Memory jugs were made by placing small everyday objects such as keys, screws and nails, glass vials, shells, nuts, and jewelry on the surface of bottles or ceramic jugs using putty, cement, or other adhesive matrix. Test your knowledge of this unique American folk art with this list of Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Memory Jugs.
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Common to most 19th-century Shenandoah Valley households, the ubiquitous pie or food safe is the focus of a multi-year research project launched in August 2010 as "The Virginia Safe Project." Researchers are requesting those who have pie/food safes, or other related 19th-century architectural or furniture forms displaying punched-tin panels (e.g. sideboards, slabs, cupboards, cabinets, interior doors), contact them to be included in this study. One goal is to produce a database of Virginia punched tin-paneled furniture to compare elements of design and construction throughout the Old Dominion.
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Asheville, N.C.: Gail Andrews, director of the Birmingham Museum of Art, knew what she wanted and it didn’t take her long to get it. The two political jars she sought crossed the block during the first hour of Brunk Auctions sale on November 13. Both were Alabama treasures made by one of the state’s most celebrated potters: German-born John Lehman (1825-circa 1885). Read More +
A huge, two-part auction featuring more than 200 pieces of rare and important pottery, including Edgefield pieces by Chandler, works attributed to Dave the Slave, and many pieces by the Meaders family, will be up for bid Dec. 11, 2010.
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Bruce and Vicki Waasdorp have just completed their annual fall pottery auction. The sale consisted almost exclusively of American decorated stoneware and redware. But this auction had a surprising twist as the top lot in the sale was a Canadian piece. Read More +
RENO, Nev. — For two days, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 29-30, 2010, Holabird-Kagin Americana Auctions will host a comprehensive sale of the finest historic and collectible Western Americana. Read More +
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – Besides acres of quality and diversity, dealers and shoppers found perfect weather for the Springfield Antiques Show & Flea Market, Sept. 17-19 although there was a big storm that blew through Sept. 16 when the dealers were in line (and selling to early bird shoppers). Read More +
WINDSOR, Conn. — More than 350 lots of American antiques; Pilgrim century to Federal Period and fine art including a George Sotter oil and a watercolor by Paul Signac will kick off an important event at Nadeau’s on Oct. 30. Read More +
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa – Mark your calendars for the Antique Spectacular antique show Nov. 19-21 at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Read More +
List compiled by Eric Bradley from the books Warman’s Fiesta by Glen Victorey (2007) and Fiesta, Warman’s Companion by Mark Moran and Glen Victorey. Fiesta, Warman’s Companion from Krause Publications is available for just $4, plus shipping, at shop.collect.com or by calling 800-258-0929. Read More +