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?

They’re going the wrong way!

There are times that you will run across a collectible that will have an interesting story.  There are even times that the collectibles that are tied to a famous person and event.  Here are some items that have a fun way to collect them by going the wrong way:

Wrong Way Corrigan—Douglas Corrigan was an American Aviator, and he earned the nickname “Wrong Way” Corrigan in 1938.  Douglas Corrigan was supposed to return to Long Beach, California on a transcontinental flight.  The problem was was that he landed in Dublin, Ireland instead of California.

There are article clippings, newspapers, commemorative stamps and envelopes and even a book about Corrigan that’s titled “That’s My Story”.  There is a lot a New York Post paper that is dated Friday August 5, 1938 that has a mirrored banner headline to commemorate Wrong Way Corrigan that you can start a collection with.

Roy “Wrong Way” Riegels—Roy earned his nickname for running the wrong way at the 1929 Rose Bowl football game.  Roy played for the California Golden Bears when this happened.  He was 30 yards away from scoring a touchdown and somehow got turned around to where he ran 65 yards towards his own end zone.

He was eventually tackled on his own 1-yard line.  Do you know what the bad part is?  When the team tried to punt the ball away, it was blocked, and the other team scored a safety.

It is considered the worst blunder in the history of College football.  Things like the program for the game are collectible, and there even was a picture book that came out in 2011 that describes a play-by-play description of the moment.

The Vaudeville acts that parodied his famous run also have items that you can add to your collection.

These are some of the fun ways that you can start a collection or add to your current one.  What kinds of items have you purchased because of the history that that is attached to it?

Technology introduced in the early 1900’s

Over the years, there has been technology that has was introduced that caught on amazingly fast.  Bakelite plastic, escalators and even disposable razors were some of the amazing items introduced in the early 1900’s, here are some more that was released around the same time:

February 1900—The brownie camera is invented, and this was also the start of the Eastman Kodak company.  This was the camera that popularized low cost photography, and it also introduced the concept of something called the snapshot.

1902—The neon lamp is invented by Georges Claude.  Claude started to work on neon tubes that could be used as ordinary bulbs.  In the year of 1912, his associate began selling neon discharge tubs as advertising signs.

1906—An early jukebox-like machine called The Gabel Automatic Entertainer is invented.  It was invented by John Gabel and it is the first machine to play a series of gramophone records.

1908—This is when Ford started to build the Model T.  This car is generally regarded as the car that “put America on wheels”.

This is a very tiny look at some of the technology that has been released over the years.  What other types of technology do you know of that was released during this time?

Fun facts for the year 1937

When I look for some information on an item that I am going to sell, there are times that I run across some fun facts that happened during a certain year.  Here are some fun facts I ran across for 1937:

Walt Disney premieres “Snow White And The Seven Dwarves” on December 21st.  The movie premiered in Los Angeles, California at the Carthay Circle Theater.

The popular Looney Tunes character Daffy Duck appears in the animated short called “Porky’s Duck Hunt.”

The German airship called The Hindenburg burst into flames.  The accident happened while the airship was attempting to moor at Lakehurst, New Jersey.

The “Waterman Aerobile” flying car has its first flight.  The Areobile came with a transmission drive system that drove the propeller in the air and the rear wheels while on the ground. This is only a small portion of what happened in 1937.  What historical items have you run across?