Thursday, July 19, 2012

Blue Cobalt Vase with Clear Handles

This blue cobalt vase with clear handles was probably made in the mid to late 1800s. The two see through handles on the sides have small carvings where the handles meet the vase. Vases like this are quite rare. I have only found and heard of about 3 others. This vase and ones similar to it are worth around $200 to $300.

Friday, July 13, 2012

The Water Babies

The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley is the tale of a boy named Tom. Tom is a chimney sweep who falls into a river and dies. He is then transformed into a Water Baby. He can swim and breath under water. Tom goes on many adventures as a Water Baby but to find out more you will have to read the book. Water Babies in good condition sells for up to $100.

Brewster and Ingrahams Clock

This clock was made between 1845-1852 by Brewster and Ingrahams in Bristol CT. On the back of the picture on the front it says all the times the clock was repaired. Some dating back to as far as 1857. Clocks like this are on for $100 but can be appraised for as much as $2,000 to $3,000.

Born to Trot by Marguerite Henry

This is Born to Trot by Marguerite Henry. It was copyrighted in 1950 and is still printed today. She also wrote Sea Star - Orphan of Chincoteague. Born to Trot usually sell for $10 to $20. While, Sea Star usually sells for $5 to $10.

Mel-O-Bit White American Pasteurized Process Cheese Box

This Mel-O-Bit White American Pasteurized Process Cheese Box is from the early 1940s. It's hard to believe that 72 years ago cheese came in a wooden box. I guess they made good fire wood after you ate the cheese...... But I think these boxes are really cool antiques. These boxes now are selling for $10 to $20.

Vase Set of 3

The 3 vases above are hand painted and coated with 3D flowers. The vases are made out of Lefton China. The two on the left are a little fancier than the one on the right but they all have the same number on the bottom KW4540. Vases like this sell for about $58 each.

Antique Spanish Dolls

Antique Spanish Dolls like the ones pictured above are pretty rare. The ones above were made in Spain. The one on the left is a woman, holding a bag made out of lace and has a veil on top of her head. The doll on the right is a male matador. Old Spanish Dolls like these can sell for up to $500. 

Dragon Tea Cup

This is a Dragon tea cup. It is hand painted and was made on Victora China. 

It comes in a set usually with a 10 other dishes and such. If you look at the picture of the plate you will notice the dragon is puffy. The dragon was painted on with a paint that has a 3D effect. 

If you look at the picture on the right you will notice a face. The face was sculpted on the inside of the cup so once you finish your tea there is a picture on the bottom. Although this cup may look valuable its not. These cups and sets are pretty common.

This set on the right is on now. The asking price is $80. The tea cup is probably worth around $15 that's it.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Cast Iron Buster Brown and Dog Tige Bank

Cast iron banks like this were popular during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Almost every kid had one to keep their stash of money in. Cast iron banks today are very collectible since most broke when being handled by children. This rare Buster Brown and Dog Tige bank is currently sell on from $70 to $225.

White Rotary Sewing Machine

This is a White Rotary Sewing Machine. The White Sewing Machine Company was founded in 1858 in Massachusetts by Thomas H. White. It was founded as the White Manufacturing Company, It later took the White Sewing Machine Company name when it was incorporated in 1876. The same family also, owns the White Motor Company. Sewing machines made by the White Sewing Machine Company were built inside of tables so that they could be used as a table or a sewing station. Most sewing tables sell for $150 while White Sewing Machine Company sewing machines sell for about $175.

Porcelain Dolls

Porcelain dolls are probably the most collected type of doll in the world. Each doll is crafted with care and dressed in the fanciest clothes. The first recorded porcelain dolls were just the heads made in 1770 in England. The Germans later took this idea and made a shiny material that looked more like skin, porcelain. The first dolls were used as small mannequins. They displayed the newest fashion trends. Dolls made completely out of porcelain were made in 1840, and later to be known as Frozen Charlottes. Frozen Charlottes had clenched fists and usually black or blonde hair painted on their heads. Eventually, the dolls became 3D, with fabric dresses and long, flowing hair. Dolls made today are highly collectible. Porcelain dolls range in prices. The doll on the left, "Natasha" from the International Festival of Toys and Tots Collection by Knowles, sells on for $20 to $60, while on it sells for $125. As for the doll on the right, "Glamor of the Gibson Girl" from the Parade of American Fashion Collection by Knowles, sells for $20 to $100 on   

Walnut Commode


This is a Victorian walnut commode made around 1880. Commodes were used as "sinks." First you would place the wash basin and pitcher on top. Then, you would go to a water source and fill the pitcher. Next, you would poor the water into the basin. And finally you would take your washcloth from inside the commode and wash up. Inside the commode you would keep all the necessary products for washing up, such as towels, toothbrushes and soap. Commodes usually sell for around $1,725. 

W.S George "Queen" Wash Basin


This is a W.S George, "Queen" wash basin. Wash basins have been made for thousands of years. They were used as a water source, or a way to clean yourself. Antique wash basins like this generally sell for $125.

