Category Archives: Features

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 all contribute to make one lamp more desirable than another. The demand, and hence price, […]

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, especially in the Newport/New Bedford/ Providence area, the array of lighting found in homes and […]

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 ladies, who have nothing better to do than novel reading, this method of filling their […]

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 which takes place from sunset Friday night to sunset Saturday night. The rest are performed […]

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 pull out the old and bring in the new, creating a holiday atmosphere that takes […]

'Twas the Night

'Twas the Night

…and Other Holiday Classics by James Dawson Christmas was the holiday that was just waiting to happen. For whatever reason, whether it be there to fill a spiritual or an emotional void, it waits for us at the beginning of winter to give us a warm boost into the chilly new year. We moderns may […]

Head and Shoulders Above The Rest

Head and Shoulders Above The Rest

How Women’s Hats and Men’s Ties Completed The Looks of the Times A Woman’s Style is Set by the Tip of Her Hat 1930’s Following The Crash of 1928, hats reduced in size and decoration. Usually a single brooch on a simple cloche hat was all that was necessary. Through the 30s, the era of […]

Moss: The Lamps That Spin

Moss: The Lamps That Spin

Story by Donald-Brian Johnson – Photos by Leslie Piña Once seen, never forgotten – that’s a Moss lamp! These Plexiglas marvels first cast their unique glow on households of the 1950s, and have delighted collectors ever since. Perhaps that’s because there’s such a variety to choose from. Many Moss lamps come equipped with spinning figurines […]

Charles and Ray Eames: Icons of Mid-Century Modern Design

Charles and Ray Eames: Icons of Mid-Century Modern Design

By Annabel Keenan Often when discussing design, scholars and collectors alike describe objects and their makers as influential. While there are undeniably certain designs that impact trends in taste, there is arguably no couple with a wider and more diverse range of influence than Charles and Ray Eames. From their iconic and ever-pervasive molded plywood […]

The Life, Legacy, and Furniture of George Nakashima

The Life, Legacy, and Furniture of George Nakashima

…and a Conversation with Mira Nakashima by Mike McLeod George Nakashima’s philosophy reflected his style of craftsmanship: earthy, unexpected, creative, often symmetrical and asymmetrical in the same piece of furniture, elegant and definitely unique. His work, which often incorporates slabs of irregular tree trunks or roots, is highly recognizable and appreciated. George Nakashima was born […]