Monday, January 12, 2015

Antique Souvenir Collectibles!

Souvenir is a French word for memory or remembrance.   People buy souvenir objects and take them home to remember a certain place, trip, activity or event that has special meaning to them.  In the late 1800's and continuing into the 1900's glass items  were a popular souvenir purchase.  Mementos could be bought from a World's Fair Exposition to a local county fair, and these souvenir glass items could be engraved, stamped or painted with the date and event or your name or a loved one's name.

Egg Flat Side, Columbian 1893 Exhibition World Fair Souvenir, opaque white, original top, produced for WL Libbey and Sons Antique EAPG Ruby Stained Bead and Scroll Toothpick Holder, US Glass Antique EAPG Ruby Stained Horrizontal Threads Toothpick Holder

Maybe you went to Atlantic City and walked along the boardwalk.  Several shops along your way would be advertising souvenir ruby stained glass.  You might browse the shelves and pick out a pretty pattern  in a small pitcher, mug, punch cup, toothpick holder or salt shaker and then have it engraved.  It was difficult to decide what to have engraved on the glass,  maybe just the words Atlantic City would be enough, adding  the date was important, and your name just to prove that you were really there. Sometimes there was so much engraving on the glass that the entire object was covered.
Antique EAPG Ruby Stained Diamond Peg Punch Cup,Jefferson Glass Co Antique EAPG Ruby Stained Punch Cup Antique EAPG Ruby Stained Ribbed Tumbprint Toothpick Holder, jefferson Glass Co 1907
At state and county fairs, a skilled artisan would hand paint flowers or other decorations that you requested on your purchase.  Hometown business, like  furniture stores, drug stores, general merchandise stores would order souvenir items from the glass factory with the name of their town and maybe their business stamped on the  glass.  Business would often give this glass away to good customers to advertise their business or people might buy a piece as a keepsake from their  hometown.

Antique EAPG Ruby Stained Corona Salt Shaker, Greensburg Glass Co 1894 Antique EAPG Ruby Stained Big Button Mug Antique EAPG Ruby Stained Beaded Swag Toothpick Holder, Heisey

Hand Stamped
Antique EAPG Ruby Stained Salt Shaker Antique EAPG Blue Tiny Optic Toothpick Holder, Jefferson Glass Antique Custard Tiny Thumbprint Toothpick Holder, Tarentum Glass Co

Antique EAPG Ruby Stained Heart Band Mug, McKee & Brothers Glass Co Antique Custard Shot Glass Antique EAPG Ruby Stained Blocked Thumbprint Band Salt & Pepper Shaker

Hand Painted
Antique Custard Punty Band Mug, Heisey Glass Antique EAPG Ruby Stained Heart BAnd Salt Shaker, McKee & Brothers Antique Custard Punty BandToothpick Holder, Heisey
Maybe the next time you are out and about on your travels, you'll decide to bring home a memento to remember that special time or place or you could decide to collect antique souvenir glass that has a special meaning to you.  Reuzeit Emporium has a nice selection of antique souvenir glass to help you get started.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Vintage Rhinestone Jewelry

Antique Rhinestone Dress ClipAntique and vintage rhinestone jewelry has become a very popular fashion accessory over the last few years. This current trend has increasingly been seen during fashion week runway events and in the personal attire of professional working women. It has also become a very wearable collectible that adds beauty and style to any ones appearance. Rhinestones are clear or colored glass that have been cut and polished to resemble or simulate diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and sapphires. The name rhinestones originated in Germany where crystals were found in the Rhine River. These natural crystals, once cut and polished were early substitutes for diamonds.
Chechoslovakian Emerald Rhinestone Dangle Earrings Antique Round Rhinestone Pin Antique Art Deco Dress Clips
It wasn't long before the good quality natural quartz crystals became scarce and jewelers began to grind glass into a glass paste that could be molded and then heated. The outcome of this process was a dense glass with an opaque surface that didn't reflect the light very well. These stones became known as paste and were often wrapped on the underside with silver or copper foil to enhance the light reflection.
Vintage Rhinestone Earrings Antique Snowflake Rhinestone Pin Antique Pave Basket Pin
In the late 1800's, a new glass cutting technique and machine was developed by Daniel Swarovski that allowed the glass or stone to be cut with many facets.  Facets reflect the light and make the stones sparkle. The use of higher lead content and other chemicals in the glass batch also improved the glass clarity and its ability to refract light.This was the beginning of modern day rhinestones.
Vintage Blue Rhinestone Round Pin Vintage Sterling Czech Amber Rhinestone EarringsVintage Emerald and Clear Rhinestone Necklace and Earrings
Antique Clear Rhinestone Dress Clips Vintage Kramer Amber Necklace and Matching Earrings Vintage Clear Rhinestone Clear Choaker Necklace and Matching Expansion Bracelet

