The doll hobby has developed a new profession, that of doll dressmaking open to all women who sew well.
Fabric Dolls
Homemade rag dolls are fascinating and like wooden dolls depend on the skill and artistry of the maker. Colonial children had these too, and so have other children, before and since.
Rene Lalique
Rene Lalique was represented at the Paris exhibition of 1900 and acclaimed, but in the field of jewelry rather than glass.
German Glass
Along the Rhine in Western Germany, as early as the third century, glass of considerable artistic merit was being made; ancient glass factories probably built by the Romans have been excavated at Worms, Trier (formerly Treves), Cologne and in the Eifel mountains.
France's Fantastic Glass
ALTHOUGH ancient glass factories have been excavated at Poitou, Lyons, Marne, and Vendee in France, and there is evidence of some glassmaking in the twelfth century, the trail is quite dim until somewhat later.
Famous German Glass Artists
The Deittsche Werkstatte in Munich has produced, with the artist Seyfried, some classic engraved glass adorned with his characteristic sport figures, small animal grotesques, et cetera.
Bohemian Glass
Before the fifteenth century, Bohemian glass could hardly claim a nationality of its own, inasmuch as it was so similar to Bavarian glass, an early German potash glass, which likewise originated in the Bohemian forests.
Glass From Finland
Karhula glass is a product of the Karhula Company, Karhula, Finland. Established in 1888 by William Ruth, they were soon making worthwhile glass and shortly after the turn of the century their hand-cut lead crystal was competing in world markets-particularly in England.
Val Saint Lambert, Artist Of Fine Glass
Liege,the seventeenth century glass center of Belgium, produced quantities of glass largely in imitation of the German and Venetian.
Repairing Books And Prints
Here comes to me as a gift a thin book of no apparent importance whatever, yet there are forty-three pages of secrets in it which ought to be known to every collector of books or old prints.
The Visions Of Meryon
Within one week, to acquire Rembrandt's Prodigal Son and Meryon's Morgue, for no more than fifteen shillings each, is no slight triumph of hunting.
Beardsley Prints
I had almost written " Prints of the Perverse " as title for this chapter. " Le Pervers " is the epithet used by a French art critic, M. de Montesquiou, for the work done in art by an English boy who, born at Brighton in 1872, was to become the least English of artists, and in his six-and-twentieth year to die a famous man.
The Light Across The Carpet
Yonder hangs-it cost half a crown at Poole ten years ago-an early water-colour drawing by Francis Nicholson of Yorkshire (1753 to 1844).
Fly-Leaves And End-Papers
Many people collect old bindings; a few people collect books with painted edges, or with edges that are both gilt and embossed.
Old Embellished Books
By " embellished books " I do not mean books grangerised, but books which, at the time of their publication, were adorned by illustrations or embellished by headpieces, tailpieces, fine initials, and so forth.
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