Originally posted on Cheryl Young's Blog:

The island village of Bella Bella is located on

Campbell Island, north of Port Hardy on

 Vancouver Island,

 and about 3 kilometres north of McLoughlin Bay,

 where  BC Ferries’ Queen of Chilliwack docks.

It is home to the Heiltsuk Native Band and is the

 largest community on the Central Coast

(population 1,400).

Although it was the former site of the Hudson’s Bay

 Company’s Fort McLoughlin in the 1830s,

nothing remains of the fort today.

 A Native interpretive centre and big house

explaining the history of the Heiltsuk peoples are

 located in  McLoughlin Bay.

Five kilometres from Bella Bella is the community of

Shearwater.

 When European explorers arrived on this coast

in the 18th century, it was inhabited by Natives

from several cultural groups.

 Although hunters and gatherers like the tribes of the

Interior, the coastal natives were able to establish

permanent villages due to their abundant

food supply.

 Their complex cultures were…

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Ricci Argentieri  Berini8 pc  setting with Serving pieces in Tarnish Proof wooden case

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Bernini Polished

Sterling Silver Flatware, Silverware by Ricci Argentieri

Ricci is recognized by very discriminating silverware buyers as one of the premier silversmiths in the world. Click here to learn more about Ricci’s attention to detail in manufacturing fine sterling silver flatware. Bernini is manufactured in the true European continental size dimensions, with oversized servers, and unsurpassed quality. Also available in a brushed finish as Bernini Satin.

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The Ricci Argentieri Company is built on the principles of making the highest quality flatware and giftware products on the market today.

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Ricci Argentieri History
One hundred and sixty years ago the RICCI family artisans established their Guild House, Ricci Argentieri, in Alessandria, a small northern town near Milan.

Since 1840, Ricci Argentieri (also known as Ricci Silversmiths) has been one of the most respected and renowned silversmiths in all of Europe. Ricci’s rich tradition of quality craftsmanship continues today in the USA. Distributed by Godinger International, Ricci is still one of the most highly-acclaimed silversmiths in the world.
Today, Ricci’s sterling factory is still located in Padova, Italy, while our plate and stainless factories are located throughout the Far East. Each of our factories is state of the art, with our flatware and hollowware being produced to the most exacting standards. The highest quality, weight, balance and detail are apparent in every flatware piece.
At Ricci, we will not compromise quality or standards for ease of production.
At Ricci, superior quality is evident in:
Design

Ricci is dedicated to producing is sterling silver, silverplate, goldplate and stainless collections with exceptional quality and beauty. For the past five generations, Ricci has been in the vanguard in the research and development of new designs. Ricci combines classic tradition and flawless contemporary styling to produce the most exquisitely designed flatware available.

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Design engineers carefully analyze the movement of the lines and proportion of the pieces. The thickness of the metal on a single spoon varies to best carry out the pattern. Each Ricci pattern extends to the end of the piece and on both sides front and back. This detailing is only found on the best European flatware. True masters of their art, Ricci silversmiths pursue detail and design until a perfect product is produced.

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Craftsmanship Each piece of sterling silver is handcrafted – filed, polished and buffed by hand- in Italy, just as the original Ricci artisans did it in 1840.

Our elegant silver and goldplate patterns, as well as our sophisticated and fine 18/10 stainless steel collections are also carefully handcrafted in multiple specialty factories located throughout the Far East.

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All of our highly trained and expert masters of metal, practice their art in the only way they know; with devotion to quality and detail. At our state of the art facilities, Ricci flatware is produced to the most exacting standards using ultra-modern machinery that specializes in intricate designs.
Quality of Materials Ricci flatware is produced from the finest materials available. For example:
Ricci Sterling Silver, is composed of a heavily weighted.925 Sterling Silver.

Ricci Silverplate is made using  a minimum of 10 microns, whereas the usual industry standard is usually 1 microns or less.

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Ricci Goldplate is made using real 18 kt gold, at a minimum of .10 microns, whereas the usual industry standard is .02 microns and frequently, is only a gold colored wash.

Ricci Stainless Steel is using the highest quality 18/10 (18% chromium/10% nickel and 72% pure stainless steel). The composition of 18/10 creates a stainless that is both lustrous and heavyweight. The knives are forged, carbon steel, and in most case two-pieced hollow handle designed. The result is a collection that is unusually strong and undeniably beautiful.

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The artisans of the Ricci flatware collections today, apprentice under expert master craftsmen who have generations of experience. Additionally, before leaving the factory, every shipment of Ricci flatware, whether in Sterling, Silver Plate, Gold Plate or Stainless – goes through a comprehensive and stringent physical inspection performed by specially trained supervisors.

