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DEC
20
2015

General Electric 'Monitor Top' Refrigerator

By mwilcox

Frige

This is one of the rarer of the famous General Electric 'Monitor Top' refrigerator made circa 1927-35. The GE Monitor top was based on a French design for a hermetically sealed refrigeration system, the entire system as one unit and totally...

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NOV
30
2015

"The Fleshly School of Poetry"

By mwilcox

The Fleshly School Of Poetry10

With books values are determined by the fame of the Author, the edition of it and it's rarity. This one was originally published a pamphlet, which at some point has been bound into a book. It was written by Robert Buchanan (1841-1901) and he...

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NOV
25
2015

Who's OEPIAG and EPIAG?

By mwilcox

Epage

I receive a great number of requests regarding pottery marked “OEPIAG” and “EPIAG”. Many wonder why there were so many marks used by them and where these potteries operated. But the facts are both were not individual potteries. Both OEPIAG and...

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NOV
09
2015

"Baoding Balls"

By mwilcox

Stressballs

These "Stress balls" or "Baoding balls" are a Chinese invention going back to Antiquity. They can be found constructed of virtually any material from plain carved bone to elaborate cloisonne. What these large "Marbles" are usually used for...

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OCT
28
2015

Poor Man's Oak Furniture

By mwilcox

Fake Oak

Washstands like this one were sometimes called "Poor Man's Oak", because the Oak wood grain is a faux finish, stencilled on cheaper light colored hardwood such as maple, basswood or birch. If in good condition, the oak graining on them can be...

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OCT
20
2015

Stacking Bookcases

By mwilcox

Globebookcase

This modular bookcase was made by the Globe-Wernicke Company, which was formed as a result of the Cincinnati based Globe Files Company (est. in 1882) purchasing the Minneapolis based Wernicke Company in 1899. The company is best known for their...

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OCT
20
2015

Parzinger

By mwilcox

Parztable

This table was designed by Tommi Anton Parzinger (1903–1981) . Parzinger was a German furniture designer and painter, born in Munich in 1903. He later moved to New York in 1932, starting his first company in 1939, his works were collected by...

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OCT
20
2015

Typewriters?

By mwilcox

Oldtypewriter

One of the things we often have come across our desk are typewriters, while they appear ancient compared to the modern technology we now use everyday, very few can be considered valuable antiques. Most, like the one pictured tend to date...

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SEP
30
2015

Chinese Hot Water Plate

By mwilcox

Hotwaterplate

Based on the images and without being able to see the marking, what this piece appears to be is a late 18th to early 19th Century Chinese Armorial hot water plate. Armorial Plates were first made to order for export to Western markets Circa 1710,...

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SEP
30
2015

Mission Oak Cabinet

By mwilcox

Missionoak

Based on the images, this piece is in the Mission style, but is not one designed and sold by the leading designer of the style, Gustave Stickley. Mission furniture is a style of furniture that originated in the late 19th Century, it traces its...

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