February 1, 1945 | By MARGARET NOWELL; from The Magazine ANTIQUES, February 1945.
There are few more worth-while experiences than bringing back to life an old house. This is what Mr. and Mrs. John Howard Joynt have done with the handsome brick house at 601 Duke Street in Alexandria, Virginia.
Fig. 1-The house, with its gray brick wall, encloses two sides of the property, and overlooks an authentic eighteenth-century garden. The 1810 wing is behind the main part of the house, built in 1785, whose façade is shown here.
The main house, with the kitchens which are separated from it by a thirty-foot courtyard, was built in 1785 by Benjamin Dulaney. It was occupied by him and his family until purchased by Robert I. Taylor in 1810. Taylor joined the kitchens to the main house by a two-floor addition which provided a dining room on the garden level, and small bedrooms above. From this time on the house was owned by only two other families until acquired by its present owners in 1934. Since it has …» More
August 1, 1941 | By Helen McKearin; from The Magazine ANTIQUES, August 1941.
FOR MOST STUDENTS and collectors "early American glass" is a comprehensive term indifferent to the factors of time and foreign influence. It bridges the widening stream of American glass manufacture from colonial days well through the mid-nineteenth century, covering all the various types and designs of glass which collectors have netted from that stream. While the term "early," as usually applied to a given piece of American glass, has its own peculiar variability, its implied time element is less general. It refers largely to the period when a given design, decorative technique, or method of manufacture joined the stream of American glass production. While patient students of the last two decades have pinned down many facts regarding these facets of American glass, the multitudinous problems they present are by no means completely solved.
Until the 1920's only two glassmaking centers had been the object of intens…» More
November 1, 1938 | By John W. Poole
[Originally published November 1938; posted in conjunction with Barrymore Laurence Scherer's "American Pewter," March/April 2013.]
IN ADDITION to the desirability of maintaining the value of personal property, the owner of antiquities possessing historical and cultural significance owes a very definite obligation to posterity. In some fields, little or none of this responsibility may be shifted to our museums. Especially is this true of American pewter. Comparatively little early American pewter of superior quality has as yet been acquired by these institutions. Even the best museum collections in this field fall far short, both in scope and quality, of any one among several private collections.
To my deep regret, ignorance during my apprentice period as a collector resulted in the deterioration of some of my prized pewter. The lessons learned from that hard experience I now pass on to those who care to use them.
This exceptional 7-inch high quart tanka…» More
November 1, 1926 | By Harry Hall White; from The Magazine ANTIQUES, November 1926.
Much interest centers about the O’ Hara Glass Works of Pittsburgh, in that this was the first of the pioneer glass-houses in the Allegheny region that endured during a period of more than eighty years in the same location. For our information regarding the establishment of these works we are entirely dependent upon writings of early historians, upon diaries, letters, and government reports.
While the records now seem to be quite clear, there has been considerable discussion regarding the earliest established glass-house in Pittsburgh. For the purpose of the collector of American glass, the records, as set forth by Cramer’s Pittsburgh Almanack (Pittsburgh, 1807, Number VII). George H. Thurston’s Allegheny Counties Hundred Years (Pittsburgh, 1888, Chapter XII), and Joseph D. Weeks’ fine Report on the Manufacture of Glass (Report on the manufacturers of the United States at the Tenth Census, June 1, 1880, Chapt…» More
Pickle Dish, American China Manufactory (Bonnin and Morris), Philadelphia, 1771-72. Soft-paste porcelain with lead glaze; height 4 3/16, width 4 1/2» View All