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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Electric Kitchen Appliances
The turn of the century saw the popularity of electric kitchen appliances increase to the point where most metropolitan households sported at least one of these modern conveniences. By the 1920s, innovations and improvements were occurring at a rapid pace. The variations designed for small appliances were limitless. Some “firsts” in electrical appliances include: 1882 […]
During the late 1960s and early 1970s it became fashionable for homeowners to convert basements into family rec rooms, often equipped with bars. Most were well stocked with both utilitarian items (shot glasses and ice crushers) and decorative accessories. Objects with advertising are usually more valuable than their generic counterparts. References: Mark Pickvet, “The Encyclopedia […]