Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Do forts work? Not very well, it appears, but if that's what you have to work with, you might as well get it right. So you follow this gentleman's diagrams, and careful metrics of all materials, manpower, and design.
I'll show you a couple of the beautiful engravings which show us all exactly how to fortify a place, with specific examples on how to aim your cannon. You need to know this.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I have compiled playlists of some of the great chanteurs of the 1930's: Maurice Chevalier, bien sur, but also some folks who are tres connu
A great way to get some subliminal French conversation...try listening to Leo Marjane singing "Bei Mir Bist Du Schon" in French:
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
And MORE specifically, is there a WINDMILL there?
Now this map was printed over 150 years ago. The engraving is outstanding, and I obliged him with a closeup. (You can get there yourself by looking at my posting on this web album, which includes a terrific magnifier:
He is satisfied; the windmill is there; we LOVE this business!
Hosted by Bryan Wright, it is the perfect background for researching antiques. So many of the pieces I see derive from a 100-year period, about 1850 to 1950.
My mother was an author, and I look for her books on eBay. I especially love seeing an autographed copy, because I know her hands touched it.
My parents were both born in the early 1900s, and died when we were in our early teens. When I touch a vintage piece, I often think of Elsie or John seeing or hearing of it during their lifetime.
Monday, February 9, 2009
This charming set of silver came from an estate in Mount Sterling, Kentucky.
- Six tiny demitasse cups of Lenox china, in sterling holders.
- The set was displayed in a satin case lined with deep green velvet, and was sold at the turn of the century in fine department stores like Bailey, Banks & Biddle.
It now resides with a collector in Japan. (I just visited a friend in Vermont and found a set of them in her etagere!)
I must admit I spend more time than strictly necessary researching many of the items I choose to sell. I have decided that it is my chosen path of doing business - to find the "flashpoints" for the wonderful time-travelers that pass through my hands on their way to a new home.
I'll share some of my discoveries here with you - a quick look into why I love this business. Have fun!