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).
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.
When 1919 rolled around, Enos Gordon Goudey started a chewing gum company called The Goudey Gum Company. The company was in business until 1962, and they are known for chewing gum and the baseball cards that they produced.
The company and its gum was so popular that Enos Goudey was called “the penny gum king of America” by William Wrigley Jr. in 1933.
In 1933, the company dove into making baseball cards, and they released a 240-card set. The set was also called BIG LEAGUE CHEWING GUM, and each pack that was sold came with a stick of gum.
After the set was released, the Goudey Company realized that they did not have a card #106 after collectors sent the company letters complaining that there was no card for that number.
In 1934, Goudey released a card #106, and it featured the retired player Napoleon Lajoie. In order to get this card, you had to write to the company (they would send you one for a cent).
As you can tell from the photos, the cards had the name of the set at the bottom of the front and a little biography of the player on the back.
You need to be careful when you are out looking for cards for your set. Since this is a popular set to collect, there are quite a few reprints and fakes of the cards—especially of Napoleon Lajoie, Babe Ruth (Babe was featured on 4 different cards) and even Lou Gehrig just to name a few.
There are many players that are in this set that have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, so a word of caution is to be taken when you are looking at a card.
Over the years, there are new types of serving dishes that are introduced, and then there are times when a certain piece from a dinner set for the table that may fall out of favor. What are some of the pieces that have fallen out of favor over the years that may not be on the table of today?
Cheese dish—this is a covered dish meant to store and serve a whole piece of cheese. The bottom of this piece is a little larger than a butter dish, and you may see a small cutting board in the place of this today.
Cream soup dish—this is a two-handled bowl that comes with its own saucer and is meant to serve bouillon, a soup or even consommé (a clear soup made from a rich stock). This type of dish could be confused with a sugar dish without the lid.
Aspic servers—these are used to serve aspic, which is a clear jelly that is made from broth. Generally, aspic is used to accent the serving of meat, and it is a lot like cranberry sauce. The aspic server has a curved and sharp end for the cutting and serving of aspic.
This is only a small sampling of what you can find. What have you run across?
Just about every area of antiques and collectibles can be divided into several different sub categories. It could be collecting the denomination or country of origin of coins, a certain glass company or pattern, or even a certain type of manufacturing process like majolica pottery.
This is true for enamel advertising signs, and one of the ways you can do this is the style of manufacturing of the sign itself and how it can be displayed.
The first type is a flat one-sided sign. This style has advertising on just one side of the sign, and this would be perfect to attach to a wall or the front of a building. With only one side having the advertising, the back will have just one color of enameling.
The second type is called a flat two-sided sign. This style has advertising on both sides of the sign, and most of the time this type of sign will be in a stand or frame of some type to help see both sides.
The third type of sign is a flanged two-sided sign. This type of sign has a built-in 90-degree angled mount on it that allows the sign to come out from a wall or even a side of a building.
The next type of sign is called a curved sign. This sign will have a curve in it to go around items like a telephone pole, a street light or even the corner of a building.
Another type are gasoline pump signs, and they will advertise the brand of gas that it is. Not only are there gasoline pump sign examples for automobile gas, there are also some examples known for marine and aviation gas known as well.
The last example is called a neon porcelain sign, and this type has neon lights on it. This type of sign can light up and you can see the sign better at night, and the most notable type is on a movie theater. You could also find this hanging in a window of a business.
What types of enamel advertising sings have you run across?
You have a piece of jewelry from your grandmother, your dad’s vintage comic book collection from his youth, or even a piece of furniture that you picked up at an antique mall. You know that the piece has value, and you are not sure if you want to get an appraisal on it.
What are some of the benefits of getting an item appraised?
There are several benefits when it comes to getting an appraisal. The first reason (and probably best) is that it helps tell you the value of the item that you have.
The second reason is that it helps clear up any confusion on what the item is. You could have heard several stories from the family, and each story identifies the item (or items) completely differently than what it actually is.
Another reason is that the appraisal helps you know if your item is real or not. A good rule of thumb is to try to find someone who appraises items on a regular basis like what you have. This will help with both the value and authenticity of the piece that you have.
When it comes to jewelry, the appraiser has equipment that helps determine what the types of stones that you could possibly have.
Another good benefit on appraisals is that you could also get everything written out telling what the item is. This will also help with insurance (if it’s needed on the item).
What other types of benefits have you run across when you got an appraisal on an item you have?
You hear the phrase ART DECO quite a bit in the world of antiques, but what exactly is it?
Art Deco got its start in France just before World War 1, and the style ran from about 1910 to about 1939.
People also call Art Deco just Deco, and it’s short for Arts Decoratifs. It combined several assorted styles—it was influenced by the lines of Cubism, the bright colors of Fauvism (this was a painting style) and even exotic styles from Asia. Persian, Egypt styles and even Maya art had some influence on the Art Deco style.
Its influence could be seen on just about everything—buildings, furniture, jewelry, cars, fashion, trains and even everyday items like toasters.
You can see the style around today—you can see it on buildings like the Chrysler Building in New York.
And you can even see it on the Prometheus Statue in Rockefeller Center in New York.
What kinds of Art Deco items have you run across while shopping?
When I started to sell vintage and antique items, I immediately heard some names of the styles of design that have been used over the years. The first area that I found out that this applies to is furniture. Here’s a brief explanation of some of the styles:
Queen Anne—this is a period in English furniture design that dates from 1702 to 1714. This style is characterized by the adaptation of the Baroque style and the extensive use of the cabriole leg. Walnut was the dominant wood used by furniture makers.
Renaissance—this is a revival of interest in classical design. This style had it’s beginning in Italy during the 14th century, and it continued to spread throughout Europe until the 17th century. The design is simple in structure—it has a generous use of classical ornament (such as the acanthus leaf, animal forms, and pilasters).
Georgian—this is a period of design in English furniture that was used right after the Queen Anne style, and it ran from 1714 to 1795. Some of the better-known designers were Hepplewhite, Sheraton, Chippendale, and even the Adams Brothers. Mahogany and walnut were the chief woods used by furniture makers (but other woods have been known to be used).
This is only a small sample of the styles that are out there. What types of styles have you heard about?