Antique Connection

We carry a diverse line of antiques. Our specialties include Victorian hatpins, Edison cylinder phonographs, Shelley china, and Victorian canister sets. We also deal in lady head vases, wallpockets, eggcups, Christmas ornaments, metal mesh purses, dresser sets, Wavecrest, art glass, saltboxes, picture records, and Ceramic Arts Studio pieces.

We appear at shows as A Touch Of Glass.

Show Schedule: on hiatus during COVID-19

But we are selling at AC on Ebay (shopdoc).


Fellow Hatpin Collectors,

My wife and I (Anita and Al) have been antique dealers for over 40 years. Our major specialty is hatpins and hatpin holders. Because of the pandemic and our ages, we are participating in fewer antique shows. For the first time we are making our collection of over 2000 authentic antique hatpins available for purchasing by mail. Because we are doing fewer shows, we have the time to handle shipping via the postal service.

If you are willing to send us your cell phone number we will send you pictures and prices to your phone. You can view, and pick and choose as you wish. What we would need to know is what you would like to see. The following is a general list of what we have available:

Hatpins:

Gold - 9k, 10k, 14k

Delamothe

Peacock Eye

Carnival Glass

Butterfly

Plique-a-jour

Satsuma

Silver Overlay

Golf

Cook and Son

Tortoise Shell

Enamel

Mourning Hatpins

Punched Out Coins

Colleges

Rhinestones - colors: red, blue, green, pink, light blue, black, clear, amber; shapes: triangle, round, star, diamond, column, square

Tremblers (bobbers)

Charles Horner

Flags

Sterling - floral, faces, knots

Norene

Souvenir

American Indians

Arts and Crafts

Birds

Crystals - colors and clear

Damascene

Sea Shell

Compact, Vanity

Gold Stone

Ivory

Brooch Hatpins

Eastern Star

Scarab

Tiffany

Suffragette

Mosaic

Escutheon

Beaded

Wood

Brass with center stones

Brass

Fruit

Touring

Riveted Jet

Oars

Porcelain Ball

Citrine

Unger Brothers

Mother of Pearl

Vaseline Glass

Animals - bear, fox, turtle

Hand Painted - florals, portrait

Turquoise

Coral

Cloisonne

Hatpin Holders:

Wall Hangers

Carnival Glass

Floral Decal

Floral Hand Painted

Shafer and Vader

Metal

Sterling

others

If you tell us what you are seeking, we will do our best to send pictures of those types to you with prices. You can then select those that appeal to you to add to your collection.

Thanks for taking the time to read this notice. We hope we will be able to help you add to your collection.

Anita and Al De Old


About

We began our antique business 49 years ago. We display antiques at shows in the northeastern United States.

Anita De Old - I am a retired special education teacher. I became interested in antique hatpins 30 years ago, when I was looking for something different to make a decorative arrangement. As a longtime antiques buff, I had admired vintage hatpins when I visited shows. I think they are truly works of art. They date from 1875 to the early 1920s and were used when women's gigantic hairdos were topped by elegant, large-brimmed hats. The pins anchored the fancy headgear to their coiffures. The fashion lasted until the mid-1920s when women bobbed their hair.

Al De Old - I am a retired industrial arts and technology teacher. I spend a lot of my spare time putting together my large collection of old Edison phonographs and cylinders. I limit my selection to early cylinder type machines, which are becoming more difficult to find in good condition. I have Cygnet, morning-glory, and brass horns. I've been interested in the machines ever since I was 5 years old, when I visited an uncle who had vintage Edison phonographs.

Here we are with our grandchildren:


Kevin, Jeremy, David, and Jenny

Advice

If you have antiques you would like to sell, there are several options.

The first is offering the antiques to dealers who specialize in that type of antique. The easiest way to find these dealers is to attend antique shows. Bring pictures, so that the dealers can determine if they are interested. Arrange to show your antiques to the dealer at another time. The shows are usually too busy for the dealers to give your antiques their full attention.

Another is to contact auction houses. This is most practical if you have a lot of antiques to sell and very little time. The auction house may buy your antiques outright, or on consignment, taking a percentage of the selling price of those pieces that sell.

We encourage you to check with family members before selling any belongings. Sometimes a loved one may wish to keep an antique in the family, or have special memories of you along with the antique.

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