These inspectors administer a report that includes a detailed description of the quality level of the flatware and any problems that might have occurred in production. ‘Surprise’ production run inspections, packaging inspections and detailed inspections of dozens of randomly selected pieces of flatware are also conducted. The purpose of these inspections, are to monitor aesthetic look, proper form and shape, as well as proper dimensions off the finished pieces. Some of the details of our stringent inspection include:

  • Tines of forks for proper thickness and curve of tines • Grinding of the fork tines for even tips • Shape and form on all pieces to make sure they match original mechanical drawings of pattern • Weight and balance of all pieces, especially on dinner knives • Examining all knife blades for nicks, scratches and blade sharpness • Attachment of knife blades to handles on all 2 piece knives • Shape of the bowls on all spoons • Overall polish and finish • Placement and etching of hallmark • Gift boxes for proper color and layout • Internal packaging for safety and flatware protection for shipping
    If any of the above fail to meet the high standards of Ricci production, then the entire shipment is broken down and individually re-inspected. If more than just random problems are identified, the production run is destroyed and the problems are corrected before initiating the production process again. While production problems do occasionally occur, they are almost always identified and corrected before an outgoing shipment to the customer.

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EUMIG was an Austrian company producing audio and video equipment that existed from 1919 until 1982. The name “EUMIG” is an acronym for the “Elektrizitäts und Metallwaren Industrie Gesellschaft,” or, translated, the “Electricity and Metalware Industry Company.”

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History[edit]

Founding through World War II[edit]

EUMIG was founded in 1919 in Vienna, Austria, by Karl Vockenhuber, the engineer Alois Handler and Adolf Halpern, who furnished the bulk of the firm’s initial financial resources. At its founding, the company produced lighters and cigarette cases and miscellaneous electrical materials. First located at 86 Wienzeile in Mariahilf, the 6th district of Vienna, in the same year EUMIG moved to 42 Schallergasse in the 12th district.

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Distribution of 500 small receivers (DKE38) manufactured by EUMIG, on the occasion of Joseph Goebbels‘ 41st birthday in the Berlin Radio House in October 1938. The Nazi official with swastika armband distributing them is Werner Wächter, the District Manager for Propaganda.

In 1921, the company, now with 65 employees, moved again, to 5 Hirschgasse, back in the Mariahilf. In 1924, EUMIG began manufacturing two models of radios, the “Low Loss Detektor Empfänger” (“Low Loss detector receiver”) and a smaller model, the “Eumig Baby.” In 1926 Vockenhuber and Handler bought out Halpern, who retired from the company. EUMIG continued production of radio receivers and sound recorders from 1924 until 1962.

In 1928, Eumig began producing film equipment, and three years later, in 1931 it introduced its first film projector, the “Eumig P 1.” In 1932, the first movie camera “Eumig C 1″ for 9.5-mm film was introduced, and a second model, the “Eumig C 2,” also for 9.5-mm film, was introduced in 1935. This was the first movie camera in the world with semi-automatic tracking exposure control. Still expanding, that same year, EUMIG acquired the company Panradio, located at 11-13 Buchengasse, in the 10th district. In 1937 it introduced the movie cameras “Eumig C 3″ (propelled by a spring mechanism), and the “Eumig C 4,” which was the first amateur film camera in the world driven by electric motor. Overall, about 300,000 units of the C-3-series were built.

During this period, EUMIG benefitted from its employment of some of the best-known European industrial designers, including Walter Maria Kersting. It became the manufacturer of several models of the well-known “Volksempfänger,” or “People’s Radio,” that the Nazis used to reach and control a huge audience throughout Germany in the 1930s and 1940s.

By 1941 EUMIG had grown to 1,000 employees, and during the war year, in addition to radios and cameras EUMIG also produced military equipment. Its factory on the Buchengasse in Vienna was destroyed in 1945 by bombing, but fortunately, the machines were moved the previous year to a branch in Micheldorf.

Postwar Era, 1945-1979[edit]

Joseph Goebbels examining a EUMIG Volksempfänger at the Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin (“[International] Berlin Radio Show”) in August 1938.

Despite the slow economic recovery after the destruction of the Second World War, EUMIG continued to develop new lines of equipment in the 1950s. In 1951 Charles Vockenhuber died, the same year that EUMIG began producing individual photographic cameras, introducing the “Eumigetta” for 6 x 6 cm rolls of film. Two years later, its successor, the “Eumigetta 2,” debuted, though these cameras were eventually abandoned. 1954 saw the introduction of the projector Eumig P 8, the world’s first home movie projector with a low voltage lighting system (12 volts). In 1955, EUMIG released its most successful radio model, the “Eumigette,” which featured 7 tubes for FM and AM frequencies, ultimately producing approximately 500,000 units.

1956 was a landmark year for EUMIG. It built a new factory complex, designed by Oswald Haerdtl, on a site in the Neudorf sector of Vienna. Then, on the initiative of junior engineer Karl Vockenhuber, and after 6-week trials and a subsequent survey of the workforce, EUMIG introduced the first 40-hour work week in Austria. Finally, the C(amera) 16 was introduced for 16-mm film. In 1958, in recognition of its accomplishments, the company received the Staatliche Auszeichnung (“National Award”) and was allowed to use the Bundeswappen, or Federal arms of Austria, in commercial transactions.

