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Making Your Own Antique Lamp At Home


You don’t really have to spend a fortune just to get an antique lamp for your newly refurbished home. Yes, those antique lamps sold in specialty shops are really lovely but they can also send your budget back to the dark ages! Unless you have unlimited money to spend for a lamp shade, better skip on those specialty shops and focus your attention on making your own antique lamp.

Now, before you turn your pretty nose up on the idea of creating your own antique lamp, let me tell you this. Anything can be turned into a lamp so if you have some nice old things in the house, you can use these things to create your own antique lamp. All it requires is a lot of patience, creativity and time. To get you started in the right direction, here are some helpful tips in creating your own lamp.

Create a Unique Lamp Stand

There are many things that you can use to make lamp stands. For instance, if you have some old hard wood in the house, you can use this to create an antique lamp stand. Aside from old hard wood, you can also use some wrought iron, bottles and others. If you cannot find some old and unique things in the house to use as lamp stand, hit the flea market. You can find a lot of useful things at the flea market for very affordable prices. In fact, if you are lucky, you might be able to find some discarded antique lamps in the flea market. Always remember that somebody’s junk maybe someone else’s treasure.

Collect Interesting Trinkets for Your Lamp

Aside from finding materials to use as base for your antique lamp, it would be a good idea to collect some antique trinkets to use as decorations on your lamp. You can use these trinkets to create some unique designs on the base of your lamp. You may also use these trinkets to come up with some really lovely looking lamp shades.

No, you do not have to buy expensive trinkets for your antique lamps. Take a closer look at the things that you have in the house and find out if there are some things that you can use as decorations for your lamp. Every little thing counts especially if you are on a budget so make sure that you use what you already have before you hit the shops.

If you love this article, you will also love another article written by this article’s author on star light fixture and hanging star light.

Published: September 24, 2016 | Comments: 0

Antique Brass Outdoor Lighting For Your Home


History might be a not-so-favorite subject to some but old and antique things are very well loved and valued by almost all people. Antique stuffs has this unique and exclusive tone, making them expensive nowadays. Some may serve as decorations. Some are functional. Either way, they all look beautiful especially if we intend to make these things our adornment for our own home. If outdoor lighting fixtures are your concern, this article would help you realize what specific antique brass outdoor lighting choice is to be considered to make your home beautiful.

Ceiling lights

The use of antique brass outdoor lighting would be very attractive to those who would look at it. The eye-catching design of this fixture would always give the looker your taste in style. There are wide variety of antique brass outdoor lighting choices that could be found in the market today or even on the internet. But of course, they are a big factor in the electricity since they are turned on for long duration after the sun has set.

Wall lightings

These lights really put elegance and beauty at your home exterior. Antique brass outdoor lighting brings illumination while providing certain level of security. It may function the same as motion sensor lights which turns on for every motion it has detected.

Landscape lightings

Antique brass outdoor lighting is the best that you could add up to your exterior if it is landscaped. Your entire outdoor would look uniquely beautiful and attractive with the art of landscape lighting. Your driveway could have a total make over. Antique brass outdoor lighting in your exterior is so brilliant that it could affect everybodys moods. They are available in variety of shapes and styles.

Post lamps

Another popular choice to lighten up your home is the use of post lamps. These would be suitable for you especially if you are concern on your electricity. They have a little lighting cost.

Antique brass outdoor lighting fixtures come in different shapes and styles that would surely fit to any home design you have. Of course, the first thing you have to decide on is how many do you want your home to have. That depends on how big your exterior is and how much money you could afford for this project. Select your lighting fixtures now and see the beauty of antiques in your own house.

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Published: September 24, 2016 | Comments: 0

Cool Antique Silver images


A few nice antique silver images I found:

1979 Cadillac Coupe DeVille
antique silver
Image by Georg Sander
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The de Ville was originally a trim level and later a model of General Motors’ Cadillac marque. The first car to bear the name was the 1949 Coupe de Ville, a prestige trim level of the Series 62 luxury coupe. The last model to be formally known as a De Ville was the 2005 Cadillac DeVille, a full-size sedan, the largest car in the Cadillac model range at the time. The next year, the DeVille was officially renamed DTS (an abbreviation standing for DeVille Touring Sedan, itself a trim level on earlier models).

