Antique Weathervanes with a tribute to their maker and a 'maker's mark' is very rare. Some of the popular companies that crafted weathervanes in the late 1800's and early 1900's include L.W. Cushing, J.W. Fiske, Harris & Co., A.L. Jewell & Co., E.G. Washburn & Co., and J.L. Mott. One of the J.L. Mott weathervanes recently sold at auction for over $5.84 million, setting a world record as the highest selling price for a weathervane. The oldest antique weathervane made in the United States was made by Shem Drowne in Boston around 1716. History aside, antique weathervanes are a fantastic collector's item in the present day.
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Although Antique Weathervanes are valuable now and they have great potential to increase in value. As long as weathervane manufacturers create high quality weathervanes, demand will remain strong. Ornament design provides a creative outlet, but the weathervane makers must make sure the piece works accurately. By making sure the ornament is unequal in mass, but equal in area from the center, the weathervane will work correctly.
A rooster weathervane, often crowing, was a common design of weathervane in early America and through the earlier years of the 20th Century. The crowing rooster atop the church steeple was often the first thing to catch the morning sun in colonial villages, and announce the arrival of a new day. Adding a touch of symbolism to a tradition rooster weathervane antique is very popular. The antique horse weathervane is also very popular among collectors of early American weathervanes.
Antique Lightning Rod Balls were ornamental items placed on lightning rods and weather vanes. Lighting rod glass balls were "ornamental" because they served no functional purpose. Lighting rod balls were made of ceramic or glass and they were very ornamental and quite beautiful. These antique lighting rod balls have become a popular collectable and investment.
Collectors understand the value of historic weathervanes, and search far and wide to find unique, rare antique weathervanes all over the world. There are many Antique Weathervanes For Sale and collecting weathervanes can be a great investment, but you need to know what you're looking for.
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Antique Compasses serve both a decorative function and a useful function. The majority of old compasses are one of the few decorative installments that age extremely well. Vintage compass craftsmen favorite metals were brass and silver. Both the metal’s integrity and the quality of construction help the antique compass to age gracefully. Assuming antique instruments would be used in harsh terrain whether on land or sea, the makers of these items crafted them to last. Double plated metal antique compasses helped them to last as long as they have today.
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Vintage compasses tend to incorporate carvings or brass relief into their metal. Names, dates, and sayings were all carved onto these items. Pictures were sometimes implanted in the top portion of the compass so that they could be seen when the item was opened.
Antique Compassesthat were to be used on land were quite different compared to the ship compass crafted specially for the sea. Antique navigational instruments of the sea were almost always made from a derivative of brass metal, as the brass inherently resisted all forms of sea water rust. Wood accents were also used in place of ceramic, to fit the overall theme of an antique marine instrument.
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An authentic Antique Compass is one example of a nautical gift that a father may appreciate. Compasses are offered for a variety of prices, and some are antiques with historical significance. With so many uses and endless years of service, the antique compass is among one of the most sought after nautical decor items anywhere you find Antique Compasses For Sale.
Antique Rugs are some of the most beautiful rug collectibles available, and will surely help you achieve the ultimate look for your home. You really want to portray an antique and elegant rug then always try to go for the handmade ones. The large rugs (9x12 and larger) are becoming very popular. The beauty of the handmade antique rugs is evident because of its extra “stoutness” as compared to those made with the help of machines. Antique rugs can bring so much warmth and comfort to your home . . . finding them however, can be a little difficult.
Antique Oriental Rugsand Persian rugs woven before the twentieth century were not actually woven so much for commercial purposes and as a result represent a display of pure artistic skills, something that is rarely seen in today's machine made rugs. In fact, in those days, most woven rugs were produced with the aid of purely natural dyes, which is in stark contrast to the wholly synthetic dyes used for the same purpose in today's carpet weaving industry. These beautiful antique wool rugs are truly a labor of love. In fact, these rugs are getting rarer by the day.
Antique rugs and runners are finally becoming recognized as significant antiques because collectors have come to understand that a hundred year old antique rug, having been stepped and walked upon on a daily basis for a hundred years, if found in good condition, is considerably more valuable than other types of antique furnishings.
Antique rugs can add a touch of warmth and elegance to your home. Vintage antique rugs have been gaining popularity in the recent years as more and more people are discovering the fun that comes with collecting antiques. Look for Antique Rugs For Sale.
The historical value of Antique Maritime Lamps is more important than the design of the nautical lamps, raising their importance as a popular nautical collectable today. As time passes by, people tend to forget the value of these old antique lamps. They were once the lifesaving signals for the early sailors of the sea and these nautical lamps were also used for light inside the ship and below deck. Antique maritime lamp collectors and investors today feel Antique Nautical Lampsand lighting have become a big hobby with a strong investment future.
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Antique String Instruments are one type of antique that never goes out of style. Many antique string instruments are kept in working condition so they are as useful to musicians as they are valuable. Depending on the type of antique instrument collector, you can find great deals on antique guitars, banjos, violins and antique cellos that are still in very good condition.
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Many people have been collecting old antique guitars and vintage guitars for a long time. This is a hobby that many people have fallen in love with and in addition to them being able to have a collection that they love, they also have great investments. Most old guitars can hold great value among other collectors of rare guitars. Learn about your individual guitar. There are indications that differ for each guitar type and manufacturer regarding antiques.
Antique violins and antique cellos were often handmade by such masters as Magana, Amati and Guarneri as well as the aforementioned Stradivari. Violins constructed in Cremona, Italy during the golden age are the most in demand and retain the best value where ever you find antique violins for sale. It is estimated that on average these violins appreciate 5% per year. Antique violins are valuable for several reasons. They are rare artifacts, not much different from paintings and sculptures, and these vintage antique violins also provide models for the current best violin makers to follow.
Two notable antique banjos are the Gibson four-string banjo and five-string banjos from the 1920s and 1930s, and the antique open-back banjos from before 1900. Gibson 5-string banjo features an arch-top tone with the actual tenor neck and a hard shell-case at the bottom. Open-backed banjos are typically used for the Appalachian, claw-hammer style and have a softer tone than their resonator banjo counterparts.
The best way to find Antique String Instrument For Sale is to find an antique music instruments dealer that can provide you with good professional advice.