A EUMIG 8mm movie camera from about 1955.

In 1960 Alois Handler, the last of the three original founders, died. Nonetheless, EUMIG’s postwar innovations continued, with 3,000 employees in 1961. In 1962, the radio production was abandoned and sold to HEA, after EUMIG had cumulatively sold some 3 million radios. The company then focused on the construction of movie cameras and projectors at its two plants in the Neudorf and Furstenfeld sections of Vienna.

After Kodak (USA) introduced Super-8 film, in 1965 EUMIG launched the movie camera “Viennette Super-8″ and the projectors “Mark M Super-8″ with threader and arrest projection and “Eumig Mark S Super-8″ for Super-8 sound film. At the time, EUMIG was the only European manufacturer with a complete range of equipment for Super-8 film. In 1969, it expanded again, acquiring the Swiss company Bolex, before introducing the Eumig Movie Camera “mini” in 1971. It would go on to produce about 500,000 units of the mini series. In 1973, EUMIG introduced the silent film projector “Mark 610 D” (switchable for Regular 8 and Super 8 film), which was sold in a similar form as Bolex 18-3 Duo and the Revuelux 3003.

In 1974, the Executive Board of the Vienna Buchengasse moved to a new high-rise next to the factory in Neudorf. By 1975 EUMIG had become the largest film projector manufacturer in the world, turning out some 500,000 projectors a year, and employing some 5,000 people. In 1976, EUMIG entered into a contract with Polaroid (USA) for the production of instant film Polavision devices The system consisted of the camera, the presenter and film, delivered in special cassettes, that could be developed immediately after exposure and demonstrated after only 90 seconds. Two years later, however, EUMIG had to lay off 1,000 employees after Polaroid stopped its orders for Polavision.

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In 1977 Eumig tried again in the radio hifi industry and introduced the 3-head stereo cassette deck “Metropolitan CCD”, with a tuner and amplifier as a “Metropolitan CC” in a console design, with fully electronic sensor control and opto-electronic synchronization control. In 1979, EUMIG began working on a portable video recorder, first developed by BASF for the LVR system (Longitudinal Video Recording, wherein the recording is carried out in 48 parallel tracks). But later that year, the LVR project was discontinued, as the market opportunities were considered to be too few.

A EUMIG Mark S810 Super 8 movie sound projector.

The Eumig FL-1000uP cassette deck came out in 1979, replacing the Metropolitan Series. It used a microprocessor, the Mostek MK 3870. It had a more advanced drive than the Metropolitan, with a front loading design in which the winding speed was electronically governed at Rewind (short rewind time), and was able to tape media positions accurately with an electronic counter, with an extremely short acceleration time. The built-interface could control up to sixteen decks from a computer. The FL 1000uP won the “Award for Design and Engineering” at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Chicago in 1979, where none of the Japanese devices shown had a similar functionality to EUMIG’s. Also that year, Eumig launched the waterproof film camera “Nautica” for Super 8, usable up to 40 meters below the surface.

In 1980 Eumig had 3000 employees. That year it launched the two film cameras Eumig “Eumig sound 125 XL” and “Eumig Sound 128 XL” for Super-8 sound film, which were the only sound film cameras EUMIG would produce itself. Previously, it had purchased sound film cameras from Bell & Howell.

Abrupt End, 1980-82[edit]

In 1981, EUMIG sold the development branch for SMD technology to the company Schrack. Soon afterwards, the Österreichische Länderbank (“Austrian National Bank”) stopped the further financing of EUMIG, and the company terminated production of hi-fi equipment. In 1982 the company declared bankruptcy and began liquidating its assets. The EUMIG skyscraper in Neudorf was sold to Palmers AG, while the brand name “EUMIG” was sold to the Luxembourg company Interbasic. The EUMIG patent for the macro system in lenses was sold to the Japanese company Canon. The Fohnsdorf factory was taken over by AT&S (Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik). The bankruptcy process was completed in 1985. In 1989 the German company Rothenberger GmbH, Frankfurt, acquired the rights to the EUMIG name for the production of cameras and audio and video systems, and today it is under the name EUMIG industry-tv GmbH Environmental

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Colleen Tall, Water glasses, Tall Champagne , and pony glasses, also Waterford Candle holder and butter dish

HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL

Our factory melts over 750 tonnes of crystal per year, producing circa 50,000 high-end crystal pieces per year using traditional methods. The House of Waterford Crystal keeps the traditions of mouth blowing, hand finishing sculpting and engraving alive. It is the tremendous skills of the artisans employed, at the House of Waterford Crystal, that make the creation of these exceptional pieces possible today.

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Since the early 1950’s, Waterford has introduced some of the worlds most stylish and best selling stemware patterns. While tastes may change, what has remained constant is Waterford’s promise to never discontinue a stemware pattern. The House of Waterford Crystal is pleased to offer an exclusive Archive Stemware Service, whereby, patterns from the past may still be ordered today.

