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Recast Mechanical Banks
The writer has always, to the best of his ability, tried to keep current on any situations or complications that have any bearing on the collecting of mechanical banks. Numbers of letters have been received expressing concern over recast mechanical banks. These letters have been more prevalent in recent months due to the reproductions sponsored by a large Eastern concern.
Random Observations On Paperweights
In the Bergstrom book, reference is made to a John A. Gillerland. The McKearin book makes reference to John L. (Loftus) Gilliland. Both sources indicate that he was associated with the Fisher Brothers; that he later established a plant in Brooklyn; and that he received an award for the quality of his crystal at the London Exposition in 1851, which suggests that there are not two people of similar name, but that both are writing about the same person.
Christmas Carols And Their Meaning
Soon the affecting strains of Christmas Carols will be wafted from every radio and TV and it's now time to trace back their history, as knowing where a thing came from makes it mean all the more.
American Souvenir Spoons
A wealth of reference material on old souvenir spoons appeared in publications issued around the turn of the century, and much of it is available to present day collectors. Since some of it may seem more than elusive, this article will suggest what to look for and where to find it, and will comment on types of American souvenirs shown therein.
Early American Pewter
Until this summer the finest collection of early American pewter was the beautiful collection at the Metropolitan Museum. Today that galaxy has a rival in the proud galaxy of pewter treasures now to be found at the art museum of Brooklyn.
Spaulding Collection Of Boston Silver
We are so apt to think of Colonial Boston and New England as dominated by stern Puritan ideals of selfdenial and a disregard of all luxuries, it is surprising to find that the most elaborate American silver produced in the Colonial period was made by Boston makers for Boston families. While Puritan divines, such as Cotton Mather, were of the fire and brimstone school, there was a great deal of wealth expended in Boston on the art of luxurious living.
The Time Glass
A great many books have been written about clocks and watches during the course of the past several centuries and even the sun dial has been well represented with a number of volumes relating to gnamonic science. The time glass, however, has been consistently neglected and all that it can claim in the way of a literature of its own are a few articles over a period of years.
Southwestern Kachinas
In the southwestern states especially Arizona and New Mexico, the Kachina doll plays a large part in the lives of the Pueblo Indians. The Kachina is commonly thought to be the various spirits who dwell in the San Francisco Mountains near Flagstaff, Ariz. These spirits are used and represented in many ways by the Hopi, Navajos and Zuni tribes, although the Hopi have by far the largest variety.
The Gambling Capital
Ever since its beginning in the mud of Georgetown, what was first called Federal City was a gambling town. It was founded on lotteries and its single industry of government was based on the risks of election as the stock market in New York was based on risk for gain. The highest officials of the nation were usually men willing to bet against odds.
Southern Gambling Houses
Most Southern towns, in spite of occasional waves of virtuous wrath and law enforcement, manifested a certain cordiality toward gamblers, amateur and professional. Occasionally officials tried to enforce the law to line their own pockets. In Wheeling when gamblers were picked up they were kept in jail, unless they could raise bail, until court met.
The Queen of the Gambling Cities
Gambling had always been a peculiarly New Orleans vice since the first settlers played in alehouses and taverns furnished with roulette wheels and tables for games. No official rebukes or threats of whipping or confinement in the stocks discouraged the New Orleans gambling appetite.
Gambling Country Towns and Boom Towns
The old New England states were legally tough on gamblers. Tavern keepers were fined for allowing card playing in or about their premises and individuals who ran gambling games in their homes or places of business were liable to a fine and as long as a year's imprisonment. The New Hampshire law even found a man doubly guilty if he won.
The Toughest Gambling City Of Them All
Chicago history - like its name, which means "river of the onion" - reeks. Political corruption, gambling, and crime were always an unholy trinity in the Windy City, as politicians countenanced gambling that led to crime.
The Biggest and Richest Gambling City
New York was a natural gambling town, as it was a commercial and financial center. Financial men all speculated heavily, particularly in railroad and canal stocks in the 1830s, but panic several times prevailed and bankruptcies and failures ensued.
