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Antiques Considered - October 5, 2011

This plate was a recent gift to a gentleman who has long been interested in the history of the Chesapeake Bay. The donor acquired it at a bazaar, intending to give it to the present owner. It commemorates the centenary of the Baltimore Steam-Packet Company, more familiarly known as the Old Bay Line in 1940. The center depicts a map of the bay with highlights of the Maryland and Virginia shorelines.

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Antiques Considered - September 28, 2011

This satin glass bowl comes from the estate of a gentleman from Hopewell whose family thinks he purchased it from an antique shop more than 50 years ago. It is a peachy rose base, and the brass stand is attached, but the bowl is not drilled to hold it. The bowl is in perfect condition, without any signs of cracks or chips.

The present owner has been unable to find a maker’s label on the bowl, and has no information as to where it originated, or how much the late owner paid for it. About 25 years ago the late owner took it to an appraiser who told him it was worth between $300 and $400.

Read more: Antiques Considered - September 28, 2011

Antiques Considered - September 21, 2011

This Sheraton armchair comes from an Ohio family who settled in Washington before moving to the Northern Neck. It is mahogany, and has a slip seat, that is the seat can be “slipped” from the chair. In other words, the seat is not upholstered to the frame. It bears an old label from a Dublin moving company, but has been in this country for more than a

Read more: Antiques Considered - September 21, 2011

Antiques Considered - August 31, 2011

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

Read more: Antiques Considered - August 31, 2011

Antiques Considered - August 17, 2011

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

Read more: Antiques Considered - August 17, 2011

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