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Antiques Considered - February 27, 2013

This chair was an estate sale purchase some years ago.   It still has its original black lacquer finish, which, with its gold decoration, is worn in spots, and the rush seat is very old, if not original.  The latter is real rush, rather than the twisted brown paper type that is more common today.

Read more: Antiques Considered - February 27, 2013

Antiques Considered - February 20, 2013

This pair of cloisonné vases has descended through the family of a lady in Lancaster County.  They are in perfect condition, and are unmarked as to country of origin.  The bases appear to be brass that has been silver-plated.   The plating has worn off in spots.  They are six inches tall, and the present owner does not know how long they have been in

Read more: Antiques Considered - February 20, 2013

Antiques Considered - February 13, 2013

These three brass candlesticks come from an old Northern Neck family. The pair is 15 inches high and the single one is 12 inches. The owners polish them once a year, and are concerned whether they are damaging the patina by so-doing. All three have their original ejectors.

Read more: Antiques Considered - February 13, 2013

Antiques Considered - January 30, 2013

Last Saturday I participated for the twelfth time in the Saint Clement’s Island Museum’s Appraiser Fair at Colton’s Point, in Saint Mary’s County, Maryland.  I was happy to see a good contingent of Northern Neck regulars present as well as to have the opportunity to inspect some great antiques.

Read more: Antiques Considered - January 30, 2013

Antiques Considered - January 23, 2013

Victorian shadowbox frames remain popular despite the downturn we are experiencing with most Victoriana.  This large walnut one comes from a family here in the Northern Neck.  It has what the family thinks is the original glass, in part because the silvering has some spots and lines due to age.  The family is considering replacing the mirror.  The frame is rusticated, and the gilt gesso liner retains its original finish.

Read more: Antiques Considered - January 23, 2013

 

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