Antique Discovery

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...

The Amber Room

The Amber Room was a room in the Catherine Palace, constructed in the 18th century in Prussia, located near present day Saint Petersburg, Russia. It showcased over 13,000 pounds of amber and covered more than 590 square feet. The original Amber Room was dismantled by...

History of the inkwell

The inkwell was a small jar or container made of various materials — such as porcelain, silver, pewter, brass or another metal — which held ink for writers to dip their quills or pens into when scribing a note or letter. They have a fascinating and practical history...

History of haunted mirrors

Mirrors are often thought of as haunted, disturbing, and makes the gazer uneasy. Why are mirrors surrounded by superstition and haunted tales, and what is the history behind the looking glass unease? The ancient Romans believed that mirrors or any reflective surface...

Ship figureheads in history

Collectors in the nautical antiques market love to obtain a ship’s figurehead. The figurehead of a ship is the carved wooden decoration, usually a person or deity, found at the bow of the ship, designed in relation to the name or idea of the ship. Ship figureheads...