.A beautiful record and a stunning gift for the connoisseur of Imperial Russian jewelry Imperial Russian jewelry has its own special allure and is highly appreciated by collectors and connoisseurs around the world. This book offers a fascinating range of jewels and objects d'art crafted in St Petersburg during the golden age of ornamental design. Starting with the reign of Elizabeth, Empress of Russia, through that of Catherine the Great and ending in 1917 with the passing of Nicholas the 2nd, the book is intertwined with captivating personal and imperial history. It describes the development of style and design within the art of the St Petersburg goldsmith, while putting it into historical context. Many of the pieces portrayed come from private collections in Finland and Sweden, each with a unique prominence happily preserved in anecdotes, letters, diaries, historical documents, and photographs. Magnificent portraits from Russia's most prestigious museums can likewise be found throughout the book's 300 deeply illustrated pages."
Before plastic handles and asbestos oven mitts retrieving items from a hot oven was difficult and moving a hot kettle could be hazardous. What options were there? Pot holders During the 1940s and 1950s, hand crocheted pot holders became an artistic staple in kitchens across America. From simple circles to recognizable objects, mothers and grandmothers created pot holders to use, to give away, and to sell at bazaars. In this colorful book, Gay & Gifty Pot Holders, hundreds of examples are pictured, explained, dated, and priced. Collectors and dealers alike will appreciate the comprehensive look at an art form few know how to create, but so many enjoy collecting. 260 color photos illustrate a wide variety of pot holders, and concise captions provide information and current values. Whether you buy pot holders to use, display, keep, or sell, you will appreciate Barbara Mauzy's thoroughness on another aspect of kitchen collecting.
Like peering through the plate glass window of a Woolworth's, Kresge's or J.J. Newberry's, this engaging book reveals the wonderful array of dime store merchandise that awaited homemakers and gardeners during our country's Depression era. Consumers in those years needed a convenient, affordable place to purchase necessities for the home -- and dime stores had it all. Illustrated with over 300 images, many of them drawn from the original catalogues and advertisements, this book is a virtual shopper's paradise of Depression era goods from the pretty to the practical; colorful dinnerware, cookware, salt and pepper shakers, cookie jars, linens, home decor, stationery, furniture, needlework, sewing notions, holiday decorations, gardening products, even supplies for the family pet. For all those who treasure memories of their local five-and-ten cent store, this book is a must. Current values for all items are included.
First published in 1996, Mastering the Sky received acclaim as one of the best one-volume histories of aviation ever written. Beginning with ancient myths and man's aspiration to soar to the heavens, James Harrison takes us on a kaleidoscopic tour of early history, including tower jumpers, balloonists and barnstormers. After the achievement of the Wright Brothers, the story accelerates, parallel to the development of faster, stronger and more powerful aircraft. By the end of the book, man has flown to the moon and humans reside on space stations for months at a time. The history of aviation is a breathtaking story, told here by a masterful author who, despite his wealth of detail, never fails to convey the human interest, and a sense of pure exhilaration at our ability to conquer challenges.
Passionate and iconoclastic, these 80 articles and essays represent Ueland's entirely original view of the moral, social, and political issues of Midwestern, and American life. Her personality leaps off the page in all its quirky intensity.--Wilson Library Bulletin