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About That Was Then Antiques, Jewelry, and Collectibles

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Your satisfaction is our primary concern.

About Us


We love to talk. Love to converse with our customers. Love to get to know your wants and needs. Love to uncover the common interests. So...we really mean it when we say, 'happy to meet you'. Feel free to call during the hours posted or email anytime.

In the antiques and collectibles business for over 3 decades we have experience doing shows (more than 25 per year), owning and running a shop (for 10 years), managing many booths in malls, etc. and since 2002 doing business through this site.

We proudly earned our Platinum rating (over 1000 items sold) many years ago and are proud to have Ruby Lane display it by our shop's name. Just a smattering of testimonials we received from our thousands of buyers appear below!

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.

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,catalogs, and a few other paper items such as die-cut Valentine's cards and specialty antique postcards.

Also, we were proud contributors to the Ruby Lane Blog. 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 (although the original photos no longer show up).

We pride ourselves on fast and secure packing and shipping.

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.

Please note that items that are put on sale or reduced in price are done so on a temporary basis to promote their sale. If not sold within 30 days of reduction, prices will return to the original price.

Here are just a few examples of the thousands of testimonial comments we received:

"The watch pendent just arrived. Ohhhhh sooooo special.I love it!!! The puffiness of it, the necklace...the glass in back and it works...I’m tickled pink for all. Such a nice piece. And, the original box with St. Moritz noted....I’m half German, so extra special."

Thank you for sending my plate so quickly, and for packing it so well. It is lovely, and I will enjoy displaying it!

"Well I received my vase and I am absolutely delighted with it, thank you! It is beautiful, and just what I had envisaged. It arrived in excellent condition, so your packaging did the job. I also want to commend your work and liaison, from beginning to end. As a buyer from quite some distance away, it is a bit nerve wracking not knowing the dealer... So I will keep an eye on your website and will happily deal with you again." (T. in Australia)

"I have received the beautiful jade earrings. Thanks for the fast shipping."

I got my cloisonné box this morning - it's spectacular!! I couldn't be happier. Thanks so much for packing it so securely and shipping it so quickly - you're right, I got quite a deal!...

"Hi, Barbara.  Just got the beautiful plate.  Don't know why I waited so long to buy it!  Thanks very much , F."

"Hi Barbara. The jasper ware just arrived. As always, your packing got it here safely, thanks. The plaques are wonderful, I am very pleased with all six of them. Thanks again. S"

"Without a doubt the best quality butterfly pins on the market. Condition exactly as described. When you say excellent you mean it! Thank you Barbara. I'll be back soon."

"I received the ring today and I love it! Nicer than I expected! Thanks for fast shipping!" D.

"I received the bracelet and just love it! ....bottom line - it's exquisite. I feel like a princess today wearing it!..." A.

"I received the antique Limoges chocolate pot yesterday. It is absolutely beautiful, and it was packed very well. I just want to thank you, and will look forward to re-visiting your site again and again." S.

"Hi Barbara! Just writing to confirm that I received the Japanese robe today and am thrilled! It is gorgeous! Thanks for the fast shipping. Happy holiday!"

"Hi Barbara, My package arrived in today's mail, in great shape. I am very pleased with the thimble holder and happy to add it to my collection. Thanks. J"

"The strawberry basket arrived today. It is lovely, and it looks like it was never used. Thank you for the prompt shipment."

"The figurine arrived safely and very quickly. It was very well wrapped, thank you. I love it and will treasure it. I feel happy just looking at her."

"The beautiful little tea set just arrived--I love it!!! Thank you so much for guiding me through the sale..."

"The plate arrived today. It is beautiful."

"Thank you, she arrived this morning and is sooo beautiful and already taking pride of place in my display cupboard."

"Just to let you know the bottle was received in perfect condition. Thanks for honoring the initial price listed and for shipping so quickly."

"Barbara, I got them. Gorgeous! Thanks so much for overnighting them...Feel free to use this communication if you wish. You were so courteous, helpful and cooperative. The earrings were just as described, and you shipped them with lightening speed so I could take them with me on vacation. I will definitely do business with you again. Thank you so very much. (high praise indeed. Thank you RR)

"Thank-you so much for your wonderful packaging - I have never received an item so safely packed before!" ( glass figurine sent to Australia)

"The marvelous vases have just arrived to my home in best condition. Thank you very much for the unusual fast delivery." (EMI to Switzerland)

Thank you, Barbara! It's FABULOUS!!!

"Barbara, The bust arrived yesterday and your packaging was superb. Everything came through perfectly. Thanks again for the wonderful service."

"Just received my beautiful portrait. Absolutely love it!"

"I picked up the plates today on my way to work...they’re wonderful! Thanks so much for staying in touch with me to make sure that they’d been safely received. "

"I received the necklace and it is just as you described and photographed...GORGEOUS!!! Thank you!" J.

"Received the finial today and it now sits atop a Waterford lamp. It looks magnificent, and I thank you for your help and prompt response." D.

"The bracelet came a little while ago. It is truly beautiful, a work of art. Have never had a bracelet like this....very feminine. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" D.

"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."

"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

"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.

"I got my butterfly today...beautiful! It will be cherished and cared for, worn and enjoyed." H.

"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"

"OMG!!!! So in love with all of it. Thank you so much." (for 4 items)

"The jewelry arrived today. I love it!" LAS,MI

"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.

"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

"Enjoying the rings - the Lapis one is beautiful." Shirley

"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)

"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)