Tag: antiques

The Gift: Equestrian Napkin Rings from Halcyon House


The Gift

What it is: These unique napkin rings from Halcyon House feature a variety of equestrian images. Each set contains four (of the same image), so you can choose your favorite, or collect them all– perfect for your larger dinner gatherings. $85-$165 per set.

Who it’s perfect for:

Horse Lovers: This is kind of a no-brainer, but if you know anyone who loves horses, you know that they also love horse paraphernalia, horse art, horse jewelry– all of it. And while they likely already have some horse paintings, or a horse mousepad or a horse sweater (or three), how often are they likely to come upon horse napkin rings? Plus, they’re so elegant that’s it’s a nice way of helping keep your loved one’s obsession looking classy.

Your Maryland Thanksgiving Hostess: Going to a relative’s house for Thanksgiving? If you’re staying in-state, where horse racing is a point of pride and a piece of our history, you can impress your hosts (and their other guests) with a lovely gift of these gorgeous napkin rings. You can keep it only vaguely equestrian with the fox design, or go super specific with the riding hat or saddle.

“The Hunt” equestrian napkin rings are available at Halcyon House Antiques (11219 Greenspring Avenue in Lutherville). For more information, visit www.halcyonhouseantiques.com.




The View From Halcyon Farm: Collecting, Part II


We wrote about collecting a few weeks ago, and since then, a new book on collecting has been published. The title is Collected: Living with the Things You Love, by Fritz Karch and Rebecca Robertson, both of whom worked for Martha Stewart–a major collector.

One of the main premises in the book is that there are different types of collectors, and that’s certainly borne out by the people I know who collect!

Are you a Seasonalist? Do you collect items solely by season? Is Christmas where you go crazy?


    The View from Halcyon Farm: It’s Finally Fall!


    It’s finally fall here at Halcyon and we’ve already had our first frost. In fact, it was more than two weeks ago! As the season changes, we look at what needs to be done to get ready for when the days draw in and winter comes on with a vengeance. If it’s anything like last winter, we need to be well prepared.

    In the gardens. We are lucky enough to have a greenhouse, so we bring all of our huge citrus trees, gardenias and other fragile plants inside where they can over-winter. And we always pull up all of the dead plants – you really don’t want your garden looking like a plant graveyard all winter, do you?


    If you have tubers, like the dahlias we have by the hundreds, you can pull them up and over-winter them in your basement or another cool area. Here are some great tips on how to do this.

    The View from Halcyon Farm: Collecting Baltimore



    At Halcyon Farm, we are fans of all things Baltimore. From early Baltimore painted furniture by the Finlay Brothers to more modern day Kirk and Stieff silver, we are hometown at heart. Our collections have been assembled over a number of years, found at auctions, small antique shops and estate sales. We still continue to find Baltimore ephemera in the most unlikely places.

    Rare Baltimore Desk Fetches Over Half-Million Dollars at Christie’s


    standCourtesy Citybizlist – A rare Federal desk and bookcase, presumed to be Baltimore 1800 – 1810, was estimated to sell for $150,000 to $300,000 at Christie’s Important American Furniture sale on September 25th.  In fact, the satinwood-inlaid, Verre Eglomise (reverse-painted glass) mahogany cylinder desk realized $567,750.

    Pigtown Design: Hammer Time (at auction!)


    As you might have guessed by now, I am a fan of auctions. I’ve been attending them for years, and regardless of whether I buy something or not, there’s always something to be learned.

    For new collectors, auctions are great. You can pick up the piece, look underneath it, heft it in your hands, check for damages, and thoroughly examine the piece before you bid on it. Most of the better auction houses have catalogues, which you can either purchase or download from their website, and they give you some information about what’s going under the hammer.

    One of our local auction houses (Alex Cooper) has an auction about every six to eight weeks, and it’s a lot of fun to attend.  I usually attend one of the previews, so I can check things out before the actual auction. I generally have the catalogue in hand, so I can mark off the  lots that interest me. It’s also a good social time, as you frequently see the same people time after time.

    After talking about intaglios and reliefs in my last post,I was delighted to see several lots of mounted collections of these pieces.

    Pigtown Design: Favorite FInds at the Hunt Valley Antique Show


    I had the chance to attend the Maryland Antiques Show at Hunt Valley last weekend, including a lecture by Bobby McAlpine. Everything was just so gorgeous, and I saw a number of things that I coveted.

    This is a early 1900’s salesman’s sample board for children’s socks.

    This Weekend: The Maryland Antiques Show of Hunt Valley



    catch of the day fish (2)Maybe it’s just that many of my earliest memories involve being dragged around countless antique shows and flea markets by my parents. I remember my folks haggling and making trades, asking for a dealer discount, because at that time, antiques were the family business. On one particularly traumatic occasion, I left my favorite stuffed animal (a well-worn stuffed dog from some bygone era) at a dealer’s booth and we had to go back through the entire show to track him down. When we finally did, I was of course relieved, but also disturbed to notice how he just blended in with all of the other stuff in the booth. He was old, a bit tattered, and would have stood out far more in the window of any retail toy store. This was my inheritance: a love (for better or worse) of old stuff. And so, what can I do but share it? In other words: anyone else planning to camp out in anticipation of the Maryland Antiques Show this weekend?

    Gore Dean to Move to Hampden, Hon



    Our friendly gossips spies tell us that Gore Dean, the high-end interior design furniture and accessories store in the Village of Cross Keys and formerly in the Mt. Washington Mill,  is moving to Hampden.  The venerable shop, which bills itself as the designer’s department store, will make its move in the next few weeks into the Republican Club at 3535 Chestnut which was recently sold.

    Pigtown Design: A Yard Sale Not to be Missed


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    One of the most anticipated yard sales around these parts is at my friend Jake’s house. Jake was my real estate agent when I bought my house last summer, but he’s also a floral designer and party planner extraordinaire. You can see Jake’s house decorated for the holidays, here.