With bigger changes coming in 1980, the 1979 models saw few alterations, which included a new lightweight aluminum hood and a new grille design with "Cadillac" script on the header above the grille. The "Phaeton" package, now priced at ,029, was still available in three colors, but with two new replacement colors: "Western Saddle Firemist" (with leather interior in "Antique Saddle") replacing the "Arizona Beige", and "Slate Firemist" (with leather interior in "Antique Gray") replacing "Platinum Silver". The d’Elegance package was back, at 5, which included Venetian velour upholstery (in four colors) with a 50/50 split front seat, overhead assist handles, Tangier carpeting, door pull handles, and "d’Elegance" emblems among other niceties. In addition to the 3 "fuel-injection" option, there was also the choice of a 350 in3 LF9 diesel V8 (built by Oldsmobile) for 9. Coupe de Ville’s cabriolet package, priced at 4, was available in 17 colors. Production rose slightly to 121,890 for Coupe de Ville (,728), and 93,211 for Sedan de Ville (,093).


1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn 2
antique silver
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Photographed at the Palo Alto Concours d’ Elegance – 2010

Image from page 154 of “Verocchio” (1904)
antique silver
Image by Internet Archive Book Images
Identifier: verocchio00crut
Title: Verocchio
Year: 1904 (1900s)
Authors: Cruttwell, Maud
Subjects: Verrocchio, Andrea del, 1435?-1488
Publisher: London : Duckworth New York, Scribner
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bust represents, according tothe catalogue, Piero, the eldest son of Lorenzo dei Medici,who was not born till 1471. As the face is that of ayouth of at least seventeen or eighteen years of age, and asVerrocchio died in 1488, those who claim it as his workmust place it in the very last year of his life—the year ofthe Colleoni. It is inconceivable that the hand whichmodelled that masterpiece of vigorous life and energyshould at the same date have executed this feeble work,which may possibly be by Antonio Pollaiuolo1s weakimitator, his brother Piero. Two other male busts in terra-cotta are with as littlereason attributed to Verrocchio—one in the Victoria andAlbert Museum, London, No. 4407 ; the other—evidentlya copy of this—in the Berlin Museum. They represent ayouth who bears much resemblance in feature to the Pagein Verrocchio^ Silver Relief, and the hair is arranged inhis peculiar manner, smooth and carefully parted, andfalling in luxuriant clusters. That in the South Ken- XXI

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Alinari, Florence BUST OF PIERO DI LORENZO DEI MEDICI (?) BY PIERO POLLAIUOLO (?) BARGELLO, FLORENCE Face p. 92 WORK FOR THE MEDICI 93 sington Museum is the better modelled and more im-portant of the two, but, in spite of the superficial resem-blance to Verrocchios work, neither can be accepted asmore than that of one of his disciples—possibly Lorenzodi Credi, with whose flaccid style they have much incommon. CHAPTER VII WORK FOR THE MEDICI—DEATH-MASKS, ETC. An entry in Tommasos Inventory, Per lo gnudo rosso,would have little meaning for us were it not for the recordof Vasari, by which we are able to connect it with therestoration of an antique statue of Marsyas in red marblewhich formerly decorated the garden of the Palazzo Medici.He tells us that Cosimo il Vecchio possessed a beautifulwhite marble statue of Marsvas tied to a tree, which wasplaced on one side of the door of the garden or cortilewhich gave on the Via de1 Ginori, and that Lorenzo,having received a still finer speci

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Published: September 24, 2016 | Comments: 0

