Scandal & the Story of Bakelite Bakelite hit the market in 1907, heralding the arrival of the modern plastics industry. Bakelite was the first completely man made plastic, as until then, plastics such as celluloid, casein, and Gutta-Percha all had as a base a natural material. It was developed by Belgian-born chemist Dr. Leo Hendrick Baekeland who started his firm General Bakelite Company to produce the phenolic resin type plastic. Bakelite was inexpensive [...] Click here to continue reading.

Brown, Jonathan C. & Forestville Mfg. Co.

J.C. Brown and the Forestville Manufacturing Company

Jonathan C. Brown (1807 to 1872) was one of a number of successful clockmakers and manufacturers in Bristol, Connecticut. He was active in the clockmaking business from around 1832 to 1855. In 1832, he bought into a firm with William G. Bartholomew, that became Bartholomew, Brown and Company, selling complete clocks. He was also one of the organizers of the Forestville Manufacturing Company with four partners – [...] Click here to continue reading.

European Cut Diamonds

European Cut Diamonds

The earliest known form of brilliant cut diamond, a European Cut or an Old European Cut is an old style of faceting in a round shape with a very small table, heavy crown and great overall depth. Because of the relatively simple hand tools employed by 19th century diamond cutters these stones are often cut in less than perfect fashion, but this advance from the earlier Mine Cut enabled the diamonds [...] Click here to continue reading.

Warner, Elijah – Cabinet & Clock Maker

Elijah Warner – Cabinet & Clock maker of Lexington, Kentucky An attributed Elijah Warner tall case clock with fancy wood trim and three finial pediment.

Elijah Warner was a cabinetmaker living and working in Lexington, Kentucky from 1810 to his death in 1829. He was born in 1787 at Hinsdale, in the Berkshire region of Massachusetts, to Nathan Warner, Sr. and Jerusha Webb Warner, themselves descendants of New England Puritans. By 1810, he had [...] Click here to continue reading.

Marion and Donald Woelbing, Franklin Wisconsin – Provenance – Pook 4-2014

Marion and Donald Woelbing, Franklin Wisconsin.

Marion and Donald Woelbing were the solid citizen types that for generations have built American small businesses. They were a true partnership supporting each other in their diverse interests ranging from breeding and showing American Kennel Club grand champion prize winning dogs, to building with their own hands “Thorntree,” their home in suburban Milwaukee, to building an impressive collection of 17th and 18th century American antiques, to collecting [...] Click here to continue reading.

Semans, Mary Duke Biddle Trent – Brunk Provenance Note 8-2013

Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans (1920 to 2012)

An American heiress and philanthropist, Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans was the great-granddaughter of tobacco industrialist and Duke University benefactor Washington Duke. She was born Mary Duke Biddle on February 21, 1920 to Mary Lillian Duke and Anthony J. Drexel Biddle Jr. Her father was the former U.S. Ambassador to Poland and Spain.

Semans was raised in Manhattan, where she attended the Hewitt School in New [...] Click here to continue reading.

El Roy and Helene Master Collection -Provenance- Pook & Pook, 6-19-09

The Collection of El Roy and Helene Master

The offering of the antiques and collectables of El Roy P. and Helene Livingood Master comes with some degree of sadness. This collection has remained intact for five generations and it is hoped that others can now appreciate its beauty and fine craftsmanship.

Helen, Harry and Minnie Janssen

This legacy started with the arrival of Henry Janssen and Ferdinand Thun from Germany at the turn [...] Click here to continue reading.

Carter, Margaret Scott & Winthrop L., Provenance, Northeast October 2009.

Property from the Collection of Margaret Scott Carter and Winthrop L. Carter

Scotty and Win were certainly well known to many of us as an integral part of the New England antiques business for over forty years. In the early 1960′s Scotty was exhibiting at an antiques show that Win came to as he was looking for items for a show where he would be exhibiting. Win walked into Scotty’s booth and found many [...] Click here to continue reading.

Tiffany, Louis Comfort & Favrile Glass & More

Louis Comfort Tiffany

Louis Comfort Tiffany, born in New York City on February 18, 1848, was one of America’s foremost leaders of the Art Nouveau Movement. Tiffany opened his glassworks in 1885 on Long Island, New York producing a wide range of outstanding designs for lamps, windows and decorative objects. As a leading developer of new forms of art glass, L. C. Tiffany is most noted for his Favrile glass produced from 1892 into [...] Click here to continue reading.

Stickley, Gustav – American Arts & Crafts designer – New York

Gustav Stickley (1858-1942)

Gustav Stickley is credited with creating the first distinctly American style of furniture known as Craftsman. He was born on March 9, 1858 in Osceola, Wisconsin to German immigrant parents. As the eldest of six children he went to work as a stonemason at the age of twelve when his father deserted the family in 1870. In 1875, Gustav (originally spelled with an “e”), Charles, and Albert Stickley learned basic furniture [...] Click here to continue reading.

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