Antique Detective

Antique Detective: Recognizing Antique Snuff Boxes

Antique Detective: Recognizing Antique Snuff Boxes

By Anne Gilbert      The snuff box is one of the many items that have outlived their time in history. After all who even knows what snuff is these days? Ever hear of a “spittle cup?” They were part of the snuff culture during the 18th and 19th centuries used by lady sniffers.      You may have bought a snuff […]

by · September 6, 2017 · 0 comments · Antique Detective, Feature Article
Antique Detective: Wearing or Displaying Antiquities

Antique Detective: Wearing or Displaying Antiquities

By Anne Gilbert    Imagine wearing a pair of earrings or a bracelet made in ancient Egypt or a ring made during the Viking era? These and other objects, such as glass and pottery are still turning up at auctions that specialize in antiquities. They often cost less than mass produced contemporary items. $200 for a ring or earrings and a […]

by · August 3, 2017 · 0 comments · Antique Detective, Feature Article
Antique Detective: Novel Birdcages Rate Tweets

Antique Detective: Novel Birdcages Rate Tweets

By Anne Gilbert       Did you know that some birdcages are seriously collected and costly? In fact there are birdcages that look like buildings. These days no birds allowed in these 19th and early 20th century birdcages that can sometimes cost thousands of dollars. They can be an architectural design or a whimsical. They can be made of tin, brass, wood […]

Antique Detective:  Collectors Loving 60s, 70s Designs Sense of Humor

Antique Detective: Collectors Loving 60s, 70s Designs Sense of Humor

 By Anne Gilbert        Little did I know when I wrote my book “60’s, 70s Design and Memorabilia, in 1994, that the objects would still be collected these days and at high prices. One of my disbelief-favorites is a molded plastic dog house with a step stool. Though it was designed in 2001 the look was a tad of […]

Antique Detective: What Do You Know About Friggers?

Antique Detective: What Do You Know About Friggers?

By Anne Gilbert       You may have some friggers and not even know it. To add to the confusion  friggers are also known as end-of-the-day glass and “whimsies.” They were made in the 19th century by Victorian glass makers at the end of their working day. If you have inherited some novel 19th century glass figural objects in a variety of shapes […]