• 1 Oct
    2008

Dating Faience Pottery

Faience pottery, also known as Fayence in France, is often used as a synonym to Majolica because of their similar appearance and use of tin glaze. Yet, most collectors distinguish Faience pottery by their characteristic polychrome (multi-colored) designs and mostly white background, whereas Majolica tends to have decoration all over along with pronounced raised decorative details (relief).

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  • 1 Oct
    2008

TOBY MUGS & CHARACTER JUGS: Satire in Porcelain


The tradition of making Jugs, Pitchers or Mugs in the shape of human figures or faces has its origins in 18thC England. Character Jugs were also made in the Delft region of Holland for a short time, but most known examples were produced by Potteries located in the Staffordshire region of the UK.

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  • 12 Sep
    2008

Teacups, teakettles and an honest antiques customer

Some time ago, my mother and sister decided to have yard sale to clean out a storage area. They would be putting out typical yard-sale items—small appliances, pots and pans, bottles, lots of junk and maybe a collectibles or two.

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  • 9 Sep
    2008

Gold Leaf on Fine China and Glassware–A Rare Find

The art of gold leafing dates back to the times of the Pharaohs. Gold leafing is a process in which artisans hammer gold until it has achieved thin layers. The layers are then applied over the item to give it the look of solid gold.

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  • 4 Sep
    2008

P.T. Barnum: An Accidental Collectible

A most unusual addition to my circus collection came from an unplanned series of events. More than 30 years ago I became acquainted with a local artist who was beginning to work with sculpture. My nephew introduced us. I always thought I’d like to have a bust of P.T. Barnum, which I thought would fit well on the bookshelves with my collection of Barnum and other circus books.

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  • 2 Sep
    2008

‘Official’ Vice Presidential China

On the grounds of the U.S. Naval Observatory near the British Embassy in Washington, D.C. sits a grand old Victorian mansion built in 1893. Originally the home of the Chief of Naval Operations, it was requisitioned as the first official home for the vice president of the United States in 1974.

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  • 7 Jul
    2008

Antiques & Collectibles: July Auctions

There are a couple of hot, hot auctions slated for July with a noteworthy selection of items for sale. Don’t let the summer doldrums keep you from what’s really important—collecting.

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  • 22 Jun
    2008

elvis

i have a series of elvis plates from the artist delphi. trying to find out how much they are worth.

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  • 2 Jun
    2008

Historic American Staffordshire China

Blue and white, and the many colored Staffordshire genre dinner services, and commemorative pieces that had been produced in America by factories established in the northeastern colonies during the period from 1790 through 1840, have become an eminently collectible antique category of its own. Rare pieces have been sold for $1000’s of dollars.

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  • 1 Jun
    2008