Everyone knows that the kitchen is the hub of the home. So when the wildly successful “Downton Abbey’’ series scampered across our television and computer screens earlier this year, the show’s Edwardian kitchen became a visual primer on class and comfort in our increasingly uncertain times.
...[T]he “Downton Abbey” magic continues to seed interest in a broad swath of antique kitchen utensils and artifacts, from Bennington mixing bowls to turn-of-the-century tiger wood rolling pins.
Despite repeated requests from family and friends to join in the adventure, it’s something I (selfishly) prefer to do solo. I like going at my own pace, without worrying about a guest who is bored 10 minutes into the day, and getting lost in the nostalgia of it all.
While I rarely have something specific I’m looking for, I always seem to find “just the right thing” to add to my collection. Items featuring Michigan receive top attention of course – especially travel brochures and magazines, food and agriculture focused pieces, unique license plates and slightly-rusted signs. I’m also drawn to cottage- and beach-themed décor, garden art and things that are red (the primary accent color in my home).
This past April, a couple treasures found their way into my heart (and ultimately into my bag). A wooden dachshund with “Frankenmuth Beer” in faded paint was a steal at just $5 (even with its chipped tail – which to me, adds to its character). I also scored 5 juice-size glasses adorned with red roosters – perfect for sampling my favorite made-in-Michigan spirits – for $7.
This is a beautiful antique glass frame with hand painted flowers and leaves! Some of the paint has worn away, but that only adds to its charm, in my opinion. The glass frame measures approx. 5.5" wide x 8" tall.
The wide range of Boedi Mranata’s antique collection makes it hard to believe that it is a private collection. Besides Chinese antique ceramics that make up most of his collection, he is also keen on collecting other works of art, such as peranakan furniture and decorations, antique Javanese kris holders, and even genuine pieces of furniture owned by queen Juliana of the Netherlands. Boedi’s passion is driven by the pleasure of owning beautiful artworks and his motivation to preserve history. Profit making is not on his agenda.
Parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls are up for sale - in tiny pieces. Nearly 70 years after the discovery of the world's oldest biblical manuscripts, the Palestinian family who originally sold them to scholars and institutions is now quietly marketing the leftovers - fragments the family says it has kept in a Swiss safe deposit box all these years.
The actors were paired up with antique experts Mark Stacey and Catherine Southon for BBC Two's Celebrity Antiques Road Trip, which sees two teams go head-to-head scouring the UK to buy antiques and make the biggest profit for charity.
Some people spend a lifetime trying to amass a fortune through hard work and guile. For one British man, it took only 20 minutes in a field with a metal detector -- the first 20 minutes he had ever used such a machine.
Before becoming a synonym for cinema, celluloid was never quite a star attraction. But able to imitate expensive materials like ivory, tortoiseshell, and linen, the first successful synthetic plastic played a subtle role in shaping consumer culture.
The pictured Ikea Expedit 4 cube is the best vinyl record display and storage option in my opinion, and the one I personally use for my own vinyl record collection. I couldn't be happier with the quality, price, and ease of assembly.
Whether they were sailing, fighting, or farming, people have always needed to know which way the wind blows.
But weather vanes have been used for far more than just a forecast.
A vane on a house or barn might show what business you were in, whether you lived in the country or along the seacoast, or simply what took your fancy. Great paths to self-expression, the objects would telegraph to all what was important to you.
One of the earliest American vanes still in existence - in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia History Museum - is a decorative iron banner with the initials of William Penn, two of his partners, and the date 1699. The vane, which topped a mill in Upland, was a business statement combined with a work of art.
While other categories of antiques have come and gone, weather vanes - and the prices they bring - have remained strong because buyers still use them as a form of personal expression. For weather vane collectors, the possibilities are almost infinite.