Posted at 6:29 am , on June 25, 2014
I think I need to get ahold of the PBS History Detectives, researching this antique earring, brooch set from 1866 given to Mary Anna Custis Lee from Robert E. Lee…. Mary later gave to the maid…. so the story goes.
Posted at 9:35 pm , on June 24, 2014
I have dreamed in my life, dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they have gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind.
#Thedaguerreotype /dəˈɡɛrɵtaɪp/ (French: daguerréotype) process (also called daguerreotypy), discovered by 1837
Posted at 3:51 am , on June 24, 2014
Hemingway’s Lost Luggage
Many of us have experienced the inconvenience of losing our luggage while traveling. Usually, most items lost in these travel mix-ups are easily replaceable. Ernest Hemingway was not so fortunate when his life’s work disappeared from the Gare de Lyon train station in Paris. Francis Wahlgren of Christie’s explains the details of this great literary mystery: when Hemingway was living in Paris with his first wife Hadley, his writing was flourishing, unlike later on in his life when depression caused him to struggle. To make money early on in his career, Hemingway worked as a journalist for the Toronto Star and various magazines. Once, when Hemingway was in Switzerland, Hadley planned to surprise him with a visit. She decided to bring along his writing so that he could work on it. So Hadley gathered carbons, original typescripts, handwritten manuscripts — everything Hemingway had ever written — and left for Switzerland. In the Gare de Lyon train station, she handed her bags to the porter, including the valise containing her husband’s writing. She boarded the train, entered her cabin, and discovered that the valise was missing. It was never recovered. The most difficult loss for Hemingway was a fragment of his novel A Farewell to Arms. All but two short stories were lost, and though he tried to reconstruct many of them later on from memory, the knowledge of what was going on early on in Hemingway’s writing is what scholars are missing. Francis explains that the manuscripts would be easily recognized by anyone in the book world, because of Hemingway’s distinctive left-hand handwriting. Francis estimates the value of the valise would be around $3 to 4 million if found. While no one would ordinarily pay that much money to recover just any old lost bags, this very special luggage would certainly be worth recovering! http://www.pbs.org
Posted at 3:30 pm , on June 20, 2014
A decorative plate which hung precariously on a wall behind a door on a flimsy piece of wire has sold for almost £570,000 after it turned out to be an ancient relic. The woman who owned it had no idea of its true value and had kept the Italian pottery plate on her kitchen wall in her cottage home for many years. She only realised its importance when she invited an antiques expert to her home in Somerset to value some items. Ancient relic: This 16th century Italian plate hung precariously on a wall behind a door on a flimsy piece of wire before an art expert suspected it might be worth a lot of money. It sold at auction yesterday for £567,000 Richard Bromell suspected it might have been valuable and carefully removed it from the wall. He later identified it as Italian Maiolica (tin-glazed) pottery dating to about 1540. He said it was lucky the plate had not been damaged by the door being slammed open against it. Despite it having an inch long repaired crack at its base, Mr Bromell told the unidentified woman it was in excellent condition and could be worth £100,000. But the plate, which depicts a scene called The Feast of Herod, sold for an incredible £567,000 pounds when it was auctioned yesterday. the plate depicts the feast of Herod, following a print by German printmaker Sebald Beham in which the king and his wife are approached by Salome with the head of St John the Baptist. The scene also shows a town, a river with bathers and a boat party. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2279096/Plate-16th-century-showing-King-Herod-sells-570-000.html#ixzz34TV9ymI1
Posted at 7:38 pm , on June 19, 2014
“Something old” is the first line of a traditional rhyme which details what a bride should wear at her wedding for good luck:
and a silver sixpence in her shoe.
It is often recited as the four “somethings”, not including the sixpence. The rhyme appears to originate in England, an 1898 compilation of English folklore reciting that: In this country an old couplet directs that the bride shall wear:— “Something old, something new, Something borrowed, something blue. wikipedia.org
*Making a card with some of my photographs, I love to photo one-of-a-kind items! *Rare pocket watch 1890 Patek Phillipe with enameling Peacock, I wonder who the rich guy was that carried that around? 🙂 thanks for reading my blog!
Posted at 7:01 pm , on June 16, 2014
I sell unique items on OLA.com. I prefer to sell many of my items in an online forum versus an antique mall because so many of the things I sell are fragile and valuable. Online sales are much safer for my expensive or one-of-a-kind items. Selling from the comfort of my own home is a plus because I can manage my “store” on my own time schedule…sometimes in my pajamas with coffee in hand! Of course, finding my niche market is key. With online auction sales, buyers can find the unique styles they want for decorating, antique collecting, clothing, one-of-a-kind trinkets, and more. Education and presentation are everything. I believe that success and creativity flow from your passion. My passion is antique and vintage items! I love photographing these treasures and passing on my knowledge of each item to the prospective buyers. Many of these items are so sentimental and, since I tend to romanticize the past, selling online allows me to share the story of each treasure…it’s history is passed on to the next owner. My online store involves work but I can sell my items with minimal expense, reach a global audience, attract the perfect buyers for my items and do it all with a local feel! Thanks for reading my blog!! 🙂 Valerie
Posted at 6:37 pm , on June 16, 2014
Just received antique sterling silver chatelaine rouge pot with guilloche enamel top, I bought it on OLA.com ( of course) they had it listed as a coin holder. It has a boo-boo but I still love it!!
