"Pie crust" tables of this type are often described as far older than they really are, because they were designed to resemble examples made in the mid 1700s and are mistaken for them. They are of a type now called the "Colonial Revival" style....
There are some guidelines appraisers use in regards to things like encyclopedias, one being that most 20th century examples have very limited value in the resale market and barely get bids as box lots at auction. As with all things though, there...Continue Reading
Cast iron banks like this were almost a unique American phenomenon, more cast iron toys were produced in the U.S. than just about anywhere in the world during the late Victorian era. This one was designed and patented in 1890 by Peter Adams and...Continue Reading
June 25, 2014
The New York State legislature has voted to outlaw the sale of items that are over 100 years old and made with more than 20 percent elephant ivory, mammoth ivory, or rhinoceros horn. This is even stricter than the Federal law, which...Continue Reading
Unmarked figures like this are very hard to determine a maker for, we have seen duplicates of this piece, also unmarked in more than one size. These are generally fairly modern European decorator pieces made in the 1950s forward, which originally...Continue Reading
June 19, 2014
Pictured above is Pablo Picasso's Blue Room, painted In 1901, during the artist's blue period. Experts have authenticated a new painting by Picasso—hidden beneath the existing work, as reported by the BBC.
A team of scientists and...Continue Reading
This odd looking item is a “Tussie Mussie” or "Posy Holder." The term Tussie-Mussie dates back to the 1400s, the name "tussle" coming from an old English word for a nosegay. Most we see today are Victorian examples, an era when these small...
Marks on Glassware
With glassware markings it usually requires multiple sources of reference to positively identify them. The majority of 19th century glassware has very minimal markings, the age and identification of a piece based more on...Continue Reading
June 9, 2014
The Chinese invented the game of Mahjong circa 500 BC. It is a game played with tiles and is similar to rummy, in that the tiles are arranged in suits and certain combinations of suits constitute winning hands.
Mahjong tiles were...Continue Reading
This set of three Murano figures could be either art glass or Murano glass. Art glass being decorative glassware made in smaller studios other than those located in Murano, Italy. Strangely enough similar glassware was also made in smaller North...Continue Reading