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Each year, The House of Waterford Crystal designers are given the opportunity to craft a signature piece, a creation that showcases their individual skills and unique vision. The six celebrated designers at Waterford Crystal, found inspiration for their works in a diverse spectrum of artisinal influences. The annual Designer Studio Collection gathers these exclusive works in a numbered limited edition series of 200 pieces.

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Posted by: cherylyoung | September 13, 2014

Mosers Mini Sifters Mini Clear Snifters (Antique luxury Case)

Mini Sifters Mini Clear Snifter, Six (Luxury Case)BYC—90600-3-00 US$410.00 

 

 

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The mini snifters are a diminutive variation of the Giant Snifters which were designed by František Chocholatý in 1958 and were awarded the Grand Prix at the 1958 World Expo in Brussels.

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The set was originally created to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Moser glassworks’ foundation. The artist classified humanity into six different types and created 6 unique snifters that vary by volume, height and shape to reflect these types. He called them Slim Lady, Long Fellow, Long Face, Stout Gentleman, Moon Face and Big Bertha

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Detailed history of Moser glassworks and Moser crystal in dates

1857 Beginning of the Moser glassworks history. Glass engraver Ludwig Moser (1833-1916) founds an engraving shop and glass store in Karlovy Vary.
1873 Successful participation at the World Exhibition in Vienna. The exhibited glass, namely engraved glass, awarded the Medal for Merit.Ludwig Moser appointed the exclusive supplier to Franz Joseph I, The Emperor. The company is represented in New York, London, Paris and St. Petersburg.
1879 Bronze medal at the World Exhibition in Paris.
1889 Bronze medal at the World Exhibition in Paris.
1892 Building up his new glassworks in Dvory at Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic.
1893 The company registered as Glasfabrik Ludwig Moser & Söhne, Dvory at Karlovy Vary.
1893 Participation at the World Exhibition in Chicago, bronze medal.
1900 Silver medal at the World Exhibition in Paris. The glass exhibited there was crystal and coloured glass, and engraved coloured glass with floral engraving, ”Karlsbader Sezession” – vases with colour stick-on decor introduced as a specialty.
1901 Title of exclusive supplier to the Persian Shah awarded.
1908 Awarded the title of exclusive supplier to King Edward VII.
1909-1910 Beginning of production of colour cut glass and glass decorated with bitten and gilded “oro-plastic” Moser decor.
1916 Ludwig Moser, the company founder, dies (27/09/1916), his son Leo Moser becomes technical and art director of the company.
1922 The Meyr’s Neffe glassworks in Adolfov near Vimperk is bought.The name of the company becomes ”Works of Karlovy Vary for crystal glass, joint stock company Ludwig Moser & sons and Meyer nephew”.The glassworks is the biggest manufacturer of luxurious drinking and decorative crystal glass in Czechoslovakia. It has its own sales galleries in the spa towns of Karlovy Vary, Mariánské Lázně, Františkovy Lázně and from 1925 also in Prague.

Representations in Berlin, Milan, Vienna, Zurich, Madrid, Stockholm, New York and Buenos Aires.

