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Antique watering can made in Aesthetic style in 19th century

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Prov. Saxe, which was used by the Erdmann Schlegelmilch Porcelain Factory. The factory was founded by Leonard Schlegelmilch (1823-1898) and named for his father, Erdmann. It was in business in Suhl, Thuringia, Germany, from 1861 to 1937. The company made decorated and undecorated porcelain. The Prov. Saxe mark was used beginning in 1902, and was one of several marks used by the company. The country of origin was required on items imported into the United States beginning in 1891. Since the mark on your plates doesnt include the word Germany, they may have been made for local use. Some small plates with floral decoration have sold online for less than $10. Q: We inherited an inventory of handwritten and typed jokes and scripts from Lucille Klinker, wife of Zeno Klinker, the head writer for Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy. We would like to donate this material to someone interested in the collection or to a museum. Please let me know any information you can provide. A: Zeno Klinker (1900-1985) wrote jokes for two of Edgar Bergens movies in the 1940s and for his radio program in the 1950s. He also wrote jokes for other radio shows. He and his sister designed a series of humorous greeting cards in the 1930s. He wrote the text and his sister did the illustrations. Charlie McCarthy, Edgar Bergens dummy, is in the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. ( The American Radio Archives at the Thousand Oaks Library Foundation in Thousand Oaks, California (, has a collection of radio scripts, sound recordings and other materials. Contact these museums to see if either is interested in your collection. Q: I bought a bag of uniform buttons several years ago that have a crown in the middle and Kent Constabulary written around the edge. Some are shiny silver-tone metal and some are dark and hard. I cant tell what the dark material is; its possible that its leather. The dark buttons are marked on the back J.A. Grove & Sons, Halesowen. The buttons are about ⅞ of an inch in diameter and have a shank on the back. A: The dark-colored buttons you have are horn buttons made by James Grove & Sons, a company started in Halesowen, England, in 1857, which became the largest button manufacturer in the United Kingdom. The company specialized in uniform buttons for police, military, post office and railroad workers, and was one of the worlds largest manufacturers of horn buttons. It made buttons for both the Union and Confederate armies during the American Civil War. James Grove & Sons went out of business in 2012. Some of the dies and pattern books were sold online and a new company, Grove Pattern Buttons, began making buttons in 2013. The business was closed by 2016. The Kent Constabulary is a police force established in Kent County, England, in 1857. It became the Kent Police in ...

Ornate 16th century gun emerges from talk to local Cheshire group -

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Blythe Road in West Kensington. He holds sales ‘in association with Sotheby’s’.Del Mar confirmed that Littler had found a fine 60 bore German wheel-lock carbine, which had been made in Suhl/Thuringia in the late 16th century featuring beautiful art work.The gun is now included in Thomas Del Mar's next auction of Arms & Armour on June 28, estimated at £8000-10,000.Family historyIt had been in the Davies-Colley family of the Newbold Estate, Bruera near Chester, since around 1890. How the family came to own the carbine is no longer known, but a pair of pistols with a similar treatment of the barrel and with the same mark as the present carbine and also with a double eagle on the lock, were formerly in the Saxon Royal Collections, Dresden. and sold at Sotheby & Co, London on March 23, 1970.Another pistol decorated in this manner was sold by Thomas Del Mar at Sotheby's Olympia in June 2003. The leafy tendrils on the barrel and lock are characteristic of Suhl firearms of this period, a number of which have stocks carved en suite. Similar ones are preserved in the former Saxon Electoral Armoury, now the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden. Detail of the late 16th century carbine to be offered at the Thomas Del Mar auction in London on June 28. The 2ft 1in (63.5cm) barrel shows five allegorical figures, probably depicting the liberal arts, and also exotic birds, a hound and a rabbit. Other engravings found on the gun depict a dog formed as a marine monster, an owl and a rabbit, a devils mask, flowers and fruit. Struck with the maker's mark (Neue Støckel 2767) over the breech, engraved tang signed 'HW’ and stamped with the maker's mark en suite with the barrel, it is fitted with a raised wheel-cover, which is decorated with the double eagle displayed of the empire.Littler set up his business in 2016 to help value, advise on, and sell antiques on behalf of clients, either at auction or by private sale. He has worked for various auction houses as a generalist valuer and auctioneer.Do you like this article?Sign up to the weekly ATG newsletter for more news stories and special offers:...

