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Antique Lamps - Part 1
Only during the earliest, most primitive days of a community was light from the hearth fire considered sufficient illumination indoors after dark.
Antique Lamps - Part 2
Many of the fairy lamps were delightful confections of exquisite coloring and decoration. Later in the nineteenth century fairy lamps became gaudy combinations of colored glass.
Antique Lamps - Part 3
There is at least one exception to the craze for converting old lamps to electricity: On Block Island is a man who own three early whale oil lamps and who is determined not to electrify them.
China And Porcelain - Part 1
The miscellaneous china in any household often consists of a few pieces from tableware sets that belonged to mother, grandmother, or possibly a great-grandmother, for china has been made in sets for the table since the mid-1700's.
China And Porcelain - Part 2
Haviland porcelain dinner sets included butter pats until 1900 or a little later. Various kinds of pottery ones had been made much earlier.
China And Porcelain - Part 3
The first teacups Europeans ever saw were the handleless ones common in China. European and English potters added handles before 1765.
China And Porcelain - Part 4
Fine blue and white porcelain vases were imported from China in the early 1700's. Meissen, Chantilly, Worcester, Coalport, and other factories where porcelain was made produced magnificent ornamental vases and ewers during the eighteenth century.
China And Porcelain - Part 5
Plaques to hang on the wall had been made by European and English potteries since the mid-1700's.
Pottery And Porcelain - Part 1
Clay suitable for making pottery and porcelain was found in many different areas. As a matter of fact, Indians all over the continent had long been producing their own pottery with their own style of decoration.
Pottery And Porcelain - Part 2
SLIPWARE, for example, is an old earthenware whose common name was derived from its decoration.
Pottery And Porcelain - Part 3
Creamware soon became immensely popular. Everyone liked it and it was exported to America too. Other potteries in England and on the Continent started to make it, but of them all, the Leeds factory in northern England became the greatest producer of creamware except for Wedgwood between 1780 and 1820.
Pottery And Porcelain - Part 4
JASPER and BASALT are very special kinds of stoneware indeed. These finegrained, smooth, unglazed wares were originated by Josiah Wedgwood and introduced by him in 1774.
Pottery And Porcelain - Part 5
LOWESTOFT is another ware that came directly from China-not from the town in England of that name. It was neither made nor decorated at Lowestoft, in spite of books that have claimed either one or the other for it.
Pottery And Porcelain - Part 6
The pink luster tea sets so greatly prized by Victorian ladies were basically a gold luster. In a tea set, the pieces were not covered with luster but decorated with it in designs that were mostly floral and foliage and not strongly naturalistic.
Pottery And Porcelain - Part 7
Calendar plates were made in this country, a different design each year from 1906 through 1929. Most of them had the months of the year imprinted around the rim, and a design in the center that might be timely - the Panama Canal or an airplane-or sentimental.
Pottery And Porcelain - Part 8
China, whether it is pottery or porcelain, is valuable. It is a highly personal possession, so personal that in some civilizations people were buried with pieces of their own.
Family Heirlooms And Antiques - Part 1
The books people read, the games they played, and the kind of pictures they hung on their walls are as important as the clothing they wore and the furniture they used, in reconstructing how they lived in years gone by.
Family Heirlooms And Antiques - Part 2
It is difficult to tell, by looking at one of these little pictures, whether it is a daguerreotype, a tintype, or an ambrotype (made by another one. of the methods that led to photography as we know it today).
Family Heirlooms And Antiques - Part 3
Almanacs are not as indispensable nowadays as they were a century ago. Then they were kept in kitchens for ready reference. By the end of the year, these little paper pamphlets were pretty well worn out.
Family Heirlooms And Antiques - Part 4
The custom of exchanging decorative cards at Christmastime originated in England. The first one is attributed to W. C. Dobson, one of Queen Victoria's favorite painters.
Family Heirlooms And Antiques - Part 5
One example is buttons, although the Federal or Union ones certainly are not scarce. Buttons on the uniforms of Federal soldiers were issued by the government.
Family Heirlooms And Antiques - Part 6
Toys undeniably were made originally for children, but old toys have become almost a mania with adult collectors. Pull toys and mechanical toys, squeak toys and rattles, circus toys and vehicles, and all other kinds of vehicles these and many more have had their day.
Family Heirlooms And Antiques - Part 7
Firemarks appeal to almost everyone. In fact, they are so popular that many old ones are being reproduced in miniature as wall ornaments or paperweights.
The Judging Of Old Pictures
The books people read, the games they played, and the kind of pictures they hung on their walls are as important as the clothing they wore and the furniture they used, in reconstructing how they lived in years gone by.
Painters Of Masterpieces
Complete listing of painters from the past who have created masterpieces of artwork.
Modern Period Furniture And Its Use
There are a very few families at the present time where rare old furniture has descended from generation to generation in any considerable quantity, and the purchase of genuine antiques is often out of the question.
Windows And Their Decorative Treatment
The windows of a room, together with their hangings, constitute a very important item in the general scheme of interior decoration.
A Brief History of Furniture
One of the foremost interior decorators of the country recently said that his greatest trouble came with otherwise cultured women who had the idea firmly fixed in their minds that there were just three styles of furniture.
Furniture Of Modern Design
Period furniture is not adapted to the use of all people. There are some persons of very modern feeling to whom the spirit of the furniture of bygone days does not seem at all appropriate for use today.
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