1923 Drinking set called Pope consisting of 214 pieces given to Pius XI, the Pope, at the Vatican.
1925 At the International Exhibition of Decorative Art in Paris, the glassworks honoured with gold medal. Drinking crystal collections according to designs by architect Rudolph Wels was exhibited, ground crystal vases according to designs by Lotte Moser and students of the Arts and Crafts School in Prague.
1929 Beginning of production of glass coloured with precious soils. Coloured glass Alexandrit and Helioliteminami introduced at the trade-fair in Leipzig.
1932 Economic difficulties, sale of the Meyr’s Neffe glassworks, Leo Moser retires from the factory. Eldor glass introduced at the spring trade-fair in Leipzig.
1934 Sale of the glassworks to the Bohemian Unionbank. Moser family members leave the factory.
1935 Participation at the World Exhibition in Brussels – honoured with the Grand Prix award. Functional-shaped ground glass prevails in the production range.
1939 The glassworks are nationalized by the German state.
1941 The name of the company becomes ”Staatliche Glasmanufaktur Karlsbad Aktiengesellschaft”. It is administratively included under ”Staatliche Porzellanmanufaktur” in Berlin.
1945 The glassworks are nationalized by the Czechoslovakian Republic. They become the State Glass Industry, former “Ludwig Moser & Sons, Dvory at Karlovy Vary”.
1947 Drinking set Splendid given as wedding present to Princess Elisabeth.
1957 Participation at XI Trienale in Milan.Establishment of the Giant Snifters Club.
1958 Moser crystal glass is a part of the Czechoslovak stand at the World EXPO 1958 in Brussels.For the exhibited collection, the glassworks is honoured with the Grand Prix award.
1959 Participation at the international exhibition of modern glass in Corning, USA.
1967 Participation at the International Exhibition in Milan.
1991 Moser joint stock company established.
1992 Symposium of engraved glass with international attendance.
1993 Moser dissolves organization of its exports through company Skloexport (Glassexport), and restores direct contacts with foreign clients.
1996 Moser sales gallery opened in Karlovy Vary, wooden collonade, Tržiště 7.
1997 The Moser glassworks celebrates the 140th anniversary of its establishment. A travelling exhibition is organized on the history and the present day of the glassworks at the following places: Gallery of Art in Karlovy Vary, in the Arts and Crafts Museum in Prague, in Liberec Museum and in the Arts and Crafts Museum in Brno.Symposium of Ground Glass with international attendance (K. Bečvář, D. Eltner, I. Houserová, F. Janák, S. Kostka, J. Mareš, U. Merker, L. Sabattini, J. Šuhájek, F. Vízner, and others).
1998 Exhibition in the Glass Museum in Passau, Germany.
1999 3rd glass symposium with title “Moser and New Designs for the 21st Century“ (K. Doušová, K. Kopřivová, K. Krauzová, R. Krédl, O. Lipa, J. Mareš, A. Polanská, J. Prokeš, J. Šuhájek, J. Voldřichová).Moser becomes an exclusive supplier of glass to Czech embassies all over the world.
2000 Exhibition in Museo del Vidrio de la Real Fábrica de Cristales La Granja, Spain.
2001 New collection of drinking glass ”Millennium” launched on the market.
2002 The Moser company celebrates 145th anniversary of its foundation. The “Peace” vase by Šuhájek Jiří is introduced in a limited series of 145 pieces.
2003 Moser´s first exhibition at the International Fair Maison et Objet in Paris, France.
2004 Introduction of the unique three-coloured relief vases.
2005 Introduction of the artistic vases Angel and Wings designed by Šuhájek Jiří.Introduction of the Moser jewellery.
2007 Moser celebrates 150 anniversary of its foundation and launches its new collection and a fascinating collection of replicas. Design of René Roubíček, Jan Mareš, Ingrid Račková and David Suchopárek etc. The new collection of unique engravings in limited edition of 10 pcs engraved by the best Moser engravers was launched as well.
2008 Opening of a new Moser museum in Dvory, Karlovy Vary.Opening of a new Moser brand sales gallery in the historical center of Prague at Old Town Square in the direction of Celetná Street.Introduction of the collection of René Roubíček (vases and bowls with glued pieces), replica of succesful Brussels bowl, unique candleholder Kore from Karel Bečvář in a bronze and crystal combination, unique 83 cm/32.7 inch high vase Sonata from %link_irds% and many others works of art.
2009 Introduction of the second succesful vases Four Season II from Jiri Suhajek, modern collection from Plesl Rony Cubism or attractive cut vases and bowls from the talented designer Lukáš Jabůrek.
2010 Fresh From Moser collection for modern interior. Plain drinking suites Oeno or Dionys. Attractive design of plain and cut vases from Illo Patrik, Lukas Jaburek and many others.
2011 The most successful cut and gilded glass set Splendid celebrated the 100th anniversary of its creation. A new collection of Splendid accessories was created. The patron of Splendid was Livia Klausová, the then first lady of the Czech Republic.New collections by successful artists were launched at trade fairs in Paris, Frankfurt, New York and Atlanta.Moser Glassworks ceremoniously opened a new Museum of Glass at the Moser sales gallery in Prague on Old Town Square.

Moser was admitted into the exclusive French association of luxury brands Comité Colbert.

2012 Moser celebrated 155 years of its existence and the Paula collection celebrated the 110th anniversary of its creation. Its patron was Miroslava Němcová, chairwoman of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic.New collections and other crystal works were launched at the prestigious fairs Maison et Objet in Paris, Ambiente in Frankfurt, the New York Tabletop Show or Atlanta’s Gift Mart.Moser Glassworks ceremoniously opened the Moser Art Gallery in the sales gallery in Prague, Old Town Square. The art gallery is a meeting place for artists, exhibitions by renowned designers, presentations, workshops and other forms of artistic discussions.
2013 The Maria Theresia collection celebrated the 100th anniversary of its creation. The patron is Czech soprano Dana Burešová, soloist of the National Theatre in Prague and the winner of the Thalia Award for outstanding stage performance.New collections by successful artists were launched at trade fairs in Paris, Frankfurt, New York and Atlanta.Lukáš Jabůrek, artist and artistic director of Moser Glassworks, won the People’s Choice Award at Czech Grand Design 2012 for designing the vases Pear and Kolorit.

Moser Glassworks in Karlovy Vary built a new Ludwig Moser Square with a crystal fountain, artistic signpost and sculptures “Autumn” and “Winter” at the entrance to the glassworks.

