Author Archives: Karen Waterman


A frog in the attic

Q. I was cleaning out my aunt’s attic and came across this. Can you tell me what it is? A. You have found a “flower frog,” popular in the 1920’s and 1930’s and used to arrange flowers. They are still produced today, and can be found in many styles and made out of all different


Trash or Treasure?

An estate sale find and a soft bobcat market Q. I like to go to yard sales and estate sales. I have no clue if what I found is trash or treasure. I believe the porcelain bowl and pitcher came from a family in Duxbury, Massachusetts in 1930. There are a couple of small chips and

Trash or Treasure? Auctions 101

Auctions are a fun way to shop. There are always surprises in the inventory, and the excitement in the crowd when something gets a lot of bids is intoxicating. It can be addictive. People think they can get a bargain at auctions (and sometimes you can) but auctioneers do know what they are doing. Overall,


Trash or Treasure?

New Year’s Day origin; Remington Our celebration of New Year’s Day goes back to 46 B.C.E., when Julius Caesar established January 1 as New Year’s Day. Janus was the Pagan Roman god of doors and gates, and had two faces: one facing forward and one facing back. Caesar felt that the month named after this

Col—Trash—Sleicher painting

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Rhode Island Artist’s connection to Abercrombie & Fitch Q. I have a number of paintings that my father commissioned from Robert Sleicher, to paint animals my father photographed on a safari to Africa in the 1970’s. I do not know much about him but was told he is famous. Can you tell me anything about


Trash or Treasure?

Victorian jardiniéres: functional art Q. I have this nice old pot that I am hoping you could tell something about. A. Your “jardinière” or “garden pot” was made by Maddock Pottery Company of Trenton, New Jersey. Your pot dates to the early 1900’s —  the Victorian period. Victorian interiors often included exotic plants as décor.

Trash or Treasure?

What exactly is ‘Coin’ Silver? Q. I have some very old spoons that I inherited. They have some names  on them, but I really do not know what they are and if the spoons are worth anything. Can you help? A. Your spoons were made by Pardon Miller who lived and worked in Providence in


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Local pianist’s fifty year old performance immortalized by renowned artist Q. I have an original cartoon done by Paule Loring, who did work for the Providence Journal among other papers. The cartoon depicts my father, Al Hart, playing the piano for a PTA production of, “It’s So Peaceful In the Country,” in Little Compton. It


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What’s the pedigree of “Henry” the horse? Q. I have an antique carousel horse we named “Henry” that I bought years ago. It has been a well-loved addition to my home, enjoyed by my children and grandchildren. My horse measures overall 58” long (from tip of tail to outermost knee) by 48” high (top of head