The Beauty Of Antique Heart Pine Flooring


In recent years, antique heart pine flooring has become extremely popular in American homes all across the country, and the style shows no signs of losing popularity. Hardwood floors add a certain touch of style, warmth, and elegance to a home, which is why they’re among the best investments any homeowner can make in order to improve his or her property value. Unlike many other types of flooring, hardwoods actually improve in both value and appearance as time goes by, and the older the floor becomes, the greater appeal it’s likely to have. The color alone is a selling point for many, providing a rich amber hue that instantly intensifies the power of any decorating scheme, and the knotty appearance of the wood makes it seem both classically beautiful and expensive. Whether your home is modern, cottage, country, or full of old-fashioned elegance, it can enhance the natural beauty of your surroundings.

In addition to being stylish and versatile, this type of wood is also highly eco-friendly, helping you feel as if you’re not harming the world in order to beautify your home. Unlike other styles, antique heart pine floors provide the option to use old salvaged floor materials in a new and constructive way. During the construction process, reclaimed antique wood is placed in between tongue-and-groove wide plank floor material, creating a look that is both new and vintage simultaneously. This process is not only wonderful for the environment, since it cuts down on the amount of trees that must be cut down to produce a hardwood floor, it preserves a bit of the past that will be handed down in the future. These materials are in demand because they have been used for generations, and through this new process, will find a home for generations to come.

Because wood improves with age, this particular type of pine flooring is not only among the most beautiful, it is the most durable. Many of the materials needed are reclaimed from old warehouses and structures that are over 100 years old, and due to the passage of time, have hardened into virtually impenetrable resin. Despite the durability and beauty of antique heart pine flooring, it’s also a very affordable option that will look fabulous in nearly any home. This wonderful option for preserving the past while protecting the future has so much to offer, it should be considered for any type of remodeling projects or new constructions.

If you’re interested in antique heart pine flooring, make sure you do your research before you make any decisions. Visit for more information.

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Published: September 24, 2016 | Comments: 0

New Orleans – French Quarter: Steamboat Natchez


A few nice antique silver images I found:

New Orleans – French Quarter: Steamboat Natchez
antique silver
Image by wallyg
The Steamboat Natchez, the ninth steamer to bear the name Nathcez, was launched by the New Orleans Steamboat Company in 1975. One of only six true steam powered sternwheelers plying the Mississippi today, the Natchez resembles the old sternwheelers Virginia and Hudson in her profile and layout. Her powerful steam engines were built for U.S. Steel Corporation’s sternwheeler Clairton in 1925. Her genuine copper and steel steam whistle is a treasured antique. Her copper bell, smelted from 250 silver dollars to produce a purer tone, once graced the S.S. J.D. AYRES. Her 32 note steam calliope was custom crafted and modeled after the music makers of the Gilded Age.

In the 19th century, steamboats traveled the length of the Mississippi, taking between three and five days to get between Louisville, Kentucky and New Orleans. The boatmen were notorious brawlers who went looking for women and liquor at the end of their trip and established New Orleans as the "City of Sin." In their heyday, from 1830 to 180, some 30 steamboats lined up at the levee. Their steamboat era ended by the close of the 19th century as railroads and highways replaced them.

Vieux Carré Historic District National Register #66000377 (1966)

Antheraea yamamai – Male
antique silver
Image by Bennyboymothman
Trip to Slovenia – 7 Night’s Mothing
28th August – 04th September 2011

