Tag Archives: Pottery

The World & The Potter

Ceramic vessel remains, bag-shaped jars made some 20,000 calendar years ago discovered at the Xianrendong Cave in China. A total of 282 pottery sherds were recovered from the oldest levels of the cave. They have uneven thick walls between 1.4-1.5 inches, with round bases and inorganic (sand – mainly quartz or feldspar) temper. The paste has a brittle and loose texture and a heterogeneous reddish and brown color from uneven, open-air firing. They appear to have been made with two different techniques: sheet laminating or coil and paddle techniques. photo: Thought & Co.

by Jessica Kosinski For as long as there have been people on the Earth, hand-crafted goods have existed. People have had to learn to make their own shelters, tools, clothing, weapons, and so much more throughout the centuries. Certain hand-made goods have remarkably shaped the world with their innovative designs and functions. There are few […]

Hagen-Renaker: A Miniature that was Meant to Be

Hagen-Renaker - A Miniature that was Meant to Be

by Judy Gonyeau So many of us have seen these tiny treasures mounted to a piece of strong paper and displayed on the counters of drug stores, small shops, and even a few gas stations across the U.S. Dogs, ducks, horses, cats, and teeny tiny mice called to many children as precious little items to […]

What's Selling on eBay: September 2018

What's Selling on eBay: September 2018

by Deborah Abernethy and Mike McLeod $5,135 (49 bids, 5 bidders): Antique Kent’s 1862 Egg Beater Original Pottery Advertising Batter Mixer. One of the most desirable egg beaters you will ever find. Here is the all-original, no cracks, original egg-and-batter whisk, Kents’ pottery stoneware piece, a prized family possession treated with care from a no-smoking […]

What’s Selling on eBay: December 2017

What’s Selling on eBay: December 2017

By Deborah Abernethy and Mike McLeod $3,250 (10 bids, 8 bidders): Antique Kugel Christmas Ornament (red grapes). “Kugel” is the name of thick, heavy glass Christmas ornaments that were made in Germany from as early as 1840 to the early 1900s. Although the word kugel means “round ball” in German, original kugels were also made […]

What's Selling on eBay: November 2017

What's Selling on eBay: November 2017

by Deborah Abernethy and Mike McLeod $1,125 (12 bidders, 18 bids): Victorian Austrian Solid Silver Baby’s Rattle/Whistle/Teether/Comforter. This antique Victorian baby’s silver rattle/whistle/teether measures 145mm (5.75 inches) long and weighs 62 grams. It is unmarked as far as I can see and tests as silver. It is certainly continental in origin, and my best guess […]

What's Selling on eBay: October 2017

What's Selling on eBay: October 2017

by Deborah Abernethy and Mike McLeod $1,606 (12 bidders, 29 bids): Extremely rare antique silver polar bear pincushion, Adie & Lovekin, 1909. Dating from 1909, an antique silver pincushion in the form of a polar bear pulling a mother-of-pearl sleigh. This wonderful item was made in Birmingham by top makers Adie and Lovekin. The polar […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Navajo Ute-style chief’s blanket, $132,000, John Moran Auctioneers

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Navajo Ute-style chief’s blanket, $132,000, John Moran Auctioneers

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A Navajo Ute-style First Phase chief’s wearing blanket sold for $132,000 at a three-session auction held April 25th by John Moran Auctioneers in Monrovia, Calif. Also, an abstracted dragon in lacquer on panel by the Japanese artist Shiryu Morita (1912-1999) went for $84,000; a […]

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 […]

What's Selling on eBay: February 2017

What's Selling on eBay: February 2017

by Deborah Abernethy and Mike McLeod $2,001 (65 bids, 18 bidders): 1950s Kelvinator Foodarama Fridge Refrigerator Retro. Listing my vintage Foodarama. I have been putting this fridge together for a long time. No room for it now. This fridge is complete with some extra shelves. The breakfast bar is complete with both juice containers, egg […]

Antiques Peek: February 2017

Antiques Peek: February 2017

Arts & Crafts Influence on Book Publishing by Jessica Kosinski This month I thought it would be fun to do something a little different. Since this issue is all about the Arts & Crafts Movement, I thought we’d take a peek at how the Movement influenced one of my favorite things, books. It had a […]