inDecember 26, 2008 - 11:53am
QUESTION: I have a woolen blanket made by the Horner Woolen Company of Eaton Rapids, Michigan that is similar to the ones sold by L.L.Bean. The label suggests the company was founded in 1836. The blanket has stripes at the top and bottom and is in brand new-like condition (no moth holes, no problems). I bought it at the Salvation Army for $9.99. What is its history and worth? – E-mail, LC, Jim Thorpe, PA
inDecember 25, 2008 - 1:00am
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO All! Ruby Lane and Notes from the Lane would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our readers, contributors, shoppers, and shop owners, the happiest of holidays! Have a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year and may all your holidays be merry and bright!
inDecember 24, 2008 - 11:18am
Many fine jewelry items of karat gold and sterling silver are not marked, either because of their small size or because they were made prior to 1906, when karat marking became mandatory in the US. In some instances, you may even find contemporary artist-made jewelry pieces that are unmarked for metal fineness.
inDecember 23, 2008 - 5:24pm
While I tell people I collect everything, the honest truth is that I do not. I discriminate, not a lot but some. I have a bad habit of not turning down anything offered for free. Free is free, and I assume I am free to discard it if I have no use for it or desire to keep it, a rare occurrence.
inDecember 22, 2008 - 8:04am
I need help with this. It is a primitive appearing rattle made of cane wrapped round and round and secured with string. The bottom of the rattle is braided red string or raffia. Something is making a rattle sound inside. The handle is bent and also appears to be heavier than the cane. It is 6 1/2 long and 2" wide. I was going to list it as a baby rattle, but then I thought that was stupid--babies always put things in their mouths and no one would want this in a baby's mouth.
inDecember 19, 2008 - 3:40pm
Christmas always brings with it the decision of what to buy for people that you know and love. Many people deal with this by getting a job lot of gift vouchers but I tend to think that is rather unimaginative and dull. This year why not find something a bit different for your friends that they will be able to use and enjoy and also that gives them that extra bit of sparkle which is always important at this time of year.
inDecember 18, 2008 - 7:31am
The lineage of rocking horses can be traced back at least as far as herds of play stick ‘hobby horses’ roaming Europe at large in the 15th century. By the Middle Ages, men of noble birth trained for the joust while seated on mechanical contraptions that simulated the movement of a real horse beneath them.
inDecember 17, 2008 - 11:06am
History of Ornaments
inDecember 16, 2008 - 6:34am
With a new Lane now dedicated to items made of silver (other than jewelry) we thought addressing the issue of puzzling or easily misconstrued maker's marks on silver might be of interest to anyone who offers antique and vintage silver in today's marketplace.
A Bit of History
inDecember 15, 2008 - 1:01pm
One of a Kind - Not One of a Million - Reminiscing of past Christmas Holidays brings us such joy and all of all our special decorations, lovely holiday dishes and most of all - our treasured Family Christmas Traditions add to the celebration. This is the time of year when we re-discover our Christmas Jewelry too, which also brings back wonderful memories.