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Antiques Considered - May 23, 2012

 

   This vase and table come from a family in the lower Northern Neck.  The vase has been passed down for several generations, and the table was a purchase many years ago.  The glass is pressed, and the table is walnut with the original finish.  The top is carved.  Neither piece bears any maker’s marks.

  The vase is a fine example of American pressed, or pattern, glass, probably from a factory in Ohio, and dates from the late nineteenth or early twentieth century.  The pattern is called Daisy and Button, and the shape is unusual.  The motif was quite popular, as it remains today among collectors of pattern glass, making attribution to a particular factory 

Read more: Antiques Considered - May 23, 2012

Antiques Considered - May 9, 2012

Over the past twelve and a half years that I have written this column, with one exception, all of the items have been about pieces of antique furniture or related subjects.  Today’s is going to be a second exception to that practice.

Word has come to the Northern Neck of the passing earlier this year of the artist Carroll Beale Barnes, Jr.  He was 81, and died in a nursing facility near Philadelphia, a city in which he had lived for the past 40 years.  He was born in Baltimore, the elder son of a father from Heathsville in Northumberland County and a mother, Alma Haydon, from Irvington in Lancaster County.

He attended Bucknell University, where he majored in Art, and spent one year of further study in Paris, whither he traveled on the R.M.S. Queen Elizabeth. When he was drafted in the U.S. Army, a basic training sergeant asked him what his nickname was, and he replied that he had none, to which the sergeant replied, “Everyone has a nickname and I can’t be calling you Carroll.  I’ll call you

Read more: Antiques Considered - May 9, 2012

Antiques Considered - April 25, 2012

A Northern Neck family has owned this four-drawer chest of drawers for a number of generations.  The primary wood is walnut and the secondary is poplar.  The hardware is not original, and the holes for the original knobs have been filled.  It has four well-turned feet, and solid ends.

This chest dates from the first American Empire Period of the second quarter of the nineteenth century, in this instance 1830.  As readers know, I usually consider a piece having solid, rather than paneled, ends to

Read more: Antiques Considered - April 25, 2012

Antiques Considered - April 18, 2012

A lady, who is 91, owns this walnut spinning wheel, which has passed through a number of generations of her family.  It is in excellent condition with the original finish, but unfortunately the arm with the spool on it is missing.  The framed fabric in the background is a place mat made of flax woven on the spinning wheel.

Spinning wheels are not as popular as they were a half-century ago. Their collectibility has declined, in part because few people are spinning anymore, and they take up space without serving any functional purpose.  As with the larger flax

Read more: Antiques Considered - April 18, 2012

Antiques Considered - April 11, 2012

A Northern Neck family, with Piedmont area connections, has owned this stoneware crock for many generations.  It is a shade of gray-tan, and is in perfect condition, with no cracks or chips.  It bears no markings, but from measuring, the family has concluded it holds two gallons.  The shape of the lip on the top with the indentation below shows signs of the crock possibly once having a lid.

Read more: Antiques Considered - April 11, 2012

 

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