Antique Discovery

The haunted Hesse Tiara

The Haunted Hesse Tiara was designed by Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s husband and consort. It was to be a joyous wedding present for his daughter on her sacred wedding day, but the tale of the glimmering nightmare reached far beyond the day of vows and into the...

History of Flow Blue China

Flow Blue is a particular style of porcelain and white earthenware that originated, some say, by accident, in the 1820s in England.The blurred qualities of the blue glaze as a stark contrast to the earthenware bright white background excite antique collectors of this...

Toile de Jouy French linen fabric

When shopping for fabric, you might run across a certain type of antique French linen fabric called Toile de Jouy. Known for single colored prints on a cream or white background, toile features scenes of pastoral settings, the French countryside, flowers and European...

Fourth of July collectibles

The Fourth of July brings up memories of cookouts, fireworks, red, white and blue clothing and summer gatherings. In the antiques market, many items were made to accompany not only personal events, but milestones and celebrations in our nation’s history. Our national...

the History of the Wedding Dress

June is the traditional month for weddings, and the ultimate symbol and one of the primary focuses for the big day is the wedding dress. Wedding dresses have a long history that includes representing family honor, color choices and symbolism, fashion and style periods...

Flower Frogs

You might have seen a strange glass object in an antique store or florist shop that you can’t identify. It was glass, round, and had a bunch of holes in it, much like a honeycomb. This is called a flower frog, and is a device utilized to help arrange flowers quickly...

The wonder of Faberge eggs

A Faberge egg was named after Russian jewelry designer and manufacturer Peter Carl Faberge. Around 70 intricate, jewel-encrusted, mechanical and often detailed works were famously created for Tsar Alexander III and Nicholas II of Russia for their children, wives and...

Belleek Irish Pottery History

Belleek pottery is known for being Irish, and a lot of people know the famous pieces that contain tiny shamrocks on the surface of the delicate porcelain. Belleek has a distinctive Irish history, rich in trial and error. Belleek started when John Caldwell Bloomfield...

Vinegar Valentines

Vinegar valentines were cynical and insulting valentines sent, often by anonymous messengers, featuring insulting poems, caricatures and mean-spirited messages, or in a less severe form, teasing and mild jabbing. Also known as mocking valentines, they were popular...

The history of Pewter

Pewter can be seen in the use of candlestick making, small desk objects, bowls and vessels, among other uses. It is a molten metal, mixed, fired and poured to produce an artistic result. Pewter has a long history, dating back to China and beyond. Pewter is a tin...