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Antique decorative boxes

Alsatian polychrome box

Recent  Additions: In our recent additions we have been mostly interested in small items such as and mostly boxes. Every lady should have one and like the days gone by, they were used for her small items such as letters, seals etc.  I didn’t realize the interest in this area until seeing them on dealers and auction websites. This is a very large area as it encompasses the above noted  boxes, German brides boxes, wig boxes, and so on. Most of our boxes are from the 19th and mostly the 18th centuries maybe the odd one from the 17th century. Some are painted and some richly carved both very collectible. Check our website at   

As mentioned in our last letter antique shows and auctions are moving their venues to the online Internet and away from the live venues. This means I can show my antiques at any antique show in North America, actually, I am currently doing one in New York City with the magazine Antiques and Fine Art.  Please check us out on Incollect for the Antiques and Fine Arts show at
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Skinner Auctions recently had an online webcast where you had to sign up to listen. I thought I would learn something like the state of the antique business, where it is and where it is going. It didn’t happen, they talked mainly on how an auction operates which we already know. Nothing about their high fees of 25% to buy and 25% to sell or for every dollar that goes through their auction they make .50 that means for a $1,000,000 sale they make $500,000. Not bad. All this aside they are one of the best in the USA.  Just a last point, when the stock market has a very sharp drop (2008) investors panic and want to get out of the market at any price. This is what they call a “selling panic” and that is when the market turns up. The antique market is somewhere in this area and it represents very good value.

Better times are coming.

Lloyd Ryder
Craig Ryder

A couple examples of antique boxes follow.

Alsatian polychrome box - back
Alsatiian Polychrome box rear.
Alsatian polychrome box - latch
Decorative latch on Alsation polychrome box.
Jundt Gustave Les Fiancés
Jundt Gustave Les Fiancés – Woman receiving a decorative box from her Fiancee, also known as Brides boxes as they were commonly made by the men as gifts to their brides to be.
Antique brides box
Antique brides box.
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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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Swedish army coat
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