Carvers of antique decoys often put their initials on the bottom of their decoys; however, a carver with the initials PBM is unknown. Hand-carved, wooden decoys became the standard in the latter half of the 19th century and persisted until the 1950s-60s when plastic decoys were mass produced.
Antique decoys are valued by condition, rarity and artist. The species of duck carved and the pose it was carved in can also increase the value. A well-known carver named Elmer Crowell, who lived in Massachusetts until his death in 1951, carved a Canadian goose decoy that sold at auction for $684,500 in 2000. Decoyinfo.com offers to examine photos of antique decoys and supply information about them.Learn More
Identifying antique chairs is not very difficult because they often have key characteristics that identify the style and period in which the piece was manufactured. These types of identifying characteristics are still present in chairs made today.Full Answer >
Antique razors are typically straight razors valued by collectors and dating as far back as the 17th century. The blades of antique razors are typically made of steel, but the handles show more variety and can be made of wood, sterling silver, bone, mother-of-pearl or tortoise shell.Full Answer >
Original hand chairs from the 20th century are sought after by high-end collectors, according to a chair shown by Christie's from a recent auction. It was crafted from highly polished wood in the 1960s by Mexican artist Pedro Friedeberg. The palm of the hand forms the seat, and the four fingers form the back rest with the thumb angled toward the left side of a person seated in the chair.Full Answer >
It is believed that Zhuge Liang, a prime minister during the Three Kingdoms Period, invented the Chinese wheelbarrow. However, evidence from brick carvings suggest that the wheelbarrow may have been invented earlier.Full Answer >