Auction Block, July 2022
Off the auction block this month, a classic and exquisite Tiffany & Co. diamond and platinum ring and band, a 1995 tribute to Michael Jordan for his 32nd birthday, a […]
Auction Block: January 12, 2022 Issue
Over the holiday season, auction houses were busy with a host of interesting sales including a nearly 30-year-old bottle of wine, a sapphire and diamond ring, a first edition of “Leaves of […]
Air Get-Aways Go Awry for Thousands
It’s the early weeks of August –- the “lazy dog days” of summer. In D.C., the House of Representatives is closed and the Senate will soon be out for August break. The streets […]
Montrose Park’s Memorial Sphere Vandalized
The sphere was installed in 1956 by the Georgetown Garden Club as a memorial to Sarah Louisa Rittenhouse, who lobbied Congress from 1904 to 1911 to buy the Montrose estate for a public park.
Antiques Addict: Buttoned Down With Antique Buttons
A perk of collecting buttons is that they can be found everywhere, from garage sales to flea markets and trade shows. They are relatively inexpensive historic artifacts, combining artistic merit and quotidian use.
Trivets Are Hot Collectibles
Picture a romantic, snowy evening: fireside, burning logs, shining brass firedogs and a hot iron trivet on the hearth. But, you may ask, what, exactly, is the trivet in that […]
Windsor Chairs: The Democratic Seat
Wherever the first Windsor chair came from, in the 18th-century American colonies it became known as the “democratic chair” of the independent American nation. The legend about its beginnings has […]
Lots of Variety at Washington Winter Show
Like other antiques shows (many of which have deemphasized the word “antiques”), the Washington Winter Show is no longer dominated by brown furniture and folk and fine art.
Artifacts Hint at Halcyon House’s Past
On Aug. 21, at the Georgetown Public Library, Jennifer Porter-Lupu, a doctoral student in anthropology at Northwestern University, presented a portion of what she had uncovered.
Samplers: The Artwork of Children
In 18th- and 19th-century America, samplers were used as an educational tool for girls from all social backgrounds, but the function of the finished product would differ. The proud parents […]