Archive for 2014

JUL
17
2014

Pie Safes

By mwilcox

Oakpiesafe

The piece above is what's called a "pie safe," it's designed to keep baked good safe from flies and hungry hands while cooling. Most pie safes did not actually begin their existence for that purpose. They were conversions of wardrobes, buffets,...

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JUL
15
2014

Kaufmann & Strauss Signs

By mwilcox

Tobacco

Based on the image, this is a turn of the 19th century cigar sign. Signs like this were generally the property of the company that made the product advertised. Seldom were any of them returned when the product was no longer sold, or a newer...

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JUL
13
2014

Victorian Paper Mache Letter Box

By mwilcox

Papermachebox

Paper mache was a popular construction material in the Victorian era. By the time Queen Victoria came to the throne in 1837, there were at least 25 companies producing papier mache items. The most common were smaller pieces such as trays,...

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JUL
10
2014

Captain Hook Toby

By mwilcox

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Toby mugs are a tradition with Royal Doulton that dates back to 1933 when they were introduced by Charles Noke. The Royal Doulton character jugs range features popular personalities, as well as characters from history and fiction that has...

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JUL
09
2014

19th Century Bronze Church Bell

By mwilcox

Churchbell

Based on the images of this bell, the green tarnish on it and from what we know of the company that made it, it is most likely bronze. The company that made it, the McShane Bell Foundry, has been in operation since 1856, with over 300,000 bells...

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JUL
08
2014

“To the Society of Goffers At Blackheath”

By mwilcox

Goffer

Prints are often dangerous ground for novice collectors, particualrly if the print appears to be unusual or one just like it has been seen in a priceguide or on "Antiques Roadshow." This one has a long history, and is probably one of the most...

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JUL
07
2014

"Dollar" Pocket Watches

By mwilcox

Standardwatch

The pocket watch is an item that often is ascribed a lot more value than it actually has. A family history adds fuel to the fire, often having the watch being purchased in some exotic locations or carried into battlefields that predate its date...

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JUL
06
2014

Vintage Pole/Floor lamps

By mwilcox

Italianlamp

Pole/floor lamps of all vintages are popular decorative items that tend to hold their value well because unlike some decorative items they will always be functional as well as decoartive. This unmarked floor lamp is quite modern as these things...

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JUL
05
2014

Coalport Ginger Jar

By mwilcox

Ginger3

The marking on this English Coalport bone china "ginger jar" predates 1891, but the piece looks even older than it is because it's designed to loosely resemble  the Japanese "Imari" porcelain ginger jars first exported to the West in the mid...

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JUL
05
2014

Meissen "Cancelled" Vase

By mwilcox

Cakecancelled2

Based on the images and the marking, this cake plate was originally made by the famous porcelain company "Meissen." It was a factory reject, the scratched knife markings across the swords are called "cancellation marks." For one reason or...

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