Archive for the ‘Collecting’ Category

25 Sep


With origins in the 18th century, the Canterbury was designed to hold sheet music.  Earlier versions were often simple in design and more elaborate styles developed through the 19th century.  This low, portable stand was quite versatile.

Canterbury antique magazine rack

It was a status symbol to own a Canterbury,  and it was thought one of the first ones was commissioned by the Bishop of Canterbury.  This one is rosewood with great carvings, a drawer and casters.

vintage wood canterbury

Don’t need a special piece for your sheet music?  Then keep magazines or books in this beautiful, English rack.

vintage magazine rack


12 Sep

Sewing boxes

Needle work was practiced by women throughout history with the skill passed from mother to daughter.  And throughout history, the receptacle for all her sewing tools has changed and yet, in many ways, remained the same.  These Victorian boxes evolved from cloth ones.  Portable, practical architectural treasures to hold spools, scissors, needles and more.

Antique wood thread boxes

Pincushions on top and clever storage for important tools.

Antique wood thread box with lid removed

You don’t have to be a sewing enthusiast to appreciate the charm of these boxes and how interesting they would be sitting in a bookshelf or atop a chest.

Antique wood thread box


01 Sep

The Chase is on…

with Coalport’s Hunting Scene china

Wedgood Hunting Scenes place setting

We have a wonderful collection which includes 8 place settings, 8 soup bowls, tea pot, platter, covered and open vegetable bowls, tidbit tray and creamer.

Wedgwood Hunting Scene detail

Pair this whimsical pattern with our other hunt accessories for a wonderful equestrian theme for your home…

Wedgwood Hunting Scenes Coffee Set



27 Aug

Yarn Bobbins

Wooden bobbins were used to manage threads in the making of textiles.

Basket of yarn bobbins

They were made from hardwoods, primarily ash and birch.

Yarn bobbins

There are many different sizes and shapes which are such fun to collect.

Yarn bobbin




18 Aug

Where did all the sugar bowls go?

Creamers and sugar bowls were sold in sets by every china manufacturer, but some sets became separated along the way.

Antique creamers

Like these charming examples…

These are perfect as bud vases or vessels for salad dressing or sauces.


Or do you have a sugar bowl that matches one of these?!

04 Aug

Silver Wine Coasters

Antique wine or bottle coasters were first produced around 1770 as a way to protect the table.  Both sterling and silver plate were available.  They were originally sold in pairs — one for each end of the dining table.

various wine coasters

In the 19th century different styles emerged.  Some coasters had wood bases, and others were made with porcelain ones.

wine coaster

Edges were often gadrooned, gallery, or scroll and shell.

silver antique wine coaster

What a lovely way to serve wine at the table….

wine coaster on table

and they make such a great gift…

29 Jul

Fish Service


There was a time when  formal dinners were served in courses — each one with its own set of dishware and utensils.  The fish course was presented before the game and meat courses, but after soup.

A fish set consisted of individual plates, a platter and a sauce dish.  Whether hand painted or transfer ware, each plate would be about 9″ in diameter, have gold edging and be decorated slightly differently from the others. 

It’s wonderful to find a service in tact.  Most sets date from about 1850 – 1900.  Prices for complete hand painted sets will range in the thousands, while transfer ware sets will be less.