There is just something about vintage jewelry from the mid-1900′s. I know, most women do not wear clip on earrings anymore and some think it to be outdated. But what it does have going for it is being completely original.
Let’s take a look at these earrings. It has a large center amethyst rhinestone set in an antiqued gold tone setting. It is then surrounded by seed pearls. What makes these like the greatest earrings?
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As everyone knows, we sell collectibles and antiques. What some of you may not know is that we collect a couple of things ourselves. One of the things that I collect is Wedgwood Jasperware. Although I do buy more recent pieces occasionally, my true passion is for those items made prior to 1906.
That being said, we actually often buy off of Ebay for a good many of the pieces that we are seeking are still in England where they were originally made. Every peice of Wedgwood that we have purchased has arrived safe and sound except this piece from here in the United States.
Why? Let’s talk some packing pointers!
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Antique furniture is a whole subject in and of itself. It is one that I struggle with at times and I think most people who do not specialize in furniture “guess” until they have time for research. The drawback from that, of course, is that there tends to be buying errors. In other words, buying at the wrong price point because the piece is not what you thought it was.
In trying to become better at identifying antique American Furniture, understanding what types of wood were used with particular types of furniture has helped a great deal. So, I’m going to share with you the different furniture styles and the wood that was used.
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When one is out “buying” you have to understand that you are never going to know everything. What this means is that you have to develop a “feel” for vintage items. You must have a critical eye that can gauge the quality of the item and a guess as to its age.
Now, that being said, we do not dabble much in Asian porcelan or china. Of course there are the well known names such as Noritake but there is a whole world that is outside of those companies. When faced with a signature on a piece that is merely a mark, how do you decide whether it is a buy or not?
Well, until you get it home and do your research, you don’t know.
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