Discovering Thuringia, Home to Germany’s Enchanting Christmas Markets - Vogue

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

First-time travelers to Germany may flock to the livelier hubs that are Berlin, Frankfurt, or Munich—but hidden from the crowds in the middle of the country is Thuringia, one of Germany’s smaller states. What it lacks in size, it makes up for in a high number of historical landmarks and figures: it is where the composer Johann Sebastian Bach was born, where poets Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Friedrich Schiller lived and developed their craft, and where the Bauhaus art and design movement was first ignited. It is also home to over 400 different castles and palaces, all of which are anchored by the scenic Thuringian Forest that holds a variety of different hiking trails.Visit Thuringia in December, though, and it really comes alive: it happens to hold some of the best Christmas markets in the world. (We’re talking next-level, capital-F festive, seriously postcard-worthy Christmas markets.) Every holiday season, communities across the state set up enchanting booths filled with plenty of local crafts, food, and wine. They are usually erected in the cities’ main marktplatz, though some of them spread their markets out across town, or even host t...

On the Thuringia tourist trail - Inverness Courier

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The state of Thuringia is in the very heart of Germany. It is packed with forests, more than 450 castles and fortresses, 16,000 kilometres of marked hiking trails, 1700 kilometres of cycling trails, loads of breweries, and its speciality is a sausage about 35cm long!With these credentials it is a great place to explore, and here are some of the delightful towns to see.The magnificent town hall of Erfurt, with replacement statues for the originals stolen at the end of the war.Erfurt This is the capital. It is around 1260 years old so has loads of old buildings, including a medieval bridge, 125 metres long with 35 houses built on it, the longest in Europe that still has people living on it as well as shops.Nearby is the Late Synagogue Museum, recalling the times of the Nazi era. There are two huge churches on a ridge dominating the market square. St Mary’s cathedral and St Severus church are angled slightly away from one another, leaving a massive triangular staircase to connect with the square below...

Germany's Thuringia Seeks to Awaken Its “Sleeping Beauty” - Travel Agent

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Thuringia Garden Show in Schmalkalden // Photo by Maureen Stone Thuringia, a region branded as the cultural heart of Germany and located in the dead center of the country, has been primarily a domestic tourism destination attracting almost 95 percent German guests since the nations 1990 reunification. Starting with this years eventful German Travel Mart, hosted during Aprils final days in the cities of Erfurt and Weimar, the German National Tourist Board and the Thuringia Tourist Board have served notice they are on a mission to attract the international market, including Americans, to their hidden gem.The regions modern tourism handicap is rooted in 1945s World War II geopolitical outcome. The allied division of the eastern side of Germany put postwar Bavaria under American control and its northerly neighbor Thuringia in Russian territory. Thuringia and four other eastern states fell into the German Democratic Republic (GDR), under which Thuringian students were required to study Ru...

How the Alternative for Germany Has Transformed the Country

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Left Party. The unrest in Chemnitz in August marked a turning point for the AfD. There, the party joined a phalanx of agitators and neo-Nazis, with the AfD's Thuringia state chapter leader Björn Höcke marching side-by-side with an activist from Pegida -- the anti-Islam and anti-immigrant group -- who has multiple criminal convictions on his record. For years, politics in Germany had been shaped by the old polarity between left and right. But those days are over. The question of identity now seems to be more important, which seemingly scrambles the party system. Sahra Wagenknecht of the Left Party is creating a new movement called "Aufstehen," German for "Stand Up," that she hopes will be a magnet for voters who would like to see a bigger welfare state and fewer immigrants. The move places additional pressure on the center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD), which has fluctuated between a culture of welcoming refugees and warnings of a loss of control since the refugee crisis. The business-friendly Free Democratic Party (FDP), meanwhile, has morphed into a law and order party. And the only thing still holding the CDU and Christian Social Union (CSU), the CDU's Bavarian sister party, together is the fear of losing power. The only parties that seem to be profiting from the new political complexities are the Greens and the AfD. So, how to deal with a party that fulminates against the mainstream with such abandon while at the spreading its own tentacles further into the center of society, into gov...