Antique Discovery

The world’s largest chandelier

Chandeliers have always made a room significant, with sparkling crystals and dazzling light displays that illuminate the night. They can also be quite grand and important in the antique and antiquities world, not only for their crystal and priceless components, but...

History of artificial flowers

It’s that time of year again when bulbs are sprouting up beautiful flowers in nature, including crocus, daffodils, hyacinth and tulips. Many people want to preserve this beauty in nature, in artificial form, to admire it indoors, and bring a bit of nature to their...

Lucky horseshoes

Many people collect old horseshoes and antique horse equipment, but what is the legend of the lucky horseshoe, and what are the Irish origins that still have people hanging a horseshoe above a door frame, even in modern times? The folklore surrounding the story of a...

Victorian Valentines under glass: Bell jars of love

The Victorians liked to put miniature worlds under glass. Known as the bell jar, parlor jar or parlor shade, they intrigued the viewer and brought wonder into the home. Although for many occasions and whimsy, there is a particular style of jar that was strictly given...

Daguerreotype photography

When you look at a photograph or take one yourself, you probably don’t stop to think about the history and processes that occurred to make those images possible. The daguerreotype was the first widely available way to process a photo, and had very technical,...

Antique restoration, repair

Our valued treasures are sometimes damaged from wear and tear, age, moving and accidents. There is also sunlight, wind, rain and dampness that can change or unsettle a piece. Dust, mites and insects, storage and improper care are all factors to consider when an...

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...