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In the early 19th century, mechanical glass pressing machines made proliferated in America. Early American Pattern Glass (EAPG) was made by pressing the melted glass with iron molds, which had patterns already cut into them. This made it companies in the U.S. to compete with European companies that were producing and exporting inexpensive glass products into the country. One such company to enter this market in the late 19th century was Riverside Glass Works in Wellsburg, West Virginia.
Mikey is feeling good about himself and wants to celebrate by buying himself a present. So he is at roaming around Sears when he runs into Billy the salesman in the small appliances section. Billy asks him what he is looking for and Mikey explains that he just wants to buy himself a present. Billy says to Mikey, “You are in luck! We have this great new coffee machine that you can pre-set to make you coffee in the morning.”
In Amsterdam recently a buyer purchased a painting that many believed was a Rembrandt knockoff. Apparently, even the auction house was fooled and had valued the painting at a mere $3,100. However, the anonymous British buyer knew what he was doing and paid about $4.5 million at the auction. As it turns out, the painting was the real thing and is worth between $40 - $50 million. The painting, titled Rembrandt Laughing is apropos since the British man is laughing all the way to the bank on his good fortune. The Dutch Master, Rembrandt, painted the self portrait in about 1628. This rare and unusual painting measures about 9.5” by 6.5”.
Apothecary comes from the Latin and the Greek, apotheca, meaning storehouse and literally meaning a place to put things away. Later, the word became associated with a person who stored and dispensed drugs, what we know today as a pharmacist. In many small towns and historic places, you may still come across an apothecary. In the early years, the apothecary was also the pharmacist, who was also your general store manager. In most cases, the apothecary also made and mixed a lot of his own “medications.”
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Some of the “newer” apothecary bottles and jars can still be readily found. You can find original medicine bottles in many different places if you search. However, you would probably find the most affordable ones at thrift stores, antiques shops and flea markets. You could find nice examples at auctions and estate sales, but generally, you will probably pay more at those two venues. One might even try to talking to small town apothecary to see if they may still have a few of the old jars laying around, although not everyone is collector.
Riverside Glass Works started producing Empress Pattern glassware around 1898. Empress glassware is a beautiful rich emerald colored glass which usually has a gilt design. Many of the pieces made were normal tableware and included pitchers, cruets, sherbets and compotes. However, we have seen oil lamps also made in this particular pattern. The problem with collecting this pattern is that it is very rare and hard to find and when you do find pieces, you will find that the gilt trim is usually less than perfect. A search today on eBay yielded but only one piece of this amazing EAPG glass pattern.
This gets Mikey excited, a new gadget to play with. So Billy goes on to explain how everything works; how to plug it in and set the timer, go to bed and then when he got up the coffee would be ready. A few weeks later, Mikey is again roaming around Sears when he runs into Billy again. Billy asks, “Hey Mikey, how do you like that new coffee machine?” Mikey says, “Wonderful, except I don’t understand one thing. Why do I have to go to bed every time I want a cup of coffee?”
One of the greatest painters in America is the renowned 20th Century artist Norman Rockwell. A child prodigy, Rockwell was first commissioned to paint four Christmas cards before he turned the ripe old age of 16. He then continued his illustrious career by being named Art Director of Boys Life and thus began his pursuit in illustration. After moving to New Rochelle, New York, he opened a studio and created illustrations for Life Magazine, Literary Digest and Country Gentleman, but his career skyrocketed when he at 22 years old he painted his first cover for the Saturday Evening Post.
Nothing drives me crazier than looking at items for sale on either online auction sites that have fuzzy, unclear, wrong-side-up and downright fuzzy pictures. A lot of people don’t realize that having a bad photo of merchandise is worse than having no photo at all. Sure, you can describe what the item is and how beautiful it is but remember the old adage . . . a picture is worth a thousand words.
A good photo can not only help you sell the item, but it can also help get the most money for an item. With the advent of digital cameras and all the available photo enhancing software, even an amateur can create good looking photos to accompany a listing.
Apart from reproduction art prints and signed lithographs, Norman Rockwell’s illustrations and paintings can be found in all manner of collectibles. Rockwell collectors come in many different shapes and sizes and collect everything from coffee cups and trays to plates. Some of his paintings have even been made into figurines for the figurine collectors. The largest and most significant collection of collectibles has to be in the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. The museum opened in 1969 and has more than 574 original paintings and 100,000 items belonging to the artist.
In Sydney, Australia this past week a Pablo Picasso painting titled Sylvette sold for more than $6.5 million. This sale set the record auction price every paid for a piece of artwork in Australia. The painting of young woman was one of many that Picasso did in Vallauris, France. The young woman was reportedly one of his neighbors and this painting was done in 1954, when Picasso was 73 years old. The painting was purchased by an anonymous telephone bidder and was sold by Deutscher-Menzies Galleries in Sydney.
These medications had to be stored somewhere and that’s where the antique apothecary jar comes into play. Most of the oldest antique apothecary jars are in the abarello shape, which is they are round jars with concave sides. Examples dating back to the 15th century exist today. In most cases the older apothecary jars were made of porcelain and in later years were made of glass. In most cases the glass jars were more expensive than the medicines that they held. Some of the more expensive examples of apothecary jars are those of the 15th & 16th century that have nature scenes or other artistic value.