Just got back from an amazing trip to Slovenia near Moravske Toplice, on the border of the Goricko National Park.
It really is a stunning location and allows you to explore the 3 neighbouring Countries Austria, Hungary and Croatia, all of which are within a 20 minute drive away.
In seven nights I managed 125 species of Macro Moths, which at this slow time of year was more than I expected!
The conditions were perfect most evenings, clouding over as the sunset (total opposite to most night’s here in the UK!) 2 nights, Thursday & Friday we experienced huge thunderstorms and extremely wet conditions so only the wall mounted light was used on these nights.
Most days ranged from 24c to 31c and there was little wind and the temperatures at night kept to a minimal 20c!
Unfortunately being located within a vineyard Wasps and Hornets were a big problem (the Hornets had even taken residence under the eaves of the cottage). This did present some problems going through the catch in the morning and as a result decided against using a trap, but to just rely on the walls.
Now, when I first arrived I was deciding where to put the 160w MBT Tripod set-up that I had brought, and then on inspection of the cottage, to the rear was a wall mounted bulb that was water-proofed, it turned out to be a 250w Mercury Vapour bulb, result! All I had to do was flick the switch on at dusk then check the wall in the morning. I decided to set-up my other light at the front of the property over-looking the wood.
The surrounding habitat looked perfect, adjacent woodland, a good sized garden and positioned on top of a hill to intercept anything that was flying across, there was also no light pollution at all.
Here is the complete list from those 7 nights, Starred species are new species to me.


Orange Swift (Hepialus sylvina)
Lemonia taraxaci *
Antheraea yamamai *
Scalloped Hook-tip (Falcaria lacertinaria)
Oak Hook-tip (Watsonalla binaria)
Barred Hook-tip (Watsonalla cultraria)
Pebble Hook-tip (Drepana falcataria)
Scarce Hook-tip (Sabra harpagula) *
Peach Blossom (Thyatira batis)
Buff Arches (Habrosyne pyritoides)
Little Emerald (Jodis lactearia) *
Maiden’s Blush (Cyclophora punctaria)
Clay Triple-lines (Cyclophora linearia)
Mocha sp. *
Blood-vein (Timandra comai)
Streaked Wave (Scopula virgulata) *
Lesser Cream Wave (Scopula immutata)
Bright Wave (Idaea ochrata cantiata) *
Small Fan-footed Wave (Idaea biselata
Single-dotted Wave (Idaea dimidiate)
Riband Wave (Idaea aversata)
Gem (Orthonama obstipata) *
Flame Carpet (Xanthorhoe decoloraria)
Red Twin-spot Carpet (Xanthorhoe spadicearia)
Royal Mantle (Catarhoe cuculata) *
Yellow Shell (Camptogramma bilineata)
Purple Bar (Cosmorhoe ocellata)
Small Phoenix (Ecliptopera silaceata)
Red-green Carpet (Chloroclysta siterata)
Pine Carpet (Thera firmata) *
Cloaked Carpet (Euphyia biangulata) *
Small Rivulet (Perizoma alchemillata)
Freyer’s Pug (Eupithecia intricata)
Plain Pug (Eupithecia simpliciata)
Treble Bar (Aplocera plagiata)
Small White Wave (Asthena albulata)
Small Seraphim (Pterapherapteryx sexalata)
Clouded Border (Lomaspilis marginata)
Peacock Moth (Macaria notata)
Tawny-barred Angle (Macaria liturata)
Latticed Heath (Chiasmia clathrata)
