Archive for 2015

MAR
12
2015

Antique Paper Mache

By mwilcox

Papermash

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 pieces were smaller pieces such as trays,...

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MAR
12
2015

Ladderback Chairs

By mwilcox

Ladderbackcorn

Ladder back chairs of this type can be found in most Western nations going back 300 years, the style moving to North America with its earliest settlers. The ladder back chair is one of the earliest forms of seating in North America, each area...

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MAR
09
2015

Goldevale "Victorian Doll"

By mwilcox

Goldenvale

As a general rule of thumb, Modern " limited edition" anythings tend to be rather poor investments, sometimes even 30 year later they fail to sell for their original retail value. This one, a "Goldenvale Collection" doll named "Fleur" is one of...

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MAR
07
2015

Revival Style Mahogany Throne Chair

By mwilcox

Mahoganythrone

"Throne Chairs" like these tend to date from the last quarter of the 19th Century, quite often custom made for use in Fraternal Orders ( Men's Lodges) Board rooms or Churches. Their decoration is often a combination of machine and hand carving...

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MAR
02
2015

Archie Gunn (1863-1930)

By mwilcox

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This is a print by Archie Gunn (1863-1930) and probably originally made as the basis for a calendar illustration. Gunn was a well known and popular illustrator, whose pictures where in leading periodicals during the early years of the 20th...

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MAR
02
2015

Karol (Karl) D. Witkowski

By mwilcox

Witkowski

Karol (Karl) D. Witkowski (16 August 1860 – 17 May 1910) was a Polish-American portraitist and genre painter. Witkowski painted the elite in Newark (New Jersey, USA) and his skills as a portraitist to the wealthy was always in great demand. But...

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FEB
27
2015

Deco Style Bistro Set

By mwilcox

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While this Bistro type set is based on the Art Deco style popular from the 1930's until World War Two ( 1939), it's unlikely it predates the 1980's. Sets like this have fairly high retail values when first sold, but take drastic drops in value...

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FEB
24
2015

"Helm's Bakery" Bread Wrapper

By mwilcox

Wrapperbread

Items like this "Helm's Bakery" bread wrapper holder tend to be more curiosities than valuable collectibles. The Helms Bakery in Culver City, California was a notable industrial bakery of Southern California that operated from 1931 to 1969. Helms...

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FEB
24
2015

Vintage 1950's Decorator Lamps

By mwilcox

50s Lamps

Vases used as lamp pedestals are of two types, those that are custom made pieces, using existing 18th or 19th Century pottery or glass vases in their construction, or those that use late 19th to mid 20th Century factory made vases and were "Ready...

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FEB
19
2015

1950's Continental Painted Rococo Suite

By mwilcox

Rococosuite

Sets like these are generally 1950's Continental pieces, loosely based on 18th Century French and Italian Rococo furniture. Most of it tends to be good quality with more hand crafted detail than one would find on North American pieces made during...

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