I went to a local auction today at the Fair Grounds. It's always an interesting scene; lots of stuff from dead people, colloquially known as an “estate sale”.
The picture, above, is someone’s late-Victorian era milk glass Easter egg collection. | I’d never heard of these, but apparently the practice of giving artificial Easter eggs as gifts was started in Europe in the 18th century. Those eggs were paper-maché. When the practice came to America in the 19th Century, we made our gift Easter eggs out of white glass (aka “milk glass”). Some eggs were blown into a mold, others were blown free hand. Women (yes) would hand paint and decorate the eggs using water-based paint that has usually not stood up well over time.
|Dead people's collections, British toy soldiers, WWI edition.|
|Full package and empty bottle of patent medicine with chloroform.|
The Atwater Kent radio in plexiglass box in the picture, above went for $850, the 14” paper-maché Old King Cole RCA Nipper and framed Nipper picture went for $475 (combined), and the small cylinder gramophone (without head or key) went for $850. A less-than cherry Nipper on Ebay (same model, but badly repaired) is for sale for $944 “or best offer”. For those interested, the story of Nipper is here.