Opened or Closed? The door knob in all its glory.

IMG_5396Sometimes it’s the smaller things that catch our eyes, tug at our heart strings and open our pocket books.

It was super early, so early in fact I still saw the mornings mist on the ground. I had perked myself up with a coffee and became alerted by a shimmering article in the distance.

It was a singular door knob for sale. I picked it up for $2 and still do not know where to put it but it will find a home in my old house soon.

It wasn’t until the mid 1820’s when glass started to take shape and moulds were used to turn glass into neat shapes and objects, like door handles.IMG_5397

By the early 1920’s glass door knobs became all the rage, they were “HOT”. Crystal was also used during this time to make elegant door knobs. For some reason (unbeknownst to me) they were replaced by the metals again sometime in the 1950’s.

If you look into the history books it was actually said that glass handles became popular due to the fact that during the time of war there was a shortage of metal.

Glass is also very durable which made it a large contender when it came to household goods. Crystal surpasses the longevity of glass due to the added lead oxide, you can feel the added weight when holding a crystal door knob. Overall they are both great a standing the test of time.

IMG_5401If you are trying to tell the difference between a glass and crystal knob keep in mind if it is clearer, very reflective of light (hence brighter) and heavier yet more delicate, you likely have a crystal knob in your hands.

Speaking of in your hands, these home décor pieces are quite the “in thing” these days and are very sought after. If you see some kicking around a yard sale do not hesitate to pick them up. You can sell them for more or use them in your own place. I guarantee they will start a conversation.

How much is a Chinese Chicken Cup?

Every now and my jaw drops at the sight and sound of a news story that shares what a certain special something went for at auction.

Yesterday I found out you could be the proud owner of a tiny Chinese Chicken Cup for only HK$281.24 million/ US$36.3 million/ £21.7 million. A Shanghai man and esteemed art collector by the name of Liu Yigian bought this teeny wine cup which features a Rooster (or Cock), a hen as well as some chicks on it.

This is one item I would not want to hold on camera for the fear of being “the girl who dropped the relic cup.” It seems that porcelain objects reflecting Chinese history are an incredibly rare find.  Though a little rich for my taste I could see the appeal of the piece after reading about its past.

Representative of the Ming Dynasty and over 500 years old (circa 1465-1487 also known as the Chenghua Period) this creation is one of only 16-17 chicken cups left in the world. Unfortunately it won’t likely be finding its way to my china cabinet anytime soon.

This Chinese porcelain involves a decorative technique of coloring at this finest and intense sounding firing process. You can learn more about Doucai Chinese porcelain decoration here.

A few things to consider:

  1. Don’t minimize the value of something that can fit in the palm of your hand.
  2. It may be worthwhile to take a closer look for valuable Chinese porcelain and Chinese paintings in the future.
  3. The history of object almost always overrides the appearance of an object. Some of the most modest (or not super elaborate) things are worth the most.

Lets see what else makes it to the Sotheby’s Auction. Maybe another world record?

See the authentic Chicken Cup photo by visiting Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press










Rediscover a Bountiful Supply of Bottles: Antique Nostalgia & Bottle Show and Sale (Ottawa)

pizap.com13970098396751Do you have a sheer fascination for beautiful bottles?

Grab your coffee (or tea) and come check out the 41st annual Antique Nostalgia & Bottle Show and Sale presented by the Bytown Antique and Bottle Club (BABC).

This event will be worth the drive featuring an impressive fifty tables full of a diverse choice of items.

I am hoping to find an elegant apothecary bottle with an affixed label or shapely 18th century blown onion glass wine bottle.

A funky ink or bitters bottle would also peak my interest. I have been amazed to see how many old ink bottles there are out there. 1001 Ink Bottles  definitely opened my eyes to the selection.

Bitters have “a bitter taste” and come from spices, herbs & roots. They were traditionally stewed in alcohol. They were commonly used for medicinal reasons however some people worked a swig into their everyday routine similar to how some take preventative Echinacea to avoid the common cold now-a-days. Bitter me up scotty!

What you will find at the show:

  • Little Antiques
  • Collectable and Decorative Bottles
  • Antique Crocks for the Kitchen and the Home (Ceramics and Porcelain)
  • Jugs & Stoneware
  • Vintage Decorative & Collective Tins
  • Table Lamps
  • Assortment of Toys
  • Antique & Vintage Postcards

When to go: Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 9:00AM-3:00PM

Where its at: Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa ON  (See Google Maps or OC Transpo)

Cost: $5.00 admission fee

Are you a huge fan of bottles? Check out The Bytown Antique and Bottle Clubs website. I also found a good resource for antique bottle collectors here.

Looks like I have a full Sunday afternoon of searching and shopping between this and the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show.