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Kovels – Antiques & Collecting: Week of Sept. 17, 2012
The first fig trees were brought to America from Spain in 1520. A ripe fig is very sweet, so it was often used when sugar was not available. The Mount Washington Glass Co. of New Bedford, Mass., made fig-shaped containers for sugar and salt. The bottom was glass, the top silver-plated. The company also used […]
Kovels – Antiques & Collecting: Week of May 14, 2012
Furniture has been made from carved and joined pieces of wood for centuries, but in every century there are a few designers who are intrigued by the forms of nature and use them to create furniture. Chairs made of curved horns are one of these furniture forms. During the 19th century, horn chairs were made […]
Kovels – Antiques & Collecting: Week of Feb. 2, 2009
“If you like it, buy it” is the motto of many successful collectors. But sometimes you can’t afford to. We saw an unusual cigarette box about 20 years ago at a small antiques show. It was made of triangular pieces of silver-plated metal stacked one on top of the other like a deck of cards. […]