Antique Discovery

The Sextant: A voyager’s navigator

(Editor’s note: DeeDee Wood is the owner of Black Cat Curiosities, an online antiques research and sales venue.) Sailors and sea-faring voyagers have always had to find ways to measure where they were on the globe at any given time. Through trial and error, many...

The history of marbles

(Editor’s note: DeeDee Wood is the owner of Black Cat Curiosities, an online antiques research and sales venue.) Nostalgia fuels memories of games we played as children, and one of the most iconic toys that come to mind are marbles. Collected not only for gaming, the...

A fascinating history lesson on Irish Lace

(Editor’s note: DeeDee Wood is the owner of Black Cat Curiosities, an online antiques research and sales venue.) Lace is used in modern times for very specific purposes, such as wedding gowns, additions to clothing, banquet embellishments for tables and more. There is...

Mother of the American Valentine card

(Editor’s note: DeeDee Wood is the owner of Black Cat Curiosities, an online antiques research and sales venue.) Valentine’s Day is synonymous with Valentine greeting cards. The holiday would not be the same without the memories of receiving special cards of love from...

History of the milk bottle

(Editor’s note: DeeDee Wood is the owner of Black Cat Curiosities, an online antiques research and sales venue.) We generally drink milk from a heavy paperboard or polyethylene (plastic) carton from the dairy case from our local grocery. Many of us drink the white...

The Nativity scene in Christmas décor

(Editor’s note: DeeDee Wood is the owner of Black Cat Curiosities, an online antiques research and sales venue.) In the Christian faith, during the Christmas season, a nativity scene, creche or manger scene is a special addition in to holiday décor, depicting the...

Tin ceilings bringing back retro feelings

(Editor’s note: DeeDee Wood is the owner of Black Cat Curiosities, an online antiques research and sales venue.) Some of the finest homes in 19th century Europe made a statement with their plasterwork ceilings. Extensive labor, expertise and time-consuming processes...

Country Treasures Antique Store, Preston

(Editor’s note: DeeDee Wood is the owner of Black Cat Curiosities, an online antiques research and sales venue.) Early American, hand-painted furniture, decoys, paintings and portraits, stoneware, early iron, antique signs and more, are just waiting to be discovered...

The Museum of Eastern Shore Life, Centreville

(Editor’s note: DeeDee Wood is the owner of Black Cat Curiosities, an online antiques research and sales venue.) Old farm tools hang with many other antique tools in the recesses of the large Museum of Eastern Shore Life building, located at the 4-H park in Queen...