Saturday, March 24, 2018

Happy Easter to You!

Milk glass doesn’t just refer to the milk you use to drink from your glass. The term is often used by collectors referring to a special white opaque type of glass. To Victorian's it became an inexpensive alternative to porcelain tableware. Milk glass has been in production for centuries but before 1900, milk glass was called opal glass by the glass manufacturing companies. It wasn’t until after the 1900’s that the general public started using the term milk glass. 

The old trade catalogues from that time show a huge variety of objects often called novelty pieces. These included, dresser sets, pin trays, salt and pepper shakers, souvenir pieces, nesting chickens, hand painted Easter eggs and just about every kind of whimsy imaginable. 

Glass manufacturers achieved the white color by adding tin oxide, feldspar, bone ash, and other additives to their glass formula.  Antique milk glass has a transparency to it when held up to the light. The old time antique collectors called this fire because you can see blue, red, yellow and orange color through the glass. This glass making process has changed through the years with the addition of different chemicals. The newer milk glass, manufactured from 1950’s to present is a denser opaque color and  a thicker glass. If you are looking for an antique piece of milk glass just hold the piece up to the bright sunlight and watch the fire dance.

Why not start collecting some antique milk glass Easter eggs and decorating your home for Easter. Reuzeit Emporium has many antique milk glass Easter eggs to choose from and also Lefton ducks, chicks and bunnies to add interest and variety to your arrangements.
                           Happy Easter to you!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day

                     Reuzeit Emporium wishes everyone love, peace 
                                      and joy this Valentine's Day.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Merry Christmas

Here are some lovely postcards from the 1900's to wish you a joyous Christmas.

Happy Holiday from Reuzeit Emporium.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Memorial Day was called Decoration Day

                                     Remember when Memorial Day was called Decoration Day?

 Our whole family would go to the cemetery with buckets full of flowers that we picked in our garden.  Sometimes only the lilacs would be blooming and other years the peonies, irises, honeysuckle or mock orange would fill the car with their sweet perfume.

We would bring our shovel, broom, a little soap, and some rags along with the jars to hold the flowers.  My father would lift the sunken tombstones up and level them with a little sand always making sure each stone was free of overgrown grass and weeds.  My mother would sweep the gravestones and arrange the flowers in the jars.

Then it was our turn to wash the stones clean and help place the jars of flowers  on each grave.  Sometimes we would bring a picnic lunch and eat under the large shade tree near the water pump. It was a family day that include our loved ones that were gone but not forgotten.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Tussie-Mussie, Nosegay, Porte Bouquets or Posy Holders

              Folding tripod holders for conversion to table use first appeared in 1840

In earlier times, it was fashionable for women to carry a small bouquet of flowers.  These small bouquets had several different charming and endearing names. The term tussie-mussie was used as early as the 1400's to mean a small bouquet of flowers and herbs carried by woman that often conveyed a hidden or symbolic meaning.  The term nosegay was used in the sixteenth century to mean an ornament or scent that appealed to the nose. The term posy was used in the Victorian era and Victorian women of fashion carried these small bouquets in elaborate exquisitely designed holders.  Posy holders were made in a variety of shapes using precious metals, ivory, mother-of-pearl and semi-precious stones.

 Garnets, bloodstones, amethysts, sardonyx, moonstones, opals and turquoise semi-precious stones,  silver and gold and ivory handles

Bouquet holders were usually one of four shapes; a short cup with a pencil thin stem, a trumpet shaped funnel tapering to a terminal loop, a cornucopia, and a variety with a folding tripod to permit the holder to stand up on a table.  A strong pin running across the mouth of the cup through perforations drilled in the sides kept the bouquet in place.  This design allowed the flower arrangement to be worn at the waist, in the hair or secured to the bodice with a brooch. 

