Tag Archives: Antiques

Great Dane Canute of Robindale Fawn Pastel Painting by D. Freed Philadelphia

We all have fond memories of our favorite pets growing up.  Special clients of ours owned two enormous Great Danes, one black and the other fawn in color.  They were so special that the family commissioned two different artists to capture their images using pastel and oil as their me diums.  The oil painting is more »

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Son of a Shoemaker- Fragments of the Great Colossi at the Memnonium by David Roberts

In the early 1800’s, European maps of the interior of the continent of Africa had large blank areas.  Over the next 100 years, explorers took up the challenge & began exploring “the Dark Continent”.   The African Association had been formed in 1788 to sponsor these explorers & among the first was Mungo Park who more »

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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 more »

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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 more »

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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 more »

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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 more »

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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 more »

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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 more »

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Agora Marketplace Antiques favorite barn finds- Antique Eska McCormick Farmall Pedal Tractor

Sometimes when you are going through your old barn you will find some of your treasures in plain site.  As I was called into another room in the upper barn I was directed toward an Eska McCormick Farmall peddle tractor.  It was sitting there frozen in time just as the kids left it as they more »

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Agora Marketplace Antiques favorite barn finds- Antique Morris Chair

The Morris chair was designed by Ephraim Colman, an Englishman, and was taken to market by William Morris of Morris and Co in 1866.  Many of these chairs were made of oak and came to represent the Mission Arts and Craft movement.  Still manufactured today, the basic design is known to provide ultimate comfort.  The more »

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