Category Archives: Interesting Finds

A Short Story – The Tea Caddy

Coffee came to Europe in the 17th century – first in Italy (Venice – 1629),then England (Oxford and London – 1652).  Its arrival was closely followed by tea.  Coffee houses served all manner of hot beverages (coffee, tea, chocolate) and … Continue reading

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Can I Wear My Grandfather’s War Medals?

This April Canada is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge (1917), one of the five major battles fought by Canadians during World War I.  Before that came the 2nd Ypres (1915), then the Somme (1916); after … Continue reading

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Carte de Visites and Cabinet Cards

  The carte de visite (visiting card) is a small, thin albumin print mounted on thick card stock.  These photographs were used both as calling cards and as gifts to family and friends. Popular from the late 1850s to the … Continue reading

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Mourning Brooch with Hair Locket

Jewellery worn specifically in memory of someone who has died has been around for ages. Some of the earliest examples date back to the 14th century. Mourning jewellery hit a peaks during both the U.S. Civil War and through much … Continue reading

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Late Victorian Writing Table with Needlework Box, c.1900

This elegant little (47″h x 24″w x 16″d) writing table is mahogany with satinwood string inlays. It still has its original brass knobs, escutcheons and casters. The slender legs are squared and taper down to the casters. Because of the … Continue reading

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A Wake Table

This is an antique drop leaf, gate leg table probably from the late 18th century. Tables of this type are sometimes referred to as “wake tables”. The one shown measures 58″ long x 66″ wide when both sides are open … Continue reading

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