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Mark D Swartz commented on Mark D Swartz's blog post Buying and Collecting Orrefors Swedish Art Glass
" I found this small Orrefors glass candle holder in a local antiques shop in Northern Virginia many years ago and sent this photo to Orrefors.  I was advised that this was designed by Sven Palmquist and was part of their 1954 standard…"
Aug 3
Mark D Swartz commented on C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk's group Whadja Find Today
"  I have a collection of at least 40 or more very beautiful rosaries that I collected over at least 15 years.  Most all of my rosaries are engraved with the maker's name and most are engraved Sterling silver.  Many of these also…"
Jul 29
Mark D Swartz replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion Gigantic Decorated Green Iridescent Ceramic Pitcher in the group Whadja Find Today
"I changed the title to show iridescent, thank you."
Jul 24
tomsantiquesetcetera replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion Gigantic Decorated Green Aurene Ceramic Pitcher in the group Whadja Find Today
"Aurene defines an iridescent type of GLASS (not ceramic). It was developed in NYC in 1904 at Steuben glass company."
Jul 24
Mark D Swartz replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion Gigantic Decorated Green Aurene Ceramic Pitcher in the group Whadja Find Today
"Thank you.  I did search the Internet for similar iridescent ceramics from Austria and found many similar vases and few pitchers.  This was then likely a good buy for what I paid.  I was fortunate that someone else hadn't spotted…"
Jul 24
Mark D Swartz replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion Gigantic Decorated Green Aurene Ceramic Pitcher in the group Whadja Find Today
"Thank you; I'm not a ceramics expert but I did spend over 30 years searching thru many local thrift stores and antiques shops all around Northern Virginia.  I usually spent time researching my finds on the Internet; I did check out other…"
Jul 24
Molly replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion Gigantic Decorated Green Aurene Ceramic Pitcher in the group Whadja Find Today
Jul 24
LB Laub replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion Gigantic Decorated Green Aurene Ceramic Pitcher in the group Whadja Find Today
"It looks Jugendstil to me. I would say Austria, 1890-1915."
Jul 24
Mark D Swartz added a discussion to the group Whadja Find Today
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Gigantic Decorated Green Aurene Ceramic Pitcher

  I found this large green colored ceramic pitcher in a local Salvation Army thrift store many years ago and now don't remember the price I paid but I'll guess less around $24.00.  It measures 16" high and the base most clearly shows the gilt coloration mixed in with the obvious green color.  There are gold colored emblems on the top that have a roman or Greek appearance.  When I added this photo to my computer I described this vase as having been made in Israel and I now don't know whether…See More
Jul 24
Mark D Swartz replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion Silver Metal Navajo Style Bracelet with Turquoise Stones Signed JM in the group Whadja Find Today
"As you might be able to see this cuff has a wealth of detail in the many designs which the artist included on it.  I also love the color of the turquoise and I was lucky that my friend had found this at that estate sale.  I've…"
Jul 16
tomsantiquesetcetera replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion Silver Metal Navajo Style Bracelet with Turquoise Stones Signed JM in the group Whadja Find Today
"Mark, the difference between a cuff and a bracelet is that cuffs are open and do not close, the metal is malleable and is opened to fit the wrist, bicep, ankle or elsewhere, then squeezed to lock it in place. A bracelet closes with a clasp, hinge,…"
Jul 16
Mark D Swartz replied to Amanda Jo Ford's discussion 16 watercolor prints in bow tie binding 1917 "Paris girls" in the group Whadja Find Today
"  It took me less than 5 minutes to find another copy of this same book online, with the owner asking for its' possible  value.  I didn't want to click anywhere on that page and have cookies downloaded into my browser. …"
Jul 16
Mark D Swartz replied to Wendy Tran's discussion Found this carved wooden bowl yesturday, does anyone know anything about these? in the group Whadja Find Today
"    Your photo reminded me of this wood box that I'd purchased years ago at one of the local thrift stores; the animal depicted looks very much the same as the one on your box.  As you can see mine was made in 2 pieces, the top…"
Jul 15
Mark D Swartz replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion Silver Metal Navajo Style Bracelet with Turquoise Stones Signed JM in the group Whadja Find Today
"  The woman who had purchased this cuff told me that she had thought of me when she bought it.  I offered to trade her one of my thrift store finds which I felt was equal in value to this cuff but I had to talk her into accepting a fair…"
Jul 14
Susan Henderson replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion Silver Metal Navajo Style Bracelet with Turquoise Stones Signed JM in the group Whadja Find Today
" Congrats!! I lived with a Navajo family for a few weeks when I was in high school,great experience and I learned about"pawn Jewelry" such as this authentic Navajo cuff. These pieces were often sold for a fraction of their value by…"
Jul 14

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I collect a variety of treasures from thrift stores and consignment shops, sell only a few of these on eBay and keep the nicer ones for my assorted collections. Things I collect: Swedish crystal esp. by Orrefors, all types of teak wood objects, vintage American pocket knives esp. by Imperial and Colonial, Metal Art in Pewter and Brass, Hand Made wood boxes, wood pepper mills, glass paperweights, etc. My eBay ID is smokyquartz11. The profile photo is of a Joe Zimmerman paperweight made with Greentown Glass fragments.
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My Childrens' Toy Musk Ox was Sold to Another Thrift Store Client

I yesterday went to a thrift store that I used to visit several years ago. The store was very busy with clients on a Sunday and I spent a long time looking thru lots of collectibles.  The only things I found were a very clean used childrens' Musk Ox toy that had a baby Ox on top and a Yamaha Baroque Alto recorder.  The Musk Ox was large and I asked the cashier to hold it for me.  I later walked to the cashier and went to pay for both when I sadly found out that they'd sold my Musk Ox to…

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Posted on July 18, 2016 at 8:36am

Buying and Collecting Orrefors Swedish Art Glass

 My glass collection began surprisingly enough with an award offered by the Acura dealer where I used to work; our employees had a choice of 5-6 different items such as watches, a camera, a personal radio, jewelry and a Lancelot large crystal bowl from Orrefors.  Of the roughly 110 employees at the dealership I was the only one to select the Orrefors Lancelot bowl.  It is a magnificent and beautiful design by Erika Lagerbielke; over the years I've amassed a large collection of Orrefors…

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Posted on December 13, 2013 at 8:55pm — 8 Comments

Are You a Collector or a Hoarder? How YouTube Videos Turned My Guilt Into Happiness

  I've always been a collector but began seriously collecting when I was in my 30's.  I am now 67 and have amassed a variety of collectibles.  When I was very young my parents would not let me own a knife; when I became an adult I truly enjoyed being able to buy any type of knife that I wished.  I now own a collection of antique knife-tool sets, mostly German and some American, a comprehensive collection of vintage Imperial and Colonial American knives and a small…

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Posted on December 10, 2013 at 9:00pm

eBay Feedback Score Modification -- Help for Sellers with Negative Feedback

  I'd been on eBay for at least 9 years, had only one negative feedback from a buyer about a year ago; it took  me a full year to have my score move from 97 up to 98.9.  A member's eBay feedback score is supposed to be calculated based on the prior 12 month period, however 12 months had passed and the one negative feedback was still affecting my score.  I assumed that the one negative would automatically be deleted after a year however it remained in place.  I called eBay customer support…

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Posted on December 4, 2012 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

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At 7:51pm on November 28, 2017, BikerBonnie said…

Thank you for the prompt reply, Mark.

Bonnie Owings

At 7:24pm on November 28, 2017, BikerBonnie said…

what can you tell me about my Orrefors, I bought several years, ago, second hand in a little shop.

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