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Apothecary Scale

Agora Marketplace Antiques favorite barn finds Apothecary Chest Cenco Scale and Jars

Apothecaries were the pharmacist’s of years past.  They were medical professionals knowledgeable in formulating and distributing medicines.  An interesting profession with many interesting tools! As we sorted through the old wood-working shop we certainly were not expecting to find apothecary items.  In fact, we were sorting through old woodworking tools and hardware and were a […]

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Duvinage Spiral Staircase

Agora Marketplace Antiques favorite barn finds Architectural Salvage Old Barn Doors

While searching through old barns you can learn about the history and function of items.  You also learn a lot about the people who owned them.  We briefly mentioned in our last blog that the barn owner’s father loved to keep “stuff”.  We didn’t fully understand why until we needed miscellaneous hardware and tools to […]

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Pennsylvania Spring House

Agora Marketplace Antiques favorite barn finds Stone Springhouse Cold Storage

While taking a break from our barn antique treasure hunt, sounds of a cast iron bell rang in a gentlemanly baritone ring.  Wondering what it was about, we headed down the embankment along side the barn.  Our generous new friends were pointing us to the open door to wash up for lunch. There’s nothing like […]

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Pot Belly Stove

Agora Marketplace Antiques favorite barn finds Wood burning Potbelly Stove

Today in Philadelphia we are in the low 70s which is great news for those who do not enjoy 90 plus, high humidity days.  You can feel Fall trying to push its way in. The colder days are coming and it reminded me of one of our antique barn finds.  I remember seeing it for […]

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Empire Pedestal Table

Agora Marketplace Antiques favorite barn finds Empire Pedestal Banquet Table

Our encounter with the Empire style was with an American Empire, otherwise known as Second Empire, banquet table. However, the Empire style started in the early 1800s and ended roughly in the 1830s.  Initially, it was very ornate adorned with extravagant motifs, intricate details including paw feet, accent leaves, rope twist design, and sometimes gold […]

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Antique Spittune

Agora Marketplace Antiques favorite barn finds-Antique Cast Iron Spittoon

Spittoons are canisters that act as receptacles for chewing tobacco.  This is a bit of information that my wife wished she knew before picking it up out of the box of miscellaneous collectibles. In late 19th century America they were quite common.  Spittoons were typically found anywhere adult men were found.  Adult men were the […]

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Fireplace Andiron Owls

Agora Marketplace Antiques favorite barn finds- Antique Cast Iron Owl Andirons

As we look back on our barn find adventures, we realize how fantastic all the authentic antiques we found really are.  The yellow and black glass eyes looking back at us were no exception. There they were standing on the barn floor.  They glowed as the light caught their glassy eyes.  This was our first […]

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Duvinage Spiral Staircase

Agora Marketplace Antiques favorite barn finds- Duvinage Spiral Staircase

Duvinage Spiral Stair Co. started in 1895 and continues to do business today.  These durable, American staircases have been installed in the White House, the National Gallery of Art, MIT and Harvard, to name a few.  Their custom designs, quality product and professional installations are part of why they are still in business today. While searching […]

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Prison Art Folk Art Model Ship

Letters from a Philadelphia grand juror- Prison Art Model Ship

The following is taken from a family journal of a Philadelphia family who traces their ancestral line to before the founding of America.  It records the experience of one uncle who served on a the grand jury in Philadelphia and ultimately lead to the purchase of a prison art model ship that has been in […]

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