Posted at 6:33 pm , on June 16, 2014
I bought this large American Impressionist landscape looking painting 1930s era at the thrift for $4.99. I like the look, the old stretched canvas has repairs, can’t make out the signature, annoying!
Posted at 4:49 pm , on June 14, 2014
Slightly outdoes Lalique vase from Morpeth attic breaks two records
Luckily it wasn’t broken itself – unlike a second, less valuable one in another box, discovered as part of a routine probate valuation
Slightly outdoes the flowers, maybe. The £280,000 vase which stands only 16 cms (six and a quarter inches) high.
Two records have been set by the sale of a vase discovered in a Morpeth attic with one of those whitey-green rims which come from flower arrangements whose containers are too little scrubbed after use.
Careful work on the Art Deco glassware by specialists revealed something equally special from the workshop of the French master craftsman Rene Lalique. It has now proved to be one of the world’s most expensive holders of bunches of summer posies or spring snowdrops.
Galloping beyond estimates of around £30,000 by the Newcastle auctioneers Anderson and Garland, the vase has sold for £280,000. This both is the highest price yet paid for a Lalique vase and the highest for a work of art in the north east of England this century.
The vase was made in 1922 using the cire perdue or ‘lost wax’ method familiar in metal sculpture where a wax coating is made of a plastercast and then lost – but without losing any of the fine detail – in the pouring of molten bronze or in this case glass. It was one of only four entitled Deux Figures Femmes Aillee – two winged female figures – and has its creator’s full and partial thumbrint on its base, copied from the lost wax, as well as the Lalique name and symbol.
The vase was found in a probate valuation, packed away with another, less valuable Lalique which was damaged. “Fortunately,” say Anderson and Garland, “the right vase was broken.” Its late owner is thought to have been unaware of its value; but then so were the valuers. The buyer, after a prolonged bidding ‘war’ at the auction, was a collector in the United States.
Posted at 11:05 pm , on June 13, 2014
“It is better to have old second-hand diamonds than none at all.” -Mark Twain
I love to photograph antique jewelry! thanks for reading my blog …xoxo
Posted at 2:22 am , on June 13, 2014
Case kept in house in far north of Scotland for seven decades
• Once belonged to owner’s grandmother and two maiden aunts
• Owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, was about to throw case out
• Curiosity made her force case open to reveal incredible collection
• The 22 pieces will be sold at Bonhams’ Edinburgh
Among the valuable items she found were a pair of diamond single-stone earrings, weighing approximately seven carats, estimated to fetch £15,000-20,000; and a 19th century Indian enamelled necklace with a Footprint of Vishnu (Vishnupada) pendant, estimated at £2000-3000.
Other items included a French cameo brooch depicting Flora, the goddess of flowers sprinkling flowers over cherubs, estimated to make £700-900; and a variety of natural pearls, diamond necklaces and gem-set brooches.
Ms Blatherwick said: ‘This has all the ingredients of a fairy story — a locked case, a missing key and hidden treasure.
‘There were a lot of boxes of papers and it was assumed this was just another. It must have been a wonderful moment when the case was opened and the jewellery saw the light of day for the first time in 70 years.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2516851/Dazzling-jewellery-collection-worth-55-000-locked-suitcase-hidden-attic-70-years–moments-thrown-out.html#ixzz34TRrkkwV
Posted at 3:13 am , on June 5, 2014
“We don’t make a photograph just with a camera, we bring to the act of photography all the books we have read, the movies we have seen, the music we have heard, the people we have loved. “
Ansel Easton Adams (February 20, 1902 – April 22, 1984)
rolleiflex ansel adams
Posted at 5:57 pm , on June 4, 2014
This is an . This photograph is from our auction catalog, signed photo by Lindbergh and memorabilia my husband collected. I didn’t realize exactly how this watch worked until I read about it on the internet, my hubby is so smart he always seeks out the best stuff! Fabulous collection, I thought I’d share.
“This model was designed by Charles Lindbergh for use by aviators to calculate their relative position in the sky over the globe and is quite rare. The watch is made of stainless steel with sterling rotating bezel.” http://www.1stdibs.com
“On May 20th, 1927, a 25-year-old pilot named Charles Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Airport, New York, in
a plane named the “Spirit of St. Louis.His goal: to cross the Atlantic ocean, non-stop. Thirty-three-and-a-half hours
later, he landed at his planned destination, Le Bourget airport near Paris. At that time, Longines was the official
timekeeper of the International Aviation Industry. So the watch brand from Saint-Imier was quick to log this historic
flight. Soon after, Longines and Charles Lindbergh collaborated on a watch to be used by pilots which would enable them to determine exact longitude during long-distance flights. Known as the “Hour Angle” watch, this was one of
the first flight watches designed with a purpose.
This watch had an enormous bezel and an extra-large winding crown, which made it easy to wind, even with gloves
on. At 47.5mm across (due to its movement size), it was decades ahead of contemporary tastes. The large dial gave it
good legibility, necessary since the dial
incorporated more than just time Although Longines didn’t make
“flight watches” its focus, it nonetheless offered one of the greatest contributions to pilot watch history 25 years
before radar and 50 or more years before GPS.”
Posted at 4:51 am , on June 4, 2014
Save the world buy Vintage! Saw this chalk board with this saying, love it! These awesome items are from Coburg Oregon street faire. I met a dealer there Nanci she sells one of a kind items, she’s my new friend!