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Victorian Queen Anne Style in the United States

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     The Queen Anne style came over to the United States and began getting popular around 1880, not long after its popularity was booming in England.  Just like with some other things, the term Queen Anne style is loosely used.  Many of the same architectural elements seen in England are not the same seen here in the United States.

     In fact, the US version of the Queen Anne style is much more similar to the Craftsman style than its British counterpart.  While some of the features of these two design styles are similar, there are more differences.  The biggest similarities are the asymmetrical facades paired with overhanging eves, towers, and Dutch Gables.  Large wraparound porches often accentuate all of the above in classic Queen Anne Style.

     Some of the most decorative elements that are significant in this architectural style are not found on the outside of the home, but rather in the decorations and hardware that adorn the interior.  Door hinges, door knobs, cabinet hardware and much more are pieces that characterize the Queen Anne style perfectly, and may be similar or even identical to pieces found over in Great Britain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    The Craftsman/Queen Anne style can be found throughout the country, but perhaps the most famous example of this are the painted houses that line the streets of San Francisco.  They are the epitome of this style.

     If you want your home to portray the Queen Anne or Craftsman Victorian architectural styles, the best way to achieve this is from the inside out.  If your home already has some of the exterior elements, that is an added bonus.  Adding little touches throughout the interior are a great and affordable way to change the style of your home.

     When picturing a Queen Anne house, what most often comes to mind are “gingerbread”  houses. These  houses have lacy, delicate features like turned porch posts and ornamental spindles. Some interior uses of this style are demonstrated above.  This design is often called Eastlake, because it shares characteristics of the work by Charles Eastlake.

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Written by antiqueswriter

June 7, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Not Your Average Piece of Junk

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It’s been awhile since we’ve featured any door knockers. We don’t want everyone to think that we specialize in just drawer pulls and knobs. We actually pride ourselves in being able to supply our customers with a wide variety of antique and replica pieces from around the world. We want to give everyone the opportunity to capture the old world classic feel without always having to pay an exorbitant price.

While sometimes it seems like we feature more of one type of piece than another, most times it is because it is what we are really and truly excited about showing to you. True, there are certain items, like drawer pulls, that we do seem to feature more of, but that’s mainly because they are so abundant. These types of pieces account for a good third of our stock, but that’s also because they account for the same, if not more, in homes. Just think of how many dressers and cabinets you have in your house compared to doors, mailboxes, light fixtures, etc.

Rusty Drawer Handle

This piece is no exception. Yes, it’s another drawer pull and yes it needs a really good cleaning, but take a good look at it. You can tell that this piece was handmade by the simple craftsmanship that went in to it. There is a great amount of detail work on the back piece of it, which makes it a gorgeous accent to any piece of furniture. The assembly, where the handle itself attaches to the rest of the piece, is nothing more than a simple loop of metal to hold it in place. Unlike many modern pieces that may come in two, three, or four parts, this simple one piece construction sets it apart from its more modern counterparts.

We really like how the dark of the rust sets of the piece, and while we won’t use rust a finish, we will used oiled bronze as well as copper and probably cast iron as well. Let us know what you think?

More From The Pot O’ Gold

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Here is another wonderful piece from our own pot of gold that we were fortunate enough to win in the most recent auction. This piece will be a little harder to market, since it’s more of a specialized piece, but I think the market is big enough that it won’t be too difficult to get a broad audience for it.

After all, flowers have been well loved for centuries, and often has special meaning for a variety of people. The design does limit the versatility of the piece slightly, but opens up several options that weren’t there before. A piece like this, perhaps in a different finish, or even an enamel one, would look absolutely darling in a nursery, or a little girl’s room. It is the type of piece that she probably wouldn’t grow out of, and would make a wonderful accent to the piece to hand down to her daughters or grand daughters one day.

Flower Knob

This would also be a wonderful piece to brighten up an otherwise dull kitchen, bathroom, or even guest bedroom. Floral motifs are becoming increasingly popular, and are extremely easy to accessorize. The trouble with designs like this can be an abundance of items available, and this can lead to an overwhelming feeling, especially when you are trying to find just the right piece to make the room complete, or just the right design to truly match a floral bedspread or curtains.

This piece would also look great on a potting table, or in a gardening shed for anyone that has a love of gardening and flowers. Perhaps they have a space dedicated in their garage just for their hobby and need a sturdy yet whimsical design to compliment it. This flower drawer pull is the perfect accent to finish the space. This will be available in a variety of finishes as well, ensuring the most versatility for it.

Pot O’ Gold

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We recently bid on another auction box, this one labeled as a pot of gold.  While I didn’t actually believe that it was full of gold, especially at the price that we got it for.  What we expected was a box full of gold-colored items, but we received much more than we bargained for.  Clearly, the people who create these posts knew what they were doing when they created the wording or the auction.  Our winning bid was nearly double the amount we had budgeted to spend, and we think it’s only because of the title of the auction.

Granted, we are more than pleased with our decision to continue bidding, now that we have discovered the contents of the box.  It is indeed filled with gold-colored items like we imagined, in the form of shiny brass door knobs and drawer pulls.  Some of them still need a really good polishing, but the majority of them were in near-new condition when we received them.  Don’t believe me? Just look at the picture!  I haven’t done a thing to this piece except take it’s picture so we could post it before stripping it down to make a mold of it!

