inFebruary 26, 2009 - 5:41pm
Everyone who collects has their own favorites. Whether they collect for the color, or the style or the Era! I have found that the “things” to the 1950’s have been growing in popularity.
inFebruary 26, 2009 - 5:32pm
One thing I love about old glass is the history. I recently acquired a punch bowl that was made over 100 years ago in Philadelphia. So, how did it wind up hundreds of miles away here in Maine? And who owned it along the way?
inFebruary 26, 2009 - 5:05pm
"Restaurantware" is the collective term for dining items purchased by commercial companies for customers’ or employees’ use, including china. Most restaurant china was heavyweight, commercial ware designed to withstand long, hard use, although fine porcelain examples can be found.
inFebruary 26, 2009 - 11:02am
My earliest memories are of staying at Granny's house as a very young child. Each visit would start the same. After a brief greeting, I would drag a chair from the kitchen table over to the counter. Climbing carefully up, I stretched to open the cabinet above the fridge. Looking inside – yes, the green glasses were still there.
inFebruary 26, 2009 - 11:01am
To remain successful during these economic times, one must be able to allow oneself to branch out into unfamiliar territory. If demand for your specialty is waning, introducing items to your shop from other collecting areas may be the spark you need to stimulate sales.
inFebruary 26, 2009 - 10:56am
As the cold winds of winter rattled my house yesterday I found myself drifting off into a daydream of warm summer days, the smell of freshly mowed lawns, and the joy of visiting flea markets in search of buried treasure at the bottom of an old cardboard box.
inFebruary 26, 2009 - 10:42am
I love the Blue Willow pattern. My kitchen theme revolves around my Blue Willow canister set. The set is most probably from the 1940’s or 1950’s and from Japan, though it is not marked. My everyday dishes are a supermarket premium Blue Willow pattern, most probably made in China within the last 15 years.
inFebruary 25, 2009 - 1:32pm
A great and inexpensive collecting hobby to begin is sewing notions. Vintage buttons are fun to look at and useful in so many different ways. There are Bakelite buttons, celluloid buttons, ceramics, black glass, mother of Pearl, Metals, Plastic and paperweights. The older plastic buttons called realistics or goofies are great fun. There are Disney buttons, flowers, vegetables and fruit, animals, accessories like hats, pocketbooks, gloves, boots, suitcases and bows.
inFebruary 25, 2009 - 12:21pm
While assessing the history of antique and vintage jewelry, I found that it's creation often follows world events. Jewelry making is an art and often expresses the designer's surroundings, influences of the time and the resources at hand. The style of these miniature works of art is a function of it's historical period in time. The jewelry was created in the past and exists in the present, long after the designers are gone. This blog is a study of past jewelry designers and how their works were influenced and created.
inFebruary 25, 2009 - 10:59am
British Registry Marks
For the last couple of years I have been on a quest to learn more about silver hallmarks. Particularly on antique jewelry. It can be quite confusing when you don’t know where to start.
Looking through my collection of antique jewelry, I ran across a Scottish Luckenbooth pin. (The history and lore behind Luckenbooth pins is quite fascinating on it’s own.) My sister has traced our family roots back to Scotland. So I thought this pin would make a great gift for her. The pin does not have any of the usual hallmarks that I have seen on British silver…So after a lot of researching…I was at a loss.