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Novelty Clocks

Novelty Clocks

Novelty Clocks – The earliest surviving working novelty clocks were German automata made in Augsburg in the 1650s involving mechanical figures, either of human or animal form, which performed as the hour struck. They include dogs, and, most extraordinarily for the early date, cockerels which flapped their wings and opened and closed their mouth, often making a crowing sound. The earliest novelty clock in history is the celebrated crowing cock of the Strasbourg Cathedral clock, made in 1354 and now preserved in the Strasbourg Museum.

These astonishing pieces continued to be made until the 18th century, when they fell out of favor, but the novelty clock enjoyed a revival in the Black Forest area of Germany in the 19th century and included the pie-eating man who lifts a fork to his mouth on the hour.

Antique Farm Tables

Antique Farm Tables

Antique Farm Tables – The original farm tables were born from the very basic need of settlers to have a place to sit and eat. These early antique farm tables were very basic indeed, cut from plentiful timber stocks, as towns were formed they needed lumber and grain. These were supplied by lumber and grain mills, which were more often than not located on a river which provided the power.


Structural timbers were quickly converted to legs and long slabs became table tops. Tools were very primitive, so the farm table was usually long and narrow and basic. Seating was usually a bench or two which resembled a miniature farm table. The lumber used, was very rarely cured or kiln dried. Air drying had to do.

Cast Iron Teapots

Cast Iron Teapots

Cast iron teapots – For those of you who like to drink tea or collect teapot sets, you’ll be surprised at how good a cast iron tea pot brews your perfect blends. They have long been used in Asian countries like Japan because they are highly efficient, and can keep the tea warm for long periods of time. They are also known as Tetsubin. They are a practical way to brew and serve your tea.

If you have a passion for tea, then a cast iron teapot is a must. They can brew well, and are very durable. You’ll be using your cast iron teapot for a very long time. Also, it has a lot of health benefits to add to the health benefits of your tea. It leeches a small amount of iron into the water when it is heated, making it infused with iron.


Wooden Antique Furniture – How To Identify It?

Wooden Antique Furniture – How To Identify It?

How to identify a wooden antique furniture? We have to know how to recognize the type of timber which makes antique furnishings. One of the most well known timbers is the Mahogany, which is mostly imported from the nations like Cuba, San Domingo, Bahamas and Honduras. It is red-brown. There are others trees that have come to be known as Mahogany but they are not actually Mahogany. Cuba produces the best variety of Mahogany during the second half of the 18th century. Mahogany is one of the best timber to work with and easy to maintain.

At one time Queen Anne walnut furniture was very popular in the United States, but it was soon found that central-heated rooms caused glue to dry up and veneer to fall off in an alarming manner. Consequently, veneered furniture is no longer looked on with affection in America.