Posts Tagged ‘metal base’

Lustreware goblet, c.1860

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Molded copper lustre goblet with classical relief design of figures in a chariot, measures 5″ high and dates from the mid-1800’s. Due to the proliferation of lustreware in England, coupled with the fragile nature of the clay, it is not uncommon to see inventive repairs on pieces such as this.

A detail of the child-like enamel decoration and the heavy “witch’s hat” shaped black-painted iron replacement base.

A goblet with floral decoration and similar shape maintains its original base

Photo courtesy of Appleby Antiques

Redware jug with lid, c.1870

Friday, March 26th, 2010

This 6″ tall cracked jug with a replaced mismatched lid and tin base, possibly from Pennsylvania, is covered in a web of hand woven wire.

Redware pottery is earthenware made from red clay containing ferrous oxide, and the dark spots on the surface are a result of manganese in the glaze.

the cracked base was completely covered in wire and tin, now rusted. Please take a look at Tuscan pottery jug, another example of an earthenware jug with a similar repair.

This antique redware jug with similar form is without cracks and wire reinforcement.

Photo courtesy of Malleries

Pair of flint glass goblets, c.1840

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

A remarkable pair of matching EAPG (Early American Pattern Glass) goblets in the “Giant Thumbprint” pattern, each measuring 7″ high and made in North America. It’s rare to find items with matching repairs & replacements, so I was thrilled to acquire these.

The matching replaced conical black enameled iron bases are filled with lead to support the thick-walled flint glass.

This is what the original simple glass bases might have looked like.

Photo courtesy of All Antique Glass

Gaudy Dutch coffee pot, c.1810

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Colorful pearlware baluster shaped coffee pot from England with double repairs and “King’s Rose” pattern decoration. Pot stands 12″ high, and has seen better days.

The base, riddled with large chips and no longer able to support the pot, was repaired with tin replacement in the middle to late 1800’s.

The ill-fitting domed lid, possibly from another piece in the set, originally had a skep shaped knob. This replaced knob, made of iron and looking like a large push pin, has been bolted through the top of the lid.

An astonishingly similar coffee pot, in wonderful condition, boasts its original base and finial.

Photo courtesy of Christie’s

Two glass beakers, c.1890

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Both of these blown glass laboratory beakers have etched calibrations as well as similarly repaired bases. These were most likely repaired by chemists in their own labs by filling a discarded tin lid with plaster and submerging the broken beaker. The left beaker is 4.5 inches tall, and the beaker on the right is 3.25 inches tall.

Not the most elegant repair job but an efficient way to quickly resolve a mishap, making the beakers usable again in about 30 minutes.

This pair remained unharmed and still have their original glass bases.

Photo courtesy of WorthPoint

Sandwich glass oil lamp, c.1840

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

This “Sweetheart” pattern whale oil lamp was made by the Boston & Sandwich Glass Co., Cape Cod Glassworks, and by other manufacturers in and around the town of Sandwich, Massachusetts. I have come across dozens of oil lamps with inventive repairs, as they were used daily, often moved, and frequently broke.

The conical tin base, made by a tinsmith, replaced the original glass base and has been filled with weights to ensure the lamp does not fall over and break again. Lamp stands 9-1/4″ high.

This is what the complete lamp looks like with its original, more ornate base intact.

Photo courtesy of Pavilion Gallery

Etched glass celery vase, c.1885

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Every fashionable American household in mid to late 19th century had an Early American Pattern Glass (EAPG) celery vase in use on their dining table. It was the perfect vessel to keep celery and carrot sticks upright and immersed in cold water.

This wonderful example has the highly detailed “Deer and Dog” pattern etched on to the glass surface.

Vase measures 9-1/2″ high.

The other side of the vase reveals the image of running deer.

Thoughtfully made silvered metal replacement base follows the scale and lines of the original.

This example with etched fern pattern maintains its original glass base.

Photo courtesy of Crescent City Auction Gallery

Eastern European teapot, c.1925

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

I am asked “What is your favorite antique with inventive repair?” often by friends and colleagues. So after years of vacillating, I am finally committing to giving an answer.

This little teapot…

I found this small globular teapot 5 years ago, and knew very little about it at the time. The dealer I purchased it from had no information regarding its origin or history, so it remains a bit of a mystery to me.

It is made of porcelain, measures 3-1/2″ high, 6-1/2″ wide and appears to be mass produced. The simple Art Deco inspired decoration of large and small navy blue dots help date the piece to the mid 1920’s -30’s. It reminds me of Czech pottery of the same period, so I am assuming it is from the same region.

No part of this poor teapot has escaped damage, making it by far the most altered piece in my collection.

There are 18 metal support staples, a replaced hand-hammered tin base, a large tin patch on one side, a mended chip on the lid grafted from another lid entirely, and a wire tether holding the lid in place.

The  numerous metal staples (aka rivets) appear to be machine made and are reinforced with cement.

The original owner must have really cherished their teapot and made a great effort in trying to make it whole again.

If anyone has further information regarding the origins of this piece, please let me know.

And if you ask me “What is your favorite antique with inventive repair?” a year from now, I reserve the right to respond differently!