Large Thorn (Ennomos autumnaria)
August Thorn (Ennomos quercinaria)
September Thorn (Ennomos erosaria)
Lunar Thorn (Selenia lunularia) *
Luna Beauty (Ascotis selenaria)*
Willow Beauty (Peribatodes rhomboidaria)
Feathered Beauty (Peribatodes secundaria) *
Pale Oak Beauty (Hypomecis punctinalis)
The Engrailed (Ectropis bistortata)
Common White Wave (Cabera pusaria)
Light Emerald (Campaea margaritata)
Barred Red (Hylaea fasciaria)
Convolvulus Hawk-moth (Agrius convolvuli) *
Poplar Hawk-moth (Laothoe populi)
Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila elpenor)
Small Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila porcellus)
Buff-tip (Phalera bucephala)
Lobster Moth (Stauropus fagi)
Iron Prominent (Notodonta dromedaries)
Three-humped Prominent (Notodonta tritophus) *
Pebble Prominent (Notodonta ziczac)
Lesser Swallow Prominent (Pheosia gnoma)
Swallow Prominent (Pheosia tremula)
Coxcomb Prominent (Ptilodon capucina)
Maple Prominent (Ptilodon cucullina)
Clostera anastomosis *
Oak Processionary (Thaumetopoea processionea) *
The Vapourer (Orgyia antique)
Yellow-tail (Euproctis similis)
Rosy Footman (Miltochrista miniata)
Scarce Footman (Eilema complana)
Buff Footman (Eilema depressa)
Four-spotted Footman (Lithosia quadra) *
Buff Ermine (Spilosoma luteum)
Ruby Tiger (Phragmatobia fuliginosa)
Jersey Tiger (Euplagia quadripunctaria)
Small Black Arches (Meganola strigula) *
Kent Black Arches (Meganola albula)
Turnip Moth Agrotis segetum
Heart & Dart (Agrotis exclamationis)
Flame Shoulder (Ochropleura plecta)
Plain Clay (Eugnorisma depuncta) *
Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba)
Lesser Yellow Underwing (Noctua comes)
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (Noctua fimbriata)
Pearly Underwing (Peridroma saucia) *
Setaceous Hebrew Character (Xestia c-nigrum)
Square-spotted Clay (Xestia rhomboidea)
Square-spot Rustic (Xestia xanthographa)
Beautiful Brocade (Lacanobia contigua) *
Bright-line Brown-eye (Lacanobia oleracea)
Double Line (Mythimna turca) *
The Delicate (Mythimna vitellina) *
Smoky Wainscot (Mythimna impure)
L-album Wainscot (Mythimna l-album)
Beautiful Arches (Blepharita satura) *
Large Dagger (Acronicta cuspis)*
Knot Grass (Acronicta rumicis)
Copper Underwing (Amphipyra pyramidea)
Orache Moth (Trachea atriplicis) *
Angle Shades (Phlogophora meticulosa)
The Olive (Ipimorpha subtusa)
The Dun-bar (Cosmia trapezina)
Common Rustic (Mesapamea secalis)
Flounced Rustic (Luperina testacea)
The Uncertain (Hoplodrina alsines)
The Rustic (Hoplodrina blanda)
Vine’s Rustic (Hoplodrina ambigua)
Bordered Sallow (Pyrrhia umbra)
Scarce Bordered Straw (Helicoverpa armigera)
Marbled White Spot (Protodeltote pygarga)
Shining Marbled (Pseudeustrotia candidula) *
Spotted Sulphur (Emmelia trabealis) *
Oak Nycteoline (Nycteola revayana)
Scarce Burnished Brass (Diachrysia chryson) *
Silver Y (Autographa gamma)
Dark Spectacle (Abrostola triplasia)
Clifden Nonpareil (Catocala fraxini) *
The Passenger (Dysgonia algira)*
Beautiful Hook-tip (Laspeyria flexula)
Straw Dot (Rivula sericealis)
The Snout (Hypena proboscidalis)
Shaded Fan-foot (Herminia tarsicrinalis) *
Small Fan-foot (Herminia grisealis)
Clay Fan-foot (Paracolax tristalis)

