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The Antiques Bible is an illustrated online encyclopedia of antique terms. By using its reference glossary, one can learn about antiques and find related resources.

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Boehm Porcelain Marks

The porcelain studio now known as Boehm porcelain got its start in New Jersey. In 1950, Edward Marshall Boehm, a sculptor, and Helen Boehm, his wife, started the E.M. Boehm porcelain studio. Known today as simply Boehm porcelain, the business specializes in exquisitely designed and sculpted animal figurines with realistic details. They are made of […]

New York Haviland Porcelain

New York Haviland Porcelain was the last in a long line of porcelain factories that produced the highly sought out Haviland porcelain items.. David Haviland, the founder of the Haviland Porcelain empire, owned a successful shop in New York . After experiencing disappointing sales of imported French porcelain because of decorative differences, David Haviland moved […]

Oyster Veneering

Oyster veneering is a type of veneering that was introduced in the 17th century. This technique is indicative of William and Mary furnishings. This type of veneering is called “oyster” because the grain resembles an oyster shell. Oyster veneering is performed by slicing smaller branches of certain trees diagonally across the grain. The veneer is […]

Mercury Glass

The advent of mercury glass or more accurately “silvered glass” marked the inception of the history of art glass. Art glass gains its name by representing objects more decorative than utilitarian. Traced to 1840’s Bohemia (now the Czech Republic), mercury glass rarely contained elemental mercury (both toxic and expensive), but instead produced its iridescent silvery […]

Rosenthal Porcelain Marks

Although the Rosenthal company became a corporation in 1897, it was not until a decade later that Rosenthal Porcelain marks started being used. The year of 1907 marked the first time that the full name of Rosenthal was used as a mark on its porcelain wares. The marks of Rosenthal porcelain have changed throughout the […]


Inlay involves embedding decorative materials in an object, usually to form a pattern, picture or other design. First grooves and incisions are made in the base object, and then the colored pieces are inserted into the depressions. Usually wood veneer – thin slices of wood – is used for the patterns, but other items like […]

Gateleg Table

Originating in England in the 16th century, the gateleg table is commonly known today as the drop-leaf table. In addition to the main surface, it features one or more separate hinged sections which simply hang on either side of the main frame when not being used. There are currently many variants of gateleg table configuration, […]

KPM Porcelain Painting

The KPM mark has been used on quality porcelain paintings by several factories over the years. Meissen, the celebrated German porcelain manufacturer, initially used the mark. The letters stand for Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur or “King’s Porcelain Factory.” More durable than canvas paintings, porcelain paintings, such as the example shown here, reached the peak of their form […]

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