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.
We were on hiatus during the pandemic.
Note: We had planned to attend the DC Big Flea, July 17-18, 2021, but an injury left us unable to go. Sorry.
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:
Gold - 9k, 10k, 14k
Cook and Son
Punched Out Coins
Rhinestones - colors: red, blue, green, pink, light blue, black, clear, amber; shapes: triangle, round, star, diamond, column, square
Sterling - floral, faces, knots
Arts and Crafts
Crystals - colors and clear
Brass with center stones
Mother of Pearl
Animals - bear, fox, turtle
Hand Painted - florals, portrait
Floral Hand Painted
Shafer and Vader
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
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:
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.