Archive for 2014

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11
2014

Antique Deck Chair

By mwilcox

Invalidchair

Chairs like this are what's referred to as “patent furniture” after the fact their designers were attempting to corner the market for specialized pieces of furniture by protecting their design rights from others marketing them. While these...

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10
2014

Antique Turtle Back Bellows

By mwilcox

Bellows

Most decorative antique “turtle back” bellows like this one are actually far newer than they appear, most are late Victorian examples, but the style was revived in the 1920s during the popularity of the Colonial revival style. The bellows...

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08
2014

Antique Japanese Style Bronze

By mwilcox

Japelephant

Unmarked bronze figures like these can be 20th century reproductions based on the work of 19th century sculptors. Most are based on originals by well known European sculptors, but this one is a genuine Meiji period (1868-1912) Japanese example,...

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04
2014

100 YEAR-OLD RARE BASEBALL CARD COLLECTION GOES ON THE BLOCK

By judith

Cobb89

September 4, 2014

One hundred years ago, a 19-year-old man took up smoking, and with the habit came a goldmine of memorabilia in the form of baseball cards.

Now, the more than 1,400 tobacco cards featuring Hall of Famers like Cy Young and Ty Cobb...

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04
2014

Antique "Perfection Heater"

By mwilcox

Heater

This item, a "Perfection oil heater" was based on the idea of using a lamp type burner to produce heat instead of light. The patents for such "Lamp Stoves" goes back to the 1880s, but it wasn't until 190 when representitives from the Cleveland...

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26
2014

Antique Gothic Revival Cabinet

By mwilcox

Belgiangothic

This is a late 19th century Continental Gothic style piece, based on original cupboards made during the 1500s. Most like this example were produced in Belgium and France before World War I, primarily in walnut or oak. The Gothic style has gone...

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26
2014

Antique Eastlake Style desk

By mwilcox

Eastlake Desk

This desk appears to date to 1875-1885 and is based on the "Eastlake Style," first popularized by English designer Charles Eastlake in his book "Hints on Household Taste" in 1868. In this influential book he rejected the ornate decorations...

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26
2014

Dayagi Book Rack

By mwilcox

Dayagi2

Dayagi has produced a wide variety of modern design menorahs, bookends, coasters, and trivets. We have very little information on the company, but products with this company name regularly appear in the secondary and auction markets. It's easy to...

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25
2014

Japanese Silver Plated Cigarette Box

By mwilcox

Japsilverbox

Items with full country of origin marks such as “Made in Japan,” like this cigarette box, generally post date the early 1920s and are not yet considered "antiques." The “Japan” marking was required for importation into the United States after...

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25
2014

Antique Victorian Games Table

By mwilcox

Gamestable2

This walnut "games table, " with its flip-top and vase form turned legs dates from the third quarter of the 19th century. Most pieces like this were produced by the smaller furniture factories that were beginning to mechanize production beginning...

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