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These three pieces of sterling silver have been in the possession of a Northern Neck family for many generations. The owner writes that the penknife came from a friend to her grandmother, but she does not know the age or origin of the comb and cigarette case. Each is hallmarked “STERLING”, and the steel blades of the knife are rusted and
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A Northern Neck family has owned this American Pattern Glass vase for several generations. They refer to it as a celery vase, but use it for flowers. They write that it is in perfect condition, and question whether continuing to put water in it with flowers will cause the inside surface to oxidize. It is 10 inches tall.
Strictly speaking, this vase is not what one should term a celery vase. The latter would have
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Timber Point, Biddeford Pool, Maine. - As I write this piece I am looking out to the stormy Atlantic, having finished a delicious lobster salad lunch.
We have been visiting the long row of Maine antique shops along U.S. 1, and observing some great buys. With the economy being what it is, now is the hour of the buyer’s market.
“Antiques Considered” seems to have a life of its own, and follows me wherever I go. While here I received an email from a gentleman who
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A writer from Maryland has written describing her Scottish stoneware jug, which she recently received as a gift from her uncle. The uncle's father, then a U.S. Coast Guard officer recovered the jug when it washed ashore in the 1930s on Parramore Island off the Eastern Shore of Virginia. At the time he was stationed on the island.
When he found it, the jug was encased in a wicker basket, which later deteriorated after being left in a storage area with a dirt floor. The piece bears the imprint of Possil Pottery and the number "4", which almost certainly designates the number of gallons it holds. It is 19 inches tall.
In the nineteenth century the Possil Pottery produced these jugs for the vibrant Scottish whiskey market. Obviously, it could be used only once,
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Earlier this month a couple from the Northern Neck traveled out to the western part of the state where they bought this table at an antique shop for $50. One of the front legs is slightly bowed, and the wood is maple, pine and cherry. The drawer is not dovetailed, but is finished with rosehead nails. The buyers think the finish is original. They write asking if the table is worth what they paid for it.
This table is a typical early nineteenth-century example of Shenandoah Valley craftsmanship. It dates from the 1820s and shows the usual mixture of woods that cabinetmakers of that region often used. The bowed leg is not a significant defect, and I suggest not having it corrected. The turnings are excellent, and as to overall quality, this piece is exceptional.