Archive for 2014

JUL
04
2014

Chippendale Style Pie Crust Table

By mwilcox

Piecrust

"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....

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JUL
04
2014

Encyclopedias

By mwilcox

Encyclo

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...

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JUL
01
2014

Jonah and the Whale

By mwilcox

Jona

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...

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JUN
25
2014

RESTRICTIONS ON SALE OF IVORY GET TIGHTER

By judith

Ivorymonkey

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...

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JUN
23
2014

Large Figurines

By mwilcox

Tiger

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...

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JUN
19
2014

HIDDEN PORTRAIT OF MAN IN PICASSO PAINTING

By judith

Picasso

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...

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JUN
18
2014

Tussie Mussie-Posy Holders

By mwilcox

Silvertussie

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...

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JUN
11
2014

Marks on Glassware

By mwilcox

Marks on Glassware

Stueben

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...

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JUN
09
2014

MAHJONG

By judith

Mahjong

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...

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JUN
09
2014

Murano Sculpture

By mwilcox

Murano Three

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...

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