April Issue 2007

Fabulous Faberge Eggs.....by Maureen Timm
From the beginning of time an egg has been the object of religious adoration. Practically all highly developed nations are well aware of the symbolic significance of an egg illustrating transition from non-existence to life. It is a symbol of joy, happiness and sun which brings warmth and revival of nature. In the ancient language of Egyptian hieroglyphics, the determinative sign of an egg displays a certain potential, a life-giving seed, a mystery of being.

Small Dolls Rule at Florida Show....by Carol J. Perry
The Doll and Bear Show and Sale was presented in Largo at the Honeywell Minnreg Building, featuring dolls, bears, miniatures and doll-related collectibles. The large hall, a venue popular with show promoters of late, was filled with colorful displays. The one-day show was, as usual, well attended. Many of the dealers are "regulars" at the events, and show-goers have become accustomed to finding them at their usual spots in the hall.

Q. I have a Carnation Milk toy truck, circa 1950-s made by Tonka. It is in mint condition but I donít have the original box. What could it be worth?

Q. Do you have any information on a cabinetmaker from Vermont named Townsend? I have a desk that came from a house in Georgetown (Washington, D.C.) that was built in the 1700's and I want to confirm that the desk is also from that period. The desk has a paper label with the name in a drawer. Thanks.

Every morning I watch the newscasts of nine TV stations. I, like many others, flip from channel to channel so I can get a wide variety of news. All I am hearing lately is how the gas prices are going to go up, maybe to record levels. This oil crisis hurts everyone especially Antique Merchants who can't order product from a catalog.

Jewelry boxes and caskets date back to the 16th century. Always costly they are worth more these days than the jewels hey may have contained. Consider over $50,000 if they even come to auction. While most are in museums they still turn up in European shops. However many sold as of the Renaissance period have been made in the 19th century. Examples were made in France, Germany, the Low countries, Spain and Italy. Some made in Sicily are of ivory with brass mounts and supposedly by fourteenth century Arab craftsmen who migrated to Sicily.

Have you ever seen a quaint piece of furniture? One that could be defined as charmingly odd in an old-fashioned sort of way, unfamiliar and unusual but not completely foreign? That could probably describe a number of pieces you have seen but the word "quaint" never exactly occurred to you to use in describing it. But it did occur to members of one of America's greatest furniture making families, the Stickley family.

J. L. G. Ferris..by Roy Nuhn
In the years between 1900 and 1930, painter J. L. G. Ferris created a series of 78 historical scenes portraying America's past from the discovery of New World by Christopher Columbus in 1492 to the beginning of World War I. Today his artwork is the largest intact series of American historical paintings by a single artist.

If you think that furniture made of animal horns began in America in the old West think again. The horn furniture that was made in Germany as early as 1833 first became noticed after it was displayed at the 1851 Crystal Palace Exhibit in London. Itsí popularity grew and by the end of the 19th century it was being practically mass produced in the Midwest using horns from the longhorn cattle that found their way to slaughter houses in Chicago and Kansas.

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