Tag Archives: Victorian

Exploring Antique Technologies: Ancient Art – Unraveling the Art of Knitting

Knitwear was the primary fabric for sporting activities in the 1920s, but with cheaper alternatives such as factory-produced sweatshirts and tracksuits gained traction, knitwear transitioned to the realm of low impact, high-end sports whose users could afford ‘fancier’ knit garments. Knitwear also transitioned to smart casual clothing, which is where we most commonly see it today. Courtesy of HoneyCombPatterns, Etsy.

by Kary Pardy Knitting is everywhere recently. Creating warm hats, scarves, wraps, sweaters, and mittens is currently a fashionable pastime for people of all ages, and skilled knitters can create art with their complex stitches and colors. When you ask people in 2020 what knitting is to them, you’re likely to get answers like “it’s […]

Taxidermy: Exploring one of the Most Complicated Collectibles

Carl Akeley, considered the father of modern taxidermy, was also a talented sculptor, naturalist, and an inventor. He worked on these elephants at the Field Museum but also has a history of working with another famous elephant. While an apprentice at Ward’s Natural Science Establishment, he preserved P. T. Barnum’s beloved elephant Jumbo after a train accident. The project took five months. Fighting African Elephants, photo: Field Museum

by Kary Pardy Someone mentions taxidermy and a few main themes come to mind: trophies in hunting lodges, decor in rustic cabins, or the old stuffed fox at your grandparent’s house or neighborhood antique store. The practice of preserving dead animals was once an art form, and in several ways still is, but taxidermy’s relationship […]

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 […]

Victorian Scrapbooks

Victorian Scrapbooks

Bound Memories & Scraps of Ephemera by Maxine Carter-Lome This album I’ve made is much more than a book. It’s worth even more than the time that it took. – Kimberly Rinehart, A Scrapbooker’s Verse Collecting and preserving information, thoughts, images, and mementos, whether for prosperity, education, personal reflection or enjoyment, is a pastime as […]

What’s Selling on eBay: June 2019

What’s Selling on eBay: June 2019

by Deborah Abernethy and Mike McLeod $1,565 (47 bids, 15 bidders): Antique Victorian Intaglio Glass Pocket Watch Fob Pendant Goldfish in Bowl, 1890s. This is a lovely old pocket watch fob/pendant from around the late 1890s … the Victorian Period. It is made from intaglio thick glass as a goldfish in a bowl with a […]

All Geared Up: Collecting Iron

All Geared Up: Collecting Iron

Exploring Antique Technologies by Kary Pardy Iron, with its beloved black color, strength, and propensity for twists and turns can appeal to collectors across several spectrums. Whether you admire an industrial gear, an elaborate Pennsylvania Dutch hinge, or a scrolling Victorian garden bench, there is something enduring about collecting iron. But how did this metal […]

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 […]

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: June 2017

What’s Selling on eBay: June 2017

By Deborah Abernethy and Mike McLeod $355 (30 bids, 14 bidders): Victorian 6-Panel KPM Porcelain Lithophane Lampshade. Five of the six lithophane panels in this antique Victorian lampshade measures 4 7/8” wide by 5 ¾” tall and are signed KPM. The sixth panel is antique, but is not signed. We have posted close up photographs […]