Convertible furniture is often attached to William L. Murphy, who designed a folding bed to fit into small spaces. Murphy was born in Columbia, California, near Stockton on January 1, 1876, moved to San Francisco at the turn of the century where...Continue Reading
Based on the images and the markings on this piece, it's an example of English pottery, of a type mainly produced in the Staffordshire region. From the turn of the 18th Century until the early 1950's this area of England was the largest producer...
Chokin metal work is an art form that dates all the way back to the 12th century and used a variety of different colored metals from base metals to 24-karat gold. The color of each metal used as part of the overall design, in many cases on a dark...Continue Reading
Every now and again in the Antique business one will come across original art which is neither an oil or watercolor. Generally it will be under glass and mounted much like a print, but resembles a watercolor in its muted colors. More than one...
This settee is in the Rococo Revival style, which was popular during the third Quarter of the 19th Century, but based on what I can see it's not a period Victorian example, but a later reproduction. During the big run up in values for Original...Continue Reading
Cased glass of this type is often attributed to the Fenton, Phoenix or Consolidated Glass companies, but we have no reference sources to verify that for this piece. This piece though would be closest to examples by Fenton than the other two....Continue Reading
This "Cock Fighting" chair is not as old as it looks, it appears older because it is patterned after 18th Century English Georgian examples. This one actually dates from the first quarter of the 20th Century. It was made by the Murphy Chair...Continue Reading
Metal carousel horses like this tend to date from the second quarter of the 20th Century, most were used on coin operated rides found in Department stores or in front of Grocery and Drug stores. Most carousel horses used on travelling carnivals...Continue Reading
During the run up to the celebration of an anniversary type event like the Bicentennial of 1976 huge number of items are produced to fill the demand caused by that celebratory fever. Most such events, such as the anniversary of the birth or death...Continue Reading
Even if you have an artist-signed painting, etching, engraving or drawing, it does not necessarily mean that you have a valuable work of art. Paintings like this could very well be the work of a “Starving Artist”. Starving Artist art sales became...Continue Reading