Left to right: gold, pearls with mother-of-pearl handle, gold filagree with mirror and mother-of-pearl handle, miniature portrait of bride and groom (one on each side) with  mother-of-pearl handle, gold breads with ivory dance cards and mother-of-pearl   handle, painted porcelain funnel with mother-of-pearl handle

Most often the bouquet holders were carried attached to a finger ring by a chain, this allowed the bouquet to dangle at the wrist while  its wearer danced.  Sometimes the holder contained a tiny mirror, this allowed the wearer to look inconspicuously at a prospective beau.  The flowers contained in the bouquet held symbolic significance. A red rose centered in a bouquet was a declaration of true love while ivy in bouquet might indicate that the wearer was looking for a platonic friendship only. There were many books written in the Victorian era to help decipher these symbolic meanings.  Today a tussie-mussie holder is difficult to find and usually demands a high price.

From left to right:  Russian silver cornucopia, Chinese filigree silver , hollow handle carved ivory, Victorian silver repossee, Victorian silver with bird etching, English silver funnel shape 1833, 2 1/2" silver cornucopia

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Rose O'Neill, Kewpies and the Gibson Art Company

Rose O'Neill was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on June 25, 1874, the second oldest child with six siblings.  The family moved to rural Nebraska when she was three years old and she lived there during the remainder of her childhood.  Rose loved the arts; writing, poetry, painting, sculpture and drawing.  When she was thirteen years old, she entered a drawing competition for children sponsored by the Omaha Herald Newspaper and won the first prize. Not long after  that she started working doing illustration for various magazines.  In 1893, Rose's father took her to New York to visit publishers in the hopes of selling some of her sixty drawings.  She sold all of her drawing and took orders for many others.  Soon she was a well known in demand illustrator and was being paid a substantial wage.  Rose was the first woman cartoonist and she had her own comic strip.
Rose's father bought some land in the Ozarks in southern Missouri and Rose moved from New York back to her family.  In Missouri she created her loveable Kewpie characters that she is famous for to this day.  She also became very rich. Rose copyrighted the Kewpie characters and many products were produced including Kewpie dolls, books and postcards.

Around 1912, Rose and the Gibson Art Company began to produce Kewpie postcards for all occasions

Gibson Greetings, Inc was started around 1850 by George Gibson and his family. They brought a French made lithography press with them when they immigrated to the United states from Scotland. The brothers printed anything that needed to be printed; bonds, checks, cards and novelties.  By 1870, the brothers were designing their own greeting cards for Christmas, Easter and Valentine's Day.  In 1895, the business was incorporated as The Gibson Art Company. Over the years, The Gibson Art Company had many changes becoming the third largest greeting card company in the United States.

Happy Valentine's Day

Reuzeit Emporium

For more great postcards visit Reuzeit Emporium

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Antique Silk Post Cards

Silk postcards were a higher priced, more ornate way to send a special greeting in the early 1900's. Often the clothing of the people were made out of bright colored silk fabric that was then attached to the paper post card.  The most collectible silk cards are the ones that have maintained their bright colors and show no wear.

Here is an example of an antique silk New Year's Post Card.

 May the blessing of Health and Joy abide with you this New Year.
Your friends at Reuzeit Emporium.

For more great postcards visit Reuzeit Emporium

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Spread the laughter, share the cheer
Best wishes in the coming year.

Here is an example of an antique silk Christmas post card.

Have a wonderful Christmas 
with many smiles.
Reuzeit Emporium

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Christmas & Holiday Gift Ideas For Everyone

Reuzeit Emporium 
be Santa's helper this Christmas. 
Here are some gift ideas.

All the gifts below can be purchased at
Holiday Decorations everyone can enjoy!
Make someones Christmas merry and bright!
Keep warm while Jack Frost nips at your nose!
Great plates for your Christmas cookies to Santa!
Twinkley bobbles to stick into your stockings!
Unique Christmas gifts that will be cherishes forever!
Beautiful glass to brighten up your Holiday table !
Great gifts for every collector!

Happy Holidays
Reuzeit Emporium
May Santa bring you everything on your wish list!

For more great items visit Reuzeit Emporium
Blogging tips