Antique Bottles and Patent Medicine

It is not surprising that antique bottle hunting is particularly popular in the southwest of the U.S. The activity of finding long disused garbage mounds, digging up, and cleaning old bottles is much like prospecting and so deeply ingrained in the make up of the populations of New Mexico and Arizona. Hours . . . → Read More: Antique Bottles and Patent Medicine

Sevres China Marks Part II: 1810-1850

In our last installment of our growing catalog of porcelain marks we covered some of the marks of the Sevres China manufacturers of the late 18th century. Today’s list covers the first half of the 19th. This list is far from complete but you have to start somewhere. Be sure to check back . . . → Read More: Sevres China Marks Part II: 1810-1850

Sevres China Marks

The best china pieces to come from the famous Sevres region of France were made during the second half of the 18th century. It is widely held that the quality of Serves porcelain began to drop just before 1800.

Not to suggest that Sevres china from after that are junk; far from . . . → Read More: Sevres China Marks

Depression Era Glass

A corner of the American Collecting Mania Hall of Fame must be preserved for Depression Era glassware. Few trends in collecting have enjoyed the massive of popularity of the glassware made for the American market from the beginning of the Great Depression and the start of World War II. At a time of . . . → Read More: Depression Era Glass

What is Pewter?

The pewter beer pot is to many the most recognizable symbol of American household antiques. It is difficult to picture several of the founding fathers without one in their hand. Of course, pewter has been used to make a great deal more than colonial era drinking vessels. The dull gray but strangely compelling . . . → Read More: What is Pewter?