What are some of the different types of auctions?

When you first dive into the world of auctions, you will quickly find that there are several different types that you will run across.  Here are a few that you will see:

Absolute auction—this means that that highest bid wins no matter what the price is.  This is one the most common types of auction that you will run across.

Silent auction—with this type of auction, bids are written on a piece of paper.  After a certain amount of time, the highest listed bidder on the piece of paper will win the item for sale.  More often than not, this type of auction is used to raise money for charity.

Minimum bid auction— with this type of auction, the lowest acceptable price for the item up for sale has been predetermined by the seller.  The predetermined price will be where the bidding starts for that item.

This is a tiny look at the different varieties of auctions that you can run across.  What types have you seen?

A little history of a Victorian red tomato server

During the Victorian era, you could find a serving piece for just about anything.  Olive forks? Got it.  Cake servers?  Yep, got that too.  But have you ever run across a red tomato server?

These items are great.  Tomato servers come in two different variations, one for red tomatoes and one for green.  Why in the world would you have a different one for each type of tomatoes?  Its simple really when you think about it.  The red tomato servers have the openings built in for all of the juice from the tomato to drain through the server and not onto your tablecloth.

The server for the green tomatoes does not have the openings for the fact that the green tomatoes are not as messy and don’t need the openings.  You could even use the green tomato server for fried green tomatoes.

Currently in my Etsy shop, there is a red tomato server that was made by the William Rogers Company.  Its made of silverplate and sports the LA FRANCE pattern.  You can see the piece here.

The Victorian era truly did make a ide variety of serving pieces for the table.  What items have you run across while shopping?

Madrid Depression Glass and its counterpart

This pattern has been around 1932 and is still being produced today.  It is now called the Recollection pattern, and it is made by the Indiana Glass Company.  There are quite a few ways to tell if the piece you are looking at is Madrid or if it is part of the Recollection Pattern.

In 1976, the Federal Glass company released Madrid as part of their Bicentennial line.  To help discern this from the original, there is a “76” that has been stamped into the mold.

The Indiana Glass company released the Recollection starting in the 1980’s.  Some of the pieces that Indiana Glass has released were never produced by the Federal Glass company.  Some of the molds were put together, like the candlestick and bowl molds to produce a kind of a pedestal bowl.  If you happen to run across one of these pieces, look at where the bowl joins with the base”.  If you see ribbing inside what looks like a hollow area, then this is a modern piece.

The grill plate is different as well.  The original has been divided into three compartments while the newer one has only two.

It is amazing how much both patterns are here in the Ozarks. Keep an eye peeled when it comes to this pattern—you just might be paying good money for a newer piece.

What to do with reproduction Depression Glass

You go strolling through your favorite antique mall, a flea market or even at a garage sale.  You happen to see a piece of Depression glass, and you think it is the real deal.  You look at the price on it and see that it is reasonable, so you go ahead and buy it.

Once you get it home, you start to poke around either in a reference book you have or online to see what you have.  Then it hits you—you realize that the piece you bought is a reproduction.  What are some things that you can do with it?

There are many things that you can do with it.  The first thing that you can do is to sell it off either online or at an antique matt at the price that you paid for it.  If you do this, I recommend that you describe it as a reproduction so that everyone knows that you are being truthful about it.

If you happen to give the reproduction as a gift to a friend or family member, this gives you the chance to give a brief history lesson on it.  You could even take the opportunity to show what the tell-tale signs are that make it a reproduction.

Another thing that you can do is to use it yourself.  Vases could hold flowers, or even be used as a hat stand.  It could possibly even be turned into a lamp.

If it is a bowl, the sky’s the limit on what it can hold.  Paper clips, fruit, pens and even pocket change are a small sampling on what you can put in it.

And if it is a candy dish, it could even hold something like potpourri. If you happen to have bought a reproduction, what kinds of creative ways have you used it for?

Wow, what a massive cologne bottle store display!

I can see it now—as you are walking through a store in a local mall, you pass by the perfume counter and you see this sitting on the counter.  It really makes you stop and takes notice.

What is it?  It’s an advertising piece for ESCADA SENTIMENT men’s cologne.  This store display is in the shape of a massive cologne bottle.

This bottle is made of glass and it has a plastic lid and atomizer. Both the lid and atomizer are removable, and the store display has the same artistic / triangular shape as the normal bottle.

Just how big is this?  The store display measures 14 ¾ inches tall including the lid and 5 inches at the base.

You can see this terrific find in my Etsy store here.

Wow, what a great store display!  Have you seen anything like this before?

What are some of the different types of finishes that you will see on glassware?

When you dive into the world of antiques and collectibles—especially glassware—you will find many different types of finishes applied to the item.  Frosted glass, satin glass and even pearlescent glass are a few of the finishes that you will run across.  Here are a few more that you will see:

Matte finish—this type of glassware has a non-shiny finish that was made by sandblasting or even applying an acid to dull the finish of the glass.

Luster—this has a shiny (almost a metallic effect) that was made by applying the glass with metallic oxides that were dissolved in acid and fired in a kiln.  After cleaning, the glass has a distinctive shiny surface.

Acid etched—this is glassware that has been treated with an acid to produce a finish that has a frosted appearance.

This is a few of the different types of finished that you will run across.  What types of finishes have you seen?

What is the difference between collectible, antique and vintage?

There are common questions that you will hear when you dive into the world of antiques.  One of the more questions that you will hear is this—what exactly is the difference between collectible, antique and vintage?

The term collectible is often applied to items that are more valuable than what they originally sold for.  I have also seen this term be applied to items that are newer than 20 years old.

When items are vintage, items in this area are at least 20 years old.  Items are usually considered vintage up until they are 99 years old.

When you hear the term Antique, this applies to items that are at least 100 years old. 

There are also other ways to describe the age of an item.  What terms have you heard?

What are some different types of furniture that you can use a different way?

Over the years, there have been pieces of furniture that have come along that proved especially useful. 

Pie safes, coat valets and even card tables are a small handful of the pieces.

Here are some great ideas for different uses for some of the pieces of furniture you might run across:

Blanket chest—this is a piece of furniture with a hinged lid and a large storage area inside.  There are pieces that also come with one or two drawers under it.  As the name suggests, it was common to store blankets inside—you can use this now to store anything from CD’s ad DVD’s to your kid’s toys.

Telephone chairs—this chair has a built-in table on the side, and its main use was to hold your landline telephone.  These days you can use these to hold your laptop or tablet while you get some work done.

Old Magazine racks—this was to give you a place to stash your magazines and newspapers.  Today, you could use this to stash your boxes of aluminum foil and plastic wrap, have it hold cutting boards, or even a place to put your flip flops.

This is just a few pieces that you can use differently.  What kinds of furniture do you use differently?

There was a Half Disme? Really?

When 1792 rolled around, the United States started to produce coins under the Coinage Act Of 1792.  Some of the coins that the United States mint (which is based in Philadelphia) include a half dollar, a cent, and even some gold pieces.  But did you know that they also produced a coin called a half disme?

*Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.com

Pictured above is one of the early examples of a half disme, which ultimately became a half dime.  The face value of the piece is what the name suggests it was worth 5 cents.  The coin was produced in pure silver up to the time it was renamed in 1873.

The coin was renamed to 5 cent piece, which is what it is called today, and today one of the nicknames for it is “nickel” (which is a pretty good description for the metal which it is made of).

What kind weird names have you heard a coin called?