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Ahhh . . . a refreshing cup of tea. The same tea that the patriots dumped into the Boston Harbor was introduced to the English from China in the mid 1600’s. Believed to be a healing drink by its early connoisseurs, tea was originally for the well to do because of its extremely high price. Tea was packaged and imported in large quantities and the tax man then levied heavy taxes on the shipments. Tea remained very expensive for about 100 years, until many people started buying the tea illegally from the black market. Because tea was associated with the mighty and powerful, it had to be stored in only the best boxes or what was known as the tea caddy.
Mikey was feeling a bit overweight so he paid a visit to his doctor. The doctor told him, “Well, Mikey follow these directions and I guarantee you will lose at least 5 pounds by the next time I see you.” Mikey was very enthusiastic, “Sure Doc, anything, anything just tell me.” So the doctor told him, “I want you to eat regularly for two days then skip a day. Repeat this procedure for two weeks and then come back and see me.”
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The painting, which he painted in the early 1940’s, was of his Chartwell estate in Kent. Measuring 76” x 63.5”, this painting was originally given to his friend Henry Luce, an American publisher and is titled, “Cartwell: Landscape with Sheep.” Mr. Churchill’s paintings have more than doubled in price in the last ten years.
The word caddy is from Malaysia and was a unit of measure equal to about 3/5 of a kilo. In the early 1700’s a lot of tea caddies were made of wood in very intricate design, many featuring tortoiseshell and ivory. These boxes were shaped like small chests and some were even carved in the Chippendale style. These early boxes are very rare and collectible today. In the 1800’s the tea caddies began to take different shapes, with influences coming from both China and Egypt. Many of the tea caddies from this era featured pagoda tops and tapered sides as well a concave and other linear combinations.
So off Mikey goes and follows the doctor’s direction. When he returns in two weeks he has lost an astonishing 20 pounds. “That’s amazing,” says the doctor, “Did you follow my instructions?” Mikey says, “yeah Doc, but on the third day I thought I was going to die.” “From hunger?” asks the doctor. “No,” says Mikey, “From all the skipping.”
Have you ever been to an auction or estate sale and seen an early American flag? If you are as patriotic as we are, we wish to buy the flag to display in or around our home. However, we do not know much about early American flags . . . that is until now. Jeff Bridgman wrote an article for Country Home Magazine that gives ten tips for selecting an Early American flag. Here is an excerpt from that article which can be found on his website.
1. Start small and be cautious. Ask a lot of questions.
2. Read as much as possible and look at as many examples as possible.
3. Know the difference between sewn flags and parade flags.
4. If buying a sewn flag, buy a large one, it will save you money.
5. Know the construction method. By the turn of the century hand sewn flags had all but disappeared.
6. Don’t get hung up on the condition of the flag since most were used outdoors.
7. Treat the flag as objects of art as well as history.
8. Limit your collection to a particular interest.
9. Conserve your flag properly.
10. Never discard or burn early American flags.
The Lucketts Fair will take place on Saturday and Sunday, August 25 & 26, 2007 and will be celebrating its 35th year. This Fair not only features some great antiques and collectibles, but also has many different crafters displaying their wares as well as great entertainment, demonstrations, food and fun stuff for the entire family. The scenic village of Lucketts is located in Loudoun County Virginia on Route 15 north.
Miklos Zsolnay founded his company in Hungary in the mid 19th Century and was instrumental in the invention of many different processes in the production of ceramics. Initially dealing in stoneware and earthenware, the company is now better known for its art pottery and other ceramic goods. In the early 1900’s the company embraced the Art Nouveau style and achieved world acclaim for its art pottery pieces.
Early vases were made in an hourglass figure shape that resembled the women of the time with very thin waists and bulging bottoms. The most prized vases are those made from a red iridescent glaze and the gold lustre vases that the company is most famous for. These “eosin” glazed pieces were named after Eos the ancient Green goddess of the dawn. Other colors in this type of glaze (green and blue) are easier to find and more reasonably priced.
The British Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill was not only a great statesman but a pretty darn good artist too. Sotheby’s of England recently announced that a painting by the Great War time Prime Minister of England sold for a record auction price of just over $2 million.
This lovely large green opalescent glass bowl was made by the Northwood Glass Company in the Meander pattern. This fancy bowl features a deep crimped, opalescent ruffled rim, measures 9” across and stands 3.5 inches tall on three spatula feet. This pattern was first produced by the Jefferson Glass Company at the turn of the century, then Northwood in the early 1900’s. Later still, the molds and pattern were sold to the Fenton Glass Company, who made the same bowls in iridescent or carnival glass. The bowl is listed in Edwards Standard Encyclopedia of Opalescent Glass Second Edition.