What are some of the terms that you will run across when you start to collect stamps?

Not too long ago, I went to a local auction that had quite a few stamps for sale.  There were some stamp collectors and dealers there talking about “changelings” and even an “album weed”.  It made me think—what are some of the terms that you’ll run across when you collect stamps?

Album weed—this refers to a forged stamp, and it also refers to unusual items that resemble postage stamps but were not intended to pay postage.  This is something like publicity labels and bogus issues.

Album Weeds—this is the title of a reference book series that is on forged stamps.  It was written by R.B. Earee.

Changeling—this is a stamp whose color has been changed (either intentionally or unintentionally) by contact with a chemical.  This can also happen with the exposure to a light.

Encased postage stamp—this is a stamp that was inserted into a small coin-size case.  The case comes with a transparent front or back to see the stamp.  These were circulated as legal coins during periods when coins were scarce in the 1860’s.

Handstamp—this is a cancellation or overprint that was applied by hand to either a cover or to a stamp.

Obliteration—there are two main definitions for this term.  The first is a cancellation that was intended solely to deface a stamp (this is also called a killer).  The second is an overprint intended to deface a portion of the design of a stamp (such as the face of a deposed ruler).

This is just a few of what you’ll hear when talking about stamps.  What terms have you heard?


A good example of Czechoslovakian pottery

Pottery from the Czechoslovakian area in Europe is a great area to dive into and collect.  You can find great examples starting in the $10 to $15 area, and you can also find examples that are priced much higher.

You can find a wide variety of pieces on the market—cups, saucers, figurines, pitchers, creamers, sugars and even plates are a very small slice of what you can find.

One type of Czechoslovakian pottery (also called Czech pottery, a shortened name of the region it’s from) is this terrific hat pin holder from a company called ROYAL DUX.

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It was made from 1918 to 1930’s, and it has a cream background and a red trim, and it also has an embossed flower motif with pastel colors.

Royal dux marks

The marks that are on it are the DPM mark with an acorn at the center (this stands for DUXER PORZELLAN-MANUFAKTUR), and it also has an embossed mark that reads 11259 II (these marks help date the hat pin holder from 1918 to the 1930’s).

The hatpin holder is also the perfect size to be used as a small vase (or even a bud vase).  It would also look terrific on any table or even a desk.  It would definitely be the center of attention in any room that it’s in!

The vase can be seen in my Etsy shop here.  Head on over and check it out!

Reader’s help on this great pottery vase

Whenever you go out shopping, you will run across a wide variety of items.  It could be anything from furniture to enamel signs.  There will be times that you will run across something that is great—the only problem is is that you have no idea what the item is.

Not too long ago, this happened to me.  I picked this really cool vase up at a garage sale, and I instantly fell in love with it.

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The problem that I have with it is that I have no idea who the artist is and what the pattern is called.  Is it a forest scene?  A forest scene at night time?  At the beach?  At a pond?  I really don’t know what this could be.

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It’s also signed BR near the bottom of the vase.  The signature has really stumped me—could you possibly know who the artist is?

Do you know what this could be?  Any information on this beauty would be greatly appreciated!

Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight: SchwaVintageDestash

This week’s Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight is SchwaVintageDestash that’s run by Carolynn ni Ochlainn.

Carolynn started this shop to have some fun selling her grandmothers’ wacky choices in jewelry.  It’s grown up a bit since then, but she’s still selling their stuff (both sides of the family had a lot of stuff).

One of the items in Carolynn’s shop is this terrific cocktail ring.


The pear-cut amethyst is natural, a lovely shade purple – not too light or dark to sparkle! The pave diamonds, set in white gold, provide a shiny, glittery field for contrast.  The ring itself is 14kt yellow gold.  You can see this terrific ring in Carolynn’s shop here.

Another terrific item in the SchwaVintageDestash shop is this rhinestone necklace.


It dates to the 1950’s and sports a strand of round rhinestones featuring a central section with a second, larger row of round rhinestones that converge on a square diamond turned 90 degrees for a diamond-shaped center.  From there, two strands of four rhinestones each dangle.

You can see this terrific necklace in their shop here.

As a matter of fact, you can check out everything in the SchwaVintageDestash shop here.  Head on over and check them out!

Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight: TheLionsDenStudio

This week’s Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight is TheLionsDenStudio that’s run by Heather Hagen.

The Lion’s Den Studio is a one-woman operation made up of funky vintage items that Heather collected and also her hand made arts and crafts.  She loves searching through flea markets and garage sales for slightly chipped and rusted vintage treasures, ready to be restored or re-purposed. She tends to collect pieces that she wants for her own home and loves to test them out before writing descriptions.

One of these great items is this enameled Dutch oven pan.


This great lidded Dutch oven pan with kobenstyle handles on both sides and on the top of the lid was made by Dansk. The lid can be used as a trivet, making this a great piece for serving.  This older Dansk piece was made in the original factory in Denmark, between 1954 and 1966, and is marked with the duck logo.

You can see this terrific pan in Heather’s shop here.

Another great item in TheLionsDenStudio is this great Louis Vuitton Train Case.


The Louis Vuitton train case or cosmetic case dates to about the 1980’s, and it was designed to keep beauty products organized for travel. It also makes a fantastic vanity or dresser top case for cosmetics and accessories.

You can see this great find in TheLionsDenStudio shop here.

As a matter of fact, you can check out everything in TheLionsDenStudio shop here.  Head on over and check them out!

Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight: Jenscloset

This week’s Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight is Jenscloset that’s run by Jen.

Jen loves vintage as you might be able to tell, and she loves to fill her shop with something for everyone.  Whether you’re looking for that unique-one-of-a-kind gift, adding some retro style to your decor, or love vintage jewelry, you’ll find it all in the Jenscloset shop.

One thing that you will find is this set of 5 sherbets.


The five vibrant emerald green and crystal Anchor Hocking sherbets have the Burple pattern, and they can also be used as champagne glasses.  You can find these in the Jenscloset shop here.

Another great item in this shop is this set of mixing bowls.

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Step back in time with this fun retro set of three Pyrex bowls!  This set includes 1 yellow 4 quart bowl, 1 green 2 1/2 quart bowl, and 1 red (vibrant!) 1 1/2 quart bowl.  You can see this terrific set in the shop here.

As a matter of fact, you can check out everything in the Jenscloset shop here.  Head on over and check them out!

An advertising porcelain cup?!?

Advertising pieces come in a wide variety of shapes, styles and even what they are made of.  There are also pieces on the market that may take you a while to sink in that they are advertising pieces because they may be something like a porcelain cup.

One such piece like this is this great mug by PSAG Bavaria.  It may take you a second to realize that it is an advertising giveaway for the placement of CUDAHY’S REXSOMA (the manufacturer put CUDAHY’S REXSOMA on the inside of the mug near the top).


rexsoma top

CUDAHY’S REXSOMA pharmacies had PSAG Bavaria produce this terrific mug in late 1800’s.  The mug is a white porcelain and has a rose decoration on the outside—which helps you not realize right off the bat that this is an advertising piece.

You can see the mug in the Wisdom Lane Antiques Etsy shop here, head on over and check it out.

What kinds of advertising pieces like this have you run across?