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Pocillovy is the act of collecting egg cups. An egg cup is a container used for serving boiled eggs. Although not much used in the United State, egg cups still remain popular at the breakfast tables in Europe. There are many types of egg cups, some are “footies,” which means they have a wide base, others are known as buckets, which do not have a pedestal. They can be made of many materials including wood, glass, plastic, porcelain or metals.
Mikey is his new girlfriend were in a heated discussion about the choice of colors in his living room. Being as cheap as he is, the walls really are ugly colors because he was able to get huge discounts for the paint at the local hardware store. However, on this particular morning, his girlfriend challenges him and he thinks to himself, “I’ll show her, I’ll paint the living room while she’s away at work.”
It was reported this past week that a weather vane was “ripped off” (no pun intended) from the top of a barn in Waterville, Vermont. The weather vane that had been featured in photo magazines was made to resemble the Ethan Allen Fifty, the famous Vermont Morgan horse. Seems the theft actually occurred sometime this summer but was only noticed recently because the thieves had replaced it with a cheap replica.
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Weather vane antiques are worth a lot of money on the open market these days. This past week alone a copper weather vane that had sat atop a Rhode Island train depot sold at a Manchester, New Hampshire auction for $1.2 million, a record price for an American weather vane. That’s enough to make thieves risk life and limb to climb a barn roof and replace an antique with an imitation. The weather vane at the Northeast Auctions was not stolen however; it had been removed from the train depot in 1971 after it was sold.
The sleepy town of Hillsville, Virginia is located in Carroll County, on the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwestern Virginia. Located just north of Mt. Airy, North Carolina, Hillsville has a land area of 8.95 square miles with a population range of about 1200. On September 1-4, 2006 however, the town’s population will surge with over 300,000 visitors coming to town.
The 38th Annual Hillsville, Virginia Gun Show and Flea Market will features some 2500 vendors which makes this one of the largest outdoor markets on the East Coast. The motto of this market is “where the collector collects.” VFW Post 1115 has been sponsoring this show since the 1960’s. After the second year, the show outgrew the space inside the VFW Hall and the outdoor flea market was added. Today, the whole town is transformed into one giant market.
When she returns home at 5:30 she finds Mikey lying in a pool of sweat in the middle of the living room floor. She also notices that he is wearing a ski jacket with a parka over the top of it. So she asks him, “What the heck are you doing?” Mikey with an exhausted look on his face replies, “I decided to paint the living room today, and the directions on the paint can said, ‘For best results, put on two coats.’”
Wallace Nutting was born in 1861 in Rockbottom, Massachusetts. He studied at Philips Exeter Academy and graduated from Harvard University in 1887. In addition, he attended the Hartford Theological Seminary and Union Theological Seminary. Mr. Nutting was an accomplished author, photographer, artist, antiquarian as well as a minister. By the 1920’s, Wallace Nutting was a household name as well as a trademarked brand.
Mr. Nutting amassed a huge collection of colonial antiques to use in his “studios,” which were actually houses that he decorated with antiques as well as fine and decorative art, to use as studios. These houses, which came to be known as the Wallace Nutting Chain of Colonial Picture Houses, were used to photograph scenes of early colonial life, with women dressed in period clothing doing chores. In 1917, Nutting started a furniture factory in Saugus, Massachusetts to make reproductions of his antiques collection.
The earliest images of egg cups appear in a Turkish mosaic dating to about 3AD and examples were found among the Pompeii ruins of 79AD. It wasn’t until the late 1800’s that egg cups were produced as individual pieces of dinnerware and in most cases, silver egg cups were gilded on this inside. These early examples of egg cups are very hard to come by because they were used as every day dinnerware and often got chipped or broken. The Wabash egg cup pictured above recently sold on eBay for over $760.00.
Santos are carved religious figures that have been produced since the 1500’s in Puerto Rico. The crafters that carve these figures are called Santeros. The carvings, usually from 8 to 20 inches tall are usually carved of wood, but have also been found made of clay, gold or stone. The earliest figures were influenced by the island’s Spanish heritage and were ornately designed. Later the figures became simpler.
The Santos, most of which depict patron saints, were usually carved using homemade tools and many natural materials were used in the coloring or decoration of these figures. The most popular Santo figures are usually those of the Three Kings. There were a great many Santeros at the turn of the century, and the craft is still practiced around the island today. Many of oldworks of art can be found on the island’s museums and the Capilla de Cristo in Old San Juan.
Ever the minister, Mr. Nutting gave the following ten commandments to his workers: All work to be of the best quality; If the old method is best, use it; If the work can be done better by hand, do it that way; Use long and large mortises, and large square white oak pins; Make all joined work to fit perfectly, using draw bore where it is better; Match the color where two pieces come together; Follow the sample strictly. Take no liberties; The hand and the mouth do not work effectively at the same time; Keep busy, do your best, and no fault will be found; Let nothing leave your hands until you are proud of the work; To Insure Individuality and Make Men While Making Furniture.
Wallace Nutting antiques reproductions were as much of a hit then as they are now with collectors. He sold thousands of reproduction Windsor chairs. In addition, he sold prints of his photographs, of which he sold over a million. Mr. Nutting authored books, used catalogs, traveling salesmen and department stores to further his endeavors at the time. The reproduction market, like a lot of other markets was affected by the great depression and the factory closed around 1932.