Beneath The Skin 81
antique silver
Image by the justified sinner
Heart and skull rings for the exhibition. I couldn’t get the bands to go an even colour, regardless of what I did. I think that this has to do with the way in which they were fused together, so I deliberately made these pieces "patchy" to give them an antiqued look.

Published: September 23, 2016 | Comments: 0

Tips To Buy Antique Emerald Rings


Some people who prefer to buy something special rather than something commonplace on their engagements usually go for the antique emerald engagement rings. These rings are special because they have a history attached to them.

Following some simple tips one can easily buy the right type of antique emerald rings:

The first thing to be done is choose the era from which you want the emerald rings to be. You also have to do a lot of research on the different styles that were popular in that particular period in history and decide which one is the most suitable of all the various styles. Some of the most popular cheap emerald rings belong to the Victorian and Edwardian periods.

After you decide upon the era and the type of look you simply have to go out and ask for a wonderful antique dealer with a really good reputation. It is always better to go for an already established dealer. Such a dealer will not sell the low quality antique emerald rings. Another way is to go ahead and acquire the antique cheap emerald rings from the estate sales.

When you buy the emerald engagement rings which are really old you should always pay attention to the quality of the emeralds. This is because different types of emeralds are affected in different way by time. Although the emeralds used in the engagement rings almost never get damaged but there are some softer emeralds which can actually depreciate with time.

When you choose from the various antique emerald ring options, you have to make sure that they are closer to the trends prevalent today. The different types of settings are meant to fade away with time. Therefore, it is important that the settings and mounting you choose should be somewhere close to the present trends. It is not as difficult because a lot of trends prevalent today are derived from the earlier trends.

One thing which is very important is that there are many fake antique emerald rings available in the market; hence one has to make sure how authentic the rings actually are. The authenticity can easily be proved by a unique certification. There are a lot of certifications that can easily be offered by a good antique dealer. The proper certification usually includes the description of the antique emerald rings as well as their complete specifications.

The author is an expert on antique emerald engagement rings. Here he offers tips on buying the right antique emerald rings. For more visit the website,

Published: September 23, 2016 | Comments: 0

Burlington Arcade at night


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Burlington Arcade at night
antique silver
Image by Kathleen Tyler Conklin
The Burlington Arcade is a covered shopping arcade in London that runs behind Bond Street from Piccadilly through to Burlington Gardens. It is one of the precursors of the mid-19th century European shopping gallery and the modern shopping centre. The Burlington Arcade was built "for the sale of jewellery and fancy articles of fashionable demand, for the gratification of the public".

The arcade was built to the order of Lord George Cavendish, younger brother of the 5th Duke of Devonshire, who had inherited the adjacent Burlington House, on what had been the side garden of the house. His architect was Samuel Ware. The Arcade opened in 1819. It consisted of a single straight top-lit walkway lined with seventy-two small two storey units. Some of the units have now been combined, reducing the number of shops to around forty. The ponderous Piccadilly façade in a late version of Victorian Mannerism was added in the early 20th century.

Shop fronts inside the arcadeThe pedestrian arcade, with smart uniform shop fronts under a glazed roof, has always been an upmarket retail location. It is patrolled by Burlington Arcade Beadles in traditional uniforms including top hats and tailcoats. The original beadles were all former members of Lord George Cavendish’s regiment, the 10th Hussars. Present tenants include a range of clothing, footwear and accessory shops, art and antique dealers and the jewellers and dealers in antique silver for which the Arcade is best known.

1971 Stutz Blackhawk Series 1 (Split Front Window) (05)
antique silver
Image by Georg Sander
Virgil Exner had more luck with the Stutz name. In August, 1968, New York banker James O’Donnell raised funds and incorporated Stutz Motor Car of America. A prototype of Exner’s Stutz Blackhawk was produced by Ghia, and the car debuted in 1970. All these cars used General Motors running gear, featuring perimeter-type chassis frames, automatic transmission, power steering, and power brakes with discs at the front. They were extremely lavishly furnished, with all possible luxury features such as electric windows, air conditioning, central locking, electric seats and leather upholstery. On the sedans there was typically a console for beverages in the rear seat. Engines were large V8s, originally of 6.6 or 7.5 litres but by 1984 the Victoria, Blackhawk and Bearcat were using a 160 horsepower 5,736 cc unit and the Royale a 6,962 cc Oldsmobile unit developing a modest 180 horsepower (130 kW).

