Please make Abundance of Riches your trusted source for antique and vintage collectibles!
Rare Beaded Swirl Victorian Era Handled Chocolate Custard Cup circa 1890
Vintage JERI LOU Brooch Clip with Original Silk Scarf in Vintage Mint ...
Vintage Rose Bowl in Robin's Egg Blue, Satin Glass by Fenton
US 10th Mountain Infantry Division World War II Purple Heart, Bronze Star ...
Late 19th Century Sterling Silver Repoussé, Victorian Lady's Visiting Card ...
Vintage Towle Grand Duchess Sterling Silver & Turquoise Necklace
Authentic circa 1890 Extra Tall 6 inch (15 cm) Original China Head Doll in ...
Rare Victorian circa 1890 Maple Syrup in Beaded Swirl Pattern
Great-Great-Grandmother's ca 1900 Hand-Carved Potato Masher
Very Rare Dated 1870 Child's Trunk with Original Western Squares Paper ...
Rare Old West c 1949 Sterling Silver Pistol Gun Grips with Pure Gold ...
Vintage DeGrazia, Arizona, Artist's Necklace with Original Studio Label
About Abundance of Riches
Our Service PledgeAbundance of Riches is pleased to offer the finest quality items. All items are carefully researched. We never sell reproductions.
About UsMy parents, my grand-parents and even my great-grandparents from Ohio and Oklahoma had collections of every kind. The enormous attic in our family home is filled with carefully stacked boxes...cherished treasures from the past...as well as quirky, vintage tchotchkes and kitsch.
Everything has been collected from old friends, new friends, flea markets, auctions, estate sales and yard sales...over the past century. Many have tiny yellowed tags attached, telling the item's provenance or at least where it came from.
Three generations of collectors and their collections...and with me, I make four.
Knowing the stories of where an antique came from is what this shop is about. If there isn't a story to share, I spend hours researching the maker and authenticity of every item for you.
Then, we carefully photograph the pieces and document your purchases so that you will have a trustworthy history to keep.
Condition varies by piece...and we carefully inspect each item and describe it with sincere honesty. If we can provide the item's history in any way, we are more than glad to do so for your records and interest!
I do hope that you will feel right at home and confident while visiting my shop!
We've put so much time and effort behind each inventory listing here!
Most of all, I truly hope that you will enjoy your time here, regardless if you purchase anything at all!
PLEASE NOTE: Every item offered for sale is in original, authentic, unaltered condition.
If required, some items (such as antique linen textiles) may have been cleaned by a professional museum conservator. For the record, bleach is never used. If cleaning was somehow performed, you will also read about this in the descriptions.
I can also promise you that there are no modern reproductions here. All items are authentic.
Not only do I research each piece for you...we also do all the testing required to authenticate every antique or vintage item. All tests are performed using the current, acceptable museum conservation methods.
We are not expert at everything...and I always *greatly* appreciate hearing your suggestions and comments!
Shipping is a task that the staff at Abundance of Riches takes great pride in.
After shipping thousands of items over a span of 15 years, we have never had a breakage report or loss filed.
I also own The Gilded Griffin shop. This sister store is also located here on Ruby Lane...it is quite different from this one. The Gilded Griffin specializes only in rare, antique and vintage millinery items, fashions and fine textiles. The Gilded Griffin's inventory contains only remarkable fashion-related items that have exceptional historic interest, and that are in outstanding, perfect or nearly perfect condition.
Please read the "About Us" section at The Gilded Griffin for additional background information.
Below are many customer testimonials written by people who have purchased from Abundance of Riches. Some long-time clients...some new...all wonderful customers who have written praises to me from around the world. I cannot express as to just how much your compliments mean to me!
As for my background, I take pride in my long, reputable history of selling to museums, discerning private collectors, as well as to those in the theatre, art and movie industries. I have worked in the antiques market both as apprentice and dealer since the 1980s. I am also a published journalist, illustrator and an active member of the Costume Society of America. Again, please go to The Gilded Griffin's "About Us" section for a more complete résumé. Thank you.
Please! Don't forget to *Subscribe* to Abundance of Riches for inventory updates and sale notices. Free shipping and other discounts are offered to Subscribers, but only through my Subscriber Notices. These notices are sent randomly throughout the year.
***Please note: All original descriptive text, as well as the original photographs, are registered copyright by JHenri, 2010-2014. Thank you.
