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What Is It! #26

In the 1800’s it was necessary to conduct most business in person, especially for salesmen. Educators and government officials generally travelled by carriage or after 1850 by train. In the evenings on the road, they often slept in taverns, inns … Continue reading

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What Is It! #25

These are some of my antique desk ink wells and pen and nib carriers. The use of pens dates from the Second to the Sixth Century and follows the invention of paper. The early writing implements were made from reeds. … Continue reading

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What Is It! #24

This is a captain’s chair. Most were intended for the naval officer’s cabin. It’s made of heavy oak. The curved back lip is of bent ewe which binds the parts together securely. The wide seat and outward angled legs discouraged … Continue reading

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What Is It! #23

These three pieces are appropriate to show at Christmas time. They are examples of nice Christian religious art. The two painted carved wood painted angels are old and might have been in a church or a home. The candle holder … Continue reading

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What Is It! #22

    This is an old Japanese bed warmer. Coals from the fireplace are put inside. It has a much shorter handle than the European bed warmer because they are used in Futons. The futons open on their side and … Continue reading

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What Is It! #20

This is a cast iron black enameled foot warmer. Coals from the stove or fireplace are put inside. It was in the apartment of Daniele’s aunt where Daniele lived from Monday night through the school day on Friday. The only … Continue reading

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What Is It! #19

This is a cast iron enameled wood burning parlor stove. It was used to warm the Parlor which was the room where families and friends spent their evenings together. These were one of the main products that were made by … Continue reading

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What Is It?  #18

  This is an antique Irish Shillelagh. The original shillelaghs appeared thousands of years ago as heavy war clubs but over the years, evolved into walking canes and carrying sticks. In the Middle Ages and right into Charles Dickens’ times … Continue reading

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What Is It #17

  This is a ceramic spittoon. Google identifies it as made by the American Bennington Pottery Co. probably in late 1800’s. During those times much of the consumed tobacco was done by chewing. This habit generated a lot of saliva … Continue reading

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What is it? #16

The first photo is of a hand-carved horse and cowboy. He is wearing denims and leather chaps and has leather gear. I bought it at Salvation Army. It’s fairly old and probably carved in the West somewhere – maybe by … Continue reading

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