This incarnation of Stutz had some reasonable success selling newly designed Blackhawks, Bearcats, Royale Limousines, IV Portes, and Victorias. Elvis Presley bought the first Blackhawk (1971). He later purchased three more. Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. all owned Stutz cars,as did Evel Knievel and numerous Sheiks and Shahs, entertainers, royalty, and barons of business from around the world. The Stutz Blackhawk owned by Lucille Ball is currently on display at the Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino Auto Collection in Las Vegas, NV. However, owing to their extraordinary cost (Stutz was touted as the World’s Most Expensive Car) – a Royale limousine cost US5,000 and a Blackhawk coupé over US5,000 in 1984 – production was very limited and it is believed only 617 cars were built during the company’s first twenty-five years of existence (1971–1995). Sales of Stutz began to wane in 1985 and continued to do so on through 1995. Warren Liu became its chief share-holder and took over leadership of SMCA, Inc. in 1982. The company is most recently preparing for the production of its new line of luxury sport sedan, as well as for its new electric and hybrid vehicles.


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Die erste Serie wurde von 1970 bis 1971 hergestellt. Gebaut wurden zweisitzige Coupés, die die Bezeichnung Blackhawk trugen; daneben entstand als Einzelstück eine viertürige Limousine mit dem Namen Duplex.

Insgesamt entstanden 25 „Serien“-Fahrzeuge. Die meisten von ihnen wurden von den Officine Padane aufgebaut, einem auf die Herstellung von Autobussen spezialisierten Betrieb in Italien. Die Fahrzeuge verwendeten eine Reihe von italienischen Anbauteilen. Dazu gehörten beispielsweise Türgriffe vom Maserati Indy und Rückleuchten vom Fiat 850. Ab 1972 übernahm die Carrozzeria Saturn in Cavallermaggiore den Bau der Coupés; hier entstanden allenfalls noch Einzelexemplare der ersten Serie.

Technische Grundlage für den Blackhawk war ein Pontiac Grand Prix der zweiten, ab 1969 hergestellten Generation (sog. G-Plattform von General Motors). Die Karosserie war sehr eigenständig; auch im Bereich der Dachlinien zeigten sich keine erkennbaren Bezüge zum Basisfahrzeug, und der Radstand wurde gegenüber dem Pontiac Grand Prix ein gutes Stück verlängert. Ein besonderes Merkmal des Blackhawk der ersten Serie war das Fehlen der Heckstoßstangen. Stattdessen ragte das auf dem Kofferraum montierte Reserverad ein Stück über den Heckabschluss der Karosserie hinaus und suggerierte, im Ernstfall Stöße von auffahrenden Fahrzeugen aufnehmen zu können.

Der erste serienmäßig hergestellte Blackhawk wurde an Elvis Presley geliefert. Bis zu seinem Tod sollte der King noch drei weitere Stutz bestellen. James O’Donnell berichtet, dass der Blackhawk das einzige Fahrzeug gewesen sei, das Elvis Presley selbst gefahren habe.


Published: September 22, 2016 | Comments: 0

Nice Antique Silver photos


Check out these antique silver images:

The Elephant Triad
antique silver
Image by Christina Helton’s Shops
This item was custom made for my mother-in-law who absolutely loves elephants and long chains.

This lovely piece is made of pieced together antique copper chains that clasp with a matching lobster class. Three beautiful little elephants are hand strung onto the necklace.

Each elephant measures 1 3/4" x 1 1/4" and the chain is 32" in length.

This item is a make to order item. Please allow two to four days for custom work before shipping.

antique silver
Image by Big Bead Little Bead
Beading and jewellery making supplies from Big Bead Little Bead your UK based Online Bead Shop

Published: September 21, 2016 | Comments: 0

1953 – 1957 Porsche 550 Spyder (10)


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1953 – 1957 Porsche 550 Spyder (10)
antique silver
Image by Georg Sander
The Porsche 550 was a sports car produced by Porsche from 1953-1956.

Inspired by the Porsche 356 which was created by Ferry Porsche, and some spyder prototypes built and raced by Walter Glöckler starting in 1951, the factory decided to build a car designed for use in auto racing. The model Porsche 550 Spyder was introduced at the 1953 Paris Auto Show. The 550 was very low to the ground, in order to be efficient for racing. In fact, former German Formula One racer Hans Herrmann drove it under closed railroad crossing gates during the 1954 Mille Miglia.

