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.
This stylized octopus vase, with two of its tentacles forming side handles, sold for a cool $6,600 at a recent auction.
It breaks the mould by having a light, intricate look with some ornamentation.
The company made a line of commercial desk accessories made from about 1890 to the 1930s.
This vase is red, traditionally the color associated with luck, happiness and celebrations.
The art deco antique by design studio Werkstatte Hagenauer of Vienna sold at auction for a cool $813.
Somebody shelled out nearly 4 grand at auction for these odd copper fingertips.
The art-deco Cabaret pattern was designed for the Cabaret Dining Room of the Imperial Hotel, which stood from 1923 to 1968.
The clear acrylic resin developed by DuPont was put to innovative uses by interior designers.
This a trompe l’oeil screen looks for all the world like a set of shelves. It sold for more than 9 grand at auction.
More modern moving-eye clocks include the Kit-Cat clock, a fixture in nurseries since 1932.
This circa 1900 coal scuttle is made of oak with brass trim, and sold for $125 at auction.
A Betty lamp made by a 19th century craftsman recently sold for $2,000 at auction.
A Moxiemobile, named for the turn-of-the-century soft drink, sold for $2,600 at a recent auction.
Especially prized are the rugs made a century ago at Grenfell Mission in Canada’s Maritime provinces.
The self-framed tin lithographed sign showing Elaine, the girl on the company’s 1916 calendar, sells for more than $12,000.
It stems from Victorian times, when nearly every type of food had its own specialized dish and utensils.
This strange piece of art pottery is a cornucopia vase, popular in the 1930s. It was made by the Roseville Pottery Company. The pattern name… Continue reading