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Pressed and Cut Glass Were Never Meant to be Shabby Chic.

The year was 1907. Oklahoma was about to become a state. World War I hadn’t even begun. Women weren’t allowed to vote. The Titanic was nothing more than a design. “School Days (When We Were a Couple of Kids)” was … Continue reading

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Toleware: Beautiful at Any Price

“Toleware” comes from the French “tolé peinte” (painted metal). In the 1600s, Japan had stopped trading with Europe, placing their famous decorative pieces out of reach. In addition, the British no longer had access to the sumac-sap lacquer used to … Continue reading

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Upstairs, Downstairs: Antique English Pine Furniture

What do you like best about “Downton Abbey”? The characters? The acting? The plot? The whole noblesse oblige thing? For me it’s the clothes. And the antiques. Naturally, I’d love to have some of the pieces that are “upstairs.” But the … Continue reading

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