Simple Elegant Drawer Pull

This piece is going to be extremely easy to mold, as well as to sell.  It’s simple yet elegant design makes it ideal for any dresser, any style.  There are a few marks on the original piece, but they will not be there on the replicas.  We will be sure that this piece is absolutely flawless before creating the final mold.  That way it is ready for you to install on your nightstand, entertainment center, or even kitchen cabinets.  We would love to hear how you are going to use this piece!  Let us know; it may give us more ideas for future pieces.

Written by antiqueswriter

March 7, 2011 at 11:41 am

Ocean Inspired Drawer Pull

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This is another piece that we were lucky enough to receive in the last auction surprise, and is easily one of the most unique ones we’ve ever had.  The design is that of  a more modern piece while maintaining the classicism of pieces we have once loved in grandparents and other relative’s homes.  We found this piece in decent shape, though it still needs some work before we can replicate it.

One of the most beautiful parts about this piece is the delicate swirls that surround the raised circle in the center.  My guess is that the artist was inspired by the gentle ocean waves, and decided to capture them forever in brass.  Of course, this decorative design element is also the most difficult to clean.  All of those little groves love to trap dirt and grim and make it near impossible to get out.  So what do we use to get into the grooves?  We have extremely sophisticated equipment that is specially made to reach down and clean all that gunk out.  That’s right; a toothbrush.  These are perfectly designed for a myriad of cleaning projects, especially when it comes to restoration.

Ocean Inspired Drawer Pull

This is a great accent piece on any dresser or nightstand, as well as cabinets and drawers in your kitchen.  Simple little extras such as these can really add a little something extra to make a room feel cozier and more personable.  This would also be  wonderful element to have in your beach house, or any other coastal inspired dwelling.  With so many different finishes to offer, this is a wonderful choice for even the pickiest home decorator.

Where would you feature this piece in your home?  Would you use it as an accent piece on certain cabinets, or would you create a uniform theme? If so, send us a picture and we will put your home online – you could be famous!

Written by antiqueswriter

February 27, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Auction Box Special #2 – Latch

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Here is another excellent piece from the same auction box that led us to discover the flower hooks that we told you about. We don’t know the history of this particular piece, but we did hear that about six months prior to this box being pieced together there was a large fire that spread through several older homes in the area. The exact cause of the fire has not been determined, but investigators speculate that it was caused by a faulty space heater. This latch, however, remains – and it is quite nice.

We contacted the thrift store that provided the auction that we won, and they were able to give us a little bit of history of the area that most of these items may have come from. Although they didn’t obtain the person’s information that donated them, they do know a few things about them for certain.

Latch

First off, and most importantly, we know that this is an original piece from a home in the historic district. It was used as a latch on a stand alone pantry door, and was meant to keep unwanted pests, like young children sneaking a sweet treat, out of the staple foods that many people relied on. This type of latch is seen quite often today on different types of furniture.

This is a very functional and easy to manipulate latch, and is the perfect piece to secure many different type of cabinetry and storage devices. It’s a classic piece that will never go out of style no matter what piece of furniture you put it on! Of course, this latch would also work well on the inside of a door – such as a bathroom or bedroom – for a bit more privacy.

This piece is extremely versatile, and will be easy to recreate in several different finishes. It’s hard to guess which one will be the most popular choice, but if i had to guess I would say the oiled bronze; what do you think? Perhaps Antique Copper? Or simply Antique Brass – yes, that would be nice.

Written by antiqueswriter

February 19, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Crystal Clear Glass Cabinet Knobs – A Great New Way to Decorate

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Decagon Glass Knob

Art Deco Knob

1 1/2 Inch Glass Knob

Crystal clear glass cabinet knobs are a wonderful way to add the beauty of glass to your kitchen, bathroom or bedroom without needing to introduce new colors or try to match the existing color schemes in the room. Glass cabinet and drawer hardware is a simple way to update the look of your cabinets or drawers without needing to refinish or repaint if the surfaces are still in good condition. Unlike metal hardware that can become dented or scratched over time, glass offers a timeless beauty that will be a subtle but elegant addition to your home.

Glass cabinet hardware is available in a variety of shapes and designs which can range from simple hexagonal designs to wonderful swirl patterns. Since knob construction can vary some types may offer a base in a variety of different finishes that can be coordinated to doorknob sets, faucets, hinges, etc. that are not being replaced. Popular finishes include Polished Brass, Antique Brass, Polished Chrome, Brushed Nickel and Oil Rubbed Bronze.

Installing new knobs on your cabinets and drawers is a simple process that typically takes only a few minutes. Knobs can either be designed with the bolt going through the knob from the front and attaching with a nut on the interior of the cabinet or they can be a rear mounting system where a bolt is screwed into the base of the knob from the inside of the cabinet or drawer. If bolts are too long or short they can be cut to size or easily replaced at a local hardware store.

Coordinate your home further and create a new theme with glass by installing glass doorknob sets and window tie backs as well. A simple way to updating the look of any room is replacing older and worn hardware and giving new life to the older furniture and doors in your home. Glass cabinet and drawer hardware is also available in a variety of colors if you want to add a touch of color as well.

LookInTheAttic & Company offers a wide selection of beautiful glass cabinet hardware. They also offer a great selection of doorknobs and window hardware to complete the theme. Be sure to ask questions if you are unsure about size or installation instructions. Glass hardware is a unique and beautiful addition to any home and a great way to redecorate without spending a lot of time and money in the process.

Written by miznomerz

January 13, 2010 at 6:42 pm