• 26
    Sep

Unloved Antiques: Depression Glass

The next item in this series of Unloved Antiques is 20th century is crystal Depression glass, which gets its name from the fact the bulk of it was mass produced during the years of the Great Depression (1929-40). Depression glass is a form of pressed glass—both in clear or colored varieties—that was originally distributed free, […]

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  • 12
    Sep

Unloved Antiques: 19th-Century Religious Prints

The tenth item in this series of “Unloved Antiques” is late 19th- to early 20th-century religious prints, such as those depicting Patron Saints, Guardian Angels or the Madonna were very popular from the turn of the 19th century through the 1930s. Virtually any Catholic home—particularly those of European origins of the period—would have an image […]

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  • 29
    Aug

Unloved Antiques: Dragonware Tea Set

The ninth item in this series of “Unloved Antiques” is Dragonware. The tea set above is a good example of this Japanese pottery. Dragonware is the term used to describe porcelain or pottery items with raised decorations that depict an oriental dragon. Many family stories abound about these colorful tea sets; in fact, we’ve almost […]

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  • 10
    Aug

Unloved Antiques: Silver-Plated Souvenir Spoons

The next item in this series about unloved antiques is mid-20th century silver-plated souvenir spoons. Most owners of these collections think they are quite valuable, often under the impression they are all made of Sterling silver. Most everyone has at least a couple, received as a gift from a traveling relation from some exotic locations […]

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  • 11
    Jul

Unloved Antiques: National Geographic Magazines

The next item in this series of unloved antiques is Post-World War Two National Geographic magazines. National Geographic is an Icon and is the official journal of the National Geographic Society, formed in 1888. The magazine was a real breakthrough in marketing, making dry topics such as anthropology, geography and science interesting with the use […]

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  • 27
    Jun

Unloved Antiques: Hummel Knockoffs

The seventh item in this series of “Unloved Antiques” are Hummel knockoffs, like the three above. These post-World War Two Japanese creations were based on the popular Goebel Hummel figures made from the late 1930s onward. The original designs for these innocent views of children being the creation of Berta Hummel (German, 1909-1946). Berta is […]

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  • 13
    Jun

Unloved Antiques: 1847 Rogers Brothers Flatware

The sixth item in this series of Unloved Antiques is early 20th century flatware; the 1847 Rogers flatware sets in particular. Such sets were often referred to as “Grandma’s Sterling,” ¹ received as wedding or anniversary gifts after the turn of the 19th century and passed down from mother to daughter to granddaughter. These sets […]

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  • 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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  • 11
    May

Unloved Antiques: Commemorative Whiskey Decanters

The fourth item in this series of “Unloved Antiques”  (previous editions focused on Collector Plates, antique Singer Sewing Machines and vintage Decorator Prints) and is the commemorative whiskey decanter, like the one pictured right, issued by Ezra Brooks distilleries, circa 1973. This particular one, honoring the Veterans of Foreign Wars, was just one of many veteran […]

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  • 25
    Apr

Unloved Antiques: Mass-Produced Decorator Prints

The third item in this series of “Unloved Antiques” (read the first two installments here and here) is the Decorator Print, like this one titled “Cupid Awake” by photographer Morris Burke Parkinson. This print was produced from 1897 through to the 1920s, if not later, and distributed by the Taber Prang Art Company of Springfield, Mass., […]

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