Chokin metal work is an art form that dates all the way back to the 12th century and used a variety of different colored metals from base metals to 24-karat gold. The color of each metal used as part of the overall design, in many cases on a dark...Continue Reading
These cigarette cases are examples of Japanese "Damascene", a form of design inlaying precious metals such as silver and gold on iron. In Japan, damascene was frequently used to decorate the hilts of weapons. It achieved great popularity in Kyoto...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...
By all reports Walter Samaszko Jr. was a quiet man, who lived for four decades in a modest ranch style house in Carson City. There was no outward indication that his home held anymore the the stuff most of us accumulate over a lifetime. After his...Continue Reading