Monday, October 13, 2014

Columbus Day

Columbus Day:
a legal holiday commemorating the
first voyage and sighting of the 
New World
by Christopher Columbus in

Interesting that the New World is now 522 years old.... Explorers traveled through unfamiliar areas with the intention of discovering and learning something new.  Might just be time again for some of that... 


Monday, September 29, 2014

Ode to Autumn

There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots
may be lighted on,
and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings,
as now in October.
-Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1804-1864, American Writer


Monday, September 22, 2014


Try not to become a man 
of success,
but rather
try to become a man 
of value.
-Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, Theoretical Physicist


Monday, September 15, 2014

Unsurpassed beauty

Unsurpassed beauty...
and the value of antiques.

Happy Hunting!

Monday, September 8, 2014


I love words. So, today I mull over 
It defines
failing to make a 
positive impact
to disappoint.
It is much more satisfying to
 heap up abundantly.

Feels like a good way to live!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Ode to Labor Day

Proposed by the the Central Labor Union as a 'workingman's holiday', the first official Labor Day occurred in New York City on Tuesday 5 September, 1882.  Over the years Labor Day has continued to be enjoyed by all as the official ending to the lazy days of summer.  

Despite those lazy days, it always seems to arrive too quickly....

Farewell summer 2014.
Enjoy it!


Monday, August 25, 2014

T is for trademark USA

The USA mark on the base of a piece of vintage pottery identifies it as being American made only.  Such pieces were marked accordingly by a myriad of potteries in the United States during the first half of the 20th Century.
The most popular pieces are from the McCoy Pottery Co. (Roseville, OH, 1910-1990) and the Shawnee Pottery Co. (Zanesville, OH, 1937-1961).  Identifying the piece to the pottery requires a thorough examining of the base, including glazed over stilts, yellow ware clay, and glaze versus non-glaze bottoms.  Finishes from the early 20th Century were often shiny until 1915 when matte glazes came into vogue.  Shiny glazes returned to popularity during the late 1930's through the 1960's.  

To decipher the specific manufacturer of a vintage USA marked piece, educate yourself to the identifying marks, including weight of the piece, color, glaze techniques and base finish.  

Happy Hunting!

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