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Although Delftware is commonly identified with The Netherlands, the truth is that the original patterns and for that matter the original potters were not natives to Holland. In the 16th century, Italian potters emigrated to Belgium and then later moved to on to Rotterdam. By the mid 17th century, the town of Delft was firmly established as a pottery center and at one time they had more than 100 pottery factories. The Konninklije Porceleyne Fles factory was founded in 1653 and still stands today. The name of the factory actually translates to “The Porcelain Bottle” and refers to the Royal Delft trademark.
The Artisans who work on the Royal Delftware must train for at least one year before they are allowed to work on their own. The Artisans use brushes made with hair of squirrels. The cobalt blue paint actually starts out as black with a cobalt oxide added. The cobalt oxide turns a rich cobalt blue during the firing process. The addition of water determines the shades of cobalt. Most of the scenes and or patterns on the Delftware are Dutch in nature. There are many copies of the famous Delft patterns, by the Chinese and Europeans, but none is as beautiful as a piece of the hand painted Royal Delftware Pottery.
Dumb Mikey bought some property recently that he wanted to develop. The land however was full of trees and had to be cut down. Being Mikey, he decided he would save a few bucks if he cut the trees down himself. So he goes out to the local big box hardware store to buy a saw. At the store Mikey asks the advice of the salesperson and is told, “We have a lot of models, but why don’t you save yourself a lot of time and aggravation and buy the top of the line. This chainsaw will cut a hundred cords of wood in one day for you.” So Mikey buys the saw and off he goes.
What makes a Windsor Chair . . . well a Windsor Chair? Windsor Chairs, also known as stick chairs, are chairs where the legs, back posts and spindles fit into holes drilled into a plank seat. In most cases, most of the chair was turned on a lathe, while other parts of these chairs were curved to form by steaming the wood. The oldest of these pieces were painted for two reasons; first, to hide the fact that many different woods were used, secondly because these chairs were mainly used as outdoor furniture. It is widely thought that the name originates from the use as outdoor furniture at Windsor Castle.
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Sarah Coventry jewelry is becoming scarce and collectors are becoming more interested in its mark and history. Charles H. Stuart, who founded Emmons, also founded Sarah Coventry. Emmons was named for his wife and Sarah was named for his daughter. Sarah Coventry jewelry was sold mainly at home fashion shows until 1984. The marking on this vintage jewelry is distinctive. In 1949, pieces were marked “Coventry.” In 1950, a lot of the jewelry was marked simply “SC.” Later still, they marked their jewelry “Sarah Coventry.”
The first day Mikey starts cutting down trees and after several hours, he only has two cords cut. He thinks there is something wrong with the saw, but he tells himself, “I will start earlier tomorrow and see what happens.” The next morning he gets up at 4 am and cuts wood all day long and into nightfall. However, he had only managed to cut 5 cords of woods.
Mikey is now convinced that the saw is bad and heads back to the hardware store where he sees the same dealer. The dealer is baffled by Mikeys claim, takes the saw out of the box and inspects it and everything looks fine. He then starts the chainsaw up and Dumb Mikey looks at him and says, “What the heck is that noise?”