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Mid-Century Modern Textiles Rare But Still Around

Mid-Century Modern Textiles Rare But Still Around

By Anne Gilbert    If you are searching for authentic wallpaper and fabrics made in the 1940s/50s they are scarce but can be costly. However the good news is that even small pieces have been reborn as pillow cases or framed as art. Originally they may have been drapes or furniture fabrics. Or, magnificent murals or wallpaper.    After World War 11 […]

by · March 12, 2019 · 0 comments · Antique Detective, Feature Article
Antique Food Molds Decorative and Useable

Antique Food Molds Decorative and Useable

By Anne Gilbert    Holidays are the time when fancy food molds prove their worth, dressing up everything from cranberry sauce to fish mold appetizers. There couldn’t be a better time to start a collection. The variety ranges from elegant ceramic culinary molds made in England by Wedgwood, Staffordshire and other English potters to humble American pottery and pewter.    Historically, gelatin […]

by · December 11, 2018 · 0 comments · Antique Detective
The Antique Detective: Pricey Wooton Desks Old and New Still Attract Buyers

The Antique Detective: Pricey Wooton Desks Old and New Still Attract Buyers

By Anne Gilbert    To a generation used to sterile cubby hole office spaces for them and their computers, the Wooton desks may seem an oddity. Strangely enough they are finding their way into many home offices. There is room for that lap top and spaces for all kinds of office supplies. They were a popular and useful antique collectible in […]

by · September 13, 2018 · 0 comments · Antique Detective
Is Decorated Furniture Out of Fashion?

Is Decorated Furniture Out of Fashion?

   By Anne Gilbert     For centuries lavishly decorated furniture was trendy, and pricey. These days as auction prices prove, the fake and repro gilt and ormolu 18th century pieces languish. Has their time in history passed? Should you buy now, hoping it will make a comeback in your lifetime?    Ancient furniture may not have been comfortable but it was certainly […]

by · April 9, 2018 · 0 comments · Antique Detective
Antique Detective: Rediscovering Fore-Edge Book Paintings

Antique Detective: Rediscovering Fore-Edge Book Paintings

By Anne Gilbert      Have you ever heard of fore-edge book paintings or even seen an example? Probably not, unless you are a rare book collector or have inherited an example. However, these unique paintings, part of book history, date back as early as the 10th century. Just what are they? How are they hidden?    Look at the edging of […]

by · March 6, 2018 · 0 comments · Antique Detective