Nutmeg Graters

Another fad from England which continues until today.  Everyone knows the English infatuation with tea in the 17th and 18th centuries produced every imaginable tea accessory.  These accessories included finely made rare wood objects such as tea caddies, tea tables, tea poi, tea carts, etc. all growing very ornate and expensive by use of rare… View more

Sugar Cutters

Sugar Cutters

One of the most sought after southern antiques is the sugar chest.  Sugar chests were used in the interior southern states mostly in the early 19th century.  They were used to store a family’s supply of sugar cones since the lack of transportation in the area made sugar expensive and not easily obtained.  Lesser known… View more

Old Jacobs Tavern Clock

Old Jacobs Tavern Clock

PROVENANCE   Provenance is usually understood to be the total history of an antique, from the maker through the succession of owners, buyers, and sellers to the present day.  A good provenance will also have proof such as original letters, photos, or like records which support the provenance.  In some cases the provenance more than… View more

The Art of the Hatchel

The Art of the Hatchel

Almost every homestead farm in the early 1800’s had or made the tools needed to feed and clothe the family.  One of these tools was the hatchel, also called a hackle or a heckle depending upon the local language.  The hatchel is a dangerous looking tool used in the processing of flax into cloth.  It… View more