Before salt and pepper shakers became the main staple for serving salts and spices, many cultures used to serve their salts in small tableware containers known as salt cellars and open salts. From Russia, to Europe, to China, over the centuries artists and skilled craftsmen all over the world have made salt cellars out of a variety of materials. Thanks to the skills of people and businesses of yesteryear we now have access to many different styles and designs for us to collect.[Read more…]
Samsonite, just like their name sake Samson, is synonymous with strength, and durability, and yet they somehow manage to maintain an air of elegance and luxury that most other luggage brands have not been able to match.[Read more…]
The saying goes; ‘One person’s trash is another’s treasure‘, and in the case of some of the million dollar antique items that were given up for less than a penny or two made their new owners nothing less than millionaires. In this article we will take a look at a number of antique items that have sold for over a million dollars in the last couple of decades.[Read more…]
Crocks are one of the hardest produced antiques to identify. Earlier crocks were made by hand, and rarely if ever marked with an official stamp, name, symbol, or signature. Instead, potters would hand paint their works with decorations featuring designs in cobalt blue.[Read more…]
Luggage bags, like so many other mundane items that we take for granted in our day to day lives, could very well become the next desirable collectible.
Despite the various materials that have been used to make the different types and styles of luggage bags over the years, few pieces have managed to last the test of time. Sometimes they were damaged by the elements, handled too roughly by baggage handlers, maybe even thrown around in cargo holders or simply lost in transit never to be seen again.[Read more…]
The value of an antique item can differ from one person to another. For example, your grandmothers wedding ring may be extremely valuable to those within your family while others may not see the worth. Or perhaps you may not see the worth in an item that you attempt to auction to be shocked when it sells for millions upon millions just like the Pinner Qing Dynasty Vase.[Read more…]
If you and your soon to be fiance have an interest in collecting antiques or vintage items, it makes sense to propose with a special and unique ring. Antique engagement rings tell their very own story from a previous era and can make the perfect commitment piece for as long as their delicate nature is looked after and cared for daily.[Read more…]
Napco, which stands for National Potteries Corporation, was established in 1938 in Bedford, Ohio. Originally producers of decorative jars and vases for floral decor, they would become more known for their imported glassware, pottery, and ceramics from Japan. Between the mid 1950’s and 60’s, Napco would produce most of their more popular salt and pepper shakers, many of which are still highly sort after to this day.
Thanks to licencing deals they were able to release unique pieces modeled after popular actors and cartoon/comic characters. [Read more…]
During the early days of Walt Disney Studio’s productions. It was discovered, that by releasing picture books along side some of their films. They were able to capitalize on the popularity of a movie and garnish additional revenue long after the films have stopped screening.
Before the innovation of the home theater releases that we have today, be it Netflix or BlueRay. People who wanted to re-experience the films, would relive the magic by reading these books. These books would often retell a movie scene by scene, and use the same style of art work. [Read more…]
The Walt Disney Studios have produced some of the most highly sort after memorabilia and collectibles of all time. There is one product that stands out most as having the largest impact and influence on the lives of so many. Over the years the humble piggy bank has not only taught many children around the world the skills needed for saving money. They also gave many of us a sense of pride every time we managed to save up enough money to buy that new toy or see how much money we were putting into our bank accounts.
Disney was able to capitalize not only on the parents who were wanting to help their children learn vital skills for the future. But also the child’s fascination and obsessions that comes with their favorite characters. [Read more…]