The George Washington Trivet
According to Kelly & Ellwood in their 1990 book Trivets & Stands, the first George Washington Trivet was designed and cast in brass for the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition of 1876. George Washington was an appropriate subject, considering that the Exposition was held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Dec
Sheffield Silver Candlesticks
Sheffield silver candlesticks: Light on some shady business of the past
Symbolism of the American Eagle in Trivet Designs
The Symbolism of the American Eagle in Trivet Designs
By Lynn Rosack
I recently received the following question from a fellow WorthPoint member:
I have a couple Wilton trivets (eagle in wreath w/heart) and I’m interested in the history of the eagle/wreath/heart symbol. Do you have any information on this?
Paperweight Collectibles Find a Following
Paperweight collectibles. If there ever was a collectible that hollered “Art for Art’s sake!” it was this one. Glass paperweights, with their colorful and complex designs, were always more aesthetic ornaments than functional objects to actually hold down paper or double as inkwells or toothpick holders.
Antique English silver-plated candelabra (a pair)
I did post a blog a few weeks back, trying to date and identify this beautiful pair of silver-plated candelabra, standing approx 20 inches high. A lady called Anita suggested I try to find the maker’s name, but I don’t know where to look. Now I cannot find my original blog. These candelabra have been in my family (who originate from England) for many generations.
An Eye for Designing with Antiques and Collectibles
Editor’s Note: Are your antiques and collectibles trapped in seclusion or piled up in the corner like junk mail? If you need help displaying your collection, send us your questions, and let our Worthologist, Christopher Kent, help resolve the problem.
Scale, Balance and Placement of Your Antiques and Collectibles
Hunting and Gathering 6-24
It’s an interesting week for antiques and collectibles as many auction houses are taking the week off and regrouping. But if you need a bargain-hunting fix, take a look at my Summer Blow Out Sales.
June20-25: American and English Paintings, Furniture, Silver and Decorations
“I found a wonderful art glass vase at a house sale, but I left behind some pottery and a paperweight and now it’s weighing heavy on my mind.”
What’s in your basement?
Recently, rummaging through my basement, I put two and two together and came up with twenty-two. OK, I realize that this is improper math, that only an accountant could make happen, but I once toiled in life as an accountant, so I feel justified on the math.
Antique Garden Furnishings: Urns, Figures, Benches, Hitchposts, Fountains, Sundials
Who would have ever thought to check the backyard before going into the house at an estate sale?