Tag Archives: 19th Century

Memorial Quilts: Expressions of Remembrance

Civil War Memorial Quilt from the Quilt Index and the Massachusetts project. Each of the white strips and the stars are inscribed with the name of a Massachusetts soldier, his company and the date he enlisted.

Graveyard Quilts for Mourning By Judy Anne Breneman, womenfolk.com Before modern medicine the loss of beloved friends and family members was all too familiar. Childbirth was dangerous and it was a rare mother who didn’t lose one or more children. Husbands were lost through war or accident. Bereavement was a part of everyday life. Ways […]

Friendship Quilts: A Gift of Remembrance

Oak Reel block dated 1846, Enoch and Mary Worrall quilt, dated 1850. (Starley Quilt Collection)

by Maxine Carter-Lome, Publisher In the summer of 1854, inside an enormous four-story brick house at the corner of Main and Andover in Ludlow, Vermont, Ella-Elizabeth Spaulding joyously prepared for her approaching wedding and move west. Ellen, as she was called by all her friends and family, thought back to those exciting spring days several […]

Mercury Glass: Encasing the Brilliance of Silver

Collection of seven antique mercury glass vessels selling for $750 at charish.com

Mercury glass is not all it is wrapped up to be as there is no actual mercury used in the encased silvered part of the glass, except during its first few years. While rumors abound regarding the danger of being poisoned when using tableware made with “mercury glass,” it is a myth that comes from […]

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 […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: 19th century sugar chest, $263,250, Cordier’s

Gavels 'n' Paddles: 19th century sugar chest, $263,250, Cordier’s

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall An early 19th century folk art painted sugar chest sold for $263,250 at a Winter Antique & Fine Art Auction held February 11th by Cordier’s Auctions & Appraisals in Harrisburg, Pa. The buyer was Kelly Kinzle, owner of Kelly Kinzle Antiques in New Oxford, […]

What's Selling on eBay: March 2018

What's Selling on eBay: March 2018

by Deborah Abernethy and Mike McLeod $4,850 (22 bids, 11 bidders): Antique 1914 Arizona License Plate, Original 3″ X 7 1/2″. Bidding on a 1914 Arizona motorcycle license plate number 948. Plate is rusty but very legible. It measures 3 x 7 1/2 inches. 1914 is two years after Arizona became a state in 1912. […]

In the Beginning: 19th Century World’s Fairs

In the Beginning: 19th Century World’s Fairs

By Maxine Carter-Lome When the gates to the Crystal Palace opened on May 1, 1851 to welcome guests to the Great Exhibition, they opened the door to the future. Thirty-two countries from around the world mounted more than 13,000 exhibits to showcase the “Works of Industry of All Nations.” The exhibits included almost every marvel […]

Indiana Church Strikes Gold With Early “In God We Trust” Rare Coin

Indiana Church Strikes Gold With Early “In God We Trust” Rare Coin

Historic 1866 Double Eagle is one of only ten known examples, survived an attempted theft, was donated to a Valparaiso church and now could bring $300,000 or more when offered by Heritage Auctions DALLAS (April 18,2017) – A valuable 19th century U.S. gold coin featuring one of the earliest uses of the motto, In God […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Leger pencil drawing, $125,000, Swann Auction

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A pencil drawing by Fernand Leger, titled La Lecture (1924), sold for $125,000 at a 19th & 20th Century Prints and Drawings Auction held Sept. 22 by Swann Auction Galleries in New York City. Also, a pair of terre de faience ceramic vases depicting […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Jacob Eby tall case clock, $10,620, Ahlers & Ogletree

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall An early 19th century mahogany Federal tall case clock made by Jacob Eby (Mannheim, Pa., 1776-1828) sold for $10,620 at a Summer Collections & Estates Auction held Aug. 27-28 by Ahlers & Ogletree in Atlanta, GA. Price includes 18 percent buyer’s premium. Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: […]