If you can see dark spots in the quilt when held up to a strong light or sunny window, they may be cotton seeds. Some collectors claim that this means the quilt was made before the invention of the cotton gin in 1793.
The drinker had to know which holes to cover and which to drink from in order to draw the liquid up through the handle.
A reproduction “Spirit of Ecstasy” sold at auction for $210. The car goes for a whole lot more.
Billed as a Victorian item, the 20-flag holder may predate the first Labor Day in 1882.
Turn-of-the-century quackery makes for amusing collecting. But be careful — there may be poison in those “medicine” bottles.
The European and American equivalents had it even worse. They were used in bathrooms.
Is it a kitchen gadget — perhaps a fruit or vegetable peeler? Some kind of grinder or chopper? In fact, it’s a mechanical rope twister.
Fun fact: The Odd Fellows is believed to have originated in medieval trade guilds, with “odd fellow” meaning someone who did odd jobs for a living.
This miniature tin factory, which suggested to kids where they might spend most of their adult lives, sold for nearly $5,000.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.” These were words to live by in the days before mass production, online… Continue reading
One from the 19th century made of whalebone, ebony and mahogany recently sold for more than $500.
One example with a flower-and-heart design recently sold at auction for more than $5,000.
In those days, fabric dyes were big business because most people made their own clothing.
Also, are historical items from WWII worth much to collectors? How about rugs made from old clothing?
A (no doubt) nostalgic collector paid $2,700 for it at a recent antiques auction.
Plus answers to questions about antique samplers, Herman Miller furniture, doorknob collecting and more.
It’s actually a necklace, but the zipper function works. Someone paid nearly $18,500 for it at a recent auction.
Plus, what’s Mom’s 1960s glass coffee percolator worth these days? And what about an old Hudson Bay blanket?
The handmade art from 1865-1940 are sought after by today’s well-heeled collectors.
Also, questions about Oriental rug care, old newspaper front pages and a family heirloom violin.