• 6
    Jun

1940 B&W 20″ Television

I don’t know about all of you, but I can honestly wonder what my Aunt and Uncle watched on TV back in the 1940’s. I know as a child growing up in the early 1950’s I remember Howdy Doody, Rin Tin Tin, The Lone Ranger, my eldest brother was on the Freddy Friehofer show, and got to make a squiggly line, and that is all I remember. Brings back memories.

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  • 27
    May

Graduation: IKEA, Antiques & Hand-me-downs

May is the month for college graduations and thousands of young people will be setting up households of their own across the country. If you are a student, you may not realize it, but it can be cheaper in the long run to buy quality antiques than it is to by less expensive furniture. Why?

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  • 15
    May

Antique Furniture Part II – Arts And Crafts Furniture and Modern Design Furniture

Yesterday, I shared about European and Early American chairs, but if I was starting to take an interest in furniture today, it would be in the Arts and Crafts Furniture and the Modern Design pieces. This is where the trend is, and that is where we want to be.

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  • 13
    May

Collectible Furniture

I have intentionally not written on furniture, because my general rule is that if it is larger than a bread box it is to large for me. You see at 66, I don’t think that I still have the desire to break my back hauling large pieces of furniture. However this isn’t fair to you, if you’re interested in furniture, and so because of this, I’ll do a series on furniture anyway.

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  • 11
    May

Fred Taylor: The Furniture Hunter

Fred Taylor’s career in furniture, furniture restoration, antiques and collectibles began when he and his wife, Gail, moved from a one-bedroom apartment to their first home in 1973 – a 2,000-square-foot house in Tampa, Florida. “We didn’t own a stick except a couple of bean bag chairs,” Taylor said. And so the hunt through yard sales and junk shops began.

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  • 3
    May

Antique Garden Furnishings: Urns, Figures, Benches, Hitchposts, Fountains, Sundials

Who would have ever thought to check the backyard before going into the house at an estate sale?

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  • 9
    Apr

Identifying Marks On British Sterling

Here is a cute British sterling vinaigrette circa 1818. It was made by John Shaw under the reign of George IV. How do we know this?

The hallmarks on this piece are the keys to identity.

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  • 26
    Feb

Early Americana, Hand-Painted Furniture and Fabulous Fantasies

I recently visited one of my favorite New England towns, Salem, Massachusetts, and stumbled upon this fabulous, early American, hand-painted, dressing screen. It is a decorative item now on display at “Sophia’s Gifts of Artistry & Elegance,” www.sophiasofsalem.com. I spoke with the shop proprietor, Marie Cardillo, and we both learned something new.

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  • 12
    Feb

19th century glass lamps

To keep light in a home during the 1800’s required the use of oil lamps, for the most part. The glass lamps were functional, put out enough candlepower to light a small room, and served as night lights for the kids.

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  • 4
    Jan

Aladdin Lamps by Model

The Aladdin Mantel Lamp Co. was established by Victor S. Johnson in 1908. He enjoyed reading about the Arabian Nights series of books while young. As an adult he introduced a particular kind of indoor lamp that produced a rather soft white light and named the lamp Aladdin.

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