Determining The Authenticity of Cast Iron

Resilient to abuse and versatile by nature, ‘Cast’ iron was so named because it is made by ‘casting’ (pouring) molten iron into a mold. The 1830’s through the middle of the 1850’s was a period when cooking vessels – and the stoves on which to cook with them – were made of cast iron, and made in abundance. Fanciful castings were also in great demand during this time for windows, furniture and lawn decorations.

History of The Entry Door

When did entry doors and their accoutrements of hardware get so lavish, so secure-and become such scene stealers of the home? Craftsmen (and women) who spend their life honing the skill compare the turning of a door to a handshake, and note that a beautiful entry door is paramount for a great first impression. However, […]

Vintage Candy Sweeter Than Sugar? This Old-Fashioned Candy Has a History of Healing and Eating

Its history goes all the way back to the time the Bible was being written…. A classic black sweet (or salty) candy enjoyed throughout the world. But it used to be a common treatment for a number of illnesses. Sweeter by far than sugar, it has been recorded for centuries to have quenched the thirsts of armies; and large amounts were even discovered in King Tut’s tomb.