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Wrought by Her Hands

Wrought by Her Hands

The American Arts & Crafts Movement and its Women Practitioners By Catherine W. Zipf In 1903, Waldo Waterman died unexpectedly. Once his debts were paid, his wife, Hazel, was left with a very small income, a modest insurance policy, and

Craftsman-Style Floor Treatments

Craftsman-Style Floor Treatments

Their Care, Preservation, and Staying True When Replacing Them By John Robison of The Craftsman Homes Connection “Bring out the nature of the materials. Let their nature intimately into your scheme.” – Frank Lloyd Wright We often give a lot

The Kalo Shop

The Kalo Shop

Timeless Handwrought Beauty by Maxine Carter-Lome Much has been written about Arts & Crafts furniture, architecture, and ceramics, and such icons of the movement as Stickley, Newcomb, Van Briggle, and Frank Lloyd Wright, among others. Less is known and has

Chase: Lighting the 1930s

Chase: Lighting the 1930s

By Donald-Brian Johnson Photos by Leslie PiƱa “We have tried not to make novelty knick-knacks, but sturdy honest designs of good materials that will last from generation to generation, because taste is not a matter of fashion, but rather the

Aladdin Lamps

Aladdin Lamps

108 Years and Still Burning Bright By Maxine Carter-Lome The story goes that while growing up in a sod farmhouse a few miles south of Minden, Nebraska, Victor Samuel Johnson attended to his studies by the dim flame of a

How to Value an Aladdin Lamp in Today’s Market

How to Value an Aladdin Lamp in Today's Market

By J.W. “Bill” Courter Collectors seek all models, beginning with the first lamps sold in 1908, through the MAXbrite Model 500 made today. The brand and model number are on the wick knob. The design, color, availability and artistic appeal

Bringing Old Lights to Life

Bringing Old Lights to Life

Lighting Restoration and Repair with Chris Ehrler by Judy Gonyeau and Chris Ehrler Antique and vintage lighting restoration and repair can bring buried treasure out of the dark ages and into the brightly lit rooms of today. In New England,

Victorian by Design

Victorian by Design - Parlor Crafts and the Age of Refinement

Parlor Crafts and the Age of Refinement By Erica Lome “In the household, china-painting affords amusement for the girls in the family during the hours their brothers and father leave for business, and return in the evening. To many such

Celebrating the Holidays with Judaica

Celebrating the Holidays with Judaica

By Jonathan Greenstein The practice of Judaism commands a variety of ceremonies throughout the calendar year. Many of these rituals involve the performance of certain physical acts in conjunction with prayer. The majority of these revolve around the Jewish Sabbath

Getting, Giving and Glowing with Vintage at the Holidays

Getting, Giving and Glowing with Vintage at the Holidays

A Chat with Bob Richter by Judy Gonyeau There are those who are born with the “eye” – they can spot the perfect gift or decoration for that special someone from a mile away. It appears almost effortless as they