• 31
    May

Unloved Antiques: ‘Bronze’ Flatware

The fifth item in this series of “Unloved Antiques” is Thai “bronze” flatware. While it’s often listed for sale online as “gold plated” or “solid bronze,” it’s most likely based on a nickel/bronze alloy first created and marketed as “Duragold” by Swedish Metallurgist Carl Molin, circa 1914¹. It’s not known if the Thai flat ware […]

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  • 16
    Nov

Cincinnati Silver Tableware Still Shines 200 Years Later

When Cincinnati’s first settlers arrived in 1788, they dreamed of establishing a trade center along the water highway of the Ohio River. Their primary concern was continuing hostilities with the Indian tribes who had lost their hunting grounds in Kentucky and were determined not to be pushed further west by new waves of white settlers. […]

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  • 21
    Jun

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 […]

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  • 14
    Jul

Sheffield and Silver Plate: What to Look For

The social background for the discovery of the methods of plating on copper used in the Sheffield process is quite interesting. It was a time of rising expectations for an emerging merchant class distinct for the upper class in England. These newly wealthy families wished to live with silver luxuries befitting their new status. Unfortunately […]

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  • 13
    Feb

Pseudo Silver Hallmarks and What They Really Mean

One thing that confuses novice collectors more than anything else is “silverware,” a term that one would think implied the item was indeed constructed of silver, but since the 1840’s, that hasn’t been the case. Until silver electroplating was perfected and patented by Henry and George Richard Elkington in 1840, most silverware was exactly that, […]

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  • 14
    Oct

Archibald Knox Tudric muffin dish

Archibald Knox Tudric muffin dish

By Sherri Hall-Wilcox

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  • 10
    Oct

Certified Early Gold (1795-1834) and Why They Are Scarce, Part I

Certified Early Gold (1795-1834) and Why They Are Scarce, Part I

By Silvano DiGenova

Methodology of This Study

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  • 7
    Oct

Certified Early Gold: 1795-1834

Certified Early Gold: 1795-1834 by Silvano DiGenova

Methodology of This Study

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  • 4
    Oct

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.

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  • 3
    Oct

Early $10 Gold: 1795-1804

Early $10 Gold 1795-1804 by Silvano DiGenova

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