Saturday, July 24, 2021

Antique Coffee Grinder Wall Planter

Last weekend I turned an antique Royal Coffee Mill with a patent date of 1890 to be used as a planter for a Peperomia prostrata and a Pilea libanensis.

I used a couple of small glass saucers from the Dollar Tree and using craft foam, I created a border around one to go on top. For the bottom one, I cradled it in macrame using jute cording. The idea is to grow the Peperomia prostrata at the top and the Pilea libanensis at the bottom. This way, the larger leaves of the prostrata can mimic the whole beans while the smaller leaves of the libanensis can mimic the ground beans. The jute macrame can mimic the burlap bags that green coffee is typically shipped in from the growers.

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Friday, January 1, 2021

Colonial Wrought Iron Lighting

When it comes to colonial antiques, references are not always readily available. Although my collection is lacking many fine examples of different styles of lighting and accessories to them. I try to give a simple overview of the types of iron lighting I have in my collection. I also illustrate how some have had parts replaced, or which ones are replicas, modern pieces, forged vs. cast iron, forgeries and how some modern pieces are true in form to the original styles and others are modern renditions. I also mention how colonial iron is preserved using wax, linseed oil, and turpentine. Towards the end of this video, I give a brief overview of some books on the subject and illustrate the most informative one.

Among the lighting featured in this video include, rush lights, peerman, cruise lamps, betty lamps, phoebe lamps, gimbaled whale oil lanterns, spike candle holders, miners lamps, a sticking tommy, and more. I illustrate some features which reflect a light's age, purpose, and area it was likely manufactured in, such as Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Scandinavia countries (Norway, Sweden, Finland, or Pennsylvania Dutch. I also include examples of lighting accessories which would have been used at that time.

If you know of any additional good references to early colonial wrought iron lighting, please mention it in a comment.

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