Lawn Art: The Oft-Overlooked Value in Estates
In American popular culture, the kitsch surrounding pink flamingo lawn ornaments appears universal. Mention such ornaments and visions of trailer parks in Baltimore come to mind; perhaps as a result of John Waters’ 1972 movie “Pink Flamingos,” with its subtitle: “An Exercise in Poor Taste”. Until the 1970s, upscale suburban homes sometimes boasted lantern-carrying lawn […]
Steve Santini: A Collector of Things from the Dark Side
Steve Santini. Does the name ring a bell? From the moment I first saw him on TV, I had me a married-woman, middle-aged crush. He has that tough-guy-with-an-edge look. He is a collector. He is passionate about the history behind the items he acquires. He is an extreme escape artist. And, he has actually handled […]
The Collector’s Minute: Firebacks
In Colonial times, homes were heated by fire in stone or brick fireplaces. Normally, a great deal of heat from a wood fire escapes up the chimney, while more heat is absorbed by the brick in the back wall. The solution to capturing some of this escaping heat was the fireback, which were not only […]
Trivets of Cast Metal
What is the difference between Cast Iron and Wrought Iron? Cast iron objects are created from molten metal that has been poured into a mold and allowed to harden. In contrast, wrought iron items are individually created by bending pieces of hot, malleable iron.