Tag Archives: accessories

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 […]

Gems of the Miniature Glass World

Gems of the Miniature Glass World

Article and photos by Peter Wade In the antiques trade, the term “smalls” is a descriptive term used to refer to the many small items found amongst the thousands of antiques collected today. Often this descriptive has had a slightly negative connotation in that smalls were thought of as the lessor collectibles, frequently overlooked and […]

Paper Dolls: Fashion and Culture

Paper Dolls: Fashion and Culture

by Judy Gonyeau For many women, their first ideas of fussing over their wardrobe began with paper dolls. From complete outfits and accessories, the idea of mixing and matching to achieve the best look—based upon her own choices—turned many girls to fashionistas. The paper dolls as we know them today may not be the first […]

A Notion to Collect

A Notion to Collect

by Judy Nixon Kent In the U.S., they are called notions. In the U.K., they are called haberdashery. What exactly are these oddly named things, you may ask? Generally, they are small articles or accessories that are used to complete a sewing project as a part of the project itself, such as zippers, snaps, hooks, […]

Fans and Fashion

Fans and Fashion

By Kathryn Hanna Quick History of Fans. The ubiquitous cooling instrument for hot weather and making a fashion statement – ahhhh, the hand fan. Over the millennia, hand fans have evolved from simple implements of cooling to courtly status symbols to essential fashion accessories and much more. Evidence for the use of hand fans dates […]

Cigar Tip Cutters and Lighters of the Late 19th Century and Early 20th Century

Cigar Tip Cutters and Lighters of the Late 19th Century and Early 20th Century

By Michael Eckles Preparing to smoke a fine cigar can be a long and luxurious process that involves a series of steps and accessories to ensure it will smoke as intended. Two of the most important tools for the cigar aficionado, and for today’s collector, are the cigar cutter and lighter. From the end of […]