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Posted by: cherylyoung | September 7, 2014

Remind yourself why female friendship is so important

10 Reasons Women Need Their Girlfriends

Remind yourself why female friendship is so important

By Brynn Mannino

Every woman has done it, and every woman has had it done to her—the minute you start a new relationship, your girlfriends are pushed to the back burner. But no matter how wonderful the man, it’s unlikely he’ll ever replace that much-needed time with friends, whether it’s bonding over the season finale of The Bachelorette or a heart-to-heart over coffee. After all, says Carmen Renee Berry, MSW, coauthor of Girlfriends: Invisible Bonds, Enduring Ties, women (much like men) speak their own language. But more than that, our girlfriends are the family we choose for ourselves. Below, a few reasons—some silly, some serious—why we’ll always need one another.

1. Shopping
If you want to share the experience of shopping with someone, says Berry, rather than have someone follow you around, bring a girlfriend. Plus, no matter how wonderful your partner is, he will never grasp why the choice between red alligator and red patent leather pumps is oh-so-important. Photo by Shutterstock.

2. Group Therapy
Whatever issue you’re facing (relationship, work, general breakdown), there’s no better fix than the unique perspectives of your friends. Plus, Berry says, “You don’t have to explain much for a group of girlfriends to know exactly what you mean.” Photo by Shutterstock.

3. Bethenny Getting Married—or Any Reality TV Show
No matter how hard we try to change their minds, men have long deemed our guilty pleasure intolerable. But that’s OK. Your man doesn’t have to have all the same interests as you. Instead, use it as the perfect excuse to get together with your friends on a regular basis. Photo by iStockphoto.

4. Girls Night Out (or In)
Whatever the evening’s events, sometimes even just the pre-party can ignite the insightful, rejuvenating conversation you didn’t even know you longed for. Plus, just being in the presence of a group of people who love, support and complement you can give you a sense of playful freedom, often bringing out a side of you that you forgot was there. Photo by Shutterstock.

5. Venting
Boys will be boys, and sometimes their can’t-read-your-mind responses prompt the need to commiserate. On the other hand, sometimes they deserve a round of applause—and nothing serves as a better reminder of how lucky in love you are than a sigh from your girlfriends as you recap his most recent romantic gesture. Photo by Shutterstock.

6. Sex and Body Talk
You may have a question your boyfriend or husband wouldn’t know the answer to, Berry explains. Not to mention, somewhere deep inside, you want your love interest to continue seeing you as the goddess he did when you first met, which might make discussing your most recent yeast infection a bad idea. Photo by Shutterstock.

7. Dance Therapy
When there’s no holding back, dancing takes on a whole new realm of possibilities. And, while there are plenty of perks to getting down with a group of super-fun guys, there’s nothing like getting your groove on with ladies who won’t care how sweaty you’ve gotten by the end of the night. Photo by Shutterstock.

8. For the Truth…When Nobody Else Will Give It to You
Ultimately you want friends who make you feel good about yourself, but it’s nice to be able to ask a question and receive an honest response—whether it’s regarding those unflattering low-rise pants or that boy who will never fit in with your family. But Berry warns, “The point of constructive criticism is to improve the life of your girlfriend—not to be a ruse for trying to make her change.” Photo by B2M Productions/Getty Images.

9. Because They Can Relate To You
You need people who, for better or worse, have been through what you’ve been through. After all, wisdom derives from experience. But either way, ladies tend to listen, explains Berry, while men feel the need to solve a problem. When her garbage disposal broke, Berry says, “My girlfriend listened while I lamented, and I felt much better; my male friend showed up at my door with a new garbage disposal, which he promptly installed.” Photo by iStockphoto.

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Posted by: cherylyoung | September 6, 2014

Steve Price for Mayor of Sidney

Steve Price for Mayor of Sidney

Click here to read about Steve and his campaign to run for mayor of Sidney in the November 2014 local government elections. Steve has served the community of Sidney for two terms as a Councillor, where he has worked tirelessly to improve our beautiful community.

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Posted by: cherylyoung | August 25, 2014

Antique Pine Canadiana Ladderback Rocking Chair

 

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About Antique Rocking Chair

The rocking chair has long been a staple of Canadian domesticity and one of our most beloved symbols of advancing age. Many such creations were built in the last century, when putting runners or rockers on an otherwise uncomfortable perch represented the height of seating technology.
Today the chairs remain lasting testaments to the Canadian  culture of leisure that first found its origins over a hundred years ago.
Antique rocking chairs come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, from the most basic wooden versions through truly decadent creations in hardwood, ivory and gold leaf.
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Many of these boasted precursors to the modern upholstery trend of combining foam and batting, creating seating surfaces that were as inviting as they were attractive. Rocking chairs from the old days were widely considered some of the finest examples of Canadian  furniture design.
Innovative design houses and architects all got into the market with creations of their own, and many stretched existing forms in new directions with swooping armrests, canted surfaces and the kind of detailed edging that made any seat a throne.
If you have been looking for better resources on these popular items, you may want to check for collectors’ groups online.
Today a vibrant trade has cropped up that combines the best of history, function and materials, and avid collectors believe there has never been a better time to find affordable, timeless examples of the breed.
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Posted by: cherylyoung | August 25, 2014

Antique Ansonia Clock needs some work and new glass

Antique Ansonia Clocks Ansonia Clock Company History

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The Ansonia Clock Company was one of the major 19th century American clock manufacturers. It produced millions of clocks in the period between 1850, its year of incorporation, and 1929, the year the company went into receivership and sold its remaining assets to Soviet Russia.
Here is a brief timeline describing the events leading to the formation of the Ansonia Clock Company and to its ultimate demise.

