Plaster ceiling medallions were first introduced in America in the 18th century. Some know them as rosettes and occasionally they were referred to as “Plaster Centers”. These ceiling centerpieces reached a zenith of popularity in the 19th century. The bigger the room the bigger the medallion was. However, the lowerContinue Reading

The braided rug is still ever so popular today. Even in my babyhood I sat playing on a very large braided rug at my grandmother’s house. They have found their place in homes for generations now. They have indeed stood the test of time in practicality, charm, and sturdiness. IContinue Reading

A tintype of a baby in a baby carriage dating to around to the early to mid 1870’s. Early baby carriages took on the form of miniature horse drawn carriages. During the early to mid 1870s they began to take on a distinct style of their own that eventually gave wayContinue Reading

If you open any cookbook or other domestic book for house keepers you will usually find instructions on how to do laundry. Inevitably you will come upon the rinsing of clothes to be done by putting into bluing. This is what was commonly used to brighten whites. In it’s earliestContinue Reading

Oh the mysteries of sealing wax! This article explores how it was made, how it was used and even the secret message of the different colors used. Included are 2 old recipes of hiow they made sealing wax.