Unique, Beautiful & Often Quirky - Always Searching for the Best - Specializing in Butterfly Pins
About That Was Then Antiques, Jewelry, and Collectibles
Our Service Pledge To You:
We guarantee the authenticity of all our items. All inquiries will be answered within 36 hours or less.
Here are just a few examples of comments we received:
"Absolutely Beautiful! This watch is much more impressive in person. It makes my other gold watch look like costume jewelry. Thank you again for your wonderful offering".
"I love my butterfly! I received this large delicate beauty safely! Thank you for the great customer service." C.
"Received this exquisite little piece of art work....I love it! She is beautiful. Many Thanks."
"The pin arrived today and looks great!!! Many thanks!" C.
"I love this color and they are as beautiful as I had hoped. Thank you." I.
"Beautiful pin, fast delivery, very happy."
(about a Victorian beaded capelet)...
"Apologies for the long delay in getting back to you. I picked it up from the post office yesterday. I am so delighted with it and thank you for wrapping it so beautifully and carefully. I loved the card!" C. in UK
"Barbara, I just wanted to let you know my cup and saucer arrived promptly and safely and is as beautiful as your pictures. Thank you so much."
"I received the lovely plaque. It is beautiful. Thank you so much for all your help. I will cherish it! It is a wonderful
addition to my collection." A.
"I received the necklace today and I really love it!" B.
"Hi Barbara Just letting you know that the package arrived safely. Absolutely stunning!! Thank you for taking so much care with the
wrapping. I will be sure to visit your store again." P. (Australia)
"The lavender quartz earrings arrived safely this afternoon. They are very beautiful and I will enjoy wearing them very much. Thank you for a happy transaction."
"I got my butterfly today...beautiful! It will be cherished and cared for, worn and enjoyed."
"I received the package yesterday. Both the little and big fat boys arrived safely! I am sooooo happy with my two purchases from you." K
"I have the stunning powder jar!!! I LOVE IT. Thank you so much." A (Australia)
"...the earrings arrived today and I couldn't be more pleased. They are beautiful. I don't know if RubyLane has a feedback system for sellers, but you definitely get a 5-Star
Rating. Thank you, M"
"...this bracelet was received today and all is well - it's a
real beauty! thanks for offering it on ruby lane!" J (TX)
"OMG!!!! So in love with all of it. Thank you so much." (for 4 items)
"Your gorgeous pin arrived today and it is as you stated in perfect condition. It is gorgeous and I shall enjoy wearing it. It is going to be a favorite. Thanks for the excellent service. I won't hesitate to deal with you again. THANKS" C.
"...the six spoons with their open salts arrived today! They are precious. I love them." D.
"The jewelry arrived today. I love it!" LAS,MI
I just wanted to let you know that our little beauty arrived today. We are absolutely thrilled with her... I can't thank you enough for all the help and patience you afforded me while trying to get my order in place. Know that she has a good home with us and we will take good care of her." S&B (CA)
"Hello Barbara: I received the earrings and brooch yesterday. They arrived very quickly! I am thrilled with them. Thank you." E.
"I just opened the box. Were these ever used??? Its amazing, they are in MINT condition. I am so glad I purchased them...Thank you for packing so carefully. Kiddies came all intact with no cracks or chips. I am as happy as a cat on catnip." L.
"Received the earrings. Perfect! Thanks", R.
"Loved your beautiful soft yellow note card with the gold butterfly motif plus the baby Robin egg blue gift box but best of all was the contents -- that marvelous butterfly. It's perfect. Thank you." C.,CA
"Thank you! All is well!!.......I LOVE IT!!! Thank you so much!" Anon. CA
"I just received the lovely flowered band. It is gorgeous, and will make a wonderful stacker
ring. I'm already checking out the other wonderful treasures on your website, and you can count on me being a return customer!" R.
"Thank you for the two ivory miniature carvings. They are both really neat. I'm signing up for your notifications of new items. Please let me know if you receive any similar pieces." K
"The beautiful ring arrived yesterday. Thank you!" M.
"I received the chai pendant and your lovely card today. I'm absolutely delighted with it. You can count on me being a return customer time and again." R
"I just received the SAL enhancer and it is just fabulous. Thank you so much." G.
"The ring is just beautiful! Thank you so much!!!" L.
"I just wanted to let you know that the netsuke arrived, and I am really thrilled with it! I really appreciate the careful packaging, the fast shipping, and the lovely card. Thank you again!" SW
"Just a quick note to say that I received the baby rattle. It is
perfect! Thanks so much for the special care wrapping and
"Enjoying the rings - the Lapis one is beautiful." Shirley D.
