Wednesday, June 29, 2011
We at Tillie's Antiques and Trinkets will feature some outstanding early to mid 19th century books discussing the American Revolution, Native American Indians, Sullivan's Campaign and Luzerne County history. We'll have antique glassware, porcelain, military pins, jewelry, silver, and so much more.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
This porcelain oddity was manufactured and decorated by Charles Field Haviland of Limoges, France, during the late 1890s. The gently ruffled edge is adorned six, individually-applied, oval egg holders. The plate is decorated with hand painted violets with transfer outlines; the edges burnished with gold. The dish was used for serving deviled eggs, the spicy stuffed savory we still enjoy today.
Egg dishes like the one shown above are available in today's market, but they are not an easy find. If you are looking to buy a similar dish, expect to pay between $150 and $250.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
We've packed some great new merchandise including hand drawn Luzerne County maps, coffee grinders, costume jewelry, Wedgwood bone china, atlases, a great early 19th century oak umbrella stand and so much more.
Be sure to mark your calendars.
We're looking forward to seeing you again!
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Take a look at silver prices today: $33.38 per ounce. Now sterling silver is 92.5% silver, and a dealer will pay you less than market value, but don't get ripped off. Reputable silver dealers are paying up to 75 and 90% of silver value.
Don't be afraid to sell, just be cautious and educated.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Mr. Joe Matteo, owner of the bed and breakfast, painstakingly restored the 19th century building, previously owned by Frederick Stegmaier, whose family owned and operated the the Stegmaier Brewing Company. The building dates back to the 1870s, and from its detailed entry foyer to opulent dining room, is Victorian splendor at its finest.
Hostess for the afternoon will be the always entertaining, Ms. Lisa Griffiths-Lewis, a professional Victorian Era living history actress. Ms. Griffiths-Lewis is the owner of Victoriana Lady, a traveling museum of Victorian clothing and accessories.
Food will be prepared by award-winning executive chef, Mr. Jody Klocko, who's food and presentation is second to none.
Antique appraisals will be conducted by Miriam Randazzo, owner of Tillie's Antiques & Trinkets. Mrs. Randazzo has been engaged in the antique industry for over fifteen years and completed appraisal training with the Institute of Appraisal of Personal Property, in 2003. She conducts estate sales in the Luzerne county area and displays at a variety of notable antique shows in the state of Pennsylvania. She also works as a research and technical analyst and appraiser for Cook and Cook Auctions of Plains, PA and as an auction consultant with White Rose Auctions of Boiling Springs, PA.
For reservations, please contact Lisa Lewis, The Victoriana Lady, at 570.655.8392 or at Lisa@VictorianaLady.com.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Late 1800s and Early 1900s
by Miriam Randazzo
Another popular style of Valentine's Day greetings was the postcard. Postcards were sent in mass quantities during the late 1800s and early 1900s and can still be found in abundance at most antique shows and shops. Richly adorned with embossed roses, cherubs, doves, hearts and arrows, these cards epitomize romance.
Although the message wasn't private, postcards did have the advantage of being less expensive to purchase and to mail.
As the Victorian Era ended, the style of Valentine's Day cards became simpler, but remained aesthetically pleasing, even by contemporary standards.
As the 1920s approached, mechanical cards surged in popularity. Notice how the young girl's eyes move and the swing moves back and forth on the card below.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
During the Victorian Era, society's elite filled their dining tables with beautiful porcelain dishes and serving implements. Nine course meals ranging from soup and savory ramekins to sorbet intermezzos and desserts, were elaborately served to impress guests.
Oysters were served on oyster plates; eggs, served on egg dishes; and cocoa poured from chocolate pots. Perhaps the most unusual porcelain oddity I've discovered from this time period is the soup bowl shown here.
Made in France, this Limoges dish was manufactured and decorated by the Charles Field Haviland, makers and purveyors of some of the prettiest porcelain dinnerware used during the late 1800s and early 1900s. The soup bowl is non-traditional in form, which at first glance could easily be overlooked.
Careful inspection of the bowl's rim reveals the head, tail and four legs of turtle. Fascinatingly enough, the dish was designed for serving of all things, turtle soup!
Collectors of porcelain rarities search for these strange little oddities and it my pleasure to present this one for you to enjoy.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
The short spout design helped to made washing the pot an easier chore too. Imagine congealed cocoa adhering along the sides of a long narrow spout, the type we usually associate with a coffee or tea pot. The short spout of a chocolate pot made cleaning a breeze!
If you decide to buy an old chocolate pot, be aware that reproductions have flooded the market. Before you buy, be sure to know your merchandise and know your dealer.
Thanks for reading!