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There are so many different types of collectibles, historical objects, vintage furniture, etc in our shop, we put together this handy blog where we'll post brief but interesting and informative blog posts to help you get learn more about this amazing array of goodies that come into our shop every day. If there's a particular topic you'd like to know about, email us!


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Hull Pottery

Porcelain / Pottery

Hull Pottery was founded in Crooksville, OH in 1905 by Addis Emmet (A.E.) Hull and other family members. Hull started out by manufacturing common, everyday stoneware. You may have some of the basic brown stoneware cups and plates in your cupboard right now. The family business grew rapidly over the years.

In the 1920's, they expanded into the art pottery line. Their best work is considered to habe been made during the late 1930's thru the 1950's. They used mostly floral themes - colorful orchid, magnolia, calla lily, rose, and tulip are often to be seen gracing the sides of vases and other types of pieces. Also, in 1943, they added Red Riding Hood themed items which were very popular.

Hull had many setbacks in the later years and closed operations in 1986.


Porcelain / Pottery

Cloisonné is an ancient enamelling handcraft and art. Each piece is given individual attention and is unique. The word cloisonne is French. The word for cloisonne in Japanese is shippo, which means "seven treasured ware". In Sanskrit it's Sutha Ratha, meaning emerald, agate, crystal and pearl. The original craft was often encrusted with precious gems.

Here's how cloisonne pieces are made:

  1. The foundation is copper, silver, or gold
  2. A design is drawn on the foundation
  3. Wires are affixed to the design 
  4. Solder enamel flux is dropped in
  5. First baking of soldering wires
  6. First coating of enamels
  7. Second baking (melting point is 850 degrees celsius)
  8. Second coating of enamels
  9. Third baking
  10. Third coating of enamels
  11. Fourth baking - by this time the enamels are thick enough to cover all wires
  12. Polishing with nine different whetstones
  13. Finishing and trimming with silver and/or gold


Here's a great video about cloisonne.

Millefiori Glass

Art Glass

The Italian meaning of "millefiori" is a thousand flowers. This type of beautifully patterned glass has been made for centuries. 

This unique process produces distinctive patterns on glass when the glass is blown. Visit an antique shop and look at the vintage lamps. You may see a great example of colorful millefiori glass shades. Another great example of millefiori is in paperweights. They were often made with a distinctive pattern that looks like cut flowers made by cutting rolled glass rods into beads and placed into clear glass forms. Glass beads, too can be made from these glass rods, for jewelry. 

The Murano Glass company in Venice, Italy is famous for its millefiori glass.


Porcelain / Pottery

The Morimuro brothers started importing and selling "Asian China" in New York in the late 1800’s. Since not much was available to them, they decided to produce their own high quality China pieces. And so, the Noritake China factory was started in 1904 in Noritake, Aichi, Japan, thus the name.

Their variety of pieces were hand painted and colorful. The pieces ranged from vases, teapots, cigarette sets, pin dishes and dinnerware. They can be found in antique shops, at collectibles shows, even in thrift stores, if you’re lucky.

The age of the pieces is dated by the type of mark that is backstamped on it. A piece is considered to be "antique" if it is 100 years old, or "collectible / vintage" if it is 25 to 50 years old. The Noritake maker's mark has changed over the years. Most often it is a letter M inside a wreath. The later mark changed to the letter N in the wreath.

On modern pieces, the company produces several patterns of dinnerware currently, the full name "Noritake" and "made in Japan" is found.

Do a quick internet search for Noritake mark and click Images to see their various makers marks.

Who Was Wallace Nutting?


Have you seen any of Wallace Nutting's hand colored photographs?

Wallace Nutting. 1861-1941 was born and died in Massachusetts. He actually started his career as a minister. At age 43 because of health issues, he had to retire. He loved the New England countryside and started taking photographs of the landscapes. These are his most famous works.
People loved and could afford his hand colored photographs. In addition to nature, he was also fond of the "colonial" period and took many photographs of colonial motifs in homes and dress. 
He also started manufacturing colonial reproduction furniture at a price that was affordable. He brought back the colonial look, especially "The Windsor Chair."
He was the author of several books these subjects.


