Summer is a perfect time to go antiquing. If you’re a regular reader of this blog or my web site there’s good chance that you will agree with that statement. […]
This post is an answer to a reader who asked me the following question: “I am starting a small auction house and am advertising for consignments. Just wondering if you could […]
Based on the number of emails I receive on this topic I think it might be a good idea to show you how I went about finding out some information […]
I received this very nice email from a reader in the United States. I really thought I should share it. Here it is: Dear Johanne, I was “surfing the web” […]
It has always amazed me how many people want information on teacups and saucers. Once I had an internet guru help me interpret statistics on my web site and it […]
Here is an email I received from a reader: Dear Johanne: About 8 years ago, I met a 90 year old lady who had a very old Victorian real baby […]
Styles are a funny thing. Just when you think you have them figured out you learn something new and you find yourself having to change your mind or at least […]
Christmas decorations have a lot of stories to tell. We have to create memories around new ones but antique decorations have stories of their own – beyond your own. So how can you tell if you have collectible decorations or just pretty ones that look like them? Well for one thing I say – use both but put the newer ones at the bottom of the tree – where pets and small children lurk.
If it looks like oak furniture is it oak? No, not necessarily. From the late 1890’s until the early 1900’s manufacturers offered this style of furniture as a budget friendly option to furniture made of straight grain oak or quarter-sawn oak. So how can you tell if you have real oak or as they called it then “fumed oak”?
Most of us travel away from our own back yards when we take a holiday. If you are reading this there is a good chance that you like old […]