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Some light at the end of the tunnel for the antiques industry.

Image of an antique painted Mora clock surrounded by decorative antiques

   I recently listened to a three person panel about “what is going to happen after the Pandemic”. Things will certainly be different. For example I just spent two hours at the hospital, minor, and it is very possible we won’t be doing this anymore. It is suggested instead it will take about 10 or 15 minutes as it will all be done online. The above panel used a word “reinvent” meaning you will have to come up with ideas on how you are going to sell your services/products. Actually, it is being done right now and very successfully. Antique auctions are starting to use online sales instead of live sales which means we will be able to sip our coffee and bid from our homes.

 Antique shows will and are doing that right now. Recently, the Antique Dealers Association of America had an online show and it was very successful. Within a few minutes of the show opening they had 400 people ready to begin to shop. A large majority of the people were first time buyers and from as far away as Italy.

Although antique dealers will have to do some reinventing, we have already been doing it for some time by way of our web sites, Facebook pages ,Pinerest, Instgram etc.

Well there you are, up to date and in most cases, ahead of the crowd.

 For we have been adding recent items to our site and every thing is quoted  in Canadian funds. You American collectors have an advantage because of the foreign exchange. Thank you.

Lloyd and Craig Ryder, May 9th, 2020.

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Circa 1450 Florence silk and velvet textile.

Circa 1450 Florence silk and velvet textile.

Circa 1450 Florence silk and velvet textile which could be part of a
priests religious vestment or chasuble.The item dates from the early
Italian Renaissance which lasted from the 14th to the 17th century.
It started in Florence and then Venice.You could fit Luca in
there as well.The designs were often based on the Byzantine
textiles which were much earlier.Trade in the Mediterranean
between Italy and the near east flourished and luxury goods such
as velvets and silks were much prized and sought after by the church and wealthy individuals. Size: H.64in., W.18 1/2in. (163 cm by 47cm).
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Swedish Wool Coats, Dec. 2016

Three Swedish coats having a canvas shell leather lining and then a full sheep’s wool lining. Two large pockets and buttons up the front of the coat.Although they are new they have been professionally cleaned inside and out. A few pinpoint spots, Cleaner confirms they are part of the material. Bought directly from Sweden these coats are a replica of the coat produced in 1938 for the Swedish Military. Suitable for both female and male. Collar can be used for warmth as well.

If you are serious about a coat, measurements will be supplied.   Priced at  $295.00 CDN. each.    Thank you.

Lloyd Ryder


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Featured Piece July 2013

                                           Norwegian Mangle Board
I have heard of numerous uses for the mangle board. A bed smoother, used for ironing clothes, as gifts. A lot of the more decorative boards were carved by men as ‘love tokens’ for their lady friends. It is said that the man would leave the board outside his sweethearts door at night and if it was gone in the morning he knew she was saying yes to his offer of marriage.

One of the boards in our inventory is  Norwegian and it is fairly rare because of the lion handle. It seems that the horse is the Swedish emblem while the lion is Norwegian. Here in Canada it would be the beaver or in the United states, the American eagle.

I have attached a picture of a Norwegian lady using a mangle board for ironing. They had a rolling pin and around it they would wrap tightly their laundry then roll it with the board.

The mangle board fits into the folk art category because of the chip carving and paint. There are some boards that are extremely well carved and this makes them rare and valuable. Hanging them on a wall adds a nice decorative touch to any room.


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Featured Item May 2013

Every so often we come across a piece of furniture, glass, Mora clock or decorative item that we feel stands out above and beyond our already eclectic selection of interesting things. In the past we have quietly changed our sidebar image to showcase these items, pieces that you, our readers, might miss in the depths of our inventory section.
While it may not be every month, we will now endeavour to post a quick note on these pieces in our order to further highlight items we feel deserve to be on our front page. These pieces appear on the right-hand sidebar under ‘Featured Piece’
Our current “featured piece” is a carved wood gold decorated Swedish wall clock, it is signed “Hans Wesemann, Stockholm” Continue Reading Featured Item May 2013