Porcelain / Pottery

Most people know Lenox as pretty ivory bowls, vases and other giftware with gold trim, but Lenox makes many other patterns of dinnerware, too.

Walter Scott Lenox, after working for other potters, started his own business in 1889 in Trenton, NJ. He was successful in producing a high quality, lustrous ivory China. He was honored in 1918 to be asked by President and Mrs Wilson to design a dinnerware set for the White House. Other presidents also sought out the Lenox Co to make dinnerware - the Roosevelt’s in 1932, Truman in 1951, Reagan in 1981, Clinton in 2000 and Bush in 2008.


Bing & Grondahl Christmas Plates

Porcelain / Pottery

This Danish company was started in 1853 to produce figurines and dinnerware near Copenhagen.

In 1895 they produced the first Christmas plate in traditional blue and white with a winter scene. They have been produced annually for 100 years. It turned out to be a large portion of its business.

In 1987 they merged with Royal Porcelain to become Royal Copenhagen.

Sydenstriker Glass

Art Glass

Bill Sydenstricker started this glass company in the mid 1960’s on Cape Cod. He had experimented with this process while at MIT.

The process starts with a sheet of clear glass, a stencil is placed on it and powdered glass of various colors is sifted over it. Several stencils May be used to complete the pattern. When the design is complete a second sheet of clear glass is placed on top. It is placed in a terra-cotta mold in a kiln at 1500f until it fuses together. It is beautiful glass made in various shapes.

Flow Blue

Porcelain / Pottery

Flow Blue is the name given to antique dinnerware made with cobalt blue transfer patterns that "flowed" at the edges. Developed in the mid-18th century in England to compete with expensive hand painted dinnerware, it is thought by some that, at first, it was a mistake. However, the hazy quality of the patterns was popular. It is still quite collectible.


See Flow Blue Dinner Platter

Toby Jugs and More

Porcelain / Pottery

Toby Jugs were introduced in the 18th century in England and depicted a seated figure holding a mug of beer and a pipe. They are said to be modeled after either Toby Belch, a known heavy drinker or Toby Philpot, a character from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.
Character mugs feature faces of famous, mostly English, kings and noblemen. Royal Daulton is one manufacturer, there are many others.
Friar Tuck pitchers were made by the Goebel Company in Germany from the 1950’s to 1988 when discontinued. Some friars were made with crossed eyes on purpose.


Depression Glass

Dinner / Barware

"Depression glass" was manufactured mainly between 1929-1940's. It was (and is, if you can find it) an inexpensively made glass turned out by machine in a variety of colors. There are probably 100 different patterns. It was originally sold inexpensively or given free at the movies or in retail boxes of food or soap as an incentive To purchase a product during hard times. Pretty pinks, greens, blues and yellows are among the colors made.



Wedgwood is a famous name in pottery. Josiah Wedgwood started making pottery in 1759 in Burslem England. He invented many types of pottery but his most famous include Queens Ware, a bone China dinnerware, Black Basalt, and well known Jasper Ware. His dinnerware was made especially for Queen Charlotte, thus the name Queens Ware. The royals loved his dinnerware and a set was also commissioned by President Theodore Roosevelt. Black Basalt was used for medallions and vases Jasper Ware, mainly the blue color, is known for the applied white classical designs.

Hitchcock Chair Co


Hitchcock Chair Co was started in 1811 in Riverton, CT (known as Hitchcocksville at that time) by Lambert Hitchcock. He made simple, affordable chairs that looked expensive. He used a new technique of stenciling instead of hand painting the designs. Although he was a great craftsman, he was financially inept. Sadly he died in debt in 1852. The company basically ceased to exist until 1946 when John Kenny ran across the abandoned factory and decided to revive the company. He used the same style and painting. Many chairs were also made as special orders for events or depicting historic buildings. The company again closed in 2006.

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