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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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Rosenthal Porcelain

The Rosenthal porcelain studio has enjoyed a long history of making highly decorative porcelain pieces. In 1884, Phillip Rosenthal began selling porcelain wares that were painted by hand by his wife, Maria. He sold these white ware pieces from door to door. He initially purchased the white ware that she used from Hutschenreuther. By 1891, […]

Samurai Swords

The Samurai sword, as used first in the 15th Century by the Samurai warriors of Japan, represented a refinement of the older, longer, and straighter chokuto swords. The most common Samurai sword, known as katana, was usually a single-edged long sword that was curved in a convex manner from the handle so as to lend […]

McCoy Pottery

Nelson McCoy in 1910 formed the Nelson McCoy Sanitary and Stoneware Company. The company had five shareholders at the time and was located in Roseville, Ohio. Up until 1918 it produced utility stoneware products. It also mined, sold and bought clay. In 1918 McCoy Pottery joined eleven other companies to form the American Clay Products […]


Darts is a game that originated in Great Britain and typically involves 6 darts (three for each team), as well as a colored or marked dartboard that the darts are thrown at, and points are received dependent upon the dart’s place on the board. Darts can be traced back to Medieval times in Great Britain, […]

Dore, Paul Gustave

Paul Gustave Dore, thanks to his popular steelplate illustrations, added to the resale value of many 19th Century books. This French artist, born in Strasbourg, was also a noted engraver and sculptor. Dore’s first work as an illustrator came at the age of 17 when he came to Paris for an engagement with the Journal […]

Charles Field Haviland

The history of Charles Field Haviland Porcelain began in New York. David Haviland, founder of the Haviland Porcelain empire moved to Limoges, France to establish his own porcelain factory. David’s nephew, Charles Field Haviland moved to Limoges in the early 1850s as well. He began working in his uncle’s new porcelain factory making fine porcelain […]

Lolling Chair

The lolling chair, sometimes known as the Martha Washington chair, is not the easiest of authentic antique finds to be had. Originating in the Boston area of New England, this hollow-back chair is linked to Lemuel Churchill, a known cabinet maker working between 1800 and 1828. Though beautifully symmetrical, a wide top and concave back […]

Witch Balls

Witch balls were popular in homes during the 18th century. Looking similar to Christmas tree ornaments, these glass globes would hang in windows to ward off evil. The beautifully colored ornaments supposedly attracted negative spirits, and then kept them contained within the walls of the sphere. The owner could then use a damp cloth and […]

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