- Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 August 2009 05:00
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This overlay cut glass vase comes from an estate in the Northern Neck. The base color is green, and the thickness is about equal for the green and the white layers. It still bears a worn old handwritten label from an antique shop indicating it once was priced at $40., but there is no original label or identifying hallmark. The enamel and gold leaf decoration is in fine condition, and the owner wonders if it could have been one of a pair.
Overlay cut glass is quite popular, and this is a very good example of it. Most such pieces have red or blue as their base colors, but certainly green could not be called rare. At the factory the original green base received a white overlay application, after the firing of which the glasscutter made the marks which reveal the green beneath the white.The question of whether it is American or European is difficult to answer. British, Italian, Austrian and American glassmakers produced such pieces, but from the overall appearance I would consider it to be American, dating from the early twentieth century, at the latest the 1930s.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 July 2009 05:00
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This antique icebox comes from an estate in the Lower Northern Neck. The wood appears to be chestnut, and the original hardware has been painted shiny black. The interior is in good condition with the original enamel paint and no signs of rust. The wood has been refinished and the label is missing.
The copper drain is intact, but there is no drip pan.
This icebox dates from the early 20th century. From the photographs, it looks to be by Arctic, one of the preeminent manufacturers of iceboxes.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2009 16:47
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A writer from the Lower Northern Neck purchased this English Regency chest at an antique shop in Alexandria many years ago. It is mahogany, with satinwood inlay and the original ivory escutcheons. Unfortunately, the original hardware, consisting of single center pulls, has been replaced with the present bails. The finish also is not original, and there is a minor piece missing from the top on the right side.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 July 2009 19:44
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A writer from King George e-mailed this picture of a lorgnette, which is from the family of a friend who is in her 60s. The friend thought her grandmother might have brought it from Europe when she immigrated. The glasses are perfect, and the frame appears to be gold-washed, but the sterling silver is tarnished. The hallmark reads “STERLING,” but otherwise it is unmarked.
This piece is a prime example of the American Art Nouveau period of the 1880s and 1890s.The hallmark “STERLING” gives it away as being American. Lorgnettes were indispensable accessories for ladies going to the theater or to concerts in the evening. They allowed “grande dames” to sit in their boxes or orchestra seats and view performances without wearing glasses. Originally, the lorgnette might have been part of a large dresser set.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 July 2009 15:00
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This étagère comes from a family in New Kent County. It has an ornately beveled mirror and retains its original finish. A granddaughter recently inherited it from her grandmother's house, which contained a number of fine antiques.
This piece dates from the late nineteenth or early twentieth century. It is either late Victorian or early Edwardian. It is a typical parlor piece of that era.
A stenciled factory label or shipping document on the back might reveal where it was made, but most likely all we can say is that it is possibly of mid-Atlantic origin. The tone of the wood indicates that it has received excellent care, and the mirror is a true gem. The lines are well proportioned, and with so much shelf space, it is quite serviceable.