Category Archives: Features

What’s in a Name? Sascha, Marc, and Sometimes, Matthew

Rooftops irregular plate by Sascha Brastoff, 10-1/2” longest side, $75-$100

Story and photos by Donald-Brian Johnson In the world of mid-twentieth-century décor, it wasn’t enough for a designer to be a household name. What sold everything—from dinnerware to dishwashers to draperies—was exactly the right household name. That name had to be exotic, but not so exotic as to frighten away customers. It had to suggest […]

The Fostoria Glass Company: Staying Flexible with Solid Glass

1904 Fostoria Glass Company Catalog lamps and vases

by Mary Sue Lyon, director, Fostoria Glass Society of America   The Fostoria Glass Company began operations in Fostoria, Ohio in 1887 where natural gas was offered at low cost to attract new industries. That rate was very short-lived, and the Fostoria Glass Company moved to Moundsville, West Virginia in late 1891. Fostoria existed as […]

Black Glass: Beautiful & Functional

Black Glass Salt & Pepper Shakers: Black/dark green McKee salt and pepper shakers with art deco styling. Sides of shakers are Roman Arch shaped. Sold on Etsy and seen elsewhere for $50 and up.

By Michalene Kosinski, Antiques and Collectibles Mall of New England   All sorts of functional and attractive vintage kitchen and dining accessories were made with black glass, including console sets, swans, candlesticks, compotes, fruit bowls, and even punch bowl sets. Black Glass was also used for decanter sets, steins, pitchers, and whole dinnerware sets. Today, […]

Here Come the Bride’s Baskets

Metal floral accent trim on handle highlights a pale blue basket. 10-1/2” w, $1,300-$1,500.

Story and photos by Donald-Brian Johnson Something Old … Something New Wait. Stop right there. If you’re on the hunt for a wedding gift, how about a two-fer? That’s right: a gift that combines both options: something old and something new. “Hmmm,” you murmur. “A double-duty present? That sounds great!  But I know how these […]

The Allure of Glass is Back

Blenko Glass Modernist “Opaque” Line large Yellow Bowl, No. 2904 made in 2004

by Peter Wade   Something happened this past decade in the glass collecting marketplace that we may all have missed. It’s hard to see when you’re only in one regional market area and unable to observe the whole picture. I’m beginning to believe an exciting change in glass collecting is taking place. The collectible market […]

In Sparkling Company

Casket with glass panels, fused, gilded, and molded nonlead glass; metal. Probably England, possibly James Cox, about 1760–1770.

News from the Corning Museum of Glass on its 2020 Spring Exhibition Sourced from CMoG press releases on the exhibit and its accompanying book In Sparkling Company, Reflections on Glass in the 18th Century British World   The Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) announced its spring exhibition In Sparkling Company: Glass and Social Life in […]

Guiding the Next Generation of Collectors

1960s purse

An Interview with Terry Kovel by Judy Gonyeau, managing editor Recently, we had the opportunity to chat with Terry Kovel, editor and publisher of Kovels Antiques, Inc. For over 53 years, Kovels has published the Price Guide for American Collectors (now Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price List), a veritable encyclopedia of antiques and collectibles sale […]

Renovation, Restoration, Preservation, Conservation

leather top drum table

By Bart Bjorneberg, Bernacki & Associates, Inc. What do these words mean and what conditions and responsibilities do they engender when used in connection to furnishings, art objects, environments, and architecture. Renovation Renovation simply means to make an object look like new. The object to be renovated is just a base or starting point for […]