The 550 / 1500RS or Spyder became known as the "Giant Killer". The later 1956 evolution version of the model, the 550A, which had a lighter and more rigid spaceframe chassis, gave Porsche its first overall win in a major sports car racing event, the 1956 Targa Florio.


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Der Porsche 550 bzw. 1500 RS ist ein Sportwagen der Dr.-Ing. h. c. F. Porsche KG, weiterentwickelt aus dem Porsche 356. Als unmittelbarer Vorläufer dieses Wagens gilt der sogenannte Glöckler-Porsche 1500, ein Eigenbau des Frankfurter VW-Händlers Walter Glöckler bzw. dessen Betriebsleiters Hermann Ramelow, der 1950 zwei Modelle mit Mittelmotor konstruierte und 1951/52 auf der Grundlage des Porsche 356 einen Roadster mit 1,5-Liter-Heckmotor (86 PS) baute. 1953 erschienen die ersten Porsche 550 (Typbezeichnung abgeleitet von der Konstruktionsnummer, wird gelegentlich auch auf das Eigengewicht des Wagens zurückgeführt), die zunächst sowohl als geschlossene wie auch als offene Version bzw. Spyder hergestellt wurden.


Silver Ghost manual
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From 1922, reprinted in 1966

55 Buick Special
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Hand-picked collection of silver & silver-plated antique spoons


Some cool antique silver images:

Hand-picked collection of silver & silver-plated antique spoons
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Birthday gift.

1927 – 1928 Horch 8 Typ 305 Landaulet (01)
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Horch was a car brand manufactured in Germany by August Horch & Cie, at the beginning of the 20th century.

The company was established first by August Horch and his first business partner Salli Herz on November 14, 1899 at Ehrenfeld, Cologne. August Horch was a former production manager for Karl Benz. Three years later in 1902 he moved with his company to Reichenbach im Vogtland. On May, 10th, 1904 he founded the Horch & Cie. Motorwagenwerke AG, a joint-stock company in Zwickau (State of Saxony). The city of Zwickau was the capital of the South Western Saxon County and one of Saxony’s industrial centres at the time.

On July 16, 1909, August Horch, after troubles with Horch chief financial officer, founded his second company, the August Horch Automobilwerke GmbH in Zwickau. He had to rename his new company because Horch was already a registered brand and he did not hold the rights on it. On April 25, 1910 the brand Audi was entered in the company’s register of Zwickau registration court. Audi is the Latin translation of horch, the imperative form of the German verb hören ("to hear"). The Audi name was proposed by a son of one of his business partners from Zwickau.

Both companies from Zwickau (Horch and Audi) were unified in 1932 with DKW and Wanderer to Saxony’s Auto Union corporation. The Silver Arrow racing cars of the Auto Union racing team in Zwickau, developed by Ferdinand Porsche and Robert Eberan von Eberhorst, driven by Bernd Rosemeyer, Hans Stuck, Tazio Nuvolari, Ernst von Delius, were known the world over in the 1930s.


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Der Horch 8 Typ 303 ist ein Pkw der Oberklasse, den die Horch-Werke 1926 als Nachfolger des Modells 10 M 25 herausbrachten.

Das Fahrzeug hatte einen 8-Zylinder-DOHC-Reihenmotor mit zwei Königswellen und 3,2 Litern Hubraum vorne eingebaut, der 60 PS entwickelte und über ein 4-Gang-Getriebe mit Schalthebel in der Wagenmitte die Hinterräder antrieb. Ein sechssitziger Tourenwagen, eine Pullman-Limousine und ein Pullman-Cabriolet wurden angeboten.

1927 erschien noch ein Horch 8 Typ 304 mit kurzem Fahrgestell als Cabriolet.

Noch im selben Jahr wurden beide Typen durch die Modelle Typ 305 und Typ 306 mit auf 3,4 Liter vergrößerten Motor mit 65 PS abgelöst.


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