The days of the Nantucket Lightships and the baskets their crews produced began deep in America’s 19th century. Some accounts suggest the lightship service, providing a floating lighthouse for traveling whaling ships, began as early as the 1820s. Continue reading Nantucket Lightship Baskets
Murano is a small island North West of the city of Venice, Italy -not much larger than a few square miles. It is believed the origins of Murano Glass dates back to 9th century Rome, with significant Asian and Muslim influences, as Venice was a major trading port. Continue reading Murano Glass
More and more Americans are climbing on their gleaming motorcycle and zooming over the horizon. Federal government figures show motorcycle sales increased by more than 50 percent in the late 1990s. A number of studies have suggested that the baby boomer generation may be leading the pack, complete with appropriate attire. One current estimate indicates nearly half of the nation’s motorcycle riders are over 40. Continue reading Motorcycle Collectibles
Limoges porcelain has been made in Limoges, France since the mid-nineteenth century. Many factories including Haviland, Ahrenfeldt, Guerin, Pouyat, Elite, and others made fine porcelains.
The Chinese first discovered porcelain over a thousand years ago. Now made of pure white clay as the primary substance, the Chinese first used sandstone and stoneware. Continue reading Limoges Porcelain
The Venetian influence in the manufacture of nineteenth-century glass actually goes back to ancient Egypt during the time of the Roman occupation and earlier, when the Egyptians were producing glass articles composed of what we now term Millefiori rods. Continue reading Millefiori Glass
Willis and T. C. Prouty in Manhattan Beach, California established Metlox Manufacturing Company in 1927. Prior to about 1934, Metlox Pottery produced ceramic and neon outdoor signs.
About 1934, the companies began producing ceramic house wares for which they subsequently became quite well known. Continue reading Metlox Pottery
McKee and Brothers Glass Company were established in 1843 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1852 it opened a factory to produce pressed glass. In 1888, the factory relocated to Jeannette, Pennsylvania and began to produce many types of kitchenwares. The firm was reorganized in 1903 and the name changed to McKee Glass Company. Continue reading McKee Glass
In April of 1910 Nelson McCoy and his father J. W. McCoy formed The Nelson McCoy Sanitary Stoneware Company, located in Roseville, Ohio.
They began to manufacture and sell functional and decorative stoneware. They also mined, bought and sold clay. This part of their business provided clay to many of the area potteries for several years. Continue reading McCoy Pottery
“Mary Gregory” glass can be divided into old Mary Gregory (made between 1879 to 1939), which was mostly mouth blown and appears to have come primarily from central Europe; and new Mary Gregory glass made after the Second World War all over the world, and still made today. Continue reading Mary Gregory Glass
The term majolica is applied to earthenware that has been dipped in a white opaque glaze in order to provide a canvas for decoration and design. History tells us that craftsmen in North Africa attempting to recreate the fine white Chinese porcelain of the time developed this technique as early as the ninth century.
Today as “majolica” utilizes a technique of applying a tin or lead based enamel on soft, porous earthenware, which can be dated back thousands of years to ancient Persia where it was used in the construction of mosques and monuments throughout history. Continue reading Majolica