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Accessories to Go With Antiques

EVERY HOUSE NEEDS ACCESSORIES, and the antique collector's home is no exception. Many of these accessories may be antiques themselves or, if not, they should be natural companions to the antiques which provide the furnishings for the house.

The effectiveness of any accessory depends a great deal upon the attractive grouping or arrangement which it helps compose, along with a pleasing background.

No matter what the intrinsic value of an object, its beauty can be dimmed by placing it against an inharmonious background, and increased by the right setting. Color, size, and texture must be taken into consideration, and the accessories arranged pleasingly.


There are many fine paintings done by obscure artists and even some excellent unsigned paintings which can be had for a reasonable sum.

Framed engravings, such as the famous Currier and Ives prints, provide interesting pictures for the antique collector, as also do paintings on glass.

Subject matter varies from the realistic portraits of someone's ancestors to the quaint, primitive style such as that done by Grandma Moses.

There are many other items which can be framed and hung on the walls for pictures. These include a vast number of small items: needlework pictures, framed documents, such as the quaint Pennsylvania Dutch fractors, early maps and samplers.


Other articles to be hung on the wall cover collections of many kinds. Mounting or framing can display collections to their fullest advantage. If it was worth collecting it is worth displaying.

These can be framed or displayed upon brackets, shelves, or hanging whatnots. This group covers collections of buttons, coins, fans, sea shells, arrow heads, porcelain figurines, carved animals, miniature lamps, decorative and memorial spoons, gold toothpicks, trivets, snuff boxes, paper clips, match book covers, or whatever is closest to your heart. There is supposed to be a difference between collecting and accumulating-but just when this occurs no one seems to know.

Be sure to hang these items at eye level so that you can best enjoy them.

In addition to the above articles, such things as stuffed trophies and antlers, muzzle loading rifles, dueling pistols, witch balls, plates, platters, wooden cake molds, dried Indian corn, candle sconces and mirrors are also hung upon the walls.

All these items can be most attractively displayed along with your antique furniture. They are the articles you like to look at, and which at the same time provide the individual touch to your home-the final cherry to the top of the most perfect sundae.


If you are fortunate enough to have a fireplace in your house you will need andirons. Choose iron or brass in whichever styie wil: best suit your other furnishings.

Add a crane, pots, katles, poker, bellows, toaster, bread peel, and all of the early accompaniments if you like, or just andirons, tools and a fender.

A warming pan of brass or copper will enhance the appearance of any fireplace.

Over the mantel you can place a large mirror, an impressive picture, or an old blunderbuss.


Whether you use a fountain pen or not, an inkstand will be an attractive addition to any antique desk.

Inkwells have been made in many materials: turned wood, pewter, porcelain, brass and silver. Some are quite elaborate while others are completely utilitarian. The style of your desk will supply the requirements.


Quill pens are still being made for use in Congress. They are a little difficult to get used to after all the years of writing with fountain pens and lately ball point pens, but any of you who are old enough to remember the penmanship exercises in school with their seemingly endless rows of squiggles will know that after a while it is simple. In all events they do look decorative atop the desk along with an antique inkwell. (Incidentally, the little knife called a "pen knife" got its descriptive name from being used to cut a new nib in the feather as it was worn down.)


Drapery tiebacks can be used just as they are; the most interesting ones by far are those made of glass in the form of rosettes. Other suitable items can be used in the same manner.

Some round horse-collar ornaments are decorative enough to be made into pretty tiebacks with no one the wiser.The degree of formality and the general decor of the room will suggest other articles to you.

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