Everyday life, people captured in antique silhouettes. Silhouettes were popular from 1790 to 1840 and are back in style. Collectors are paying high prices for antique silhouettes like this portrait of the Crawford Family. See some others and read about these detailed pieces of history.
It was a treasure hunt prepared as a beyond-the-grave adventure for a then 10-year-old “grandson.” And it all started with a letter and a friendship that became a family. When Sky Rys was 10 years old, a family friend gave him a “map” written in code. The instructions were “. . . when I kick the bucket, you can decipher this code and find the buried treasure I hid for you.”
Q: I’m trying to identify a vanity set that belonged to my great-grandmother. I believe it’s a Schaefer & Vater piece. It is made in pink porcelain, antiqued in a soft green. The figurine is of an Asian woman sitting cross-legged in a kimono and holding a fan. Holes in her head hold hatpins. The hair receiver has a women’s face with headdress and either enamel or glaze “jewels.” There is also a little dish with a “jewel.” I’d like to verify if this piece is a Schaefer & Vater piece, the age, any history, and value.
Kovels Antiques, Inc., was founded by Ralph and Terry Kovel. Hailed as “the duke and duchess of the antiques world,” they have written more than 100 books and special reports about collecting. Their bylined column is the longest-running syndicated weekly column in the country, distributed to more than 150 newspapers. Their guides include the annual Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide, which has sold over 4 million copies since its first edition.
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