Antique Detective

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 […]

Antique Detective:  Presentation Trophies, A Piece of History

Antique Detective: Presentation Trophies, A Piece of History

By Anne Gilbert         All kinds of presentation objects await your discovery. By the time they are discovered by an antique dealer or auction house prices zoom. Their historical importance determines their value. Yet, many trophies go unrecognized and undervalued simply because they are inscribed with the name of some long forgotten or unimportant event. Or they are not carefully […]

by · March 4, 2017 · 0 comments · Antique Detective, Feature Article
How Metal Furniture Has Evolved

How Metal Furniture Has Evolved

By Anne Gilbert         There was a time when tubular aluminum and chromed furniture was a mainstay in American kitchens. It was a table with a Formica top. And, it appeared in hair salons and inexpensive restaurants in the 1940s, 50s. At the same time it had caught the eye of prominent furniture designers who used it to create the […]

by · February 6, 2017 · 0 comments · Antique Detective, Feature Article
Q & A: Steuben Glass, Souvenir Spoons, Radios

Q & A: Steuben Glass, Souvenir Spoons, Radios

By Anne Gilbert Q.  This martini glass is part of a set of six that were a wedding gift to my late Parents in the 1950s. They are signed “Steuben” in script on the bottom rim. I know that Steuben glass was expensive at that time.         What can you tell me about this unusual design, Steuben glass  and the current value? […]

by · October 3, 2016 · 0 comments · Antique Detective, Feature Article