At first in the early 1950's, rhinestone jewelry was considered cheap costume jewelry until designers like Coco Chanel made it fashionable.  Her designs and influence made costume jewelry acceptable around the world.  When movie stars, Broadway actresses and the showgirls in the Ziegfeld Follies began to wear rhinestones jewelry, rhinestones became an integral part of American fashion for their glitz and sparkle.
Vintage Clear Rhinestone Bracelet Antique Photo Locket Watch Pin

Today vintage rhinestone jewelry is valued not only for its sparkle but for its quality of workmanship and its beautiful designs. Rhinestone jewelry always makes the perfect gift for that special someone. Or why not start your own personal collection today?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Antique Cuff Links For Elegance and Style

What creates more style and elegance  for a man than a beautiful pair of antique cuff links. Cuff links make a wonderful fashion statement for a black tie event or a quiet college affair.  When it come to looking good, cuff links add that little extra special touch.

Cuff links come in a wide variety of styles and metals but one of the most distinguishing characteristics  of antique cuff links is the clasp.  Here is a brief overview of the different cuff link clasps.

Toggle bar cuff links
The toggle bar cuff link is a toggle mechanism that can rotate vertically between two bars. The toggle is moved vertically to fit through both cuff holes. Once through the toggle bar is moved to the horizontal position to  secure the cuffs  in place.  This design became popular in the 1940's and is still popular today.

Vintage Cuff Links, Gold with Diamond Handcrafted

vintage men's cuff links and tie clip

Vintage Cuff Links, Silver and Mother of Pearl, Handcrafted

Snap link cuff links
The snap link cuff links consists of two piece that come apart in the middle, push together and pull apart.  Manufacture of this type of cuff link started in about 1910-1918 by companies like Kum-A-Part, Snap-Link and Bear and Wild and  were popular in the 1920's and 1930's.  They were machine made of base metal with gold or silver and mother of pearl embellishments.  They were convenient to wear  but the snap mechanism sometimes failed causing the cuff links to come apart unexpectedly.

Antique Snap Link Mother of Pearl and silver Cuff Links Antique Snap Link Mother of Pearl, Silver and Gold Cuff Links

Double Panel cuff links
Double panel cuff links consist of a chain or a bar or a bridge connecting two identical decorated shapes together.  French makers,  Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Hermes and Boucheron preferred this style because the cuff links appear of hug or grip the sleeve.

Single Panel cuff links
Single panel cuff links are just like double paneled cuff links except only one side of the identical shapes are decorated.  With single panel cuff links the undecorated side must be worn on the cuff facing inward against the body. 

Swivel Bar and Pivot cuff links
The swivel bar cuff links have just one decorated panel on each cuff link and a movable bar on the back.  The bar is lined up with the cuff holes and then is swiveled horizontally to hold the cuff in place.  The pivot cuff link has one side that is immobile and a connecting bar that is able to pivot.

Ball or Oval back cuff links
Ball and oval backed cuff link have a  immobile closure mechanism shaped like a ball  or an egg attached to a rod.

Show off your own personal style and elegance with antique cuff links during the holidays and other special occasions.

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