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1844 – The Ansonia Brass Company is formed by Anson Green Phelps

       Although he became one of the great mercantile capitalists of his time, Anson G. Phelps had rather humble beginnings. Born to an old Connecticut family, he was orphaned at age ten, and soon after became a saddlemaker’s apprentice. He later moved to Hartford and went into business for himself as a merchant and a shrewd trader. He bartered saddles for cotton from South Carolina and then sold the cotton in New York. With the proceeds from the cotton sales he purchased dry goods to sell back in his Hartford store.

       At age 31 he moved to New York and joined forces with another Connecticut trader, Elisha Peck. As the firm of Phelps & Peck they exported Sourthern cotton to England and imported metals to New York in return, becoming New Yorks largest metal importer of the time.
       After his partnership with Peck dissolved, he formed the firm of Phelps, Dodge & Co. with two of his son-in-laws. Phelps, Dodge and Co. remained a leading New York metals importer. Located in southeastern Connecticut’s Naugatuck River Valley on the east bank of the river, nine miles from New Haven, the factory produced rolled brass for industrial uses. The city of Ansonia was originally part of a larger area called Derby. When the city was incorporated in 1889 it was named Ansonia in honor of Anson Phelps.

1850 – The Ansonia Clock Company is formed as a subsidiary of the Ansonia Brass Company by Phelps and two Bristol, Connecticut clockmakers, Theodore Terry and Franklin C. Andrews.

       By 1838, inexpensive clock movements made of rolled brass had largely replaced wooden and cast brass movements in America. Terry & Andrews were the largest clock manufacturers in Bristol at that time. They had more than 50 employees and had used 58 tons of brass in the production of about 25,000 clocks in the previous year. Phelps decided to get into the clockmaking business as a means to expand his market for his brass products. It was a shrewd business move for Phelps to join forces with Terry and Andrews, allowing him to profit from the manufacture of a clock’s raw components and the finished product as well.          Terry and Andrews thought it was a good business decision for them as well, giving them ready access to large quantities of brass for use in clock movements. They agreed to sell Phelps a 50% interest in their clockmaking business and move the entire operation to Ansonia, CT, where Phelps had his brass mill. 1851 – 1852 Andrews leaves the business.  In 1851 Andrews sells all but one of his shares. He sells his remaining share to Terry in 1852.

1853 Ansonia exhibits their cast iron cased clocks at the New York World’s Fair. Only two other American clock companies exhibited at the fair, which opened on July 4, 1853. They were the Jerome Manufacturing Company of New Haven, Connecticut, and the Litchfield Manufacturing Company of Litchfield, Connecticut.

1853 – Anson Phelps, at age 73, sells his interest in the Ansonia Clock Company to his son-in-law, James B. Stokes. Stokes was one of the directors of the firm of Phelps, Dodge & Co., a metal importing company originally founded by Anson G. Phelps and two of his son-in-laws. Phelps dies a wealthy man at his New York City home on November 30, 1853.

Early engraving of the original Ansonia Clock Factory in Connecticut

1854 – A huge fire destroys the Ansonia Clock Company factory. The New York Daily Times reports at the time: “New Haven, Saturday, July 8 – The large stone factory of the Ansonia Clock Company was wholly destroyed by fire early this morning. The loss exceeds one hundred thousand dollars. Insured for about fifty thousand. The business of the company was conducted by T. Terry & Son.”

1854 – The land and the ruined buildings are bought by the directors of Phelps, Dodge & Co. The shares purchased include the remaining shares owned by the last of the original founders, Theodore Terry. It is interesting to note that Terry thereafter became involved in a clock venture with the great promoter P. T. Barnum. It produced clocks under the name of the Terry & Barnum Manufacturing Company until its bankruptcy in March of 1856.

1854 to 1869 – The Ansonia Brass & Battery Mill, one of Phelps, Dodge & Co.subsidiary companies, continues to make brass movements for supply to the general clockmaking trade. They also made some finished clocks that were usually marketed under the label “Ansonia Brass Company” and, more rarely, the “Ansonia Brass & Battery Company” In 1860 they report having manufactured 22,000 clock movements and 2,000 finished clocks during the previous year.

1869 – Full-scale clock production resumes under the name of the newly incorporated Ansonia Brass & Copper Co., a reorganization of the Ansonia Brass & Battery Company. By June of 1870, the company reports it had manufactured 83,503 clocks. By this time the factory employed 150 workers and had used 90,000 pounds of brass in making the clocks. The earliest known price list under the Ansonia Brass & Copper Company name, dated January 1, 1873, offers 45 models of clocks and timepieces and fourteen different movements.

