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All Items : Antiques : Furnishings : Accessories : Frames : Pre 1900 item #727490
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As emblems of the goddess Venus, the lush red roses on these gorgeously printed antique 19th century photo mats leave no doubt that they were meant to showcase the people you love most. Measuring 8" x 11", possibly cut down from larger size, they're of heavy cardboard surfaced with paper. One features summer blooms only -- lilies and mixed roses -- while the other adds holly and mistletoe to forsythia and a Christmas rose. Although more than 100 years old, the designs are as vivid as if printed yesterday. Minor damage to the reverses will never show when pictures are framed.

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All Items : Antiques : Furnishings : Architectural : Hardware : Pre 1900 item #552286
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Cathedral cities such as Lincoln were popular destinations for the travel-crazy Victorians, who brought home souvenirs like this charming imp modeled after a much-loved gargoyle seen high in the Angel Choir. According to legend, he was sent by Satan to make mischief in medieval England and outdid himself in this spot -- dancing on the altar, tripping up a Bishop, knocking over the Dean, smashing furniture and tormenting the choir. It's said he paused to gloat atop a column, whereupon the fed-up angels turned him to stone.

The original Lincoln Imp is only a foot high, so his likeness is traditionally diminutive. This example is 3.5 inches tall but quite weighty, being of solid bronze. There's a significant amount of age patina on the reverse, although the front has been kept nicely polished through his long years of guarding doors. You might enjoy him on your bedroom or office door, if you already have a knocker outside.

When shopping for Lincoln Imps, BTW, be careful about more recent reproductions -- some of which even have the wrong leg crossed. Ours is definitely 19th century and accurate in all details. Most probable dating is between 1840 and 1880, a heyday for leisure travel because more than 17,000 miles of new railway were built in Great Britain.

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All Items : Antiques : Furnishings : Accessories : Boxes : Pre 1900 item #551700
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$250

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A rare example of early hand luggage made from wood and black oilcloth, this was a hat case or so-called carriage (or coach) bag, based on its almost square shape. It measures 11 x 13 inches and is 11.5 inches tall (deep enough a stovepipe hat or many small items needed during a journey). Steamer trunks and their smaller variant, cabin trunks, are distinctly rectangular.

Attractively decorated with brass studs, the case still has its handle and keyhole plate, although the locking mechanism and key are long gone. There's no evidence of a lining, but you could easily add one. The box would be wonderful now for storage of important documents or special keepsakes.

In researching this item, I learned that oilcloth has been around since the 1600s and that the practice of decorating luggage with ornamental brass studs dates from the 1700s. Thus, the case is within a very venerable tradition and could be older than the mid-19th century dating I consider most probable due to condition. As you see, it's in remarkably good shape, with no loss of fabric. Provenance is an estate in East Anglia, near Cambridge.

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All Items : Antiques : Furnishings : Lighting : Tabletop : Candlesticks : Pre 1900 item #410832
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$335

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Fine quality hand-wrought Arts & Crafts candlesticks are in short supply, so we're delighted to offer this pair for your consideration. They come from England and date from the early years of the Arts & Crafts period (mid-19th century), since they have the look favored during the Victorian Gothic and Renaissance Revivals. Notice the middle section with its elaborate pattern of repousse' beading, swags and spade-shaped Aesthetic Movement leaves. That central portion must have lead at its core, because it's quite heavy and tiny areas of surface loss show silver color beneath. Other sections are predominantly of solid copper, with some accents of brass. We've left the areas of verdigris patina in place, since they demonstrate great age, but those can be polished off if you prefer a brighter look.

On elaborate 4 1/8-inch round scalloped bases with repousse' scrollwork in high relief, the candlesticks rise to a total height of 6 1/2 inches. Elsewhere online, a similar pair - an inch shorter, much less ornate and many years younger - are offered at the English equivalent of $375, so ours represent excellent value.

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