Friday, July 6, 2012

LIFE Magazine John F. Kennedy Memorial Edition

This is the John F. Kennedy Memorial Edition of LIFE magazine. The magazine is about 11x17 inches. The front says :

"All of LIFE's
Pictures and Text
on the Most Shocking
Event of Our Time"

The magazine includes a biography on John F. Kennedy and his most enduring words. 
The original price of the magazine was 50 cents. It now sells for around $60.

Official Inaugural Program

This is the Official Inaugural Program from January 20, 1969. On the inside it has pictures and information on the newly elected president, Richard Milhous Nixon, the 37th President of the United States and Spiro Theodore Agnew, the 39th vice president of the United States. The original price was $2.00. It now sells on for $50.

The Story of Old Nantucket

The Story of Old Nantucket is written by William F. Macy. 
William F. Macy was the President of the Nantucket Historical Association. 
The book was copyrighted in 1915 by William F. Macy and Cook and Turner and again in 1928 by William F. Macy.
The book was reprinted in 1983.
The book is currently on Where it is selling for $99.99

Tea Cups

The first tea cups made their way to England from imports from China. These first tea cups were handle-less and were called tea bowls. In the year 1700 saucers appeared. In 1750, Robert Adams invented tea sets that the tea cups had handles. The English liked Adam's designs because they thought that the tea bowls were way too messy, and they often would burn their hands on the tea bowls. Robert Adams also, designed tea cups that were taller than their base and came with a saucer. The English thought this was a good idea and this became quickly the standard of what is known as the English Tea Service Set. Robert Adams also invented the tea pot, sugar holders, milk/creamer containers, and even tea spoons.Adam's made these tea cups from porcelain that was strong but delicate in its look. Most tea cups sell for $20 or more depending on the brand. 

Old School Desk

This old school desk from the late 1800s early 1900s is made out of oak. It came out of a old school. It has ornate cast iron designs on the sides and back. To make a complete desk you actually need two. By putting another desk in the front you can sit in the desk in the back and have a table top in front of you. Desks like this sell from $170 - $200.

Fahrenheits Thermometer

The antique above is a Fahrenheits Thermometer. It was made in Great Britain by Short and Mason in London. It tells you what the temperature is in Fahrenheit on the left and what it considers about that temperature on the right. It considers 40 and below to be freezing. 50-60 temperate. 70-80 summer heat. 90-120 blood heat. This thermometer also has mercury in it. Thermometers like this usually sell for $150+.

Hobnail Lamp

Hobnail Glass is covered in a pattern of raised knobs like the hobnail studs sometimes used on boot soles. The pattern is created blowing the glass into a mold or you can press the glass in a mold. During the Victorian period most hobnail was hand blown. The creations from the turn of the century were usually "Lemonade Sets" which included a pitcher and set of matching glasses.
In 1939 Fenton Art Glass first introduced their hobnail glass. The hobnail glass was made with translucent colors. Milk glass hobnail was introduced by Fenton in 1950. Milk glass it thicker and is not translucent. The lamp pictured above has a pink hobnail shade and waist. The lamp above also has a chimney. Hobnail lamps usually sell for $100 to

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Metal Crocodile

This metal statue of two boys riding a crocodile is about 2 inches long. The boy on the front of the crocodile is attached to the crocodiles back and the boy in the back is removable. Most antiques similar to this sell from $20.00 to $70.00. 

Mesh Purse

This is a mesh purse. It is made with sterling silver. On the top is the mystery initials of BJN. Mesh Purses usually sell for about $150. 

Child's High Chair / Rocker

 This late 1800s early 1900s Child's High Chair / Rocker is part transformer. By pulling a lever on the back this normal everyday oak high chair turns into a rocker. Chairs like this sell for $300-$400.

Queen Elizabeth Cornation Plate

This plate is a 60 year old portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. On the back it says :

Commemorating the coronation of
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
June 2, 1953
Painted by Allen Hughes

The plate usually sells for about $150.

Banquet Oil Lamp

Banquet Oil Lamps have been made for over 100 years but they are slowly disappearing. Banquet Oil Lamps have large hand painted glass globes on the top instead of a shade. Most globes have flowers or nature scenes painted on them. Banquet Oil Lamps were made so when a family was eating dinner they still could see everyone sitting at the table with a tall lamp in the center of the table. Banquet Oil Lamps tend to sell for a lot of money. The globes alone can sell for up to $400 and the lamp with the globe can sell for as high as $2,000.

Blossom Time

The picture shown above is called "Blossom Time." It was hand painted by Smith Fredrick in 1933. Fredrick used a special technique. He transferred the colors right onto the sheet of glass. The paintings usually sell for about $40.

Cast Iron Safe/Bank

The Cast Iron Safe/Bank pictured above was made on June 2nd, 1886. These safe/banks were considered safe to put change or cash in. They had small keys so you could easily lock the door and usually were carved in ornate designs. The safes were easily broken into so they are pretty rare to find. Most safe/banks you will find will be missing the key or the door. Complete safe/banks can sell from $60 to $300 depending in the maker and rarity.

Rayo Hurricane Oil Lamp

This is a antique Rayo Hurricane Oil Lamp. These lamps were made in the early 1900s. The lamp shown above has a chimney and a milk glass shade. Rayo Hurricane Oil Lamps sell all the way from $50 to $200.