 

1877 – The Ansonia Clock Company is reborn when the clockmaking operation is spun off from the brass milling operation. The company is incorporated in New York City, its shares held primarily by the officers of Phelps, Dodge & Company. Henry J. Davies of Brooklyn, himself a clockmaker, inventor and case designer, joins the newly reconstituted company as one of its founders. As President of the firm he makes great contributions to its success. He is thought to be largely responsible for the figurine clocks, swing clocks and other unusual and desireable novelties for which the Ansonia firm became known, and which are among today’s most collectible of Ansonia clocks   1878 – Inventor Thomas Edison visits the Ansonia Clock Company factory to experiment in combining clocks with his newly developed phonograph. Edison and his pricipal lab assistant, Charles Batchelor, did some of the initial experiments, leaving the Ansonia Clock Company to continue with the bulk of the research and development. Attempts to make a commercially viable “phonograph clock” proved ultimately unsuccessful.

1879 – A second Ansonia Clock factory is opened in Brooklyn, New York. By June of 1880 it has 360 workers. The Ansonia, Connecticut factory continues producing clocks as well with a work force of 100 men and 25 women.

A postcard view of Ansonia Clock Factory, Brooklyn, New York 7th and 8th Aves. and 12th and 13th Sts. “Largest Clock Factory in the World”

1880 – Misfortune strikes again when the New York factory burns down. The cause of the fire is reportedly an explosion caused by leaking gas. The New York Times reported: “all that remained of the factory was the burned and blackened walls.” The loss is reported to be $750,000 with only $250,000 insured.

1881 – The New York factory is rebuilt on the same site.
1883 – The Ansonia, Connecticut factory is closed. All administrative and manufacturing operations are moved to New York. By this time Ansonia had sales offices in New York, Chicago and London.

1886 – By now more than 225 different clock models are being manufactured. The prosperous and debt free Ansonia Clock Company reports having an inventory worth $600,000 and receivables valued at $250,000.

1904 – Ansonia adds inexpensive, non-jeweled watches to their line. Ansonia had produced an estimated 10 million of these by 1929.

1914 – The company is at its height. More than 440 different clock models are now available. In addition to a huge domestic sales volume, clocks were exported in large quantities to Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, India and eighteen other countries.

1915 to 1920 – Sales volume drops as the effects of WWI and stiff competition from other clock companies begins to take its toll. In the early

1900’s Ansonia’s line of novelty clocks became their biggest sellers. However, as competition for the novelty clock market grew ever stronger, the company attempted to maintain their market share by undercutting their competitors’ prices. This strategy proved financially disastrous. By failing to maintain a realistic profit margin the comnpany took on increasing debt, all the while failing to curb the competition in the niche thgey once dominated. By 1920, the number of clock models offered in their catralogs had dropped to 136. Their formerly popular black iron mantel clocks, china cased clocks and statue clocks were all discontinued.
1926 – Ansonia sells it five story Brooklyn warehouse.

1927 – The number of different Ansonia clock models offered for sale drops to 47.

1929 – The company goes into receivership a few months before the stock market crash. The machinery and dies were sold to Amtorg, an American trading organization acting as the principal importing and exporting agent for Soviet Russia.
An October 10, 1929 news story in the Appleton Post Crescent of Appleton, Wisconsin, mentions the event in an article titled “Soviet Russia Is Good Customer of U.S. Businessmen – Purchases Four Times Above Pre-War Acale and Still Going Up.”
The article begins:

“American goods and manufacturing, engineering and building talent continue to pour into Russia with increasing volume. Russia’s five year plan of economyand industrial expansion is being revised ambitiously…A check of the facts and figures seems to indicate that Russia is determined to build up her whole economic structure with American parts.”

The article continues with the mention of the Ansonia Clock Company as one of its purchases:

“(Russia) has just bought a clock factory from the Ansonia Clock Company of Brooklyn which will be moving to Russia to manufacture a million alarm clocks and half a million wall clocks a year.”

The deal included sending former Ansonia employees to Moscow for up to 18 months set up the equipment and train Russian workers, giving birth to Russia’s industrial mass production of mechanical timepieces.

The Lima (Ohio) News gave this account in a March 12, 1931 news report:

“…there came an order to supply the Soviet union with men and machines to make watches and clocks, neither of which products ever had been manufactured there. Representatives of Amtorg went to the Ansonia Clock Company in Brooklyn and to the Duber Hampden Watch Company of Canton, Ohio, and bought them lock, stock and barrel. Then they hired most of the skilled employees of the plants to go to Russia and operate the familiar machines. These have been installed in a new, many-windowed building in Moscow, where Russian apprentices are beginning to master the trade.”

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Posted by: cherylyoung | August 24, 2014

Antique heavy duty brass and lead Tiffany Lamp

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