I’ve always wondered about the differences in these jewelry terms, but not being a “jool,” I didn’t feel qualified to write an article about them. Then voila! I stumbled upon this terrific article by Daye Salander of Daye Salander Antiques … Continue reading
These bears always intrigued me. I thought some Great Grandwhatever had carved them. But it turns out they were brought back from Germany just before World War II. Their proper name is Brienzerware. People use the term “Black Forest” carvings … Continue reading
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Tagged 1900 Paris Exhibition, bear figurines, bear pretzel holder, Black Forest bears, Brienz, Brienzerware, Christian Fischer, collect bears, Columbian Exposition 1893, dachshund ashtray, Giessbach Falls, Huggler, Jobin & Cie, linden carved, London Exhibition 1851, Peter M. Blackman, Swiss wood carving, Trauffer, value of carved bears, vintage wood carvings, vintage wood figurines, walnut carved, Wirth, wooden bear
My family’s church was rooted in the German culture. On the wall in the entryway was the most fabulous Lord’s Prayer I had ever seen. It fascinated me as a child, and all through the years that I attended. This … Continue reading
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Tagged colored scherenschnitte, cut out paper, cutting paper, fraktur, German art, Kerch McConlogue, Noah & Parrot, Noah and Parrot, Noah's Ark scherenschnitte, paper art, paper cut art, Pennsylvania Dutch art, Pennsylvania German art, scherenschnitte, scissor snipping, value of scherenschnitte, vintage scherenschnitte
Anybody can buy “collectible” items to display on a shelf. You see ads for them all the time: “Hand painted!” “Limited edition!” “Design of enduring value!” But will they hold their value? They may. Then again, they may not. One … Continue reading
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Tagged 1920s handbag, American Brilliant, antique handbag, antique purse, Bradford Exchange, cabbage patch dolls, Cabbage Patch Kids, cut glass, fairings, Fiesta, Fiestaware, flapper purse, Franklin Mint, investment value of antiques, lusterware, lustreware, pressed glass, silverware, Toleware, value of antique toys, vintage handbag, Xavier Roberts
When you think of an heirloom, you think of something like Aunt Agatha’s rocking chair – a one-of-a-kind antique that, if reproduced, just won’t have the same quality. As a person whose paying job involves words, I find it ironic … Continue reading
Does something “bong” in your chest when you see an antique or terrific collectible? If you love antiques and all things old, you might enjoy Jonathan Gash’s famous “Lovejoy” series of mysteries. The books, about 24 in all, were made … Continue reading
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Tagged Antiques, collectibles, collecting, English antiques, fake antique, genuine antique, Jonathan Gash, Lovejoy, murder mysteries, murder mystery, mysteries, real or fake antique, reproduction furniture, vintage