"I have received the tray and love it." A. (Hong Kong)
"I received the cameo today! Thank you so much! She is safe at last :-) Very beautiful.. I love her.. better than I expected." Elizabeth, (South Africa)
"wonderful wonderful wonderful!!! I like this bracelet very much Thank you Janine (Switzerland!)
"Received the snuff bottle in record time and am thrilled to pieces with a lovely piece. Would recommend you to anyone. I could go on for ever,thank you so much. Will look at your site every day." O.W. (New Zealand)
"The pin is even lovlier than I had imagined, Barbara; thank you so much!" M. (California)
"I received the bracelet yesterday (and) it is exquisitely beautiful..." CA. (New Zealand)
"I received the crucifix today. It is lovely. It has been a very
pleasurable transaction. Thanks so much for your hospitality. I am sure I will be back." T.
"The earrings arrived in record time---wow!---and are just
beautiful; a perfect match to the brooch already in my
collection. Thanks ever so much for a wonderful transaction." Collene
"The lovely plaque has just arrived--and in fine condition! Thank you!" Melina
"The pin arrived yesterday. The lovely spring green color is a welcome addition to my pin collection. Thank you so much for sending it my way." Nancy
"Thank you for a fantastic piece of history.
It's more gorgeous in person and extremely comfortable to wear....I cannot wait to wear it!!!" (antique necklace) VM, NYC
"They have arrived and I love them!" (medallion spoons) Ellen
"Beautiful set...detailed and yet dainty. Thanks very much." Judith (for a sweet pin and earrings set)
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"You're very welcome to add our comment to your page. We're careful about buying things online as there are a lot of unscrupulous folks out there, but you run a quality business!" Jane
"Just wanted you to know my husband Ron received his ring today. It's even more delightful than we expected and fits him perfectly. He finds it even more handsome than the ring he had so many years ago. Even the presentation was lovely and showed thoughtfulness and care. Thank you for making a dream come true!" Jane (CA)
"The beautiful lamp arrived and it is perfect. So glad to have it for our home." Brenda (NC)
"I received my sugar bowl today, and am delighted. It IS much more beautiful than the photos..." CP (California)
"Got it. It's gorgeous. It looks so new. It looks like it never was used. Thanks for the dollar bill. Great idea. Will always keep it in the purse for good luck!" Lillia (France)
"Just a note to let you know that the handpainted tazza arrived safely in the post this morning. I am very happy with it and amazed that it has arrived so quickly. Thank you very much for your prompt service and generosity..." Rosemary (Australia)
"The duette pin arrived here yesterday. It is marvelous, in great condition. Thank you very much." P
"It has arrived and it is sooooo much better than I thought it
would be. I am very pleased!" L
"Arrived today! Exquisite!!! Better than expected!!!" Susan
"When you say "the best" you mean the BEST! Thank you. This compact is now the best in my collection." Anita (Dallas)
"Oh, how I love those candle sticks! I had the perfect place for them, and truly feel I pretty much paid "wholesale" . You have a VERY satisfied customer in me!" James (California)
"Received it right in my mailbox. It is very nice! Thank you for the great service!" Suzy
"The bracelet is beautiful, thanks so much!" Margaret
"Hi Barbara: Wonderful bracelet! Thanks so much." June
That Was Then, Inc. has been in the antiques and collectibles business for over two decades. After years of doing shows, having a shop, booths in malls, etc. we are now EXCLUSIVELY doing business through this Ruby Lane website. We earned our Platinum rating (over 1000 items sold) in 2012 and are proud to have Ruby Lane display it by our shop's name.
We especially love enamel jewelry and other enamel on silver items and butterfly pins. Our other specialty is jasperware plaques - mainly by Volkstedt or other German makers.
With over 1000 items available at all times, we carry everything except the kitchen sink! About one third is jewelry, and the remainder is porcelain, pottery, china, decorative items, as well as books and a few other paper items such as die-cut Valentine's cards and specialty antique postcards.
Also, we are proud contributors to the Ruby Lane Blog (you can find it by clicking on 'Relax' on the top of the page). All the titles or our articles contain the phrase, 'Evolution of an Antique Dealer' so you can search on that to find over a dozen published articles.
We pride ourselves on fast and secure packing and shipping. We now ship all jewelry items within the United States free of charge. Very often, if it is a high-priced piece of jewelry we will automatically upgrade shipping to Express Mail so you can have the item within 2 days or less!
We always maintain a selection of Georg Jensen sterling, enamels on sterling, vanity items, fine figural porcelains, and glass. Only about 20% of our inventory is currently listed here. Thus, if you are looking for a particular item, please feel free to email and we can tell you if that is something we have available or can obtain for you.