***FROM Carolyn...Goffstown, New Hampshire USA
Hi Julia, Received the beautiful doll today. It was wrapped so
well!! I especially loved your note telling me of your mother,
and how she had set the doll next to a spinning wheel. Also,
you are a former New Englander! Nice to know you. I am very
happy with my purchase and just wanted to stop by and tell you
that. Thanks so much for your careful attention to detail. I so
enjoyed this experience. Carolyn"
***FROM Deb...Charlottesville, Virginia USA
"Dear Julia, The exquisite cake stand arrived today, and it is so
lovely! Thank you so much for your careful wrapping and
packaging. I will treasure this piece forever and am so glad I
found your shop! Kind regards, Deb"
***FROM Liz...Langwarrin, Victoria AUSTRALIA...
"Hi Julia Your ever so carefully wrapped goods arrived today
The items are very beautiful. I will treasure them
Thank you for all your efforts. Cheers Liz"
***FROM Susan...St. Francis, Wisconsin USA
As written to Ruby Lane's corporate office:
"I want to make sure the shop Abundance of Riches gets the
highest rating possible. The attention to detail, the
professional packaging, speedy delivery and the beautiful
barrette I purchased made my heart go pitter-pat when I got my
***FROM Connor...Perth, Western AUSTRALIA
"I did find where you were quoted in the Pelham Puppets book that you recommended! I bought that too for my sister and gave it to her with the puppet. Knowing that you are quoted in that book made the entire transaction all the more enjoyable I hope you know. The puppet really adds to that big collection of hers! My sister absolutely loved this and said it was the best retro gift she got for her birthday! Great packing job! I'll be back to buy more! "
***FROM Julián...La Coruña, SPAIN...
The earrings are at home. They are very cute.
Thank you very much again.
Kindest regards, Julián
***FROM Maureen...Vancouver, British Columbia CANADA...
"The lovely antique jacket arrived today. Beautifully wrapped, of course.
Thank you for another fascinating buy!"
***FROM Donna...Sydney AUSTRALIA...This is only a paragraph from a more lengthy letter, written by Donna to the corporate office here at Ruby Lane regarding this shop:
..."Julia has enormous courtesy and magnanimity. She exhibits great attention to detail both in posting an accurate description of items for sale, and the extraordinary care taken in wrapping a difficult object containing glass for travel by international parcel post to Australia. The glazed print arrived safe and secure without sustaining any damage whatsoever, and was exactly as described. It has pride of place on my wall where I can readily view it every day..."
***FROM Jim...Sioux City, Iowa USA
"Thanks Julia, got it (the WWII Military Ham Radio Beam Filter) today and it works perfect. I will take great care of it. Thanks again so much. Your packing was outstanding, wish more who send me stuff were like you,
***FROM Ed...Dadeville, Alabama USA
"The Transmitter arrived...and I couldn't have been more pleased.
It is a good looking rig and I am sure it will give me good service, as
Heathkit built them well...."
***plus a second letter received a few months later
FROM Ed...Dadeville, Alabama USA...
"Julia, the transmitter is a jewel; working well. I'm proud of it! Regards!"
***FROM Terry...Saskatoon, Saskatchewan CANADA
"The trivet arrived safely this morning. It is exactly as
described and I am pleased with it and your excellent service!
Yes of course you are welcome to use my comments!"
***FROM Richard...Boulder, Colorado USA
"It is my pleasure to write a testimonial for you. I was exceptionally pleased to receive the two McKenney & Hall folio lithographs. They are authentic just as you promised, and in condition as described. The packing was exceptional and they were received without damage. I appreciate your professionalism and honesty. If you find more, please contact me first!"
***FROM Paula…Portsmouth, New Hampshire USA
"Yes! Of course, I will write a reference for you! You may use this: I have purchased from Julia on and off during the past 10 years. She is one of the most helpful people I have ever worked with. If I have any questions Julia writes immediately and answers them. Her emails are always so interesting and full of fascinating facts about everything! I have learned so much from her over the years! Don’t worry about buying anything from her because she is very honest and really very accurate."
***FROM Lalia...Easton, Massachusetts USA
"Your gorgeous item was received. Thank you kindly. Looking
forward to more business."
***FROM Marsha...Ashville, North Carolina USA
"I just received the French Havilland Limoges Ranson bone dish and it is just as you described. The packing was incredible and it arrived safely. This completes my service for 12 and I am thrilled. Thanks Julia."
***FROM Donald...Austin, Texas USA
"Thanks for a great exchange. The gas engine oiler was just what I was looking for. It was interesting to write to you and I wish you all the best. Wish I could have seen all that collection from your Grand-dad!"
***FROM Sharon…San Jose, California USA
"I am so pleased with my purchase of the set of glasses I purchased from you. It is such a pleasure to find these as I have been hoping for a set. They are just like my grandmother had. I love reading your descriptions about your family too. Really I have got to say that the authentication is on target and the price was reasonable. Thank you once again!"
***FROM Elizabeth...Norman, Oklahoma USA
"I check in to your shop almost every day and have subscribed as you suggested. The Harper's Weekly and the Victorian cookbook are great additions to my kitchen collections, Julia. Thank you so much. It is great to know that your business is going so well and I wish you all the luck in the world! You deserve it! You'll hear from me quite a lot if you ever have more cooking collectibles!"