Collect these now! Here are 8 of our favorite antique collectibles to seek out this spring.
Easter antiques reflect the holiday delights of Victorian children and the festive spirit of the Victorian hostess. Whimsical and humorous chicks, bunnies, eggs and children found on die cut scraps, advertising and greeting cards are small works of art today.
Ruby glassware, ornamental plates, ceramic match holders and large milk glass Easter eggs brought holiday designs to the table and room decor.
A beaded calla lily shelf or wall pocket covering is testament to the skill of the Victorian needle.
A rare silver plated Easter egg wheelbarrow basket is harder to find today compared to egg cups, napkin rings and souvenir spoons in egg and chick designs.
The Victorian hostess eagerly decorated her home and table with holiday themed silver, glass, ceramic, porcelain and needlework.
Easter crosses (1876) of wax flowers or cross pictures of moss, fern, coral, shells and bark sprinkled with diamond dust were delicate creations to display.
Rare Easter toys such as an egg and spoon race game or a moving rabbit shadow picture game for the parlor wall delighted young and old.
These antiques allow collectors and enthusiasts to recapture all the flavors of a true Victorian holiday by displaying them in their own décor today.
Written and photographed by Barbara Johnson, Ph.D., who is the author of Antique & Vintage Fashions, 1745 to 1979 and Valentines, A Collector’s Guide, 1700s-1950s, both by Collector Books. All photographed items are part of her collection.