• 25 Jan
    2011

Ask A Worthologist Question: Cut Glass Punch Bowl

Donna J. has a cut glass punch bowl that she inherited from her great grandmother, who had received it as a wedding gift before World War One. Looking for a value before deciding whether to sell it, or keep it she engaged WorthPoint’s “Ask a Worthologist” service. The question was forwarded to me. Here is […]

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  • 4 Aug
    2009

The Celery Vase: A Prominent Way to Serve an Exotic Vegetable

According to the early nineteenth century writer Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin in “The Physiology of Taste,” gastronomy required “intelligent knowledge of whatever concerns man’s nourishment.” Brillat-Savarin’s 1825 treatise on the fine art of foods was the first treatment of dining as an art form. The newly developing interest in food appropriately reflected a growing awareness of […]

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  • 13 Jul
    2009

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Candy Dish, FADA Radio, KKK Book

QUESTION: My grandmother bought a candy dish during her honeymoon trip to Washington, D.C. from her home in North Carolina sometime around 1910. She could not have paid more than 50 cents for it. After poking around on eBay and the Internet, I identified the glass type as opalescent blue pressed glass. It is in […]

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  • 17 Oct
    2008
  • 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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  • 4 Sep
    2008

“The God of Things As They Ought to Be” – Bottle or salt/pepper shaker…or god?

The title of this blog is the wonderful and strangely upbeat phrase embossed around the pedestal base of this whimsical little bottle…or is it a salt/pepper shaker. Actually, the "em-bossing" is "de-bossed" or indented into the glass instead of raised relief like typical bottle embossing.

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  • 29 Apr
    2008

GRAVY BOWL

MY HUSBAND FOUND A GRAVY BOWL MADE BY JOHANN HAVILAND. IT HAS GOLD TRIM AND FLOWERS ON IT. TRYING TO FIND OUT VAULE OF IT. SOMEONE HELP.

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  • 11 Apr
    2008

I just Love old things.

If the price is right I might sell a few of my dishies.

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  • 12 Feb
    2008

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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