Gambling Palaces, Personalities, and Police
The New York Tribune summed up Patrick Herne as a gambler of "great shrewdness and of polished affability of manner" and the press rated him "the most interesting man of his class." At 587 Broadway his suite of apartments was filled "with fat subjects belonging to the more intellectual and wealthy classes." In this splendidly appointed den could be found New York's finest and gayest, members of the Livingston clan, the Jameses of Albany, the Costers of New York, from whom the Tribune declared that Herne "won not less than half a million dollars."
Italian And Spanish Maiolica
It is possibly incorrect to emphasize decorative forms in Italian maiolica when all of the pieces which great collectors seek were actually made as decorations, although they followed the forms of pieces for utilitarian purpose.
Re-Backing Old Canvas
One of the oldest methods of preparing foundations for paintings, coming down to us from Byzantine times, and in fact it, is older than that, was to glue canvas or linen to a wood panel, and cover it with glass, that is, chalk mixed with size, thus forming a fine, smooth white surface of great durability. Most religious pictures of the Middle Ages are painted on such foundations.
Master Artist Frans Hal
The scene is set in Haarlem. Netherlands, some three centuries ago, in the 1630's. A much-traveled, distinguished-looking gentleman makes his way to the studio of Frans Hals, spurred on by an inherent desire to learn about his contemporaries and a certain professional curiosity.
If you had been a pilgrim in France back in the twelfth century, you would have been proud indeed to wear your badge or token of pewter on your hat or coat. It was a sign, you see, that you had made a pilgrimage, and for that reason your pewter token had an important place in your daily life.
Poison Cups Of Crystal
The two magnificent examples of Renaissance crystal vessels which are illustrated here belong to a rare category in the goldsmith's art. Rock crystal was a substance held in special esteem in Europe in the fifteenth and sixteenth century. It was thought that crystal would not hold poison, and therefore in a day when the offering of a poisoned drink was a convenient way to get rid of one's enemies, a cup of crystal naturally possessed a special attraction.
Thomas Dennis Of Ipswich, Mass.
Thomas Dennis (or Dennas) of Ipswich, Mass., was the maker of some of the most elaborately carved furniture made in this country in the seventeenth century. He was probably born in England, circa 1638, and there served his apprenticeship. He was a resident of Portsmouth, N.H., on September 26, 1663, when he purchased a house and lot on the north side of County Street in Ipswich, Mass., from a William Searle.
Met Purchases Fine Spanish Lusterware
Spanish lusterware of the 15th and 16th centuries is on display at The Cloisters through the summer. More than sixty examples were shown, comprising the major portion of an important purchase concluded by James J. Rorimer, Director of the Metropolitan Museum.
The Music Box - A Brief History
As far back as history goes, man has been inspired by music. Most men who hungered for music could not produce it and had to be entertained by others. The music box was the first automatic musical instrument that could be bought and enjoyed in the home.
Fine Arts At Auction
About 1950 paintings were sold at auction from September, 1959, to June, 1960, by the Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, N. Y. They brought a total of $3,078,360.
Football Collectibles - Program Mania
There are 600 colleges and universities across the nation engaged in the annual fall madness known as collegiate football. Each and every week-end the thousands of patrons who attend these games are sold an "official souvenir program" at a price range of 10 to 50 cents. These "official souvenirs" might be the four-page line-up sheet given free at Lake Forest College, or a slick paper 56-page University of Michigan 50 center.
Staffordshire Figures
THE present-day trend toward humor or quaintness in our decorative schemes for rooms has added much to the popularity of Staffordshire figures of a century ago.
China Statuettes
CHINA statuettes as adornments for dressing table, mantel or hanging shelf have returned to wider popularity than they had even in the heyday of the Dresden shepherdess and the bucolic swains of Chelsea ware.
Fancy Chairs
To the gay diversity of the modern interior the fancy chair is now contributing a cheerful addition.
Colonial Desks
THE Colonial desk, whether sedate Governor Winthrop, elegant tambour or simple slant-top design in maple, is finding an increasing number of admirers as intelligent appreciation of Colonial furniture becomes more widespread.
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