Antiques & Art
inJuly 11, 2011 - 10:45am
As with most antique specialties, there are questions that customers repeatedly ask. I deal in antique lighting fixtures primarily wall sconces and chandeliers many from before the turn of the century. Some questions I often hear are: What is the correct chandelier for the period of my house? What should the shade look like on my chandelier? How do I determine the quality of a glass shade? How big should my dining room chandelier be? I will answer all these questions in a series of articles in the Ruby Lane blog.
inMay 27, 2011 - 12:24pm
Last year, my husband told me that the 94-year-old mother of one of his close friends was moving from her large apartment to a tiny senior's residence. He asked if I would be interested in an oil painting she had offered to give him since she no longer had a place to hang it.
inMay 26, 2011 - 1:45pm
When it started, the Brimfield Antique Show and Flea Market was a relatively modest affair. The late auctioneer Gordon Reid Sr. turned a field behind his home into a market for 67 vendors in September 1959. It didn’t take long for others to turn nearby fields into markets three times per year. This year for the first show of the year, May 11-15, the fields were full with nearly 2000 vendors from around the country and Cowboy Rick and I were anxious to experience what promised to be a fabulous day.
inMay 25, 2011 - 7:43am
While most railroad memorabilia collectors think of trains, a few are on the hunt for tiny artifacts that date from the middle 19th century: horsecar bells. Made of brass, and only 3 to 4 inches tall, these small bells were hung from the harnesses of the horses and mules that pulled streetcars - a very rare relic of one of America's earliest forms of public transit.
inMay 20, 2011 - 2:31pm
A cigar-shaped green velvet case, worn with years and thread bare at the edges, sat closed amidst a group of old dusty bottles, a lusterless arrangement from days gone by. My initial response was a quizzical frown, fearing that the morning’s trip may have been a wasted one. But, conditioned by the antique trader’s creed of leaving no box unopened, I reached for the case and gently pressed the front lever as I carefully lifted the lid.
inApril 21, 2011 - 4:52pm
Sometimes we find in France very nice spun glass accessories, mainly lighting accessories, that are presented as Venetian. And it is true they have common characteristics with glass pieces manufactured in the North of Italy. But listen now to this story...
inApril 20, 2011 - 5:08pm
The bad news is that you cannot play CDs on old record players. The good news is that there are thousands of collectors who prefer 16 2/3, 33 1/3, 45, and 78 rpm recordings over CDs. As a result, there remains a healthy demand for the older phonographs.
Like almost all collecting categories, phonograph collecting breaks down into numerous subcategories. The collecting emphasis within these subcategories has shifted in the past two decades.
inApril 12, 2011 - 12:13pm
For those of us in areas where Winter seems to last forever, the first auctions of the year can prove a real horror to the checkbook. I myself, have succumb to the raging heat of Spring Fever a number of times at those first auctions. If you have as well, then you know the sickening feeling of having purchased an old Kleenex or dirty sock for hundreds of dollars. Ok....it may be an exaggeration, but at the time that's what it seems like. You got caught up in the heat of the bidding, along with everyone else there, and bought a plastic dog dish for $20.
inMarch 29, 2011 - 4:51pm
In Part 1, we presented a brief biography of Wallace Nutting and discussed his photographic pursuits. Although most people think of Wallace Nutting as a photographer, his passions extended far beyond the popular hand-colored pictures for which he became famous.
inMarch 17, 2011 - 3:38pm
Attend just about any antique and collectible show, wander a brick and mortar shop, or peruse the offerings on Ruby Lane and you'll probably find hand tinted pictures by Wallace Nutting, David Davidson, Charles Sawyer, and others.